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Tough Love
Tough Love

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Challenge: Pet Portrait III (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Location: Nassau, Bahamas
Date: Feb 19, 2008
Aperture: F/5
ISO: 320 (auto)
Shutter: 1/500 sec
Galleries: Urban, Animals
Date Uploaded: Feb 24, 2008

Although this isn't my own, I'd like to see what kind of reaction I'm going to get from the voters. Will they vote me down for thinking I'm "mistreating" this dog which they think is mine? Or will they call me out on saying it's not mine? Either way, it's a pet portrait :) This pitbull and her pups were shot from the streets of Nassau, The Bahamas.

If you are interested in donating to or adopting from the Bahamas Humane Society, please visit //www.bahamashumanesociety.com/

Place: 150 out of 261
Avg (all users): 5.5123
Avg (commenters): 7.1333
Avg (participants): 5.3182
Avg (non-participants): 5.7419
Views since voting: 698
Views during voting: 362
Votes: 203
Comments: 18
Favorites: 0

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03/05/2008 01:54:45 PM
The saddest part of this picture to me is that the chain is so short that she can't even comfortably lay down to nurse her pups.

It's an excellent portrait of a mother and her brood, in less than perfect circumstances, yet she seems happy enough to provide nourishment. It makes me stop long enough to wonder where her water bowl is, and whether someone is feeding her as well.

A truly great shot is one that evokes emotion and makes you think. This does both.
03/03/2008 03:56:39 PM
I voted this a 7. I would have scored higher except that the vignetting seemed too heavy-handed.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/02/2008 04:37:31 AM
Goodness, all those puppies! Nice composition, I like the saturation level you used here.
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03/01/2008 09:48:30 PM
Intense maternal emotion portrayed in this image. The whole setting and title is intense "tough", I almost missed the pups. Wow. I'll be thinking about this one later. 10
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02/29/2008 02:08:59 PM
This is a very powerful and poignant shot to me. The chain, the puppies, the look from the dog. She lives the life she has. The correlation to the people who own her is probably more direct than most would wish to consider.
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02/27/2008 05:07:33 PM
I think you could crop about two inches off of this and have a great picture. The window is not important and that is what I see first.
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02/27/2008 09:18:56 AM
looks like a tough life too being chained to such a short one. Good clean crisp sharp all around, I like the negative space and the lightness around her. 10
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02/27/2008 07:40:22 AM
A belt for a collar... Interesting image, but yes, disturbing.
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02/26/2008 07:59:38 AM
Whoa....kind of a sobering image after all these happy shots. Very good, albeit slightly disturbing. Great processing and choice of format. 8
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02/26/2008 03:33:00 AM
I like this. He looks a little evil.
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02/26/2008 01:40:43 AM
that is so very sad. Poor baby. Talk about an environmental portrait.
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02/25/2008 07:38:56 PM
Seems like an awfully short chain?! This is a great B&W.
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02/25/2008 05:09:16 PM
The b/w has certainly helped transform this picture and the chain seems to add a sad note, which makes me wonder what it would be like without it.
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02/25/2008 02:12:48 PM
Is this your dog? I really hope not, I'm no PETA fanatic but I certainly don't like seeing a dog being chained up with her pups to care for.

That being said, this is a wonderful shot! I understand that art/photography isn't always beautiful and picture perfect and this is a very powerful image. I love the xpression on her face and the composition is perfect. Well done on the shot!

If it is your dog, please take it inside, or atleast give it a collar that fits and use a rope or yard tie instead of a heavy chain to tie her up. I'm sure she's tired enough with about 4 pups to raise......
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02/25/2008 12:51:38 PM
i would have cropped it down a bit
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02/25/2008 10:28:34 AM
Unique. Street photography image. The colar is a nice touch. God luck.
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02/25/2008 03:50:52 AM
it tells a story, very nice work!
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02/25/2008 12:35:59 AM
That is soooo sad!!!
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