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Marco the Spinone Italiano
Marco the Spinone Italiano

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Ellicott City, MD
Date: Oct 25, 2009
Aperture: 2.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 31, 2009

I paid the $25 again, just so I could enter this. I hope it was worth it! (just kidding...I'd been meaning to join again anyway....someday)

We took in a beautiful Sunday along Main Street in Historic Ellicott City, MD. I spent most of the day shooting for the Camera Movement challenge. While waiting for my wife and daughter to come out af a girly shop, I saw a man with this dog across the street. I have never in my life walked up to someone and asked if I could take their picture or their animal's picture. I got up the nerve this time and I'm glad I did! I think I heard the guy call the dog Marco, but if not, it seems like a good name for him. He looks like a Marco.

levels, shadow/highlight, Black & White, contrast, burn, patch, noise ninja, usm, resize, canvas, flip

The dog was originally on the right, but I decided to flip it. I figure the eye goes left to right in most cases, and rather than seeing the big empty space and then the dog, I hope to draw attention to the dog first.

Place: 181 out of 403
Avg (all users): 5.7471
Avg (commenters): 6.3750
Avg (participants): 5.6891
Avg (non-participants): 5.8824
Views since voting: 929
Views during voting: 252
Votes: 170
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)

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11/08/2009 11:44:03 PM
Oh that eye! You show us just enough. (Robert de Niro in his later movies perhaps).
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11/08/2009 01:59:29 PM
I saw this picture last night and I almost cried when I saw it. This looks like the dog I had when I was growing up and it really touched me as a photograph. You did an amazing job with shooting and processing this photo. Too bad it didn't finish higher it is really an under rated photo. Gave ya a 10
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11/08/2009 09:20:27 AM
I would have done the same thing, but interestingly, that left-to-right movement is not universal. Mostly it has to do with how we read. People with languages that read right-to-left tend to look that way at pictures as well.
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11/08/2009 07:13:53 AM
I think your choice to flip this works, and I love the shot. Makes me smile. Worth the $25. :-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/06/2009 11:27:37 PM
6 - Nice portrait of Marco. Be nice to see his other eye too, but as is is still good - however, I do think he'd look less incarcerated if he could lose that chain and nose/snout restraint/guard thing (whatever that is). The tones are nice, as is the composition and background.
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11/06/2009 07:55:36 PM
I love the doggie. You portrait him well.
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11/06/2009 02:46:23 PM
The eyes have it. Great dog pic. 8
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11/05/2009 08:25:01 AM
ha, that look is priceless! : )
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11/04/2009 11:28:13 PM
sad looking guy. :( nicely shot. like the shallow dof too. 7
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11/04/2009 10:37:04 AM
He is sad!
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11/01/2009 01:00:21 PM
He looks so sad.
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11/01/2009 11:53:51 AM
What a look! I like the empty space to the right.
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