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Man's Last Friend
Man's Last Friend
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Challenge: Pets and Their People (Basic Editing II)
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: Grand Prairie, TX USA
Date: Dec 19, 2004
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/50
Date Uploaded: Dec 19, 2004

18mm, Split channels RBG, used blue channel. Color balance, adjusted levels added more blue. Added borders, crop, resize, sharpen submit.

Statistics
Place: 14 out of 126
Avg (all users): 6.3423
Avg (commenters): 8.2000
Avg (participants): 5.6800
Avg (non-participants): 6.5349
Views since voting: 1262
Views during voting: 551
Votes: 333
Comments: 42
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01/03/2005 07:03:15 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club :)

-General comments
I really like how you hid most of the face of the man so he is much more anonymous. I think that lets the subject of "dog and man" ("man" in a broad sense) shine through. The postures of both subjects are good. I see the dog as looking very strong, and standing by his weary friend, the man. The eye-spots on the dog really help give it life and character. Good strong message in title and photo. My following comments presume this is a setup shot.

-Lighting
I think the lighting is pretty good, though the sign might be a little too white, so it appears relatively clean. Maybe a darker piece of cardboard would leave a tiny bit more focus on the dog and man.

-Focus/DOF
This comment sounds a little strange to me, but I think that a little more grungy looking photo could help the mood and message. The very deep DOF keeps everything quite sharp, though maybe a medium sharpness and some grain/noise could contribute.
(yeah, i know.. "your shot is too well focused" is pretty weird)

-Composition
I think the clothes are fairly convincing (based on some road-side sign holders in Denver CO) though the fence looks pristine. If I could create any background for this shot, I picture him leaning back on a cement wall that might have a splash of grifiti on it. A "weary" looking building might enhance the "weary" man.

One thing I notice is his position looks uncomfortable to hold for very long periods of time (unless he is sitting on something I can't see). Maybe if he was in a position that could be easily held all day he would look more accustomed to being homeless.

-Color
I think the slight blue tint is interesting, and I also think that plain black and white would be good too. The general desaturation of color is what seems to help the dreary feel of the shot.

Very solid entry and great message with relation to the challenge. Good work :)

Message edited by author 2005-01-03 07:07:39.
12/29/2004 01:42:58 AM
I thought this one would do better, was one of my favorites.
I love how you convey strong messages through your images.
By the way, great to have you back!!

Message edited by author 2004-12-29 01:56:14.
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12/29/2004 12:26:21 AM
Congratulations on your 14th finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/28/2004 09:16:44 PM
Certain to get a helping hand. I am not crazy with the tones but the comp is good. 6
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12/28/2004 09:00:27 PM
I think that this would have worked better without the sign. Even though looks like a winner. Great composition.
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12/28/2004 04:41:45 PM
Looks staged, but still a good idea. Good composition.
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12/28/2004 01:10:11 PM
Nice try.. but this dude isnt homeless
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12/28/2004 12:24:06 PM
Great use of B&W!
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12/28/2004 11:30:28 AM
gorgeous coloring Vintage look works well with this shot
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12/28/2004 09:48:18 AM
Staged appearance detracts from photo.
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12/28/2004 07:59:27 AM
This picture says it all. A true and loyal friend through all the good and the bad. Love the photo.
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12/28/2004 07:45:23 AM
rather strong image you've caught here. one of my top picks in the challenge. good luck!
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12/27/2004 10:15:20 PM
nicely done.
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12/27/2004 02:04:17 PM
sombre tone, but good picture. oddly, seems a little too clean and clear
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12/27/2004 05:27:08 AM
:( no words...just a mark ..10
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12/27/2004 01:49:24 AM
Excellent Shot!!
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12/26/2004 06:45:02 PM
god bless to you!
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12/26/2004 02:36:23 PM
Composition: 8
Technical: 6, Too dark
Appeal: 5
Challenge: 6, Guy laying down, dog holding sign would've been better. :)
Overall Score: 5, (weighted)
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12/26/2004 07:28:45 AM
Stark
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12/26/2004 05:22:01 AM
emotional piece...nice work! ;o)
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12/26/2004 12:24:27 AM
great shot ! 8
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12/25/2004 08:05:27 AM
You might enjoy reading Jack London's short-story 'To build a Fire'. You can find it here: //www.shortstories.computed.net/londonfire.html
I think London's story reflects what you were trying to suggest.
I like the duotone, it works well with the dirt on the clothes and the texture of the fence and grass. The crop is fine, too. I presume this is staged, so you might have written something else on that sign, referring to the relationship dog-man. 'If you don't give me food, I have to eat my dog' ;) Just kidding. Great picture. 8.
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12/24/2004 11:52:09 PM
Great composition and an interesting concept. I like how you chose (?) to hide the man's face and emphasize the dog's. Definitely top ten.
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12/24/2004 08:30:53 PM
The touching narrative of this shot....
Well composed too and appropriately monochrome.
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12/24/2004 04:38:36 PM
As stated in this image, God will never leave you. God is man's last resort, not dogs.

This is a well done image though. Composition and toning are both excellent, well done.
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12/24/2004 11:04:40 AM
Good picture, but the backgroud doesn't seem to match where you would see this scene.
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12/23/2004 09:31:39 AM
very good. on a street corner would've pushed it even better, but the point is well taken! good job.
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12/23/2004 03:05:40 AM
Very, very, very strong image and a HUGE truth indeed. Congratulations, you were able to say it all with an image !!!
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12/23/2004 01:41:45 AM
Although this appears to be staged, it is a powerful image nonetheless. The dog is stoically by her master's side, for better or for worse. Excellently composed.

One suggestion for improvement. Care should be taken not to over sharpen as there are significant artifacts in the blades of the grass as well as the sign as a result of extreme edge sharpening.
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12/22/2004 07:17:28 PM
Very nice in my book.... nice tone, like the composition and perspective. Worthy of a ribbon.
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12/22/2004 04:55:20 PM
This is a great photo, composiotion and light is perfect. The sepia mode goes really well with the mood. If there is anything I would change, it is the background. It looks like really nice fence, which doesn't go as well with the rest, it makes it look staged. If you could find a place that looks more torn down, maybe some grafitti, it would really add to the composition. GJ!
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12/22/2004 04:43:47 PM
Very Nice. Nice Tones.
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12/22/2004 01:35:05 PM
how does a poor guy have such a nice looking dog? dog looks like a watchdog, protecting his owner
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12/22/2004 11:50:51 AM
best concept and composition by far. Proper use of photography.

Shame it's got a blue tint to it, would think this would be great in B&W.
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12/22/2004 11:45:05 AM
Haven't I seen you in Los Angeles? Good shot!
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12/22/2004 10:24:10 AM
Ain't it the truth.. dogs love us when we're up or down. Ya gotta love 'em! Very nice picture.
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12/22/2004 10:18:47 AM
Brilliant idea, and well set up. Clothes aren't great though, I know this is about photography but homeless people don't roll around in mud :p However, great idea, great shot. Bumping up.
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12/22/2004 04:09:02 AM
WOW, so deep and emotive! The photo has a weird purple color cast to it, a 10 regardless. Good luck...
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12/22/2004 02:31:49 AM
This is a different relationship than any of the other photos. It says more than just man and pet.
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12/22/2004 01:04:30 AM
I LOVE THE TITLE. YOUR PHOTO HAS IMPACT AND MAKES YOU THINK.
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12/22/2004 12:58:44 AM
nice photo, dog looks like it would kill on command
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12/22/2004 12:44:32 AM
work of art... this is gorgeous. 10
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