Is that it??

By Simon_Palmer    

Not uploaded for a while so here goes.

Our 'Deefa' looking his normal gloomy self Wink

V2 is a B&W and 3 onwards is a tutorial on how to achieve the effect.

Tags: Dog Tutorial Pet Pets Bone Deefa Pets and captive animals

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Coleslaw 10 13.4k 28 Wales
9 Nov 2010 7:47PM
Hello neighbour!
Like it!

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KarenFB Plus
9 4.6k 167 England
9 Nov 2010 7:52PM
A brilliant image! Thank you very much for the fantastic write up, it's wonderful to learn how it's done! Grin
9 Nov 2010 7:54PM
Nice piece of work and a great tutorial
sut68 12 2.0k 76 England
9 Nov 2010 7:55PM
Hello stranger, good to see you back Smile
martin.w Plus
13 388 22 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2010 7:55PM it Wink

How you doing Simon?
9 Nov 2010 8:00PM
Hey Guys n Gals,

I'm real good thanks, it's good to 'be back', I said that in my bestest Arnold voice too Smile

So how's life at the top folks, how many puppies ya'all slayed in my absence??
martin.w Plus
13 388 22 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2010 8:11PM
Over the weekend....probably all of them Wink
Ian-Munro Plus
8 200 15 Wales
9 Nov 2010 8:11PM
Great to see you back mate, I hope your well.

I'll just wait for the awards to roll in on this if I were you! Smile

Absolutely fantastic imo.

Steelpins 10 78 England
9 Nov 2010 8:14PM
This is a super image - the dog's expression is perfect - and a very interesting tutorial, which shows what a clever piece of work it is.

gvet Plus
5 48 2 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2010 8:46PM
I love the image and the tutorial really inspires - I may have to go blend some images now...
JackAllTog Plus
6 4.3k 58 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2010 9:01PM
Excellent,Excellent, Really.
Great photo and tutorial -loads to learn, esp like the final central lighting effect.
9 Nov 2010 9:03PM
Very cool nice shot, reminds me of my beagle . It's also good to see someone using the tutorial feature in the gallery really well. Learnt a few things from it.
pmorgan 9 217 13 England
9 Nov 2010 9:11PM
EXCELLENT WORK on all levels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

G6DDS Plus
6 231 Scotland
9 Nov 2010 9:22PM
Great final image and nice to see a good write up.
sut68 12 2.0k 76 England
9 Nov 2010 9:36PM
Lots of puppies slain mate, managed to get a few Scottish ones in too Wink
9 Nov 2010 9:45PM
Again, many thanks for the votes and comments everybody, makes it all worthwhile Wink I'll do some more later I promise.

Ah, nice one Paul. You keep it up mate, mind you I could have slain little Deefa trying to take this pic, he wouldn't sit still. I then told him he was adopted and I was glad I wasn't his real dad and he gave me the little face in the pic Wink
Coleslaw 10 13.4k 28 Wales
9 Nov 2010 9:47PM

Quote:he wouldn't sit still. I then told him he was adopted and I was glad I wasn't his real dad and he gave me the little face in the pic

Awww.... you cruel cruel person you.
If you want to move out of there, Deefa, you are welcome here.... Smile
9 Nov 2010 9:49PM
Hehe, ya know I'm only joking Cole, love dogs me. I couldn't eat a whole one though Wink

He's loved and spoiled to death and so is Benjy his adopted brother, I'll post pics of him another time.
9 Nov 2010 10:04PM
super shot and tutorial
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
10 Nov 2010 4:29AM
Marvellous and creative image: what a lot of work has gone into it and also in producing the documentation behind it.
LesF Plus
9 182 9
10 Nov 2010 6:57AM
Wonderfully put together Simon

10 Nov 2010 10:00AM
Erm, wow many thanks everyone and you too Pete, means alot to me it really does.
Ian-Munro Plus
8 200 15 Wales
10 Nov 2010 10:03AM

Quote:Great to see you back mate, I hope your well.

I'll just wait for the awards to roll in on this if I were you!

Absolutely fantastic imo.


Told ya! Wink

stevie Plus
12 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2010 10:09AM
Great image and excellent write-up on the technique.
This is one that would certainly sell!
10 Nov 2010 1:03PM
Fabulous piece of work and some interesting tips in amongst the tutorial.
javam Plus
11 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2010 1:36PM
Good to see you back Simon. Very polished result and a great tutorial. Congrats on the EC too.

Have slayed more than my fair share of puppies while north of the border are you offering a confessional service?
whipspeed Plus
11 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2010 3:16PM
Brilliant shot, has the same grumpy expression my whippet has when he doesn't get what he wants for dinner!
Good to put up a tutorial as well.
Eviscera Plus
9 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2010 4:50PM
Great tutorial and result !
paulcr 11 1.5k 9 Ireland
10 Nov 2010 4:52PM
Brilliant. Great work Smile
10 Nov 2010 5:10PM
Once again, many thanks for the comments clicks everyone. Really made my day as this Smile

Quote:are you offering a confessional service?

Why, yes my child, please do confess Wink
10 Nov 2010 5:22PM
Is that the same fabric you used in the Afghan Girl?
10 Nov 2010 5:26PM

Quote:Is that the same fabric you used in the Afghan Girl?

Hehe, well spotted Andrew, cost me 20 quid that bit o' cloth did, I was determined to use it for something else Wink
Tip top of dog's life.
Thanks for v 3 et great tutorial of all and each step.
jules41 Plus
11 197 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2010 10:39PM
Superb,congrats on the EC
superb , i love it and well deserved EC.... angie
Nick_w Plus
8 4.2k 99 England
13 Nov 2010 8:05AM
One of the best images I've seen in a while.
14 Nov 2010 8:50PM
Hey thank you so much for the UA thingymabobs Nick, Cole, they really do mean a lot to me. Deefa is made up too Wink
cassiecat Plus
7 39 46 England
14 Nov 2010 9:09PM
this is brill. he looks so sad. congrats on the awards. the tutorial is excellent too, i'll have to have a go at it.lesley
15 Nov 2010 10:07AM
Oh wow! Really can't thank everyone enough for the response to this and now a POTW too, seriously I really appreciate it Pete.

