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Challenge: Animal/People Interaction (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Date: Nov 3, 2009
Aperture: F/6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Nov 3, 2009

I'll probably get hammered for just having a pet shot but whatever. I decided I would enter this because I somehow managed to think that the Beer/Soft drink challenge was due on Tuesday and I had a shot idea all set up, just needed to buy supplies. I begin taking the shot Monday night and notice on DPC that it's already in voting... hooray.
Anyway, this shot was originally taken for the Oct. Pets side challenge, so anybody from that SC will probably recognize my dog and know who's shot it was, especially with all the snow. If you couldn't already tell, my dog Hogan very much enjoyed this photo shoot. Too bad his foot got a little chopped off. meh.

POST CHALLENGE: Sooooo... really wasn't expecting this as you can see from my original comments.
Thanks for all the comments; it's been a boatload more than I've ever received before. We had just received around 20 or so inches of snow and it was still largely undisturbed. I had been waiting to get a shot like this of my dog for a long time actually, but hadn't been able to due to time constraints and weather patterns. The photo shoot was a blast too, although I lost several balls in the process (or should I say my dog lost them).
Oh yeah, the score took a bit of a dive in the final day... dropped a full tenth.
I'm thrilled to have also received posthumous's Blue for this photo. Thanks a ton!
Outtakes here
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Statistics
Place: 3 out of 67
Avg (all users): 7.1439
Avg (commenters): 8.6176
Avg (participants): 6.6500
Avg (non-participants): 7.2321
Views since voting: 216973
Views during voting: 612
Votes: 264
Comments: 88
Favorites: 31 (view)


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01/15/2013 10:20:54 PM
MAD DOG! love it
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05/04/2012 01:16:13 AM
STILL one of my favorite photos here. :-)
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02/09/2011 11:14:13 PM
Lovely, this photo just made my day! I love the action in this shot. The series is very nice! I have to ask... how much snow ended up on you?
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11/28/2010 11:54:37 PM
Congratulations on the ribbon. The whole series is wonderful.
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11/24/2010 12:16:12 PM
It is inconceivable that I never commented on this!!!!! This image is better than therapy! Just looking at it gives me a jolt of joy to the heart. What sort of dog is this? Offhand I'd say Irish Setter...
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10/15/2010 06:54:50 PM
Just tried to fav this and found I had already.
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07/07/2010 12:34:28 AM
This is actually pretty awesome... even though it is a pet shot ;P
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07/02/2010 07:35:23 PM
Oh,yes. Those floppy ears and total exuberance would resonate anywhere!

glad you are getting fantastic recognition for this fun shot.

Alice
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07/02/2010 01:53:54 PM
what an adorable shot!
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05/27/2010 10:28:00 PM
This shot is priceles..haha
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03/03/2010 08:01:26 PM
I dont know where I was, but I missed seeing this great photo. I bet Hogan finds the lost balls when the snow melts. You had a hard time selecting from the outtakes I bet.
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12/24/2009 02:30:54 PM
I liked this when I first saw it, but thought I'd let you know that I just came across it again by using "stumbleupon"--so it appears you are gaining popularity outside of this site as well!
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11/17/2009 08:28:21 PM
What a fun shot! Congratulations on your new PB and the yellow!
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11/17/2009 09:35:29 AM
What a great capture...look at all that snow...burrrrr. Congrats!!
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11/16/2009 04:22:21 PM
Such a beatiful shot of your dog at play
He looks so happy I just love this series of images and you certaily deserved a ribbon Congratulations
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11/14/2009 05:18:29 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon. Love this shot.
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11/14/2009 01:36:21 AM
Congrats! What a joyful picture. Love it!
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11/13/2009 10:09:09 PM
Magnificent shot
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11/13/2009 02:30:11 PM
Absolutely loved this during voting. Congrats on your well deserved ribbon, Derek.
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11/13/2009 09:11:08 AM
*lol* very funny picture. :-))) congrats!
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11/12/2009 06:04:33 PM
This photo is so playful. Congrats!
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11/12/2009 12:57:24 PM
Big WOW lovely shot dear
i give u Blue ribbon :)
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11/12/2009 12:33:27 AM
This was my pick for the blue hands down!! I love everything about it & the technical
Quality is 1st rate. Congrats

