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Challenge: The Username Challenge (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S7000
Location: home
Date: Dec 25, 2005
Date Uploaded: Dec 25, 2005

this is Ruby my KC spaniel. One day she will be as infamous as "Bandit"

Place: 106 out of 153
Avg (all users): 5.4751
Avg (commenters): 5.2857
Avg (participants): 5.2222
Avg (non-participants): 5.6803
Views since voting: 700
Views during voting: 343
Votes: 221
Comments: 17
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/05/2006 04:11:39 AM
What a wonderful pose and expression. She does indeed look as if she has wings instead of ears.

The negatives have been covered in the comments already recieved, but I will reiterate from my own perspective.

The size is probably the one thing that caused your score to drop. The image should always be at (or very near) 640 pixels on the largest side. Anything less and your competing at a severe handicap. This image, with 400 pixels on the largest size is less than 2/3rds the size it could have been. The small size does more than just give the viewer something larger to look at, it also gives more pixels to display the details with.

The overall contrast of this image is low. The black background works well, but it should have been tacked down to an actual black instead of a very dark grey. Once the blacks are nailed down, stretch tonal range to make the whites completely white. Once again, this is a matter of using all that is available to you when displaying the image. An image that doesn't go from complete black to total white is losing some of the tonal range it could be using. If your unfamiliar with adjusting the tones of the image, read the tutorials, ask in the forums or even PM me -- it is super simple and really makes this image pop.

I'm going to go against the crowd in the commenters below and say that I like the softness of the image. Sharpening is an option, if you like; but I like the dreamy look the soft focus gives it. I think it matches the username better this way.

Again, don't take any of this too hard -- it really is a great photo, that's why you got so many comments. We just have to see a photo this good not living up to its full potential.

Good luck in the future challenges.

Critique Club
01/02/2006 09:00:03 AM
I'm not much a fan of dogs, I'll admit, but this is a really super pic. I think you did just about everything right in camera.

I will second the comment about using curves to nail that background to the black point (it's really easy) and making sure the largest size is 640.

It's really beautiful.

You should repost this pic (with the adjustments) in your portfolio and put a link to it in the comments.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/01/2006 12:33:50 AM
Awwww. so cute.
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12/31/2005 10:03:30 PM
Awww. Fitting photo for the username. If there was a bit more sharpness (crispness) on the dog's face, I would have scored it another point higher. I like the black background and think it compliments the dog's nose very well.
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12/31/2005 05:56:10 PM
Sweet face. It seems just a tad off to me. Not really blurred, but almost has a slight haze to it (and I haven't even been drinking). I'd like to see this adorable pooch with the maximum 640 pixelation too.
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12/31/2005 01:00:23 PM
How can one remove their eyes from this beauty? Bumping up on great character study capture.
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12/29/2005 04:23:13 PM
Awwww. . .yes she is!! This is just an amazing portrait of a dog that does in fact look like an angel.
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12/29/2005 02:14:51 PM
I would really like to see the black point adjusted on this photo. I think if the contrast was to make the background black, the whole image would be improved.
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12/27/2005 06:05:17 PM
really nice portrait...simple application of auto levels in PS or elements would boost my score a point or two
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12/26/2005 11:44:02 PM
that dog looks hypnotized. i am afraid of it
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12/26/2005 07:34:33 PM
Not seeing the "angel" here, and basically just a dog portrait, but nice portrait it is!
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12/26/2005 05:23:16 PM
i see the dog, but the angel?
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12/26/2005 04:44:03 PM
the color looks a bit hazy or washed out on this shot, but great puppy pose
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12/26/2005 05:53:46 AM
A nice portret of a dog but more contrast would have been better I think.
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12/26/2005 12:55:25 AM
more contrast would have made this brighter
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12/26/2005 12:38:56 AM
oh very very cute, look at those eyes. top shot..
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12/26/2005 12:23:06 AM
great shot...however...i would have cloned out the "sleep" or whatever in the dog's eye
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