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Challenge: Peek-a-Boo (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: my home
Date: Mar 7, 2008
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Family, Snapshot
Date Uploaded: Mar 7, 2008

I couldn't come up with a good idea for this challenge, so this is what you get. I have been taking some advice that I've been given in the forum about adding contrast to avoid flat photos. I think this one has a pretty good depth to it. I don't know how, but I got some really harsh light on this one. I was using my 580 EX II on it with a diffuser (pointed to the ceiling) and it still came out harsh. I tried to fix it with a little burning, but it's still pretty bad...my dog's coat is just really shiney I guess. Also has a snapshot feel to it.

post processing
brightness, shadows, highlights, dodge and burn selectively, claify, highpass sharpen, resize, USM, one step noise reduction, clarify again, USM again, JPG optimizer..then I took it over to photoshop and did an auto color and save for web.

I took this with a high ISO (800) and there was a ton of noise. The "one step noise reduction" took out a LOT of detail and gave it this kind of "smooth" appearance to my dog.

This is, by far, my favorite image that I have submitted....I hope to score well....if not I still love it.

Place: 53 out of 131
Avg (all users): 5.5951
Avg (commenters): 5.8000
Avg (participants): 5.2545
Avg (non-participants): 5.7685
Views since voting: 625
Views during voting: 287
Votes: 163
Comments: 11
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/15/2008 03:52:17 PM
Good take on the challenge idea.
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03/14/2008 09:27:42 AM
Nice highlights on your dog. Good exposure.
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03/12/2008 10:13:49 PM
I have little nit-picky things...the name brand on the sock, I'd rather have seen a bare foor. I little too much dead space at the top, just a weensy bit of cropping. For some reason the clothes distract. I can't decide if the gray pants blend in too much with the dog, or the black blouse is out of place or if it's the red jacket. There is just something that leaves me feeling like it was a snap shot.
03/12/2008 09:46:57 PM
The details on the dog seem a bit over enhanced. the overall shot is ok, but not great. I can't quite put my finger on a good suggestion though. Might be the lighting is just too plain, and a slight tilt to the pic.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/11/2008 05:39:47 PM
In most circumstances seeing the back of a dog as a major part of an image would be a negative for the image but in this case it works very well.

The image is crisp sharp and has a great prespective also the colors are in good harmony but my dislike is the plain inside house wall, I never like seeing these in images but that is just my taste.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/11/2008 12:22:16 PM
Excellent, well captured.
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03/11/2008 08:53:58 AM
:-) This one made me smile. A very patient dog.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/11/2008 01:52:25 AM
How fun!
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03/10/2008 04:50:49 PM
And the dog can play this for hours, am I right? good idea.
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03/10/2008 04:28:55 PM
'Evening Entertainment' ??

Either you or the dog need to work on getting out more :- )
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03/10/2008 08:24:03 AM
Way too much noise reduction for my tastes. Good idea though.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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