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11/11/2009 10:36:51 PM
Nice action shot, I wish we had snow like that here! Great capture, congrats on ribbon.
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11/11/2009 08:58:10 PM
He sure looks like he is having fun..and that is what it is all about! Congratulations on a great image
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11/11/2009 07:12:16 PM
Very nice, congratulations. By the way, your dog looks like a big sweety.
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11/11/2009 06:48:58 PM
Congrats on your Yellow. Beautiful action capture of this beautiful dog.
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11/11/2009 04:58:14 PM
Great shot. In my view, even the outtakes would have placed in the top three.
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11/11/2009 03:14:33 PM
This was my #1, a terriffic energetic shot. Congratulations on your ribbon.
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11/11/2009 01:10:18 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon! Lovely image!
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11/11/2009 12:58:01 PM
I did the same thing with my dog after the storm...but without pictures. Now i wish i did.
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11/11/2009 12:49:15 PM
I REALLY like that burst of color in the middle of all of that white. Congrats on your ribbon!
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11/11/2009 10:48:26 AM
Lovely picture. The implied human interaction can only be missed by the blind. The perfectly exposed snow and subject are amazing. Should have taken the blue, IMHO. Congratulations !!!
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11/11/2009 10:07:41 AM
wow -- that's some serious snow! I'm in MI and we haven't had so much as a flurry yet. :P
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11/11/2009 09:36:22 AM
What a beautiful dog, congrats on your yellow ribbon.
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11/11/2009 09:31:47 AM
Well. . . you know how I feel about this photo. I reckon I've gushed enough. I'm so glad you ended up with a ribbon! Congratulations. Hogan is awesome!

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11/11/2009 07:40:38 AM
OMG - this is awesome!!!
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11/11/2009 07:14:22 AM
Congrats on the well deserved ribbon. The energy and enthusiasm of the shot makes the shot.
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11/11/2009 07:11:54 AM
Well done! Congrats on the ribbon!
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11/11/2009 07:00:37 AM
Congratulations. This was one of top 3 that I thought should end up on the front page.
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11/11/2009 06:05:20 AM
Great!
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11/11/2009 03:00:59 AM
Congratulation on your ribbon and PB!!
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11/11/2009 02:58:10 AM
i love dogs... i put here a photo of my Maffy too... congrats, a deserved ribbon
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11/11/2009 02:17:25 AM
Completely lovable and adorable!!
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11/11/2009 01:53:48 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! This is a fabulous shot!
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11/11/2009 01:48:32 AM
I absolutely love this shot! Definitely a 10! Fetch has got to be the most commonly observed animal/person interaction and you captured it beautifully! Congrats on the ribbon, but in my opinion, this shot deserved blue!
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11/11/2009 12:40:56 AM
Wd Derek, marvellous shot, my only 10. Pity so many speed voters missed the human interaction simply because there wasn't one (a human) shown in the photo...you got 46 x 10's, MORE than 1st (x44) and 2nd (x27) Place. Tells you that math and logic aren't related.

Message edited by author 2009-11-11 00:43:43.
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11/11/2009 12:10:33 AM
Great shot! Looks like this photo shoot was a blast! Congrats on the ribbon.
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11/11/2009 12:07:02 AM
awesome!! I loved this shot (I gave it a 10!)
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11/11/2009 12:05:41 AM
Love a doggie shot, there soooo much fun, daft, but fun...... Hogan looks like he's having a ball! hahahahah

Congrats!
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11/11/2009 12:04:16 AM
Big congrats! I am so glad this image ribboned :)
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11/11/2009 12:04:02 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! This was one of my favorites!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/10/2009 09:48:22 PM
I have to give this the Posthumous Blue. Holy cowabunga.

