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The Dogs

By oldbiddy
Taken yesterday with the camera on auto as I really haven't a clue what settings to use with black dogs and white snow and it was too cold (for me, the dogs love it) to do anything other than click. At least the dogs sat still for a second which was a triumph in itself.
Any comments/hints or critique very welcome.


Tags: Pets and captive animals

Voters: Bob_V, PatrickCampbell, CSuk and 14 more

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CSuk 8 7 33 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2010 5:57AM
Well by the long shadows in this it looks like it may have been late in the day. Its still a nicely done photo though. Use a polarizer lens (they give you good looking skies but also good looking snow scenes too) and get a pair of Lowepro togging gloves; or similar.
Thankyou 4 sharing Smile

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Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
10 Jan 2010 9:43AM
Try to get down to their eye level, rather than looking down at them.
oldbiddy 12 4 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2010 12:29PM
Thanks for the help, much appreciated and hopefully taken on board.

afyfe 14 270
10 Jan 2010 8:51PM
some good tips, above always helps to get down on their level so you can get good light reflection off their eyes as they look at you wondering what it is your up to!
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
24 Jan 2010 10:03PM
If you are unsure what settings to use check what the camera decided and then adjust to suite using the histogram as a guide, hope that makes sense, a great shot by the way. - gary
oldbiddy 12 4 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2010 9:43AM
Thank you afyfe and gary

danbrann Plus
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25 Jan 2010 4:34PM
From what has been said above the picture could maybe have been improved but I'm afraid the dogs won't sit about waiting. Get one in the bag as you have done then think about setting but whatever you do make sure you enjoy yourself... that's the most important bit.
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
26 Jan 2010 4:17AM
Two beautiful dogs , I ve two black labs ,ones a cross ,the others a lab retrever,Shadow 13 an Baily 2 ,
black is hard somtimes,, a nice shot just the same,like above lower angle ,

22 Feb 2010 12:12PM
They are fine specimens, and you have their attention, well captured,
KathyW 14 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
9 Mar 2010 7:06PM
Lovely dogs Smile

Black dogs in snow is a bit of a nightmare, but good advice already given. Getting down to their eye level is good, but I find it's the getting up again that's the difficult part Smile
oldbiddy 12 4 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 7:27PM
Thanks everyone, for all the useful info. Kathy I have to agree getting up is hard on the old knees and also when I am down on the ground the young dog wants to come and 'help' which of course is no help!

OAKEY 10 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 8:54PM
Fab labs thay look lovely, with the snow i put the camer on manual and the take am meter reading of a gray inthe mid range area, sounds cmplicated but its really simple.

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