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Challenge: Black & White II (Basic Editing I)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Nashville, TN
Date: Nov 15, 2004
Aperture: f/14
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 15, 2004

I was in Nashville to take photos as a favor to my mother, who happens to have a striking black & white dog. Less than 90 minutes to go before my return flight. Hmmm... quick trip to the fabric store for a yard of zebra print material and viola!

I placed a single strobe light with a reflector umbrella just to my left and got a little natural sunlight from a large window on the right. Waving a piece of beef jerky around the lens will get a dog's UNDIVIDED attention. Very minimal processing: basically auto levels, convert to grayscale, crop and resize. That's it.

Now let's see if a camouflaged dog will be visible in a field of 600 entries!

Statistics
Place: 13 out of 636
Avg (all users): 6.4520
Avg (commenters): 8.1795
Avg (participants): 6.3665
Avg (non-participants): 6.6373
Views since voting: 2396
Views during voting: 438
Votes: 323
Comments: 51
Favorites: 17 (view)


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11/24/2004 05:45:21 PM
Ha, ha... me neither. The concept relies entirely on the distinctive background to stand out in the crowd. With more time, I might have been able to REALLY camouflage her or get a more interesting expression (she looks bored). This was like a 90 minute speed challenge for me, so I can't complain.

I still like it better than my October Free Study, though, and that one was one of my high scores, so I'll be looking at it for a while. :-(
11/24/2004 04:49:48 PM
OK, time to fess up & be honest.

I have looked at this shot over & over, and thought it was a scalvert original and placed well, it just didn't do "something" for me.
Don't get me wrong, as it's all done right, just maybe isn't my kind of shot? I certainly won't be a hypocrite and add to the ooohs and ahhs just to go with eveyone else. You are a very creative and gifted photographer, but as we all know, nobody can please everybody all the time.

Respectfully, and hopefully still friends?
:)
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11/24/2004 12:29:23 PM
Brilliant and creative. I have come back several times to just enjoy this one. I loved reading the details of how you thought of doing this and your set-up.
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11/24/2004 03:33:28 AM
And another very creative shot! When I saw this one I was amazed and stoned to the chair. I see this picture on the 1 , 2, 3, 4 place! Not lower! People who gave a 1 or 2 or 3 to this pic should be banned for voting :)

I bet you're happy with the result... well don't be YOU've BEEN ROBBED!

