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Domesticated Duck Retrieval
Domesticated Duck Retrieval

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Challenge: Ducky (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Pentax *ist DL
Lens: Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 Aspherical XR IF Super Zoom for Pentax
Location: Bedroom
Date: Oct 9, 2006
Aperture: F0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/3
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Oct 10, 2006

Golden Retriever 'retrieving' rubber duckies to meet challenge of "include a rubber ducky" in your photo.

Could not find an adequate lighting situation. Bedspread was too busy with blues so placed white towels for dog to lay on. Unfortunately this may cause a bit of washout in the image.

Used external flash with diffuser to improve lighting and turned off other incandescent lights due to yellowing.

Composition did not go over well with voters. Important thing is I like it. Picture needs a little work (warmer color), but to score better, I should have had her with a duck in her mouth or something per comments below. I agree with that assessment.

Thanks for the feedback everyone. :)

Place: 149 out of 174
Avg (all users): 4.5172
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 4.5195
Avg (non-participants): 4.5161
Views since voting: 775
Views during voting: 298
Votes: 232
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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11/03/2006 03:41:22 PM
Nope. . .I don't see at ALL why this cute photo scored 4.5! I love it! And it's got nice enough lighting and excellent sharpness. And the subject matter is as cute as can be. You're right: DUMB VOTERS!!!! :)

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10/18/2006 12:22:14 PM
It feels over sharpened. The duckies have ridges on their head. It also feels like it was saved at too low of a quality. THe yellow and eyes of the duckies are not very clear. Hard to focus on.

The capture of the dog is decent, though I tend not to be very fond of dogs. Your's at least seems to have a good heart in his eyes.

I also feel the duckies are too low in the picture to feel like a main interest. So it feels like the were just tossed in for the challenge. And true, the duckies do not need to be the main subject. But they must feel as if they add something to the shot. Here, I think I'd like the shot better without duckies. And I like duckies...I have probably about 30 and another 2 dozen on the way.

I think those are the factors that hurt this entry.

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10/18/2006 11:35:48 AM
The lighting seems a little harsh. The bottom right has a hot spot which grabs my eye.
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10/18/2006 10:40:26 AM
Originally posted by Trumpeteer4:

The duckies look like an afterthought. The dog is what my eye travels to.

Correct, the dog is the subject so your eyes should be traveling to it. The challenge is to "Include" a rubber ducky in the photo, not make the rubber ducky the "subject" of the photo.

Also, it is a Golden Retriever which are game (bird) retrieval animals, so the two IMO are perfectly related and a great match. Slightly average to marginally above average shot IMO, but defintely challenge material. I had it projected as about a 5 going into the competition and still do in relation to the competition.

Message edited by author 2006-10-18 10:56:42.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/13/2006 10:06:29 PM
The duckies look like an afterthought. The dog is what my eye travels to.
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10/12/2006 05:48:46 PM
cute shot. I'd prefer his head werent cut off though.
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