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Waiting for her return
Waiting for her return

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Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-550D Rebel T2i
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Date: Aug 9, 2012
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Sep 5, 2012

Viewed: 271
Comments: 10
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Biscuit waiting by the door in really nice light.

Thanks for the comments. I see some do not like the door. However, as 21_F.gif mariuca commented, it was left in an attempt to make it more than just a dog portrait -- the loyal dog waiting expectantly by the door waiting for her master's return. Maybe I should have included more door?

I initially liked the texture of the carpet in the foreground, but I think the comments have convinced me that it draws the eye too much.

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09/24/2012 09:43:41 PM
Yes the door gives tension and balance, and the carpet is a tad too much in focus but I agree with Timothy.
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09/20/2012 02:13:55 PM
Mondrian composition, limited palette (of tones), and the contrast in dog and rug textures warms up the starker contrast between fur and door and black beyond. (I have a very similar, in the bare bones sense, of a friend's dog that I think is one of my best works). Like.
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09/07/2012 12:43:56 PM
Originally posted by bmartuch:

I agree that the door is distracting. Other wise, very good shot.

I disagree with the above. The door adds dimension and a little suspense. Otherwise, nice lighting or not, it's one more nice picture of a dog.
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09/06/2012 09:22:32 PM
I like the light and the way the dog is looking but that brown rug is ruining it for me. If that was black or a nice hardwood I think that would really improve the sot. And maybe just a touch more light in the shadows. As I continue to look I am also drawn to how the dog is looking out of the frame, it doesn't kill the shot here but better comp with more open space for the dog to look into would help imho.
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09/06/2012 08:54:34 PM
I feel that the focus is on the carpet rather than the dog. What if you used a gradient blur on it to soften it and then it might not pull the eyes away from the dog? The light is beautiful.
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09/06/2012 04:29:22 PM
I agree that the door is distracting. Other wise, very good shot.
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09/06/2012 03:55:11 PM
Commenting for the critique thread - I agree with your description of "really nice light". Echoing what others have said, the band of door is really distracting and detracts from the balance. Try cloning that out with the blackness and see if that improves the balance. I also agree with GeneralE that the use of negative space in this shot is really good.

The texture of the carpet and the way it runs through the image is really nice.

On the whole, a very good low key pet portrait.
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09/06/2012 03:13:58 PM
I think I'd tone down or just tone (add more color) just slightly to the very brightest highlights on the forehead. Right now they make me focus too much on just that part rather than her whole face.

Otherwise I like the use of light and negative space, pretty good capture of the emotion of the moment.
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09/06/2012 03:11:37 PM
The door is distracting, a ray of light would have been better
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09/06/2012 03:08:18 PM
I LOVE it! the light, the colors, the dog, it's the type of shot I relate to
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