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Sentinel standing watch
Sentinel standing watch
markwiley


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Challenge: Sentinel (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-550D Rebel T2i
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: My living room
Date: Jan 29, 2011
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 30, 2011

When I first read the challenge this is the image that popped in my head – our dog vigilantly watching out the front windows on the lookout for unseen dangers lurking.
My concerns:
1) A photo of the family pet will be viewed as too cutesy or lazy. I worked hard on an alternative idea that did not come out as well.
2) The window and other junk in the background is a huge distraction (although I like the dog’s stature somewhat echoing the dragon statue). I took some more from behind the dog, but they did not seem to communicate the same level of alertness and the stuff out the window was distracting.
3) That many people envision a sentinel as a solitary figure or object towering over everything. However, this was the first image I got thinking of the word sentinel.
That said I am not unhappy with the result. Of course, I love that mutt so I may be biased.
Taken with natural light on a nice overcast day.

Statistics
Place: 23 out of 128
Avg (all users): 5.9850
Avg (commenters): 7.1429
Avg (participants): 6.1364
Avg (non-participants): 5.8358
Views since voting: 902
Views during voting: 265
Votes: 133
Comments: 20
Favorites: 5 (view)


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09/23/2011 02:46:44 PM
Oh yeah - that's a wheatie alright . . .

Gotta love them
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03/07/2011 01:13:16 AM
Very cute! Is that a Wheaten Terrier?
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02/10/2011 12:26:10 AM
LOVE this! What a delightful photograph! Wonderful light on the dog, and I do love that statue echoing the stance in the distance. Definitely not too much here - it all fits wonderfully. An excellent tiny violin! (Fret not the lost 6 - this is worth way more than a 6. Seriously.)
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02/09/2011 11:23:30 PM
love it. what's yer mutt's name?
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02/07/2011 07:49:08 AM
I didn't vote, but saw this during the challenge and thought it was great. It reminds me of my dog. He lays on the back of the couch with his nose under the curtains.

You almost hit that goal of a 6+. It shouldn't be long now.

Message edited by author 2011-02-07 07:50:51.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/06/2011 11:04:21 PM
Really awesome how the statue almost mimic's the dog's pose. Love the natural lighting.
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02/06/2011 08:39:29 PM
Nice touch with the statue
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02/02/2011 12:39:23 PM
adorable.
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02/02/2011 08:33:38 AM
Love the way the sculpture mimics the dog!
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02/01/2011 02:34:24 PM
Love the picture, I gave it a 9.
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02/01/2011 11:52:42 AM
Neat shot,love the quality of this.
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02/01/2011 08:37:59 AM
wonderful!!
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01/31/2011 06:51:12 PM
I love the TWO sentinels here, in almost identical poses :)
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01/31/2011 05:09:51 PM
perhaps a few too many objects in the background, but the colours mesh nicely and set off the dog's posture.
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01/31/2011 02:39:04 PM
This is just too good. I love the statue in the background in relation to the dog. The lighting is perfect.
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01/31/2011 11:46:19 AM
playful subject, i like your DOF and lighting for this, worked out well.
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01/31/2011 07:03:31 AM
Cool shot. We have two of those sentinel's.
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01/31/2011 04:49:10 AM
Get off the couch...
:)
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01/31/2011 01:52:42 AM
I love how the dog mimics the statue's pose and how the ruffles complements its fur.
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01/31/2011 12:09:59 AM
So cute, love your house.
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