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Challenge: December Free Study (Advanced Editing I*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Front yard, GA
Date: Dec 27, 2003
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Dec 28, 2003

This is my first challenge entry with my christmas present, Canon Rebel! My poor dog was watching us play in the front yard and just looked so sad 'cause he couldn't join us.

Rotated CW slightly, cropped & resized, adjusted contrast and levels, duotoned, added very little noise to emphasize the grain of the wood and feathered the edges by about 15. Also cloned out some christmas lights that were hanging along the top of the fence.

Place: 17 out of 193
Avg (all users): 6.6619
Avg (commenters): 8.1071
Avg (participants): 6.6250
Avg (non-participants): 6.7195
Views since voting: 3432
Votes: 210
Comments: 40
Favorites: 18 (view)

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01/18/2008 08:26:06 PM
Nice capture. Wonder why he couldn't play too.
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11/27/2006 05:09:56 PM
excellent! excellent! my fave, too!
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08/20/2005 02:29:43 PM
G R E A T!! i love the expression! priceless! goin into my faves!!
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07/22/2005 07:20:03 PM
This is a great photo. Your conversion to b/w was done really really well. And the sad expression was caught so well.
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07/05/2005 11:36:34 PM
Perfect title. Poor thing. Dogs can be so expressive, can't they? I love the sepia and your use of light and shadow. Great capture.
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09/04/2004 01:02:04 AM
Such a great shot with a lot of feeling but the face of the dog is too dark. This has happened to me on many occassions and it is so disappointing. The photo makes me want to hug this puppy though.
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01/15/2004 12:06:25 PM
Se Nada,
It is a great shot, I selected it as a favorite. I am looking forward to seeing your upcomming entries with your new camera. Good Luck.



Hi Gringo,
Just wanted to thank you for your incredible comment on my December submission, Longing! I must have gone through about 10 different versions of that photo before I finally decided on that one. Thanks for the words of encouragement and I'm glad you liked it!
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01/15/2004 09:11:09 AM
Beautiful! Congratulations. I guess you're going to enjoy the Rebel.

Why "Maddux"? (Reminds me of Greg Maddux, the ex-Cubs pitcher for the Braves).
01/15/2004 01:17:24 AM
Thank you everyone for all the wonderful feedback! I'm so proud of this picture and excited about breaking into the top 20!! Woo hoo!!

By the way, I have to thank my dog Maddux for this! He's one of the most expressive dogs I've ever met and a blast to hang out with!

Thanks Again!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/14/2004 11:52:37 PM
Great texture and tonal range on this.
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01/14/2004 11:12:49 PM
Expect you have many comments on the appealing expression on this dog's face. Good moment, nicely captured.
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01/14/2004 07:06:44 PM
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01/12/2004 11:40:47 PM
This is an award winning shot. The subject is simple and to the point. The color is phenomenal; you’ve managed to accentuate the wood grain without distracting from your subject. Incredible detail throughout right down to the vignette border. 10
This belongs in a gallery!
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01/11/2004 02:18:12 AM
Its great!
01/10/2004 05:58:58 PM
Good use of the rule of 3rds. Sepia works well here. This is a priceless pose. I just love it! The sad puppy eyes look. :-) 9
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01/09/2004 05:45:53 PM
nice doggie
01/08/2004 06:11:53 PM
I believe that pictures of pets or animals are really hard to do because like people portraits you have to make the viewer care about the suject in order for the shot to be effective. My first reaction was "Ohh - poor Pup" - so you got me there. Besides that factor - great framing and I love the two tone approach here for colors. = 9
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01/08/2004 03:35:49 PM
Probably my favorite shot in this challenge, but I'm a sucker for animals. Sepia tone works well. A bit overexposed in the grassy area.
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01/08/2004 02:58:07 PM
the color scheme you have used makes the dog's expression seem so sad, that and the grain in the boards make me think this would have looked better and been less depressing with more color
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01/08/2004 10:34:03 AM
Strong mood, excellent framing and a great capture. The only weak point I see here is the lighting/exposure. I'd think this might make a great reshoot. Try metering for the grass beyond the fence...the portion that is blown out. Stop that down 1, step back a bit and fire off the curtain flash. If this doesn't work, play around with the manual setting until you can get the foreground lite w/o leaving the background so hot. I think you can still get the shadow on the dog's face while still holding on to the dramatic lighting.

Good luck.
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01/07/2004 02:54:54 AM
Excellent. The fence makes a perfect frame. I just love this.
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01/06/2004 02:14:11 PM
Looks like he wants to be where you are,...good shot.
01/05/2004 11:09:14 PM
Very emotive shot! Composition is very strong. Fantastic use of tone to bring attn to subject. 9
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01/05/2004 03:07:13 PM
As someone who can't stand pet/animal pictures with nothing to make them interesting or unique, I love this shot. It has expression to it, and the fence makes for interesting compositional lines as well. Good work.
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01/05/2004 10:26:53 AM
wish the lighting was better on his face so we could see the expression in his eyes. nice composition, tho.
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01/05/2004 05:02:30 AM
nice use of sepia. bodes well
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01/04/2004 11:26:22 AM
This captures the lonely animal so perfectly! I want to reach out and give that dog some attention. Wonderful photo!
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01/03/2004 04:51:21 PM
Nice doggy. 9
01/02/2004 05:25:26 PM
Great capture of the very sad look on the dog's face. You can tell that the dog is longing. 10
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01/02/2004 03:52:37 PM
What a dog's life!!! good picture, good light and focus.
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01/01/2004 07:32:16 PM
Ok...I have give out so many high votes, but this one is truely my favorite. He makes me want to pet and love on him. good luck vote 10
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01/01/2004 04:42:08 PM
Awww, pulls at the heart strings.
Good composition, toning and DOF.
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01/01/2004 04:13:37 PM
nice photo....I like the composition and the coloring
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01/01/2004 03:12:55 PM
this shot is overexposed in the background on the grass, however despite this technical flaw the shot still pulls off a high emotive quality, the expression, composition and posture of the dog behind the fence make this shot much more than a pet shot. very well done.
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01/01/2004 01:54:47 PM
01/01/2004 12:07:24 PM
Outstanding dog shot!!! How i'd love to get one of my two dogs to pose for me like this (8)
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01/01/2004 11:35:16 AM
Cute photo, nice composition, rather emotive. Good job.
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01/01/2004 10:53:36 AM
I find this photo very compelling. It is framed well and its black and white qualities enhance, the poor animal's plight.
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01/01/2004 02:58:52 AM
The dog is showing some serious emotion. He/she looks so sad and looks like he/she wants to get out. It looks great in b/w, too!
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01/01/2004 12:29:22 AM
Excellent work and good luck in 2004 :) = 10 - Setzler
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