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tcherring


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Natural Numbers (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-5050Z
Location: Home
Date: Mar 6, 2003
Date Uploaded: Mar 6, 2003

My son's dog, Pongo, has so many unusual markings! He was the perfect subject for this challenge.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 62
Avg (all users): 7.3814
Avg (commenters): 8.4000
Avg (participants): 7.1346
Avg (non-participants): 7.6667
Views since voting: 3859
Votes: 97
Comments: 46
Favorites: 5 (view)


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AuthorThread
03/19/2003 05:17:44 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club };-)

Initial thoughts
Congrats on the ribbon! , meets the challenge, lighting could be better.

Composition/ Content
The thing that grabs you about the shot is the expression on Pongo's face. It really tells a story. The "9" stands out quite well. Black and White was an excellent choice.

Technical
Focus seems good and contrast is excellent for the difference in light and shadow you have here. You seem to have a knack for portraiture which in opinion is one of the toughest parts of photography. I disagree that you should have cropped this differently, I think it is great. The only thing I would like to see improved is the lighting. I think a reflection onto to the back of Pongo's head would have outlined it a little better and made the "flashiness" on his face a little less harsh.

My Opinion On The Photo
I originally scored this shot a seven as did the most voters. I think that it really meets the challenge well but I had a problem with the lighting which didn't really appeal to me. Fantastic job, and keep up the good work.


I would be happy to talk further about this shot if you would like to contact me.
DougPaz


03/18/2003 01:45:13 AM
tara!!! you go girl!!! what a wonderfully sweet photo and i'm so happy that you got a ribbon. this was one of my favorites of the week...can't wait to see more of your work!

take care...
sher
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03/17/2003 12:25:40 PM
Alright!!! Tara! Congrats. You have only been here a month and already got a ribbon. I am jealous. ;o). Very nice picture. Keep it up girl!
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03/17/2003 11:33:20 AM
Pongo is wonderful. Not only was he perfect for the challenge,just look at that sweet look in his eyes. The lighting is very good. Nothing could improve the picture.

Perfect!
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03/17/2003 08:17:50 AM
Congrats, Tara!!! Wow! Excellent image!
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03/17/2003 06:54:52 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon!
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03/17/2003 05:43:02 AM
Well done on your ribbon. Excellent job, well done.
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03/17/2003 03:40:44 AM
Congratulations Tara on your ribbon. It is a lovely photo!

Gary
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03/17/2003 01:29:17 AM
That's really an excellent shot. I love how you only see half his face, and the rest fades to black background.

Congratulations on a well deserved 2nd place finish!

Message edited by author 2003-03-17 01:37:46.
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03/17/2003 12:48:55 AM
Wow, thanks! I was just hoping to finally beat a 4! LOL! For everyone who asked, no, I didn't spray paint our dog - that is all natural. Thanks for the votes!
03/17/2003 12:41:49 AM
A very well deserved 2nd place. Congratulations!
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03/17/2003 12:39:00 AM
Congrats on 2nd Place!
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03/17/2003 12:33:03 AM
One of my favorites of the challenge (9). Congrats on the ribbon ... Pango looks like quite a fella.

Bob
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/16/2003 11:22:58 PM
Extremely clever shot with beautiful focus, lighting and humor. Bravo. 9
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03/16/2003 10:20:42 PM
Wonderful image, and an excellent take on this challenge.
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03/16/2003 07:13:59 PM
K-9 - I don't think so.............
But I think I can see a number 7 in here, don't you???
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03/16/2003 04:41:44 AM
Good expression on this dog. and I do think the bad (flash?) lighting in this one is a plus. 9
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03/15/2003 06:20:56 PM
The WINNER....what a wonderful expression!
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03/15/2003 04:22:45 PM
If this doesn't take first place everyone is crazy. And it is a really great photo technically speaking. You got the number and the ability - put them together and what do you have - first place. Makes sense to me.
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03/15/2003 01:30:25 PM
wonderful shot! Lovely looking 9! Was the doggie scared? Definitely a winner one! 10 from me. Anastasia
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03/14/2003 09:33:15 AM
Super great! At first I though this was just another cliche shot. Then, I saw the light (the "9" actually). Now it is as plain as day. Great work. Nice portrait. Good luck with the challenge!
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03/13/2003 02:24:36 PM
What a nice dog pic!
And only now I see the 9. You didn't spray it on him did you? :)
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03/13/2003 12:50:05 PM
Give the pup a new toy for posing very nicely.
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03/13/2003 07:24:06 AM
Really original idea and a nice photograph too. The dog looks used to posing.
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03/12/2003 10:06:27 PM
Great capture. One of my favorites.
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03/12/2003 09:32:01 PM
Nice use of the title to support your photo
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03/12/2003 10:44:14 AM
Very clever -- I love it! Awesome title! Of course, if you spray-painted your dog... I'd have to vote a little differently :)
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03/12/2003 07:53:17 AM
I love the look he's giving...and the perspective. Looks like direct flash (?) which ordinarily isn't the best, but here I think it works with his "uh oh, you caught me" expression.
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03/11/2003 11:27:46 PM
Great subject!! Great eye, no pun intended. This is an excellent example of what this challenge called for and a great photo to boot. I love the expression on the dog's face. - 9 (no pun intended). To avoid the pun, I'll give you a 10
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03/11/2003 11:02:52 PM
9 equals 9 from me!
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03/11/2003 01:07:29 PM
Good shot of what in my experience with my dog is a difficult subject
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03/11/2003 11:15:36 AM
This is the best photo!! The idea behind it is great, and the title is great, and it's definately a natural number. Made me laugh out loud. I think the only thing that could be improved is if he wasn't looking at you like he wanted to bite you. lol. It's natural for him to want to look at you though, even at the angle he's facing. Focus and clarity are great on the 9. I love the dark background with lit subject. A great shot. Good luck in the challenge.
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03/11/2003 01:18:48 AM
Dramatic lighting, great photo for this challenge. Good luck, 8
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03/10/2003 10:23:52 PM
Finally a good challenge for a pet shot!!! I like this photograph...the black and white treatment works well for this and I love the emotion that you caught in his eye.
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03/10/2003 07:55:41 PM
nice
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03/10/2003 07:31:26 PM
ah ha! nice play on words as well as a nice shot, good lighting. it's bright where it needs to be. nice contrast too
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03/10/2003 05:09:12 PM
Wow, that's a pretty good "9". I'd have cropped in on his head a little more, leave the "9" on the right side of the picture.
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03/10/2003 12:42:40 PM
Very cute!!
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03/10/2003 12:15:03 PM
Nicely seen. Good shot. Good lighting.
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03/10/2003 07:42:52 AM
Nice photo! I love the expression on the dogs face. You certainly met the challenge as well as took a great photo. Good luck with the challenge.
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03/10/2003 02:56:10 AM
Not only a nice potrait of the dog, but very serendipitous!
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03/10/2003 01:13:51 AM
AWESOME!!!! 10
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03/10/2003 12:54:40 AM
Brilliant. Love it. Love it. You've met the challenge with highest honors :) I'd like to see this a little brighter, but it doesn't ruin the photo by any means -- 10.
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03/10/2003 12:34:50 AM
LOL! Looks like the dog is wondering what on earth you are doing! Great shot.
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03/10/2003 12:25:32 AM
This is the most clever of all. On top of being photographically good, the expression on the dog's face is priceless. A little like "I sneaked in here and surprised all of you' Perfect 10
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03/10/2003 12:08:49 AM
Ha, that's really cool. I just hope you didn't spraypaint this on there. Great picture, good composition, and I think the lighting, though a bit weak, works very nicely.
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