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The Schnozz
The Schnozz
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Challenge: Pet Portrait IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX
Location: Backyard
Date: Feb 6, 2009
Aperture: f8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Humorous, Animals
Date Uploaded: Feb 6, 2009

Our dog Caly. She loves to play in the snow outside and always ends up with a nose full of snow. I have always wanted to do a close up shot of her face with my Tokina 12-24mm to get that exaggerated look, and this is the product of one such attempt.

I went with a high key approach (shot in the sun with a fill flash) to blow out the snow that had been trampled a bit. I will probably get dinged a bit for it, but I like it. Projected score (5.5, but if people find it funny, it may see 6...)

Processing of RAW image prior to JPEG conversion in CS4: Exposure adjustment, clarity, color selections (lighten blues), curves adjustment. As JPEG, adjusted exposure, Selective color (brighten whites and greys, darken reds and blacks), Curves, hue/saturation, and levels adjustement layers, smart sharpen, save for web. Adjusted selective colors post resize, USM for sharpening

Post Challenge: I was very surprised at the positive response to this one. I was sitting at 7.75 after 25 votes (ridiculous!), and sat right at 7 for the rest of the week. I am glad for all the great comments, telling me that the shot delivered exactly what I wanted to deliver. Overall, extremely happy with the finish and thrilled to get another new image for my 'top row'.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 278
Avg (all users): 6.9519
Avg (commenters): 8.3913
Avg (participants): 6.9901
Avg (non-participants): 6.9290
Views since voting: 3990
Views during voting: 483
Votes: 270
Comments: 52
Favorites: 12 (view)


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08/03/2010 03:47:43 PM
I will miss picks like this.... whish you all the best!
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10/09/2009 02:16:10 PM
Hysterical perspective and perfect DOF.
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10/09/2009 12:37:03 PM
How funny...love it!!!
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10/09/2009 11:05:23 AM
Nosy is an understatement. ROFL
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10/09/2009 05:48:31 AM
this made me smile everytime I have a look! It's so lovely and funny! I love it!
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10/09/2009 12:53:54 AM
Hilarious shot. All the more so with the eyes completely hidden.
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10/08/2009 10:15:25 PM
I loved this shot in the challenge, nice to see it again.
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10/08/2009 10:02:49 PM
Love this shot. Glad you posted again....now I can favorite it.
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10/08/2009 09:58:40 PM
Haha! Very funny! Love it.
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10/08/2009 09:49:46 PM
I can not look at this and not grin. Thanks : )
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09/12/2009 08:27:43 AM
was going to pick your airdale in the action shot for pik your fav pic but as i was leaving your portfolio i noticed this hilarous photograph .. how brilliant this is .. :)
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02/22/2009 09:47:03 PM
woof woof!!

(that's Canine for WAY TO GO PETE!!) now go get that dog a bone..with some steak attached!

I hope he bites you for this one! :)

ETA: you should've ribboned for this one Pete...at least give the pooch one!

Message edited by author 2009-02-22 21:47:59.
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02/21/2009 07:56:32 PM
this is by FAR my favorite!!! i love it! this should have gotten a ribbon!
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02/21/2009 01:04:19 PM
VERY well executed. The shozz and mouth have just the right emphasis among all the hair and snow.
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02/20/2009 12:48:35 PM
Awwww Peter! Caly is aDORABLE! These pet challenges are HARD. So many phenomenal photos. Winning an honorable mention in a pet challenge is like winning one in a Free Study. CONGRATULATIONS!

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02/19/2009 11:05:14 PM
Oh, what a laugh! Fantastic, fun shot. Congrats, Peter! And I LOVE that her eyes aren't visible. :)
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02/18/2009 08:16:59 PM
Well done, what else can I say?
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02/18/2009 03:00:22 PM
This one really made me smile! Adorable, and wonderful use of wide - I love wide!
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02/18/2009 02:49:24 PM
This really brought a smile to my face. He's so cute and you caught a fantastic moment. Big congrats on the HM, Peter.
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02/18/2009 02:39:24 PM
Awesome portrait. You should be proud.
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02/18/2009 02:31:59 PM
This is soooo cute! It's great that you can't see Caly's eyes, and the snow on her face is pretty. Kind of makes me feel a bit sorry for her, if it weren't for the fact you say she likes the snow so much.
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02/18/2009 01:01:41 PM
Excellent , Peter - really found this one full of humor & creativity :)
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02/18/2009 07:45:12 AM
Sweet! Fifth place, too. Excellent job, Peter!
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02/18/2009 02:04:54 AM
Ahh, that is Caly! Fantastic moment. Well done.
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02/18/2009 01:05:53 AM
I'm glad to see this one finished with a high placement. I loved the perspective of this and the nose was the capper. Such a cute photo!
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02/18/2009 12:21:42 AM
Congratulations. One of my favorites.
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02/18/2009 12:15:49 AM
Fun environmental portrait with outstanding technicals ... actually thought it'd place in the Top 3. Congrats on front page and Top 10.
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02/18/2009 12:08:36 AM
They love the snow alright, good humorous image and technically perfect:)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/15/2009 06:18:15 PM
Neat shot. Love the snow.
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02/15/2009 05:40:44 PM
At first I thought I recognized this pup. This is one of my favorites of the challenge.
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02/15/2009 03:01:20 PM
well done, hope to see this in top 3, 10 from me.
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02/15/2009 04:53:33 AM
Best in show! 10 from me!
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02/15/2009 12:35:46 AM
Wonderful perspective and snowy expression on this cutie. 9
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02/14/2009 04:51:14 PM
arrr great shot, i realy like it 8
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02/13/2009 12:38:28 PM
love it - you just have to laugh at a sight like this :- )

you wonder what (if anything) he can see through all that fur and snow . .

eta - I reckon that's Caly hiding behind that snow . .

:- )
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02/13/2009 09:27:03 AM
i like the wide angle and the "looking down" - squint combines to make this a stand-out -- one of my ribbon picks
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02/13/2009 08:48:36 AM
So funny.lovely pic and im sure this will do well.Pitty the one ear is in shade. Good luck!
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02/13/2009 12:02:48 AM
this I really like and it made me laugh
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02/12/2009 12:53:06 PM
Awesome!!
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02/12/2009 11:34:46 AM
great picture.the angle the snow on his nose everything just fab 9
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02/12/2009 10:52:44 AM
excellent well done love it 10
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02/12/2009 09:48:31 AM
LOL! Too adorable. 7
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02/11/2009 10:44:21 PM
Ok, this is too funny/cute. Nice nose.
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02/11/2009 09:04:17 PM
Can I have some hot cocoa now? This shot brings a big smile to my face!
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02/11/2009 09:04:12 PM
I absolutely LOVE this shot! What a HOOT!!! LOL!!! 10
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02/11/2009 04:11:08 PM
Aah Bless!
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02/11/2009 09:45:44 AM
That is hilarious.
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02/11/2009 09:05:38 AM
So funny!8
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02/11/2009 08:32:28 AM
great!
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02/11/2009 12:54:52 AM
Great fun shot!
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02/11/2009 12:48:34 AM
That is a great shot. Nicely done.
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02/11/2009 12:18:56 AM
I love this one so far in my voting!!
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