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Challenge: Pet Portrait III (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Samsung Pro815
Date: Feb 23, 2008
Galleries: Humorous, Animals
Date Uploaded: Feb 23, 2008

This is Remy. He's half Vizsla, half Lab. He does this on his own.... all the time. :D and its always funny.

Woohoo! a blue! :D
Thank you all for the comments. Was going along at a 1 comment per 3 votes clip for a while. I'm glad everybody got as much a kick out of this as I do.

I had been waiting for a 'pet portrait' contest to come up ever since the first time he did this. getting him to sit still was another trick. Every time he got all three in his mouth, he would want to lay down to chew on them. I eventually had to hold ANOTHER ball above the camera to hold his attention. (he tries for a second to get the fourth one if they're on the ground)

Place: 1 out of 261
Avg (all users): 7.4378
Avg (commenters): 8.2075
Avg (participants): 7.3070
Avg (non-participants): 7.5825
Views since voting: 12297
Views during voting: 653
Votes: 217
Comments: 117
Favorites: 51 (view)

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11/16/2012 06:25:13 PM
awesome photo..
01/23/2011 05:59:23 PM
I absolutely love this shot. I love your dog. You should consider selling this as a print.
11/08/2008 09:21:31 PM
got to have your picture in my faves...
06/25/2008 09:05:45 AM
LOL, this little fella would do great at a Tennis tournament!! Thanks for sharing :o)
03/10/2008 06:43:56 AM
Im going to miss this being on the frontpage :)
It does really make me smile each time I look at dpc :D
Fantastic image!!
03/08/2008 04:29:58 AM
Congrats on the BR! This would bring a smile universally! Great shot!
03/07/2008 05:42:59 PM
This was my favorite had to smile at this one. Great job and congrats on your ribbon.
03/05/2008 07:56:46 AM
What a fantastic image. I hope you sent it to Penn. Great ad photo.
03/05/2008 07:31:13 AM
Got to be one of the best pet portraits I’ve seen for ages. Technically good, and as per the title puts a SMILE on your face… has the “aaaaaah” factor. A well deserved blue, congrats.
03/03/2008 11:33:39 PM
Great shot and congrats... Nice to see a fellow Samsung owner doing well.

Message edited by author 2008-03-04 23:37:37.
03/03/2008 09:22:24 PM
Outstanding! Congratulations.
03/03/2008 09:04:51 PM
I thought this would be a winner!! Loved it!
03/03/2008 08:44:14 PM
Congrats on your blue, what a great dog and great shot, well done!
03/03/2008 08:41:10 PM
Congrats on the shot ZeppKash. Knowing he does this on his own puts a whole other slant to it. Great looking dog too.
03/03/2008 08:32:54 PM
ROFL....Congrats on a excellent capture!The Blue is well deserved!
03/03/2008 07:11:45 PM
Awesome shot.. So glad you entered. Congrats!
03/03/2008 06:17:48 PM
Big congrats on the ribbon Jason. Glad I wasn't taking a drink when I saw this - f'ing amazing and whilst for a fleeting moment I thought of animal cruelty I quickly realised you can't force 3 tennis balls in a dogs mouth and get him to say "I'm clever" with his eyes. A fourth ball? let us know if he manages that!
03/03/2008 03:49:31 PM
I said it would ribbon and it did!!! YAY, I think you did a great job, it is clear, sharp in focus the colours are great and it has a sense of humour. A WELL deserved win
03/03/2008 01:21:23 PM
Congratulations. I gave this one a 10. Awesome.
03/03/2008 01:07:46 PM
This had to win - such a great dog and such a funny shot.

