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  #139 Portrait Orientation
Entry 19 of 23
   
 
Beauty       ©2014 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       19th place, 41 points
1/20s, f2.8, ISO 200, 35mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Isolate bust and darken background.       Extra Info: None
 
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wrosenthal
Mar 11, 2014
    Late to the party, I did not submit or vote in this one. I like the portrait, but agree that the neg. space is too much. I would like to see the subject filling 2/3 of the space.

Jade O.
Mar 10, 2014
    My brother's dog. Hateful subject sheds everywhere! Not so sure the owners would be thrilled their dog got beat out by a lamp and tree roots so maybe best not to say anything about that. (Yes, they liked the shot).

Lo
Mar 10, 2014
    Still think it's a lovely portrait, despite the negative space, and I'll bet the owners are thrilled.

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mrsawyer
Mar 10, 2014
    I almost felt like I was looking through a key hole at the dog. Not sure what the extra negative space was for.

Jade O.
Mar 10, 2014
    Old Finn Thanks for commenting. You are not alone in your observation.

Mepo Well at least one other person thought the large vignette made for a more interesting presentation! (I thought so too).

Old Finn
Mar 10, 2014
    A beautiful portrait. I only would lika to see more of that beautiful Golden retriever.
Edited on Mar 10, 2014

Mepo
Mar 10, 2014
    OK - I know this breed, have owned them and loved them. I know that most of them hold their ears back like this at the slightest excuse but I think it makes them look scared and that is reinforced by the eyes in this shot. I might like it more if I could see more of the dog. Having said that I like the idea of a large vignette - it makes an interesting presentation.

Jade O.
Mar 10, 2014
    Lo Well the consensus is in. Everyone wants a larger fill the frame presentation. So much for my idea to deliberately not do that. I still like it better this way though even if I am a minority of one. That said, appreciate all who took the time to comment; your views are just as valid and clearly represent the majority.

Lo
Mar 9, 2014
    What a lovely portrait of a beautiful breed. I like the red collar - it adds just the right touch. My only criticism is that the dog seems a bit lost in the expanse of the background. A lovely photo like that should be filling more of the frame.

Jade O.
Mar 7, 2014
    fc Everything about the dog is pretty except the hair which sheds everywhere (not my dog BTW).

eagle1 I deliberately went "soft focus" on the edge of the dog adn deliberately tried for a cameo effect by minimizing the dog as much as I dared against the black canvass.

SteveBee I played around with the placement in the frame until I got the effect I wanted which was to dead centre the black cleave between snout and neck. It just looked best to me that way.

And for all who comment on the sizing in the frame, I think a fuller frame treatment give a different effect so I just wanted to try for a less conventional presentation. All your feedback is accordingly valued since it answers my question, "What do you think about this presentation?"

forkcandles
Mar 7, 2014
    on first viewing this one stood out in the thumbnails.
IMO there is too much dark and the head needs to be bigger
Lovely dog by the way

Edward
Mar 7, 2014
    Wonderful capture! The vignette does make the image more appealing -- except I think you've over-done it. Looks like you might have been trying to hide some distracting background by applying the vignette effect too close the the dog's head, and there is much too much dark, negative black space surrounding the dog. IMO, further cropping of the black areas to enlarge the dog's image would greatly improve the overall presentation.

SteveBee
Mar 7, 2014
    Nice profile portrait, but too small for the frame and too much black. The vignetting seems uncentered.
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