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British Bulldog
2nd PlaceBritish Bulldog
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Male Portrait (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Federal Way, WA (Seattle)
Date: May 27, 2008
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/80 sec
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 27, 2008

I absolutely LOVED shooting this. This is my Father-in-Law, Derek. Completely out of character. He is normally over-dressed (the Queen could drop in unannounced, and he'd be dressed for the occasion), and a total English Gentleman.

Surprisingly, it only took a small bit of coaxing... and he donned the dog-collar. It was actually his idea for the love/hate on the knuckles AND he came up with the title.

Set up in the studio, and it only took about 10 shots to get it right :O)

Thanks Dad!

pp:
convert from RAW (LR)
B&W (LR) toning adjustments
crop
curves
levels
cloned one small spec of sensor dust (really need to clean my sensor)
resize
usm
border
sfw

Wow! Thanks for the votes & comments everyone :O) Glad this did well.... thanks for putting up with the dog collar, Mr. C !!!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 153
Avg (all users): 6.9821
Avg (commenters): 7.3500
Avg (participants): 6.4375
Avg (non-participants): 7.1314
Views since voting: 5020
Views during voting: 416
Votes: 223
Comments: 47
Favorites: 10 (view)


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11/08/2008 08:07:45 AM
Gritty & Evocative......well done.
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06/09/2008 09:01:13 AM
Great character study - even if he is out of character. ;-Þ
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06/07/2008 08:10:39 AM
great image, a classic
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06/06/2008 07:34:25 AM
so cute, go Derek!
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06/06/2008 07:21:47 AM
Congratulations on your red! Love the shot.
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06/05/2008 06:08:56 PM
I just absolutely LOVE this photo! I didnt get a chance to vote, but I am so glad to see this on the home page. Its wonderfully well done!
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06/05/2008 08:59:56 AM
Great!!!
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06/04/2008 08:15:52 PM
Awesome. Congrats on this great character photo!
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06/04/2008 03:47:21 PM
Great stuff. Loved reading the story too.
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06/04/2008 01:33:52 PM
Wow! What a great shot!
The personification of an old school British Bulldog indeed: proud, defensive, defiant, pugnacious; wry, ironic and playful. You nailed it and he personifies it. Way to go!!
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06/04/2008 01:23:54 PM
wow great photo.....lol I just love the old man with his fist up and the collar thats just awesome
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06/04/2008 12:53:20 PM
I love it! What a great story to go with a fun shot. :) Congratulations to you and please tell your father in law that he is adorable! :)
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06/04/2008 11:46:42 AM
Glad to see this ribbon! Congrats on a such an awesome shot and the red!!
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06/04/2008 11:31:41 AM
Congrats on the red ribbon! Great portrait!
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06/04/2008 07:27:47 AM
This is positively delightful! Please thank your father-in-law for playing along - he's a fine looking man, and looks to have a wonderful sense of humor, which most English Gentlemen have if you just look for it. Congrats on the ribbon!
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06/04/2008 03:40:30 AM
Glad to see this ribbon. Your comment is hilarious, too! Congrats to both you and Derek!
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06/04/2008 02:41:06 AM
I loved this one! so glad it did well for you, good backstory too. Congrats on the Red Robert. :)
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06/04/2008 02:18:57 AM
Brilliant shot and a great story to boot. Congrats on the ribbon. Well deserved.
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06/04/2008 01:38:34 AM
Way to go, Rob! I loved this & gave it an 8 and guess what? I didn't even notice the dog collar. Doh! Well I am very glad to see it ribbon. What a great guy, your dad-in-law! Congrats!
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06/04/2008 12:50:39 AM
Shame on me too, I didn't notice the dog collar either. I didn't even notice the love/hate. His eyes are so compelling, I didn't see anything else (well, I did see the vest ;-) Congrats on your ribbon with a great image.
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06/04/2008 12:35:46 AM
Shame on me, I didn't even notice the dog collar! My eye kept going back and forth between the "HATE" and the expressive eyes. Congrats on a well-deserved ribbon (and on marrying into a cool family).
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06/04/2008 12:33:31 AM
Congratulation on the ribbon, great portrait, my favorite in this challenge.
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06/04/2008 12:13:16 AM
The dog collar was a great touch. Memorable shot, congratulations!
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06/04/2008 12:12:53 AM
This was my favourite of the challenege and i like the border!
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06/04/2008 12:09:19 AM
congrats on the ribbon, this is well deserved
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/03/2008 11:59:24 PM
Understood!
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06/03/2008 08:31:03 PM
the overall sharpness of your image makes it stand out.
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06/03/2008 06:38:42 PM
:O Scary but cool!

Could have done with being a tiny bit sharper around the top of the head/hair, apart from that, I like it.
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06/03/2008 05:24:04 PM
Nice touch with the collar
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06/03/2008 10:13:19 AM
Really interesting shot. I like the lighting and the contrast in the picture.
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06/02/2008 03:10:23 PM
the collers a little much.
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06/01/2008 12:12:34 AM
The border adds imapact -- I'm not sure why or how. Othewise, well posed and processed.
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05/31/2008 04:20:03 PM
Love it! Good sense of humour.
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05/31/2008 10:51:46 AM
different. nice sharpness and textures.
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05/31/2008 12:01:10 AM
I really like this
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05/30/2008 10:46:19 PM
I love the pose and capture but I don't get the border.
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05/29/2008 10:33:25 PM
love it!
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05/29/2008 05:03:04 PM
interesting shot.
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05/29/2008 02:46:52 PM
Great portrait, but I don't like the border. I find it too intrusive and it distracts from your subject.
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05/29/2008 12:56:21 PM
An exciting image there. Sort of a combination of Johnny Rotten and Reggie Kray. Who is this person. Your photos captures a nation, in a way. 9
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05/29/2008 08:45:48 AM
If this doen't get a blue you've been robbed. the pose looks a little 'staged' but otherwise a great shot. You can take the Dog out of the fight, not the fight out of the Dog. 10
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05/29/2008 08:06:13 AM
Mental. Love it.
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05/28/2008 07:55:06 PM
More grandad than boxer. I really like the shot but not the message.
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05/28/2008 03:33:03 PM
Best in show. Hilarious.
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05/28/2008 07:40:26 AM
awesome...love the b and w conversion...has a real 1960's look 8
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05/28/2008 06:44:21 AM
Nicely done - I love it!
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05/28/2008 01:53:23 AM
Love the subject and the grainy, high-contrast treatment. Hate the black bars. Would love to see a tiny bit looser crop over his head, but that may be constrained by the original capture.
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