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Bernese Mountain Dog

By kittlekottage
This is the picture before I started on it - any advice is really apprecaited.....have got the name correct now thank you Hazelmouse

Tags: Pets and captive animals

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pluckyfilly 13 351 33 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2010 9:02AM
the whites are held better before processing as it shows in this image other than that - just MOVE the dog to a better position as in b/g - your doing ok its a good picture and needs little processing really

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barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2010 9:05AM
whoops ... I tried to get rid of the clutter but on my monitor the green looked o.k
But I can see here it looks split..
I would try again but sorry I have to go out and havent time
I am new to this sort of thing But I do realise it is better to see the clutter when you take the photo and not afterwards
Sorry it is not better
Barbs
CathR 12 151 564 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2010 9:50AM
The character of the dog comes across really well in this shot. But for it to work well as a photo there are a couple of issues.

The main one is to be aware of what is going on in the background before you take the shot. We have all done it - you are so focussed on the main subject that you forget to look what is happening at the back and sides. Sometimes distractions can be sorted out at the processing stage especially if the main object has nice clean edges. But it is very difficult to clone out objects from in amongst the coat of a dog. The whisps of hair and the whiskers around the edges give the dog a very natural look and it is a shame to cut them off along with the background features you do not want. The only other alternative is to zoom in and try to pick out the unwanted pixels but it will take hours and no doubt you have better things to do.

The other main issue is the exposure. Black and white dogs can be very challenging and here the white areas are very burned out. You do not say what camera you have (always useful information for the CG team along with the camera settings) but if you have a histogram you could see that there are a lot of pixels bunched at the right hand end which indicates overexposure. In my mod I have tried to rescue the whites using the shadows/highlights tool using the reduce highlights at about 25%. I also used the burn tool to dampen down the highlights just a bit more.

It's better to get the exposure right when you are taking the shot so if you have the facility on your camera to adjust the exposure by exposure compensation it will give you a better result.

Finally I have sharpened the shot a little around the head area using unsharp mask at about 60%. It is a good idea to sharpen your shots before you upload to the site as they can go soft duing the resizing process for uploading.

Hope this helps

Catherine
TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 12 England
14 Jul 2010 11:11AM
I do prefer this of the two - the lower contrast makes it look more natural, and it shows more detail in the highlights, too.
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Hazelmouse 13 377 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2010 1:58PM
A very photogenic dog, I can see what attracted you and agree with the comments above.

By the way you have moved his origins to Asia LOL, he actually Swiss - a Bernese Mountain Dog. Used to pull carts and at some dogs shows they compete with these incredibly pretty little carts. Never when I have a camera though!
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2010 4:48PM
The technical head shot of the dog is good, even with the nose a bit out of focus you have made the correct decision to get the eyes sharp as in any portrait.

The background is a real pity and best dealt with by re-posing in the first place. Whilst this angle is good, eye contact would be even better - you could then crop in close, loosing all of the background.

Paul

Quote:The character of the dog comes across really well in this shot. But for it to work well as a photo there are a couple of issues.

The main one is to be aware of what is going on in the background before you take the shot. We have all done it - you are so focussed on the main subject that you forget to look what is happening at the back and sides. Sometimes distractions can be sorted out at the processing stage especially if the main object has nice clean edges. But it is very difficult to clone out objects from in amongst the coat of a dog. The whisps of hair and the whiskers around the edges give the dog a very natural look and it is a shame to cut them off along with the background features you do not want. The only other alternative is to zoom in and try to pick out the unwanted pixels but it will take hours and no doubt you have better things to do.

The other main issue is the exposure. Black and white dogs can be very challenging and here the white areas are very burned out. You do not say what camera you have (always useful information for the CG team along with the camera settings) but if you have a histogram you could see that there are a lot of pixels bunched at the right hand end which indicates overexposure. In my mod I have tried to rescue the whites using the shadows/highlights tool using the reduce highlights at about 25%. I also used the burn tool to dampen down the highlights just a bit more.

It's better to get the exposure right when you are taking the shot so if you have the facility on your camera to adjust the exposure by exposure compensation it will give you a better result.

Finally I have sharpened the shot a little around the head area using unsharp mask at about 60%. It is a good idea to sharpen your shots before you upload to the site as they can go soft duing the resizing process for uploading.

Hope this helps

Catherine



thank you for all your help it really helps
thank you for all your help I have a bit to read - but hope to get there in the end thank you very much for taking the time everyone
15 Jul 2010 12:43PM
Great shot and a lovely dog i have done a mod for you hope you like .
jj
Ridgeway 12 222 2 Ireland
20 Jul 2010 10:47PM
I think its been siad,
What a fine looking dog,a lower angle,

Aidan,,
User_Removed 11 26 2 United States
24 Jul 2010 3:22PM
A very handsome dog - you really caught his nobility!
Christina

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