Message edited by author 2004-11-24 03:34:01.
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11/24/2004 01:49:07 AM
Shannon, congrats on 13th place out of 600+!
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11/24/2004 12:38:27 AM
Congrat's Shannon! You are amazing. As for the 1's and 2's it's obvious: they couldn't find the dog. ;)
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11/24/2004 12:35:06 AM
Hmm... nine votes of 1 or 2. Do we have some cats as members, or was this not black and white enough? ;-)
11/24/2004 12:18:21 AM
Shannon, when you are hot, you are hot. My warmest to find Man's best friend in all its glory. Congratulations on your 13th placing.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/23/2004 11:34:45 PM
This is one of the best dog pictures I've seen :) just beautiful
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11/23/2004 11:30:48 PM
This is almost abstract. Some will hate it. Some will like it. I am really a bit unsure, but I think you captured the dog beautifully. I am just not sure about the background. It definitely makes it stand out, which is probably a good thing with so many entries. Good luck.
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11/23/2004 11:06:29 PM
Love the pic!
Nice white and darks and GREAT patterns!
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11/23/2004 09:07:39 PM
This picture is magnificent. My favorite. 10
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11/23/2004 09:04:44 PM
Beautiful face, good bg, wonderfully exposed and composed. The eyes are so well focused and you captured the attentive character. I love it! My pick for first place. 10!
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11/23/2004 04:48:11 PM
Best animal shot I seen on this site so far!
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11/23/2004 04:18:14 PM
Well, good choice of colors to work with for this challenge. Expose and focus are all nice. Good catch lights in the eyes.
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11/23/2004 12:47:52 PM
beautiful dog~
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11/23/2004 12:12:25 PM
Can't get much better than this. Fabulous
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11/23/2004 11:29:28 AM
he he he very cute!!
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11/22/2004 09:27:22 PM
Good quality, boring photo, especially the composition.
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11/22/2004 03:56:44 PM
I love the way the striped background emphasizes his coloration.
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11/22/2004 04:34:17 AM
Great portrait of a dog, his eyes really speak a story here. Love the lighting in this shot. Only thing I am going to nitpick about is the composition. I haven´t personally taken any dog portraits, so please feel free to ignore this but I have seen so many of them composed in "portrait" but not "landscape" as you do here so that if you would have gotten his paws in the shot too and eliminated more of the blanket on the left and right I think you would have had a killer shot. Anyway, gave it a 9.
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11/22/2004 03:32:08 AM
Clever concept.
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11/21/2004 09:19:53 PM
Normalyl I wouldnt rate an animal photo so high, but this one is stunning. A 10 from me. The background is perfect. I hope this ribbons.
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11/21/2004 06:08:31 PM
Nice work. I really like your choice of background for this shot.
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11/21/2004 05:43:27 PM
mega cute - 7
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11/21/2004 04:24:46 PM
One of my top picks. Excellent!
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11/20/2004 05:49:29 PM
Cool shot, great expression. Lovely patterns
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11/20/2004 10:13:06 AM
Very original backdrop that fits perfectly with the dog and the title. A nice clear shot that doesn't rely on usm for definition. One of the best in the challenge for me.
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11/19/2004 10:19:00 PM
We love our Huskie, she 15yrs old. Very nice capture
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11/19/2004 09:51:21 PM
Those are some eyes! I like the background too...nice shot. 8
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11/19/2004 03:34:07 PM
Nice photo, but it might be a good idea to try to photograph something more original for the next DPC challenge.
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11/19/2004 01:09:28 PM
WOW. Excellent lighting and focus. The animal print really goes great with his coat. GREAT job. Top ten! 9
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11/19/2004 10:53:54 AM
A great b&w photograph. I would call it a busy photo, but the dog's markings blend in perfectly with the background. Makes it more interesting than a solid background. Title fits.
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11/19/2004 07:53:30 AM
Wonderful composition, perfect expression on Waldog's face. The light in his eyes make the shot come alive.
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11/18/2004 06:44:45 PM
What a beauty! I usually don't care for centered composiitons, but it surely works here. BOL
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11/18/2004 02:52:29 AM
One of the better Dog portraits on DPC, great background...
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11/18/2004 01:45:10 AM
This wins the prize in my opinion. What a wonderful photograph. Look at that beautiful face!!! It looks as if you took some time and thought with this.
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11/17/2004 07:43:44 PM
Amazing photograph...tones are perfect. I bet this one will be a winner. Beautiful Dog!!!! By the way, cute title.
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11/17/2004 07:20:42 PM
Nice, eyeplay
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11/17/2004 05:01:09 PM
I love malamutes! This is a good portrait. Generally the zebra print would be too distracting but it's not here, it frames the puppy well. -8-
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11/17/2004 12:02:44 PM
i like all the textures and love that went into making this, although im a little dizzy now ^o^;
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11/17/2004 11:05:07 AM
roflol. Great title - adds interest to the photo but the image doesn't rely on it. There is an excellent softness to his (?) fur. 7
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11/17/2004 10:28:49 AM
I love the idea - but remember that Where's Waldo was know as different things in defferent countries. so you might get some feedback on this. ( in the UK is was Where's Wally
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11/17/2004 09:24:17 AM
Cute dog. I like siberian husk
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11/17/2004 08:51:06 AM
adorable :)
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11/17/2004 08:40:05 AM
Very well taken shot... catchlights in the dog's eyes are perfect. My only complaint is the background you used competes with the dog. A solid color would have been better.
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11/17/2004 08:39:12 AM
You can see where he (or she) comes up through on the lower left. Would have been perfect if it wasn't for that. Great job.
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11/17/2004 02:49:54 AM
Clever
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11/17/2004 02:47:48 AM
Very nice shot and I like how to used the background too!
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11/17/2004 12:22:35 AM
Great look in the camera shot, almost. lol Nice b/w 7
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11/17/2004 12:14:10 AM
Excellent subject and composition for black and white.. the lighting is excellent, as is everything else about this photo. I'm not much of a fan of humorous titles when the image itself has not obvious humor in it though...
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