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Close up of Springer Spaniel B&W

By pokey110  
This is a close up of my Springer Spaniel. I chose to use B&W instead of colour as I thought it enhance the photo.

There is something not quite right with the photo but can't put my finger on it.

Tags: Black and white Close-up and macro Pets and captive animals

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VIKI 11 18 1 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2009 7:51AM
He is a lovely dog. Perhaps a little cloning of the tear drop under the eye and a little more contrast. Other than that it's great!

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Malty 8 England
21 Sep 2009 8:44AM
I agree with Viki - Perhaps a tighter crop from the sides to produce a portrait Image would work! Great capture nonetheless.
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1966 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2009 5:03PM
Hello, Paul. What a beautiful dog, and mono is a good choice. The difficulty with a springer is the high contrasts in the coat and the almost inevitable burn-out of the whites. If you expose for the whites, you can enhance the blacks in editing, but it's difficult to retrieve burnt-out whites. In my editing, I removed the white of the dog's back by cloning it out, managed to retrieve some detail to the chest area, but the nose remains a bit of a problem, so I could only try using the burn tool on that area. Although the image doesn't immediately look wonky, the eyes are not level, so I rotated the image to straighten them up. My modification also shows a crop to the sides and bottom, a little brightening and sharpening of focus. You have the face nicely in focus, but your focus appears to be a bit off-centre because the left ear is more detailed than the right one. I cleaned the dog's eyes and sharpened them selectively. You say there's something not quite right with the image, and I wonder if it was the off-centre focus and/or the wonky eyes that have been troubling you?
pokey110 8 2 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2009 6:53PM
Thank you all for your comments, i agree with what you say and i have taken it on board for next time.

Thanks Pamela for the modification it brill. I didn't think to remove his back from the picture, its less busy now and concentrates on the face.
I agree with off focus and wonky eyes, i knew there was something but couldn't put my finger on it.

Thanks again Smile

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