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  #116 Human interaction with animals (Wildlife, pets)
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Friends       ©2012 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       4th place, 117 points
1/4s, f2.8, ISO 200, 35mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Desaturate, then get the "look" most wholly using layers, (3-base, multiply, darken only, in that order), selective tone using black brush on multiply layer, clone, contrast, crop, and sharpen.       Extra Info: Interested in feedback on both the "type of photo finishing look" if that makes sense as well as the composition -- what you like what you don't
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Jul 5, 2012
    Great capture! Interestingly the figure in the image is anonymous but the viewer is aware of it. Nicely done!

Adirondack Gal
Jun 12, 2012
    Congrats Jade! Love the Golden and the detail in his coat. I would love to see this blown up! I feel the finishing is better than the composition. It just seems to be "too distracted" to me.

Jun 12, 2012
    Congratulations Jade! :-)

Jun 11, 2012
    Hey, in the top 5, congrats!

Jun 11, 2012

Jade O.
Jun 11, 2012
    Thank you all for your votes and especially your comments. Each one is appreciated.

Jade O.
Jun 11, 2012
    Michael, I think it was a software glitch. I actually got the whole of your comment only part of which I reproduced here. One day, when Lo is not around, I'd love to hear more about that blonde who swept you off your feet....

Jun 11, 2012
    Jade - My apologies - that was my comment. I have no idea how it ended up where it did. I was in the middle of commenting when I was called away - I decided to delete the comment and that's what I did (or so I thought).

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Jade O.
Jun 11, 2012
    Thanks, vanpraag, I also like the finishing -- better than the composition. I thought the dog looking away said something, but it seems it says I couldn't get him looking in the right direction!

Jun 11, 2012
    I like the finishing! The composition is interesting. I like to see more of the human as the part shown shows too little. Pet photography is tricky, animals never look in the right direction! TF!

Jade O.
Jun 10, 2012
    Jade: So the eyes (ayes) have it :-) Once I had a Golden run at me and I foolishly expected it to stop - he took my legs out from under in in one pass ....Mepo

Wonder how your comment ended up here in my caption?! You're lucky he didn't take out your knees..better funny than immobile. But you are right, you don't really expect these docile friendly mutts to be dangerous but they can be just because of their size and, I don't think they are the most agile on their feet either - a potentially dangerous combo when they're excited.

Jade O.
Jun 10, 2012
    Una, I think you may be right; not sure if closer would be crowding the image too much. As for the dog, when in doubt, pander to sentimentality!

Jun 10, 2012
    For me it is ok to just see a small part of the person sitting there, but I think the negative space between dog and man is too big. As for interaction: There is not too much physical interaction to be seen here. The dog looks in the other direction; paw and hand don't seem to touch. My interpretation would be that peaceful sitting together requires a trusty relation between the two of them. So there is interaction even if you don't see it. You can feel it. I like the contrasty b/w style. And of course I like the dog. :-)

Jade O.
Jun 9, 2012
    Michael. The consensus seems to be for the more conventional dog looks at man; you are right about the eye! Can't believe I let that get by me - dead eyes in animals are one of my photo pet peeves (no pun intended). (BTW favourite breed..... of dog, I presume. This one is one BIG dog, even for a golden retriever. If he bumps into you, there's a real danger he'd take you out at the knees.)

Jun 9, 2012
    Love this shot of my favourite breed but do wish he was looking toward the person. A little more detail in the eye wouldn't hurt either. Despite all those minor gripes the photo has a strong attraction.

Jade O.
Jun 8, 2012
    Old Finn Golden Retriever it is! My thought was to deliberately marginalize the human (putting the human in the supporting role of the subject dog) and balance that with a partial crop of the dog; just so you have the explanation of my concept and reasoning for how I presented this. Still unsure how well it works. A tighter crop on the dog and more of the human would have changed the presentation and focus - maybe even for the better. Appreciate your comments.

Old Finn
Jun 8, 2012
    You did much good work with the pp. When you had to crop something off the Golden retriever(?), maybe more tight crop concerning the dog and less of the human object would have been better, in my opinion.

Jade O.
Jun 8, 2012
    fc LOL! It was food that got his attention! Yes the detail is very good but it loses so much on a small format. I sort of liked the fact the dog was ignoring his best friend which is why I beheaded the human. There is a statement somewhere here, which maybe is, try again!

Jun 8, 2012
    the small picture didnt give it justice so the vote was changed when i reveiw before adding comments
I used a dig projector and a large white wall
the details are amazing and the dog has a mind of its own as I am sure you would have preffered to have the dog looking at the companion, but something attracted him and was more interesting.
love the teeth especially. and any moment know it wil lick its lips.
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