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Please Adopt Me
Please Adopt Me

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Challenge: Hidden Gem IV (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Pentax K-R
Lens: Promaster 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 XR IF
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Date: Mar 15, 2014
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125
Date Uploaded: Jun 7, 2014

This is Nikki, a puppy we fostered this yaear for SICSA.org and one of the her adoption pictures I took. Last year we fostered seven litters of puppies for a total of 29 puppies.

I don't expect this image to place very high, as it is more of a stock photo instead of the now popular artsy photo. But I love the 'tude shown in this image.

Converted from Raw and processed with PSP X4

- Crop
- Fill light (+61) and Clarify (+58)
- Mask for table
- Curve layer to darken table
- Blur and Scratch removal on table (wrinkles)
- Mask for background
- Curve layer to darken background
- Blur background
- Curve layer added before both masks to process just Nikki
- Flatten all layers
- Resize
- Sharpen using Unsharp Mask (radius 0.75 - strength 100)

Place: 112 out of 239
Avg (all users): 6.0079
Avg (commenters): 6.2000
Avg (participants): 5.8529
Avg (non-participants): 6.6667
Views since voting: 278
Views during voting: 205
Votes: 126
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/17/2014 10:27:43 PM
so nice of the dog to stay while you took the shot

very nice portrait

seems the exposure was pulled a bit, or the shadows, and that created a bit of a halo on the background, around the tail, right ear and between the leg ...

voted earlier came back to comment
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06/17/2014 07:57:01 PM
What a beauty! I certainly believe someone would adopt him!!

Technically wise, I almost wish the background was the same color as the "ground", otherwise it seems to me as if they clash too much.
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06/17/2014 11:24:09 AM
You can't get any cuter
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06/15/2014 04:17:11 AM
A fantastic portrait of a lovely dog. But I think your processing is no good. Apparently you've made a selection and you can still see that especially at the tail and his right leg. Also some dust spots to the right you should have gotten rid of.
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06/14/2014 08:39:48 PM
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06/12/2014 10:47:30 PM
color palette adds a lot to the plea and the charm - a heartbreaking shot
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06/12/2014 03:31:52 AM
Technically perfect and adorable.
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06/11/2014 06:50:20 PM
Look at those ears! LOL Adorable
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06/11/2014 10:31:12 AM
How can you turn down a face like that.
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06/11/2014 07:10:14 AM
Aww cute! Is it my imagination or can I see some evidence of weird editing around the shoulder on the right?
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