You'll need to go and buy him some more tennis balls as a reward :- )
03/03/2008 12:55:15 PM
Incredibly pleased this won! Congratulations!
03/03/2008 11:54:36 AM
OMG excellent picture - congrats on the blue :o)
03/03/2008 11:08:29 AM
Congratulations! Remy is so funny!
03/03/2008 10:21:55 AM
Congratulations to Remy. Hope you paid him ;-) (and well done to you too).
03/03/2008 10:06:25 AM
yea. i'm really glad this wins blue, congratulations !!
03/03/2008 10:00:00 AM
I'm so happy this shot finished first...it's a real HOOT!
Congrats in abundance! :-)
03/03/2008 09:00:59 AM
Fantastic, and so perfect that he does it by himself. Congrats on your blue, very much deserved.
03/03/2008 08:07:27 AM
HAHA Retrievers are very mouthy, so this doesn't surprise me at all. What a good sport to pose for you. Great focus. Congrats.
03/03/2008 08:01:44 AM
you rule!!! i'm glad remmy got the blue, he's got the best smile of all the pets :)
03/03/2008 07:04:51 AM
Lmfao!! He did that on his own?! Brilliant, congrats on the blue =]
03/03/2008 07:00:08 AM
Really funny and well executed. Congrats.
03/03/2008 06:52:13 AM
great pic and smart dog - guessed the Lab part but not the Vizsla. congrats!
03/03/2008 06:48:45 AM
Congratulations on your win, Love this. :)
03/03/2008 05:39:03 AM
This sure makes me laugh!! Great job, congrats!
03/03/2008 05:15:11 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! Great portrait!
03/03/2008 05:06:49 AM
Congratulations on the Blue ribbon with this great shot!
Your dog is hilarious :))))
03/03/2008 02:59:21 AM
Congrats on your blue, well deserved. I thought that you didn't have to train your dog to do that...
03/03/2008 02:47:15 AM
brilliant picture,well done/congratulations
03/03/2008 02:40:26 AM
this always make me smile!
congrats on the well deserved blue!
03/03/2008 02:31:00 AM
awesome. i giggled many times
03/03/2008 02:15:30 AM
Nice fun image...gratz on the blue.
03/03/2008 02:14:51 AM
This is a great picture of a beautiful dog doing something extremely unique and funny. Congradulations!
03/03/2008 01:12:53 AM
never seen this before, hope you give your dawgie the ribbon. haha congrats!
03/03/2008 12:59:29 AM
Well it certainly DID prove popular...great score and well done on the blue Jason
03/03/2008 12:54:36 AM
IMO, this should had not been the blue... It's a very funny shot... but that's about it :(

Congrats, well deserved DPC winner :/
03/03/2008 12:51:04 AM
Congrats. You don't seem to mess around. When you go 7 you go waaay over 7. Good job.
03/03/2008 12:50:07 AM
This is friggin hilarious. Congrats on your first blue with a wonderful picture.
03/03/2008 12:49:23 AM
WTG, Jason! When I saw this shot during voting, I new I'd found the winner. Fantastic image and congrats on your Blue ribbon.
03/03/2008 12:21:41 AM
When I saw this (no vote this challenge) I knew it was game over. No one has a right to have such a beautiful and talented dog, and even to line up the lines on the tennis ball with his left lip. (Lip details add a lot). Nice cross-breed, too.
03/03/2008 12:16:00 AM
excellent just excellent
03/03/2008 12:12:29 AM
Oh man, does he ever deserve some mega treats! CONGRATULATIONS!
03/03/2008 12:09:07 AM
Very funny! Congrats on your first blue! :)
03/03/2008 12:07:21 AM
Congrats on the Blue,

When I saw the score you were posting in the thread, I guessed this had to be yours and it was. Excellent job. Gotta Give Remy a bone for the win!
03/03/2008 12:02:20 AM
As good as you dared hope for, grats to you and Remy!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/02/2008 05:19:33 PM
Classic. Nice lighting, maybe just a bit more on the eyes though, gorgeous coat coloring. 8
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03/02/2008 04:20:04 PM
That is just great, very unique and funny...well done.
03/02/2008 09:05:53 AM
OMG this is so funny. I love it.

Just came back because I think this is just so cute.
10 from me
03/01/2008 11:31:58 PM
Well right there it is... incontrovertible proof of evolution! I'm not loving the background, and the eyes are kinda dull, but this model will not be denied a great portrait. 9
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03/01/2008 09:24:28 PM
no idea how you got that dog to do that let alone pose for you like that.
im impressed.
03/01/2008 11:58:20 AM
Love it!
03/01/2008 10:39:00 AM
Nicely done.
02/28/2008 09:28:05 PM
LOL Classic. This looks like a high contender for a ribbon. Excellent pose.
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02/28/2008 11:17:48 AM
LOL! great smile, 9
02/28/2008 10:30:09 AM
I've got to bump this up....so hilarious. Great job!
02/28/2008 08:36:10 AM
A very well trained, patient dog with a sense of humor!
02/28/2008 05:16:54 AM
02/28/2008 01:22:40 AM
lol. Very cute.
02/27/2008 07:13:54 PM
I love this shot for its unique take on a pet portrait... brings a smile to my face too :D I hope you do well with this.
02/27/2008 05:47:08 PM
Very cool photo - How'd you get him (?) to stay still? Fluff on the balls a little distracting and I'd like to see slightly 'brighter' eyes. Not allowed to vote in this challenge but it would have been a 9'er. ps. Mrs Jay Currently ROTFLHAO!!
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02/27/2008 05:22:15 PM
I find this hilarious. It looks like puppy finds it tiresome.
02/27/2008 02:08:51 PM
I bet this one is fun to feed. :) This is such a cute photo! You must have gotten it done right away - no slobber! lol
02/27/2008 12:03:56 PM
Cute! Bet you've heard that a few times, eh? :-) The concept is quite clever and overall well executed. Something about the lighting...it's almost too controlled and gives a slightly flat appearance to this photo. Did you "dry" the dogs mouth and nose via post-processing? They seem unusually dull (non shiny) and dry. Last thing (sorry, feels like I'm pickin on you - don't mean too)...the dogs left eye (the viewers right) looks like the reflection was tamped down a little causing it to look fuzzy (non sharp).