Deefa is absolutely made up too, and for once he actually looks happy this morning Wink
Ian-Munro Plus
8 200 15 Wales
15 Nov 2010 10:34AM
Congrats Simon I really think its deserved not just for the amazing finished article, but for the great tutorial too.

Coleslaw 10 13.4k 28 Wales
15 Nov 2010 10:37AM
What did I say!?!?
Well done mate and Deefa!
15 Nov 2010 12:29PM
Good return Simon, hope you are well?
15 Nov 2010 2:02PM
brilliant what more can I say..............
15 Nov 2010 9:25PM
Yep I agree, I have a beagle and they are disobedient but very loving. Love the image, patience payed off here.

javam Plus
11 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2010 11:09PM
Congrats on the POTW Simon, great way to mark your return!

Sus Plus
11 3.2k 9 England
16 Nov 2010 6:29PM
Like this a lot... BUT...

I don't know to be honest, whether I would have realised it was a composite if you hadn't said, but when I saw that it was, I looked more closely at his expression.

I think there is a certain look that dogs give when they have been told to 'leave' and they are desperate to take... they look very tense and strain ever so hard not to look at what they are not supposed to be taking... but maybe every so often just a quick glance to check that its still there...

You might find it entertaining to try it 'for real' - you may end up with an entertaining series of the whole sequence - ending I assume with bone in mouth!
16 Nov 2010 8:51PM
Again thank you to all for the clicks and comments etc. I am working on a new tutorial which I hope to have finished in the next week or so, you've all spurred me on Wink

Sus, your comments are greatly appreciated thank you. Yes, the expression, looking through you PF you are obviously a lover of dogs yourself. Beagles are just notoriously disobediant yet become the most hyper-active of animals at the mere sniff of food. I just couldn't risk putting the bone on the plate for fear of him having it off -it was a chicken bone afterall. I could have used a different kind of bone, but, I wanted the image to feature a small bone that made his expression look right i.e. Is that It??? I did try a lamb bone but it just didn't look as good and for me spoiled the overall 'finish' of the image. I could probably have achieved the look you are after if I had nailed him to the table though Wink

Cheers guys
Morgs Plus
7 20 62 Wales
16 Nov 2010 8:57PM
This is just amazing work, and such a great lesson in composite photography and image creation. The awards are justly deserved, and I hope that this image manages iconic status just like another epz dog. Wonderful work. Well done indeed, and thanks so much for educating so many of us as to how you have achieved this look.

Sus Plus
11 3.2k 9 England
16 Nov 2010 9:00PM
Yes, I guess a Nylabone or Kong wouldn't have looked quite as good.

I'm just after you to take more photos of the beautiful Deefa!
Richsr Plus
8 90 219 England
17 Nov 2010 8:18AM
Sorry very late to this, great work and well deserving of all the awards.
Many on congrats.
Regards Richard
17 Nov 2010 2:17PM
wicksy 9 79 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2010 8:58AM
wonderful image, a big thank you for the tutorial, I am often in awe of the work I see on this site and wonder how it is achieved. Really appreciate you sharing your technique.
18 Nov 2010 10:22AM
Wonderful Beagle, fantastic image.
Thank you for the tutorial.

700 9 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2010 6:40PM
He sooooooo fed up, lets see the pictures of Benjie, bet he ate the puppies tea. Great shot I love it,
MarkT Plus
11 119 2 England
20 Nov 2010 1:09PM
Glad to make it 100 - well done!

20 Nov 2010 4:17PM
Excellent tutorial. Good of you to take the time and have a great result too.
Well deserved POTW.
20 Nov 2010 4:48PM
well done lots of time gone in to this, thank you

20 Nov 2010 10:45PM
How sad! Love the setting and the look on his face - great actor Smile! Certainly would look good enlarged and framed.
Nick_w Plus
8 4.2k 99 England
26 Nov 2010 8:00PM
Just seen it made potw well deserved. I think you know how much I like it Wink
we got a 5 year old cholcte lab at home who is determined to be a puppy so she couldn't sit still like that with a bone in front of her nose!!! still great shot well done
andy210966 Plus
8 4 119 Wales
2 Dec 2010 7:53PM
This is great Simon and well worthy of the accolade!

deavilin 11 340 1 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2010 6:49PM
Lovely to see you back hope you are okay Smile


PS JUst love this one tooooooooooooooooooo XXXX
Mari 12 1.8k Wales
6 Dec 2010 10:25PM
Brilliant Simon... a masterpiece Smile

Perfect shot, compliments..............
Goggz Plus
8 2.3k 72 Wales
16 Dec 2010 9:39PM

Quote:Brilliant Simon... a masterpiece


Totally agree with Mari, Simon. Love this work. Well done on the multitude of awards and it's great to see you back Smile
Cheers, Goggz
26 Dec 2010 2:05PM
Superb, fabulous work...............Sandy
5 Jan 2011 10:28PM
I love this image and many thanks for the very informative workflow, will put it to practice soon.
Aww his little face is so pleading you feel so sorry for him
BarbaraR Plus
9 16 1 England
4 Feb 2011 11:30AM
Congrats this is very lovely.
Such a lot of PS work, so clever.

23 Mar 2011 12:48AM
Love the photo of the dog. Poor dog. Hope you get him another juicy bone he deserves it..

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