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Morgan
Morgan
jhomrighaus


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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Konica Minolta MF 58mm f/1.4
Location: Amsterdam, NY
Date: Dec 10, 2008
Aperture: f 1.2
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60sec
Galleries: Emotive, Animals
Date Uploaded: Mar 10, 2009

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Statistics
Place: 725 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 5.3195
Avg (commenters): 6.1852
Avg (participants): 5.2937
Avg (non-participants): 5.4615
Views since voting: 1237
Views during voting: 659
Votes: 507
Comments: 69
Favorites: 2 (view)


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03/20/2009 09:04:25 PM
I have no idea what is wrong with people's brains. But I am a bit grumpy today.

Yes there's a color cast on it.

It is called UNITY or THEME.

I wonder if people who have an issue with this picture vote exclusively 1 on challenges such as 'black and white in color', 'duotone' and 'soft focus'...

I was one of your 8 10's.

I appreciated the fact that because of the unity of color, distracting elements are greatly reduced and the gentle warm color of the dog is highlighted by the fact that we would probably expect the background to contain many other colors subconsciously, but the absence of these works to build a theme and even contributes to the mood.

Some of the comments here make me want to slap some people upside the head.

The scores however should sit as they do. They represent a 1-week snapshot of peoples reactions to the pic. Don't confuse score with value of the pic. The two are wholly unrelated. DPC is a _public_ contest with a short voting period and this particular one had no theme to give context to the wide variety of styles of image in the challenge.
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03/19/2009 05:40:26 PM
Originally posted by marcusvdt:

It has noise in the nose indeed. Hope you invest on glasses.


What a rude and non helpful comment.
03/19/2009 01:59:27 PM
It has noise in the nose indeed. Hope you invest on glasses.
03/19/2009 01:59:09 AM
Jason, came across your thread about this shot. Some thoughts.

You say it does not have a colour cast on your calibrated monitor. OK that's fine and dandy, but based on the comments you have received, to many of the voters it does. Perception is reality, if most people looking at this shot think that it does, then it does and so you have received scores that reflect that. You don't have to agree with people, but accept that this is what others are seeing and understand it maybe why you received lower votes.

I also have a calibrated monitor and to me this looks underexposed (and my monitor tends to be quite bright) and distinctly unnatural in colour. Look at the histogram and you will see it is underexposed.

Add to the equation that not everyone likes pet shots or borders etc etc and you should have a better idea of why the score distribution is the way it is. As 21.gif Ecce Signum said I would question more why there were so many higher scores than lower ones. I think it finished just a bit higher than I would have expected it to.

At the end of the day, if you really love this and it means a lot to you, does it matter what the rest of us think? Because it really shouldn't. Print it, frame it and hang it on the wall and forget about the rest.

Message edited by author 2009-03-19 02:14:20.
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03/18/2009 09:35:25 PM
I like dogs, and I like the concept of this shot. I have to agree with the others though, that the color cast is a bit off. My guess is you took the photo under normal incandescent lights. It has that tungsten glow.. And yes - I have a Huey calibrate my monitor.

I took a very quick stab at rebalancing the light on the 2nd example you posted.

My quick adjustement 774496.jpg vs. your posting 774490.jpg

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03/18/2009 08:17:14 PM
Originally posted by love:

I would suggest adjusting the white balance.. it's just too yellow everywhere not just on the dog. I don't mind the grain (in fact I like grain) and all the other complaints - not an issue to me. The main complaint I would have is the color and I would have given this a 5.


It is adjusted, the dog is this color, the floor is this color, the lights in the kitchen are soft white floods, the camera was white balanced before shooting. Let me see if I can find the original to post up.

Here is another shot taken at the same time for comparison.

774490.jpg
03/18/2009 07:48:07 PM
dupe


Message edited by author 2009-03-18 20:17:58.
03/18/2009 07:44:43 PM
I would suggest adjusting the white balance.. it's just too yellow everywhere not just on the dog. I don't mind the grain (in fact I like grain) and all the other complaints - not an issue to me. The main complaint I would have is the color and I would have given this a 5.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 07:33:27 PM
Great expression and composition. Nice soft tones.
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03/17/2009 05:20:49 PM
Nice head-on angle on this adoring and adorable dog. It looks too yellow toned, but it's hard to tell since most of the shot is that color naturally. Good focus on the eyes.
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03/17/2009 05:16:30 PM
Cute emotive portrait.
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03/17/2009 03:42:43 PM
I like the soft focus on everthing but the eyes, it gives the potrait a soft and warm feeling. Nice catchlight in the eyes too.
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03/17/2009 02:11:01 PM
Nice expression... he has kind eyes.
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03/17/2009 12:50:57 PM
Adorable shot, great to see you get down on her level, the warmth of the lighting is very comfortable.
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03/17/2009 12:12:25 PM
Lovely portrait of this dog but there's a strong orange cast to this image.
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03/16/2009 10:02:48 PM
I love dog pictures. This is very well done.
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03/16/2009 05:53:14 PM
Awwwww! Morgan is Precious! What a great composition! I would like it not quite so blurred, but the cute factor and that soulful look more than make up for it for me!
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03/16/2009 05:31:14 PM
This makes me smile. What a friendly face and image.
I wish it were exactly centered and the nose were more in focus... but the eyes are sharp and this is adorable.

