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Romy's First Fall....

By SvetAriadne
Our little poodle Romy is super intelligent & she is a bundle of joy..... the 2014 Fall was her first...she definitely loved it...the falling leaves were her main joy to chase & play with.....It's almost impossible to catch the moment when Romy is still....that's why this photo is so precious to me....Smile

Tags: Pets and captive animals

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2 Jan 2015 4:29AM
A wonderful portrait that also is almost a textural camouflage.

netta1234 10 382 2 Wales
2 Jan 2015 8:58AM
Hi and welcome to EPZ,you said that you were a bit lost on the site,please don't be ,as there's plenty here that will help you,I find them ever so helpful.
This is a lovely image with some lovely colours and light.
Romy look's gorgeousSmile
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2563 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2015 9:18AM
It's a very sweet shot and obviously means a lot to you - that's the important thing!

Normally I don't like bright backgrounds because they tend to overpower the subject, but the golden yellow here is attractive and it's interesting the way that it is reflected in the black fur.

A suggestion: next time you get a similar opportunity, get down onto Romy's eye-level. This needs what I call a muddy knees shot - looking directly at the subject - here you were looking down at her.

One important point - the program mode you used gave a shutter speed of 1/40 second, that's rather slow for a living, breathing subject. It worked here because she's sitting very still, it wouldn't work if she was excited. Then you would need a much faster shutter speed.

I'll download the file and have a play with it, try to give her a bit more presence, boost blacks and tone down the background. And maybe a bit less space at the sides. If I can get anything I like I'll upload a modification.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2563 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2015 9:34AM
Modification uploaded. I also gave her a few more pixels under her paws and above her head.
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1966 England
2 Jan 2015 10:11AM
This is a very bright and cheerful pet portrait: as a dog-lover, you must like this a lot.

As a photographer, there are one or two possible tweaks, I think.

First, a lower viewpoint could work well. I'm sure that when you're interacting with Romy, you are often down on the ground, at her level, so why not shoot from there? Your camera has a tilting screen, which will make it easy, even if you don't want to kneel down on the ground.

The other thing is that the composition is very central: a significant crop on the left seems most natural to me - and I hope I'd have gone for a portrait-format shot in the first place, to allow a bit more height to the image.

Colour saturation is quite high - this may be deliberate, though many will prefer something more muted - simply reduce the saturation in editing.

The touch of fill-in flash has worked very nicely: low enough that it doesn't scream "flash" at the viewer: bright enough to add a little sparkle.
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1966 England
2 Jan 2015 10:14AM
Working in parallel with Moira... Though I've suggested how to avoid the muddy knees...
dark_lord Plus
18 3.0k 835 England
2 Jan 2015 12:14PM
A very nice portrait of your dog. No distractions in the image and a great location.

The slow speed chosen by the camera has revealed a bit of movement, visible around the edges of the dog, though the flash has frozen the important detail.
That's always something to be aware of and something I still get caught by on occasion when using flash and low ambient light!

Using a lower viewpoint, if you can, makes for a bolde and more interesting image as you're on their level. That may affect the background a little depending on your location, with details getting in that may distract.
Once you've got a shot in the bag, lke this one, then think about alternatives.
banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4333 Canada
2 Jan 2015 2:09PM
HI Svetlana.

The image date indicates this was shot in April 2007, so I dont know if thats right, or its a 2014 shot.

The colour is very much over-saturated, and way too yellow. You may have done this in post processing, or in camera, or both; thats the main point for me.

The focal length equivalent if 30mm, so 1/40 is just marginal for a subject that could move, but I dont think it did. In either event, you used flash, which helps. It likely also accounts for the apparent movement at the edges around the dog.

As mentioned, better to get down to the dogs level if you can - it will give a better result.

Cropping space from the left to place the subject off centre can look better.

I assume Romy does actually have some colour other than black in the face?

Overall, to have reasonably good colour, your monitor should be calibrated; and ideally, you should not view on a lap-top or tablet for best performance. If the yellow tone looks ok for you, and my mod looks washed out, it may well be that you are not calibrated, etc.

Mod uploaded, view large.


MaryFaith 8 59 New Zealand
2 Jan 2015 7:47PM
I am not qualified to offer a critique - just want to say what a lovely portrait of your beautiful dog - I can see why she has your heart Smile

paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2015 9:43PM
It is a nice shot for you, but Willie comments on the considerable over saturation and he is right. The leaves are a very bright yellow and those tones are reflecting in the dogs coat.

Mollycat Plus
9 21 2 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2015 12:14AM
Hi Svetlana, welcome. I'm not qualified to give criitique, only see what I see and comment accordingly. Look forward to seeing more from you.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
5 Jan 2015 10:12PM
Hello & Happy New year to everybody! At first, I profusely apologize for not responding to your absolutely wonderful & helpful comments sooner. Thank you so much for the modifications & suggestions....I appreciate all of them so very much....Smile....
Willie...yes...Romy has the reddish color hair right around her nose....just like it's came out on the photo...Smile ...also....the picture was taken in on 11-21-2014....the date on the camera was somehow switched to 18 Apr 2007 - 3:27 AM ....I didn't noticed that for quite a while.....but all the photos are in the folders with the correct dates...Sorry for the confusion....Blush Guys....I'm a Nature lover to my bones...the muddy knees are totally normal for me because I'm fascinated especially by macro photography & always kneel for each tiny bug & rain drop....Smile This shot was one of the moments I couldn't miss for a blink of an eye..... if I had fallen on my knees to take the photo .... Romy would run to me .... that's how she is....Smile......However...I appreciate your eye-to-eye-level-shot next time !!
I have a question ...if the modification was done by someone it crucial for me to click on the link in my e-mail notifications right away ? The thing is I've received 5 notifications & all of them about photo modification....I've decided there were as many modifications...Blush You see...I' totally lost ......I don't really know the right things I have to do to be on top of things here....Thank you so much for your help Smile
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1966 England
6 Jan 2015 9:45AM
Yes, you get one notification per mod!

And thanks for the correction on the date -I've just commented on the latest upload about dates...
6 Jan 2015 10:21PM
Unfortunately.....a lot of pictures I wish to share are going to have the wrong I shall write the correct date each time I upload a new photo to avoid the confusion....Sorry guys Blush
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1966 England
9 Jan 2015 11:05PM
Don't worry much!

We don't need complete accuracy, jsut a rough idea is good, though!

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