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dog study 1
dog study 1

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Challenge: Soft Focus II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Date: Aug 17, 2006
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Aug 18, 2006

I just received my new lens in the mail yesterday (85mm f1.8), and took some test shots. Meet Phil, one of my beagles. I love this little face -- trusting and vulnurable.

It seems that every time I try to shoot something specifically for a challenge, I'm not happy with the results. When I just shoot for fun, I have much better results. I snapped this photo along with some others, not even thinking about the challence, and only realised this morning that I liked this one for this challenge.

The only processing done to the image was to level, desaturate (to create the black and white) and crop.

Place: 10 out of 252
Avg (all users): 6.4199
Avg (commenters): 7.6500
Avg (participants): 6.1324
Avg (non-participants): 6.5399
Views since voting: 1774
Views during voting: 342
Votes: 231
Comments: 28
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/01/2006 01:55:14 AM
The essence is well captured. An image that communicates! Congratulations on your top 10 finish.
08/31/2006 07:09:19 PM
Congratulations on your top 10 finish. Wonderful capture!
08/31/2006 11:35:25 AM
Thank you for the kind comments. Suemack, both my husband and I have prints of this at work now, and our coworkers can't stop cooing...

Seriously, I've learned quite alot from the comments from this community, and I have so much to work on and learn. :)
08/31/2006 08:46:45 AM
Superb shot!!! I hope you have this printed out and framed.....it really is gorgeous!! Congrats on your top 10 place :))
08/30/2006 08:14:51 PM
one of my favorites in this challenge..very nice!
08/30/2006 06:49:42 AM
This is my second challenge and I really didn't think this photo would do so well. I lurk quite alot on the forums and read the comments on challenge photos to learn more about composition, techniques, and such. Most folks are tired of seeing pet pics, so I appreciate everyone's tollerance of the photo subject!
08/30/2006 12:57:18 AM
my dog is cuter ;-) lol... j/k nice shot and good score :-)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/28/2006 11:59:00 PM
what a face. I'm a shoe-in for puppy pics!
08/28/2006 12:54:04 AM
Nice photo but is a little dark.
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08/27/2006 08:41:23 PM
so cute
08/27/2006 12:19:42 PM
Really cute. Wish the nose was more in focus.

Doesn't seem to fit with soft focus.
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08/27/2006 08:54:04 AM
Lovely b&w...sure we are tired from pet photos but this is made very tasteful. Great choice of focus.
08/25/2006 08:47:36 PM
awww..nice capture of expression..focus on both eyes and not just one i'd give this a 10...9 gl
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08/25/2006 02:06:34 PM
Great photo, the b&w tones are very nice. Nice composition as well. Adorable subject.
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08/25/2006 12:48:41 PM
cute! :-)
08/25/2006 12:13:15 AM
Excellent subject for a soft focus image! Well composed and framed. Technical execution flawless. Just soft enough without disolving into blur! Among my top picks.
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08/24/2006 09:42:16 PM
Wonderful animal portrait, really very well done. Very professional looking work.
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08/24/2006 06:07:41 AM
what a beautiful little dog, I am not sure if this is the use of DOF or soft focus but I am going to go with the latter is this is overall a nice image :o)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/24/2006 03:35:26 AM
Excellent picture and good use of DOF
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08/23/2006 10:03:54 PM
Beautiful!! 10
08/23/2006 08:54:37 PM
Well lit. Good tones and strong composition. Nice entry for the challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/23/2006 08:43:04 PM
I like this composition; maybe a bit more light on the right side.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/23/2006 12:16:37 PM
Gorgeous dog and very good image.
08/23/2006 07:45:42 AM
love it
08/23/2006 06:40:50 AM
lovely for this challenge and what a beautiful face...My Millie needs to see this...here Millie...here Millie...
08/23/2006 06:21:27 AM
Beautiful shot. The eyes are great, superb use of focus. My favorite so far 9
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08/23/2006 05:36:07 AM
Works well in b/w
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08/23/2006 12:45:40 AM

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