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Challenge: Pet Portrait III (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Olympus E-500 EVOLT
Lens: Olympus 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 Zuiko Digital
Location: Petone Foreshore New Zealand
Date: Feb 24, 2008
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Feb 24, 2008

This is a friends dog Benji. We had a photoshoot the other day specifically for this challenege. It was a steep learning curve to shoot a young dog who had never been to the beach before!
However I did get some shots I was happy with and I feel this is my best.
Editing luko sharpeneing my new fave thing! Retro professional action with a slight adjustment to the hue/sat layer to bring back the slighest hint of colour.
I also had to deal with slight blown highlights on the top of his head that blended with the background so added a curves adjustment layer made it really dark and then used a mask to erase everything but the top of his head.

Here is the original [thumb]650748[/thumb]

here is the edited version before I did curves layer [thumb]650811[/thumb]

Was there a better way i could have fixed the highlights?

Place: 101 out of 261
Avg (all users): 5.8261
Avg (commenters): 6.7778
Avg (participants): 5.5841
Avg (non-participants): 6.1170
Views since voting: 847
Views during voting: 336
Votes: 207
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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12/27/2008 07:24:55 PM
i must have been grumpy the day i voted on this. for whatever reason i gave it a 4. huh. it really appeals to me now, the dogs expression as he looks out at the waves and smells the sea. just an awesome photo
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03/03/2008 01:42:47 PM
Ah - no justice! This was one of the 10's in my book.... still love it.
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03/03/2008 02:33:17 AM
great shot charlie .. love the intense expression ..
as ppl say, the white behind her takes away from the image .. i reckon if you'd got a bit higher this would'v got a really good score .. like REALLY GOOD !!! .. its a brilliant portrait .. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/01/2008 10:15:23 AM
What a cutie! I think taking this from a tad higher angle would have been helpful in having the top of Benji's head be in front of the darker background.
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02/29/2008 03:49:47 PM
7 - Nice focus on Benji, just find the top area/light background competes too much with Benji - maybe a crop variation, not sure.
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02/28/2008 04:27:39 PM
I can never remember the breed of dog this is... so cute. I like the wind-swept look - very romantic.
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02/27/2008 10:55:48 PM
I love the windblown look!
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02/27/2008 05:19:08 PM
I really like the black and white in the background. It sets off Benji's coloring well without distracting from it.
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02/27/2008 09:20:23 AM
oh gosh, how adorable is your model. his calm composure and elegant pose, whilst still looking interesting and have emotion in the eyes is outstanding. Oh and the photographer is pretty good too 9
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02/26/2008 08:58:52 AM
Exquisite composition...very OOTB and original in terms of framing...suspect you had ideas of "Black and White in Colour" for this one... anyway...I just love this...the windy fur, the soft gaze and the clarity while still being a "fuzzy soft" image. <bump 10>
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02/26/2008 08:23:50 AM
Clean image, terrific pose.....I wish the upper background didn't cause him to blend. It's subjective, but that really hurts this image for me. 5
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02/25/2008 09:06:39 AM
not enough contrast between the two whites.
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02/25/2008 03:44:37 AM
very cute dog and detail but the background really spoils this
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