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Challenge: Peek-a-Boo (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Location: Big Lake, Alaska
Date: Mar 5, 2008
Aperture: f14
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Mar 3, 2008


Place: 48 out of 131
Avg (all users): 5.6437
Avg (commenters): 5.8182
Avg (participants): 5.5000
Avg (non-participants): 5.7155
Views since voting: 877
Views during voting: 332
Votes: 174
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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03/26/2008 02:09:28 PM
Adding a comment from your thread. The lighting seems a bit harsh and off in this shot, which isn't easy with the dark fur friend you have. The eyes are just a bit too dark to make that connection. As Louis stated the focus seems a bit soft as well. I am not a fan of the color of cloth used and the type of material that it is, it reflects too much light taking focus away from your cute buddy. I gave this a 6 and do recall thing that I felt is was cute but that the main issue with me was the lighting and then the color.

Message edited by author 2008-03-26 14:09:40.
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03/26/2008 01:59:08 PM
From this thread: The subject is probably the first thing that garnered the large number of mid-range votes of 5. Cute pet photos probably do best only in subject-related challenges, such as Pet Portrait. Consider that your other shot of the pup in Pet Portrait III had more sixes than fives, probably for this reason.

There's nothing particularly engaging about Peek-a-pup, even though the dog is very cute, and acting in a cute way. For example, nothing has separated this picture from the large number of pet snaps that exist on Flickr, DPC, or many other websites.

Focus on the little guy's nose is sharper than on his eyes. If his eyes were lit well, or had interesting catchlights making his eyes look very big, maybe the photo would connect with more people. As it is, his dark eyes are almost lost in his dark fur.

The similarity of colour between the "backdrop" and the floor create a very unidimensional quality to this photograph, making it somewhat bland.

Overall, the picture lacks sharpness. It's a little soft.

It might have been improved by the following:

Ensure the image is tack-sharp. Let's see the individual strands of fur, or some detail that engages the viewer. I love blur and soft focus as an intentional effect, but for this style of photo, I consider sharpness essential. Check yanko's cat portraits for an example.

There are basically two colours here: grey and purple. Mix it up in your backgrounds, floor, add a red ribbon to your pet, etc. Add something interesting to the frame.

The framing/cropping itself is not very interesting, and should engage the viewer. Had we seen more of his environment, perhaps with the dog more to right-of-frame, it might have been more of an interesting view.
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03/17/2008 03:17:43 AM
Linda - that's a heck of a disguise for a Pug !! Did you glue the beard on, or did it hook over is ears ? :- )

Lovely shot adorable dog :- )
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/16/2008 09:48:08 PM
You gotta love this dog.
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03/16/2008 07:43:35 PM
Cute :) A little flat/harsh with the lighting perhaps?
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03/15/2008 03:10:36 PM
I like the composition here, very nice. A little too much contrast between the dog and the sheet, dodge and burn maybe?
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03/14/2008 02:07:23 AM
Nice dog portrait but there's no peek a booing going on here.
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03/13/2008 03:07:26 PM
What an adorable face :- )

Really nice the way the curtain drapes over him (her?). Nice colours and nice catchlights in the eyes.
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03/11/2008 11:03:51 PM
I love this...so cute! I can't wait to take pics like this of my dad's new little schnauzer...looks exactly like this one! He's coming to visit next month!
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03/11/2008 07:43:22 AM
cute and nice border.
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03/11/2008 01:53:27 AM
This is like portrait shot. Nice. A little blurry. Needs sharpening.
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03/10/2008 11:05:05 PM
The lavender against the black/white/gray is a great contrast. It is really difficult to see the eyes, though.
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03/10/2008 07:30:51 PM
If the eyes were brighter this would be a perfect picture.
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03/10/2008 04:37:51 PM
always ready to play, right? nice capture of the dog's personality
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03/10/2008 01:06:07 PM
This is so cute!
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03/10/2008 11:27:04 AM
What a cutie-patootie! The lilac/light blue material really sets off the subject here! *9*
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