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Please - Can I Get Down Now?
Please - Can I Get Down Now?

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Challenge: Chairs (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6G ED
Location: My Kitchen
Date: Feb 7, 2010
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/8
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Feb 7, 2010

This is my namesake - Patches - 10 year old cocker spaniel - fondly known as Wigglebutt.

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Place: 88 out of 121
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Avg (commenters): 6.2500
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02/15/2010 07:26:27 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Very cute shot, Patches really, really, REALLY casting a wistful eye at the floor. Lose the flowers and this would have been a much stronger shot. As it is I would give it a 5; sans flowers, probably a 6 if not a 7, because as a professional horsewoman I know how much animals can move during a shoot!

On the other hand the flowers do echo the colours used in the chair so it's not all bad. But in this case they halt the flow of the eye, from the dog to the chair. I also would have tried to shoot a bit wider, to give everything some room to move as it were.

FWIW, in pp I would have tried some shadows/highlights to help bring out the other eye, here Wigglebutt looks a little piratical, unless (s)he really does have just one eye.

Overall not a bad attempt, the idea is very sweet but needs to be simplified, and in terms of exectution you just need a little more light, and if possible more distance between subject and bg. If background blurred out, not too bad, but if so then either go for bokeh or at least ensure that subject is in focus.

Feel free to PM me with any questions,

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/14/2010 03:19:03 PM
So cute! Brings back fond memories of cocker spaniels I used to own. Such an expressive face.
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02/10/2010 10:36:08 PM
I think the dog on the chair was enough. The flowers are too much, and the creases ironed out of the backdrop would have been best too.
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02/10/2010 12:15:43 PM
Nice arrangement, great dog with the cutest face... Except for the backdrop: the folds are somehow attracting my eyes to it. Even though you've ironed it so well.
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02/08/2010 02:37:34 PM
cute :-)
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02/08/2010 01:33:12 PM
Cute chair, love the colors and the Cockers expression is priceless. LOL Good one.
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