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Devine Puppy Love
Devine Puppy Love

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Challenge: DPL Album Cover (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: Portland Oregon
Date: May 13, 2007
Aperture: F/4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Emotive, Animals
Date Uploaded: May 13, 2007

My neighbors St Bernard had 10 puppies on May 5th. They lost one of them on the 11th. As soon as I thought of this challenge "puppy love" came to mind but, I didn't know what the D was going to be until in the editing process. I had several ideas but nothing really clicked until the editing. Divine even makes the hand coming in work for the shot.
pp was auto enhance via layer then erased the background on that layer so that the background remained a little darker using transparancy. Screen and Unsharp mask. Used spot sharpening and blurring and added a little saturation to the tongue. Most of the pp was playing around with the fonts. Flatten, Resize and save for web.

Place: 134 out of 153
Avg (all users): 4.9275
Avg (commenters): 5.1667
Avg (participants): 4.7179
Avg (non-participants): 5.0543
Views since voting: 834
Views during voting: 378
Votes: 207
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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05/21/2007 02:54:35 AM
Hey there from the Critique Club

Camera Work/Technical: Nice focus and you captured great colors in both animals.

Lighting: I'll have to agree with Efergoh and pacpinto on this one. The lighting is a bit too harsh. I think that your flash needed to be toned down a little. That white on the big dog's face seems just a bit too hot for my liking.

Composition/Content: The hand seems a bit out of place and even awkward. I know that this was probably the best way to capture what you were after, but maybe shooting the animals interacting at ground level would have helped.

My Opinion: I think that the voter's were most tough on your lighting. As soon as the image pops up, the eye was pulled right to the whites and held hostage. Still, cute idea and great animals!

Thank you for the opportunity to provide a critique on your entry,
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/20/2007 08:25:10 AM
Nice puppy. The light is too harsh (direct flash?), the crop isn't square (I really think it should be), but I love your lettering.
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05/16/2007 03:13:01 PM
Awww! Quite cute! I'd imagine the album has all sorts of teeny bopper hits on it.
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05/15/2007 07:40:23 PM
awwww..... so cute! Good luck!
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05/15/2007 11:01:47 AM
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05/15/2007 07:56:56 AM
not feeling "band" so much in this...
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05/15/2007 04:30:09 AM

The hand on the pup looks very awkward, the light is harsh. the puppy looks as though it is being fed to the larger dog. I'm sorry, I'm just not in love with it. 4
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05/14/2007 12:06:11 PM
awwww ... how sweet!
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