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Release the hounds!
Release the hounds!
KiwiChris


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Framing II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Canterbury, New Zealand.
Date: Jun 11, 2006
Aperture: F/2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/80th
Galleries: Emotive, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 11, 2006

Pre-emptying comments during the challenge; these hounds are very well looked after, and were only looking like this because everyone else was getting ready for the hunt, and they wanted into the action.

Yes, these are hunting hounds. Yes it's blood sport. Although here in NZ they hunt wild hares on open farmland, as we don't have foxes to trap and release for sport. So in a way there doing a service getting rid of pests, but we wont get in to that argument!

I covered a hunt for the paper, and while I was waiting for something interesting to happen I glanced into the truck that carries the dogs and saw this image. I just had to snap a couple of shots off. I was about to upload it to the forums to see if I could create a raging debate about blood sports and noticed the framing challenge. Perfect!

Anyway, shot at 175mm hand held, editing was just curves/brightness/contrast USM scale, USM and save to meet the 150k rule.

I really, really like this photo, so I'm hoping it dosn't get panned by people who think the dogs are being mis-treated, or who realise they're hunting hounds. Ah well, it'll give me the update button to play with, which I've not had for a while.

Come to think of it, I suspect someone will ask for a DQ as well. due to the almost selective desat look of the image, but the door was that colour naturally.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 261
Avg (all users): 7.0302
Avg (commenters): 8.0833
Avg (participants): 6.6966
Avg (non-participants): 7.1722
Views since voting: 3314
Views during voting: 444
Votes: 298
Comments: 58
Favorites: 13 (view)


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10/03/2006 04:16:51 PM
I was just looking over my favorites and relized I did not comment on this during the challange. I gave you a 10. I have seen this same image a hundred times and have a dog box in the back of my truck right now and never took the picture. I would hang this on my wall. Perfect in every way, GREAT PHOTO!!!
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06/24/2006 01:58:07 PM
1st place in my book! Congrats on the top 5.
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06/24/2006 07:42:38 AM
Whooot!!!! Just checked out the results of the challenge and lookee what I found!! Congrats Chris on your well deserved 4th place!
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06/24/2006 05:21:12 AM
Oh, my, goodness. This has got to be one of the cutest pictures in the history of pups!!!
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06/24/2006 05:16:26 AM
FYI...

The reason they were looking sad was they were waiting to get behind the chap on the horse:

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Thanks again for the comments...
06/23/2006 07:27:33 PM
At once charming and endearing. Congratulations on your 4th place finish.
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06/23/2006 12:11:05 PM
This photo is one of my favorites that I've seen on this website so far, both in composition and subject matter. I love the cold, brushed texture of the steel in contrast to the live, wrinkled faces of the dogs. Amazing that they all have the exact same expression--only renforces that they are partners, focused, ready to go (they don't look sad to me at all). This photo makes me want to be there and see what happens next. Love it!
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06/22/2006 03:03:36 AM
Wonderful shot Chris I like the way it is
Congratulations on your 4th placing
Go Kiwi!
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06/21/2006 04:04:11 PM
This was my favourite, and my surname is FOX!!!!
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06/21/2006 02:37:32 PM
Congratulations on your top 4. Great shot!
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06/21/2006 11:13:15 AM
I love this photo - Glad my 10 helped but it should have been in 1st place.
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06/21/2006 08:57:29 AM
Great capture, love this!
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06/21/2006 08:37:53 AM
Those look like Walker Hounds. They make really good pets too. Smart and intelligent. Great pic!
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06/21/2006 08:32:51 AM
I was sure I left a comment on this during voting, looks like it didn't go though. I love the colours and the framing, those eyes really get you. I gave it a 10, glad to see it placed high.
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06/21/2006 06:10:21 AM
Hey Chris, Congrats on the 5th place.
Great image by the way.
I also recognised it for what it was too. Must be my NZ blood (hound)
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06/21/2006 01:17:25 AM
Cool...

Happy this did well, as I quite like it myself.

Answering the comments during the challenge, I didn't crop it tighter as I wanted to keep the lock and hinges to show the context of the cage/kenel they were in.

I believe there were 16 dogs in that one kenel, but it is quite large. There were two kenels/cages in the back of a truck, with other windows for the dogs to see out, but the view of the door really caught my eye.

Interesting that only one person knew they were fox hounds, and no-one picked up on them being for the hunt. Just shows you that not many rural english folks are on DPC :-).

Thanks for your votes and comments.