I like this photo (really!). Is it possible to have something too perfect?

All of this is JMO of course, and regardless, I think you'll be scoring quite high with it. Best of luck to you in the challenge.
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02/27/2008 11:39:13 AM
pmsl...what a fantastic picture..lol..sory i cant vote,but i would have gave you 10 for sure.brilliant hope its a winner
02/27/2008 10:59:45 AM
Love it Love it Love it!!!
02/27/2008 09:51:34 AM
:) ! ! !
02/27/2008 09:17:56 AM
Oh you just know that this is going to ribbon. Fabulous composure from the model, oh and the photographer did a great job too 10

Charlie just saw this and a HUGE beaming smile came across his face, he says 10 too. So that makes it 20 Great JOB
02/27/2008 05:35:56 AM
I gues his nickname is 'big mouth' :-D
02/27/2008 03:13:24 AM
brilliant and hilliarious
02/27/2008 02:20:30 AM
This should be in the top 10!
02/26/2008 03:37:26 PM
This is really good. What a dog! 8
02/26/2008 03:31:44 PM
WHAT? 8 for the comedy value
02/26/2008 03:11:28 PM
lol hilarious-7
02/26/2008 04:29:36 AM
HAHA love it! Crazy 'ball' dogs!
02/26/2008 03:24:42 AM
Excellent capture! How did you get him to stay like that? 10
02/26/2008 02:25:30 AM
Cute idea - just wish the eyes looked like the dog was a bit happier about this trick. Perhaps try holding a favorite treat up at the last moment, or using a key word that gets your friend excited.
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02/26/2008 01:10:15 AM
Incredible symmetry - and a very funny pic - no dog I have ever known would stand still for this :) -10-
02/25/2008 09:58:26 PM
Cute image!
02/25/2008 08:47:37 PM
I like the whimsey! Nicely done!
02/25/2008 07:34:24 PM
Very talented
02/25/2008 06:58:53 PM
Now THIS is a truly special portrait. It made me smile enough that I had to come back and tell you how much I enjoyed it.
02/25/2008 06:17:32 PM
What a talented fella!
02/25/2008 06:13:33 PM
Yep, you surely made me smile!! What a great character and excellent shot!
02/25/2008 05:12:06 PM
Great sense of humour and a good colour contrast. New balls would have been even more dramatic! Good focus.
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02/25/2008 03:11:53 PM
this one made me smile. He looks so friendliy, and I guess, he always want to play with his balls?!
Really nice!
02/25/2008 02:19:18 PM
I can never see a dog do this enough!! Too precious!
02/25/2008 01:44:40 PM
funny and good, nice detail and background... some different colored balls might have made this shot better
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02/25/2008 01:34:01 PM
LMAO! This is a GREAT shot. Hope his mouth went back into shape o.k. ;-)
02/25/2008 01:08:00 PM
Ha ha, very good.
02/25/2008 12:57:20 PM
OMG! That's one BIG mouth!!!
Really love this shot, only wish the background was better/cleaner. *9*
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02/25/2008 12:29:22 PM
LOL!!! So cute!
02/25/2008 12:24:51 PM
Wow, what a big mouth you have:) Nice idea
02/25/2008 11:27:41 AM
Great shot. Either your dog loves doing this or he/she is very patient with your set-up. Excellent sharpness, coloring and symmetry.
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02/25/2008 10:50:23 AM
NO WAY! That's freakin' hilarious! I'm sure this will be amongst the top 10, adorable shot! Not to mention how talented that pooch is to be able to hold that many balls!
02/25/2008 10:11:30 AM
Reminds me of a Wegman shot,but with a Vizsla instead of Weims. Clever.
02/25/2008 09:26:41 AM
That's awesome... surely ribbon worthy!
02/25/2008 09:18:39 AM
A classic- must be a very well trained doggy ! 10
02/25/2008 08:30:47 AM
Now that is priceless! Sure to be a winner!
02/25/2008 08:14:55 AM
That's a hoot :-))) His eyes look bored, though. Maybe a little dodge and burn to perk them up? With the stark background I'd also use a little more light from one side or the other to make him look more 3-dimensional. Really great pose, though.
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02/25/2008 07:41:17 AM
OMG - too funny!
02/25/2008 07:35:35 AM
I really like this photo. 10 from me.
02/25/2008 06:03:34 AM
7 - Ha.
02/25/2008 05:52:14 AM
Rofl! You've got a lot of balls!
02/25/2008 03:59:32 AM
love it what a super pic 10 from me
02/25/2008 03:11:05 AM
LOL - Winnnnnnner!!!
02/25/2008 01:32:38 AM
Now that's funny - 7 from me
02/25/2008 12:12:15 AM
ROFL That is too great. What a sport.
02/25/2008 12:11:51 AM
LOL...this should be popular! Hope it does well for you

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