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11/10/2009 01:03:47 PM
I elected to use a rating table to decide on what value to assign during voting.
Here’s the table:
1 No Animal/People Interaction
2 Slightly Appealing, but no Animal/People Interaction
3 Moderately Appealing, but on Animal/People Interaction
4 Greatly Appealing, but no Animal/People interaction
5 Not Appealing, but possessing Animal/People Interaction
6 Slightly Appealing and possessing Animal/People Interaction
7 Moderately Appealing and possessing Animal/People Interaction
8 Greatly Appealing and possessing Animal People Interaction
9 Better than #8, and caused an audible sigh
10 Better than #9, and would likely declare it a favorite
11/10/2009 11:09:21 AM
Ok. . I was just browsing thru the thumbs here, not even thinking I had enough time to vote on this challenge -- but after seeing this -- it is getting my 10 vote -- and I'm making sure I vote enough for it to count. Because if it doesn't win a blue ribbon, you have been totally robbed by an inferior photo! I can't imagine having a photo this cool of my pet! Congratulations! And thanks for being such an awesome owner who would get out and play in that weather :)
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11/10/2009 10:34:34 AM
Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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11/09/2009 11:33:16 PM
woah boy! fantastic capture!
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11/09/2009 09:01:36 AM
What a fabulous shot. I bet that doggy is having a blast.
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11/08/2009 02:20:01 PM
Oh my goodness! This is too funny - what a terrific capture. The way that dog is just exploding out of the snow, lol! Would be nice perhaps if the human interaction part was a emphasized a litle stronger though...
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11/08/2009 01:13:19 PM
This is so fun & playful! Great stop action - full of emotion. Well done!
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11/08/2009 12:26:27 PM
great picture!
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11/08/2009 06:39:13 AM
This will ribbon (I hope)...emotive, fun, exhuberant and interactive with Human that threw the ball. Only negative is the snow being overexposed to get detail in the darker fur and eyes of the dog. May bump score later...
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11/07/2009 06:05:51 PM
holy cow, you really have snow! love love this photo
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11/06/2009 06:34:14 PM
All I can say is this looks like the dog is having a great time. He/She really pops out against the snow and the ball being a different color is perfect. 10
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11/06/2009 05:30:15 PM
I like how this clearly shows human/ animal interaction without a human in the frame - it makes the viewer part of the subject. Cool!
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11/06/2009 03:21:39 PM
Great cute shot of doggie in the snow and the ball makes a wonderful focal point. But though dog is clearly headed for you, you are not in the shot, so hard to tell which way voters may go.
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11/06/2009 11:34:52 AM
This is very nice! Actually I love it! So lively and great capture!
Gotta love the snow!
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11/06/2009 09:09:19 AM
Ack; snow already!!! This tells a story in spades. I fear if you were not using a long zoom that you may have been run over a split second after taking this ;-)
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11/06/2009 06:58:25 AM
Excellent photograph. He looks like he is a lot of fun, and enjoying the play so much! Great Capture, surely tells the story of interaction. 10
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11/05/2009 10:53:20 PM
I'm really thinking that a person needs to be in the shot to fit the challenge properly but this image is just so cool I had to give it a high score.
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11/05/2009 08:39:02 PM
Excellent action capture.
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11/05/2009 01:42:51 AM
wow! really good! almost perfect! 9
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11/04/2009 11:23:56 PM
Made me laugh. No human in sight but the interaction is there and I hope nobody dings you for that nitpick. Great shot. 8.5
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11/04/2009 10:34:32 PM
This is joyful and magical! Love it!
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11/04/2009 09:27:35 PM
What a great shot! 10
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11/04/2009 07:52:49 PM
Excellent shot! Great capture!
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11/04/2009 03:59:31 PM
Great shot but where's the human?
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11/04/2009 03:07:29 PM
Brilliant!
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11/04/2009 01:05:03 PM
wonderful capture! i wish that there had been a bit more distance in between you, so that there was a strip of snow at the bottom, but thats just me. great composition!
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11/04/2009 12:41:46 PM
What a COOL shot! 10
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11/04/2009 12:21:57 PM
Beautiful shot!!! If there had been just a little more human to it, I would have scored it much higher.
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11/04/2009 10:03:34 AM
LOL! I'm sure this will do well for you... I like the photo very much... but I'm missing the Human part. My dog picks up his ball by himself and runs around with it. Yeah. He's strange. (not voting)
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11/04/2009 09:38:25 AM
Guaranteed smile-inducing shot unless you have a fear of large brown dogs built partially of snow... I love how he does indeed seem part snow monster, part dog. The blue/green of the ball works well, and the implied human (ie us - the viewer) works well for me, too. Great fun!
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11/04/2009 08:56:55 AM
I like seeing all the different seasons in these photos. Even though you cannot see the interaction it is obvious from the picture, nicely done. The green color of the ball adds a nice punch to the shot.
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11/04/2009 04:34:00 AM
This is fantastic, i love it
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11/04/2009 01:12:15 AM
Really cool action shot. The dog is in great focus and you definitely captured the interaction between man and his best friend. Good job!
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11/04/2009 12:52:39 AM
This is awesome and he looks like Scooby Do. I love it and it's a 10 for me. Thanks for making me smile today.
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11/04/2009 12:10:36 AM
Super play shot, we have to assume the interaction with the human who must either be the photographer or behind the photographer. Good job keeping expression in the eyes and details within the snow.
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