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Gold & Black

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Challenge: Out of Place (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Olympus D-550Z
Location: Nikki's back yard
Date: Mar 27, 2004
Aperture: F3.2
ISO: 60
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Portraiture, Animals
Date Uploaded: Mar 29, 2004

Brody (11 month-old Golden), Drake (2 year-old Lab), Ginger (1.5 year-old Golden), Georgee (4 year-old Golden/Lab mix). I love dogs and taking their pictures individually, but man, working with 5 at once is a pain. -_- I tried to get my old guy (Sunny, almost 10 year-old Golden) to be in the picture too, but he didn't want to co-operate.

Brody, Drake, & Georgee belong to our friend who has trained service dogs for years and all four in the photo were in training at one time and either didn't finish training or were rejected for different reasons. Thankfully that means that all of them are highly trained, so it made it possible to try and work with them. Nikki, their owner helped me to get them lined up and get their attention.

This was my first "off-site" shoot and considering the use of 5 energetic Golden Retrievers and a Labrador Retriever, I think it went fairly well. ^_^

Natural light of 1:25PM in the shade of bushes. Brightness +5, Contrast -5, Saturation +16, Hue -4, Crop, Sepia, Contrast +10, Resize, Sharpen +3.

Place: 6 out of 241
Avg (all users): 6.3022
Avg (commenters): 7.1176
Avg (participants): 6.0980
Avg (non-participants): 6.4277
Views since voting: 2633
Votes: 268
Comments: 22
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07/10/2005 09:13:13 AM
Terrific capture. I understand about trying to get dogs to all be in a shot together!!! LOL This is wonderful. They all look so happy! The angle is great and I love the sepia. Under optimum circumstances, I might remove the grate below their feet.
07/10/2005 05:16:11 AM
heheh the black one knows he's the odd one out :-) I think this shot would have worked really well from the front too, although you woulda had to lay in front of all those slobbering jaws - imagine the image face on, white/black/white/white - coulda been a ribbon ;-)
04/07/2004 01:00:15 AM
Congrats on getting this far!

Edit: duplicate so i had to change the comment :D

Message edited by author 2004-04-07 22:06:51.
04/07/2004 12:59:40 AM
Well done! I was hoping this would do well! :D
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/06/2004 01:15:07 PM
The focus is so crisp in this photo. I'm not fond of the "stuff" in the background or the drain in the foreground. And I wish I could see more of the black dog. They all look really soft and friendly. :)
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04/06/2004 05:52:43 AM
I like the way the black is looking straight at me.
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04/03/2004 12:25:29 AM
Good capture of the dogs. I like the idea. It works, but somehow the black dog, while out of place, could be more in the forefront rather than a bit hidden. I know you can't really pose them, but I would have loved to see the black dog right between the pose of the fron two dogs.
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04/02/2004 07:11:08 PM
Good choice of tone for this image. The composition works well though it might be cropped a little tight on top (there were probably some distractions there). 7
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04/02/2004 05:03:24 AM
Idea is great, black and white also. Tiling and background is a bit distracting, maybe tighter cropping?
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04/01/2004 09:49:05 PM
Definitely top 10!
04/01/2004 11:43:33 AM
Odd one out maybe but out of place?
04/01/2004 08:45:39 AM
What beautiful babies. Are they all yours?
04/01/2004 03:17:06 AM
would have been excelent as opposed to good if tighter crop on heads to remove distractions in the background and if the odd one out had been less obscured
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04/01/2004 03:14:24 AM
beautiful pic. <9>
03/31/2004 04:20:25 PM
lol the black lab....Great shot. Great looking Retreivers. I had a golden. Wonderful friends.
03/31/2004 01:48:58 PM
Great expressions on the dogs! I would have liked to see nothing but that, the backround does nothing but distract. Why desaturate the colors? I would have thought given the title you chose that the subjuect matter would have looked great in rich over the top color. Good shot, a tighter crop would have helped though.
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03/31/2004 12:09:16 PM
Being a dog owner, this one just made me smile.
03/31/2004 11:44:34 AM
03/31/2004 11:00:06 AM
beautiful dogs. going with black and white was a good idea. nice work.
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03/31/2004 10:28:32 AM
very nice, too bad for the umrella base on the background and a landscape light growing out of the lab's head... still, great idea! and they are all such cuties! i was thinking about taking a picture of a friend's belgian malinois with regular dark colored shepherds, but i doubted that i could keep them all still like you apparently were able to... retrievers are much more mild-mannered dawgs... very nice, 7...
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03/31/2004 01:29:40 AM
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03/31/2004 12:48:14 AM
Even all the goldens are looking the same way whilst the lab looks elsewhere. Well done!
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