Cheers, Me.
06/21/2006 12:16:58 AM
HEE HEE - great finish. Love those pups.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/20/2006 11:00:55 PM
Nice photo, but let the dogs out.
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06/20/2006 10:30:24 PM
"I'm a hooouuund dooog!"
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06/20/2006 09:55:39 PM
8 - Good. Good expressions/poses captured. Visually looks like it needs a nudge up on the right, but not sure. Only other thing is seems to be a slight 'haze' (but could be my monitor) - so perhaps a little more contrast/depth/etc.
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06/20/2006 01:01:27 PM
A great shot but so sad!
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06/20/2006 08:24:20 AM
very nice photo
good job, you captured a beautiful moment
well done
good luck
you get a 10
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06/19/2006 01:36:33 PM
I really like this, but a tighter crop would do great for this picture.
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06/19/2006 10:13:40 AM
Very interesting shot, took awhile to focus on all those eyes and noses!
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06/18/2006 05:18:03 PM
I really like this. Fox Hounds?? Perfect for the challenge. I almost wish you'd backed up just a smidge. 8
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06/18/2006 01:01:56 AM
This one really grows on you. Soulful puppy dog eyes do the trick.
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06/16/2006 07:22:39 PM
this is so cute!
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06/16/2006 05:28:36 PM
doggone!
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06/16/2006 04:57:47 PM
Did you see the Omen?
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06/16/2006 02:44:40 AM
yeaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh
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06/16/2006 02:14:10 AM
Goodness, that is SO sad.
I wouldn't have been able to stand seeing them there.
[I'm an animal rights promoter.. sorta]
good job though.
i hope they got released :)
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06/16/2006 01:13:30 AM
This is good. The plain border brings out the nice pattern and colour of the dogs.
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06/15/2006 11:27:16 AM
such sad puppies!! great shot!!
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06/15/2006 06:46:54 AM
How many are jammed in there? A great picture.
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06/15/2006 06:05:58 AM
a little more contrats would have added to this great shot
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06/15/2006 02:52:20 AM
Wow. Looks like a painting. Great job. Work of art! 10!
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06/15/2006 01:05:27 AM
hahaha
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06/15/2006 12:32:04 AM
nice capture.. would have liked a bit closer crop
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06/14/2006 09:11:46 PM
I debated whether or not to give this one a 10, and finally went ahead with it. This is my favorite shot of the challenge, I do believe. My only criticism is that I would have cropped it just a little more tightly to eliminate the vertical lines on the right and left. I think this would have been just a bit better without them, because I find them a little distracting. Nonetheless, a super shot -- very, very cute (and I'm not much of a dog fan)!
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06/14/2006 09:00:36 PM
unbelievably fabulous image...winner from me! 10
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06/14/2006 07:36:02 PM
I find this picture very odd because of soo many dogs that look almost identicle.
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06/14/2006 06:08:21 PM
Great shot. Beagles, right?
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06/14/2006 06:08:14 PM
Great shot
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06/14/2006 05:24:53 PM
Love it! Great capture and excellent entry in this challenge!
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06/14/2006 05:24:44 PM
very emotive image, nice color and composition-10-
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06/14/2006 02:54:22 PM
Very good shot. Like the concept and the execution. I touch bit sharper would have been perfect. 8 from me.
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06/14/2006 01:23:25 PM
I love this picture. I would have given it a little higher vote if it had been cropped closer around the inside edges of the frame.
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06/14/2006 12:28:54 PM
This is an image I wish was mine (please take that as the highest compliment as was intended). Excellent.
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06/14/2006 11:58:44 AM
The guy in the middle is taking up more than his fair share of the space I think. You can just imagine the " he's on my side!" "when are we going to get there?" "I need to go to the bathroom." Too funny. 8
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06/14/2006 09:26:40 AM
Very cool... very interesting concept :)
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06/14/2006 09:22:11 AM
Thet look so sad, but I love the image.....
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06/14/2006 08:54:18 AM
This is cute and effective.
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06/14/2006 06:53:55 AM
Are these your dogs? Too cute!
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06/14/2006 06:27:40 AM
that's brilliant! the crop could have been better as the shot isn't symmetrical, but good luck
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06/14/2006 04:40:09 AM
This one is very good!
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06/14/2006 04:36:48 AM
Some of the best models I've seen in this challenge. Did they ever get out?
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06/14/2006 02:28:12 AM
nice subject matter. hard to go wrong with those droopy cheeks.
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06/14/2006 02:10:09 AM
Ahhh! Who could resist those faces. This is one of my favorites for this challenge. I absolutely love it.
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