Not voting yet.
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03/16/2009 05:01:57 PM
great capture
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03/16/2009 03:12:17 PM
Good angle. The lighting could be a bit brighter. Good shot.
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03/16/2009 08:57:10 AM
DoF is too shallow for my taste..
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03/16/2009 08:44:08 AM
I would like to see the whole head in focus
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03/16/2009 06:27:20 AM
love those brown eyes
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03/15/2009 10:46:42 PM
Awww. Cute dog. Nice use of DOF.
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03/15/2009 09:43:19 PM
Love the soft focus
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03/15/2009 09:34:22 PM
great color
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03/15/2009 08:05:44 PM
You caught the best expression. What a gem. Great coloring, love it.
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03/15/2009 07:27:53 PM
What an adorable dog and a great shot. Love the warm colors and the perfect eye contact. Nice work.
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03/15/2009 06:36:26 PM
nicely done. I like the DOF going back, but I think I would have like both the eyes and nose in focus. Morgan's wonderful, though.
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03/15/2009 01:33:09 PM
Image has a rather yellow cast to it. The DOF is nice.
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03/15/2009 01:25:09 PM
What a sweet face.....
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03/15/2009 10:38:34 AM
Wonderful shot, good focus on the eyes.
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03/15/2009 10:34:49 AM
Very nice image. It's good to see a few "great" images. This is a perfect reflection of your abilities as a photographer.
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03/15/2009 10:04:41 AM
A cutie, good DOF although I am not so sure about the overall orange cast.
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03/15/2009 05:36:59 AM
cuuute
brano
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03/14/2009 11:14:14 PM
color works well here
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03/14/2009 07:15:33 PM
nice pet portrait
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03/14/2009 06:15:26 PM
Sigh. Fun pov, down with the pooch.
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03/14/2009 03:37:06 PM
great focus on the eyes!
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03/14/2009 01:27:02 PM
Awwww. Great composition and capture.
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03/14/2009 05:18:50 AM
the color is too warm on my screen, would have liked a more natural look and more DOF would have been nice.
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03/14/2009 03:33:07 AM
Cute dog. I love the colors and the dreamy eyes.
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03/13/2009 08:25:37 PM
Made me smile. An intimate portrait of what must be a treasured pet.
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03/13/2009 07:25:39 PM
Beautiful.
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03/13/2009 05:52:14 PM
ha! great doggy shot. i personally like the dof, i think its cool when the nose is out of focus, it gives a sense of depth. color seems a bit orange, but it might just be my monitor
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03/13/2009 05:35:30 PM
to grainy and yellow (I know he is a yellow lab/retriever)
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03/13/2009 05:12:28 PM
love the colors
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03/13/2009 02:06:01 PM
Very warm & inviting color! Such a sweet little face too!
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03/13/2009 01:42:11 PM
great dof and pov for this pet portrait
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03/13/2009 10:04:27 AM
Very cute. Good composition. A little too warm overall.
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03/13/2009 03:51:12 AM
just priceless
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03/12/2009 11:46:48 PM
What a sweet face! The softness works well. Only thing I'd change is to clone out that white spot on the upper right side of the dog.
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03/12/2009 10:13:22 PM
cute face, image is a bit noisy tho
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03/12/2009 08:38:00 PM
Very nice pet portrait.
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03/12/2009 05:43:36 PM
sweet looking dog, nice catch lights
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03/12/2009 04:39:02 PM
The hue around his head makes this photo. Good DOF. Nice shot.
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03/12/2009 02:32:09 PM
Cool shot!
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03/12/2009 03:03:36 AM
Lovely doggie portrait. Congrats.
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03/12/2009 12:04:48 AM
Morgan is adorable.
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03/11/2009 10:51:40 PM
I want to give him a hug!
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03/11/2009 06:14:12 PM
Composition is OK, facial expression is OK, color cast needs improvement. Sorry, not a dog fan here. Still, I remain impressed with DOF. You are getting there with your skills! :)
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03/11/2009 05:38:48 PM
Very nice soft feel and tones.
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03/11/2009 03:44:05 PM
OH my! Look at that face and eyes. He's bathed in gold, perfectly suited for a Golden Retriever.
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03/11/2009 03:25:29 PM
I love Golden Retrievers such sweet and loving dogs. Great shot.
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03/11/2009 01:09:14 PM
nice shot
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03/11/2009 08:03:58 AM
wonderful dog!!!
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03/11/2009 08:02:34 AM
You know, I don't like dogs. I find them dirty, stinky, annoying and stupid.

But this shot got me to go 'awww, what an adorable friend'. This dog displays none of the things I usually attribute to dogs that make me dislike dogs.

So I'm going to give this a nice meaty score for the subject, and push it up for the skill of the photographer.

Attention to color, texture, lighting, contrast, tone, image depth, composition and final crop are all things that display skill in that department.
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03/11/2009 05:23:55 AM
OK, let me point out the good things first. The composition is great, although I would of either trimmed a bit more off the left or left a bit more on the right, just to even it up a bit. Those puppy-dog eyes defintely add an extra mark overall :) - The sharpness on the eyes is good, I have two labradors and I know getting the whole head in focus is a pain as they have such long noses!

The negatives are the exposure is a bit low, I can see this was shot without flash and notice a bit of noise in the areas with no detail, but that cant be helped.

A nice shot overall. well done.
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03/11/2009 03:02:44 AM
Beautiful soft gentle shot, lovely composition
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