Make : Canon
Model : Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Date Time Original : 2010-10-08 21:45:34
Focal Length : 24/1
Shutter Speed Value : 1/128
Exposure Time : 1/125
Aperture Value : 4.8
F Number : 4.5
Iso Speed Ratings : 100
Flash : 16
Orientation : 1
X Resolution : 350.000000
Y Resolution : 350.000000
Software : Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
Published: Monday 11th of October 2010 07:19:09 AM
Very nice, Lannie. I like the diagonal crop but would prefer a little more contrast and brightness on the two dogs to life them from their environment.
Thank you, Dave. I enjoy looking at everyone's differing versions. This particular crop and coloration were intended to convey a sense of walking up the hill toward the house, nothing more. I do like the way the dogs came out on your version.
I have other crops that are more "artistic." As for the colors, I went for accuracy in my shot in the overall scene: it was very near sunset.
I am always a sucker for dog photos and Pyrs. in particular.
I made an attempt to reprocess and re-crop ( 4:5 ) the image in an effort to bring out the dogs more and give a nicer flow. I did this a few days back and then proceeded to forget to post it into a comment. In hindsight I may have gone too far but frankly I am too lazy to go back and try again. I think you have caught a terrific moment here and it would be worth some experimenting to bring out the best in it.
I understand, Jack, but the larger frame that this was taken from really did not emphasize the dogs at all:
I did take some pics of the dogs, but I haven't processed them yet.
. . . the highlight / shadow function in PS, which I used on a layer to open up the shadows and deepen the sky
Gotta remember that one, Gordon. Thanks again.
Thanks, Gordon. This is definitely a better crop from the larger version, all the way around, but especially for bringing out the dogs. I like the overall effect in general, although the red might be too much. interestingly, though, immediately before the sun set (in a shot that I blew by hitting the tripod or something), the reds did get just about this intense (as you have shown--although especially noticeable on the house).
About the best that I can say for my original shot is that it captured an overall pleasing scene. The house per se did not wind up being all that interesting. I am happy to say that I got some other pictures of the dogs which I want to get to when the present madness of work overloads subsides.
I appreciate your comments, as always--almost as much as your own original work.
Looking at it one more time, I have to say that you have found a wonderful crop--and the PP is definitely in the right direction. It makes the dogs look like they were in the sun, which they weren't, but who cares? They needed to be!
Lannie I will look forward to your future postings of theses dogs. I love the pose of the two dogs in this photo, they have that classic on guard stance..... alert and prepared.
I agree entirely that my rendition is too red. I have a slight red green brown colour deficiency which sometimes results in my failing to catch such issues the first time around. The afternoon sun was a lovely warm tone but not that warm. I find the highlight / shadow function in PS , which I used on a layer to open up the shadows and deepen the sky, can exaggerate and shift colour and oftentimes needs to be compensated for.
Love the subject and poses. Took a try at better post processing to make the dogs pop a little more.
Faithful to the End Comments welcome.