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Betty  -  The Sunset in Her Eyes
Betty - The Sunset in Her Eyes
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Bokeh (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM
Location: Monroeville, Alabama
Date: Jan 9, 2005
Aperture: f/1.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250 sec
Galleries: Portraiture, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 9, 2005

Contrast, exposure and temp.

Statistics
Place: 12 out of 241
Avg (all users): 6.4473
Avg (commenters): 7.8000
Avg (participants): 6.2951
Avg (non-participants): 6.6087
Views since voting: 4676
Views during voting: 421
Votes: 237
Comments: 34
Favorites: 8 (view)


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02/05/2006 09:53:12 AM
love the blur in the background
01/22/2005 09:24:40 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Overall this is a great shot. It shows something of the character of the subject, as a good portrait should. The sunset lighting really brings out her color. Focus is perfect, although a little soft in my opinion (but I'm big on textures, and probably overdo Unsharp Mask much of the time!). The color and bokeh in the background nicely complement Betty, although the bright area above her head is a bit distracting. The photo is slightly overexposed, but just in the red channel and mostly in the background, so it isn't a problem here; the red color cast works well in this photo. As mentioned by others, a tighter crop would help this photo; consider turning the camera sideways the next time you make a portrait of her.
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01/19/2005 12:32:34 AM
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Message edited by author 2005-05-31 19:11:47.
01/17/2005 08:10:05 AM
Martin - Great shot. Congrats on a top 20 photo!
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01/17/2005 12:28:27 AM
Again thanks.
01/17/2005 12:25:12 AM
Thank you all for your votes and comments. This was my first entry and am pleased with the response.

This shot was taken at sunset on the last day of submission. That day was the first sunny day we had had in a week so. I sat in a blind with a tele all afternoon. No luck. No birds showed up. Not one. So as a last ditch I grabbed up one of my dogs and drove down the road to a place where the sun had not yet gone behind the trees and took the shot.

On retrospect I would have to say that the members who said the picture should have been cropped tighter you are definatly on target. I tried a tighter crop later that night and it was a vast improvement. As far as improving the bokeh, sorry, that is what I was aiming for and am well pleased with the results.

By the way, the background is actually trees. Green trees. The color cast of the sunset gave them the warm glow. This effect was not done in PS.

Message edited by author 2005-01-17 04:20:04.
01/17/2005 12:19:56 AM
Congratulations on your 12th finish wuth this lovely to look at darling of a creature.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/16/2005 09:57:35 PM
very nice shot, tho i think a tighter crop on top would of improved this shot a lot,
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01/16/2005 06:08:26 PM
right on - nice job - i hope this is hanging in the house somewhere.
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01/16/2005 05:32:23 PM
Betty is one of my ribbon picks --- complimentary tones sets the subject apart from the beautifully soft back ground
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01/16/2005 11:35:46 AM
Excellent capture of this dog and freat use of background bokeh to make this dog stand out! Second review, bumping up.
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01/15/2005 11:17:23 PM
Fabulous the way you managed to match the background to his coloring so well. My only complaint is that he feels a bit chopped off at the neck, I'd have preferred to have more of his body in the shot. He is a gorgeous dog. And my apologies if he's a she.
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01/15/2005 08:22:43 PM
My favourite in this challenge - great bokeh - wonderful touching expression from 'Betty' - clear and sharp subject with great great color in background - 10
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01/15/2005 02:27:37 PM
great shot! most excellent bokeh! i'll be surprised if this doesn't make its way to the front page.
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01/13/2005 02:05:37 PM
The picture looks great bu I the background may be a little over-blurred. It's hard to tell what it is exactly.
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01/13/2005 02:08:51 AM
She looks very noble and wise. Love the brown tones throughout.
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01/12/2005 06:09:12 PM
Really beautiful!! Love the colors, the bg is perfect.
My only suggestion would be to fill more of the frame with Betty's head. It looks a little cut off from the rest of her body - like she couldn't quite reach far enough into the frame. I think I would experiment with some cropping and the frame it.
Great lighting and detail on this too.
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01/12/2005 01:37:00 PM
A very good image with the spherical version of bokeh done without the background overcoming the the subject. Bumping up.
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01/12/2005 10:13:49 AM
Betty is a beautiful dog! I love the golden tones throughout the photo. A very nice capture.
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01/11/2005 05:30:54 PM
Backdrop bokeh complements the colour of this dog and serves to enhance the subject. Nice appropriate title. 8
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01/11/2005 02:04:53 PM
I really like the bokeh in this picture....its subtle but still obviously there. The colors are perfect for enhancing your subject. Very nice!
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01/11/2005 11:27:44 AM
great expression!
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01/11/2005 11:21:31 AM
I love dogs. This is a good picture, I like the colors and simplicity of it. (8)
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01/11/2005 10:49:42 AM
Nice portrait
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01/11/2005 10:23:58 AM
Wonderful picture, good luck.
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01/11/2005 09:58:41 AM
great portrait
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01/11/2005 12:33:52 AM
I think you have a winner here. My only suggestion would be a slightly tighter crop. I don't think it needed so much space above. Beautiful tones and great capture of doggy expression.
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01/10/2005 03:58:10 PM
I love how this image is monochromatic. You've really framed the photo nicely too. Betty is beautiful (and so is the bokeh).
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01/10/2005 11:59:10 AM
Love her expression and the background really compliments her coloring. Very nice. She kind of looks sad or worried, although I'm sure she's as happy as can be. ;-)
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01/10/2005 11:10:40 AM
wow! and bokeh too - double wow
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01/10/2005 10:03:23 AM
What a good boy!
Give him a pet for me!
Perfect color matching!
9
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01/10/2005 03:25:12 AM
adorable shot!
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01/10/2005 02:39:18 AM
True bokeh. Appealing image, but no real strong points to it for me. Pity there's not a little backlighting to halo the dog slightly and pop it a bit.
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01/10/2005 01:43:45 AM
Great capture, beautiful expression.
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