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Why you.....!!!! Bite me, will you?
Why you.....!!!! Bite me, will you?

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Challenge: Motion (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: Washago, ON
Date: Dec 7, 2002
Aperture: 3.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Animals, Action
Date Uploaded: Dec 8, 2002

Shot with automatic mode, using continuous frame shots. Had to adjust the levels to bring out the whiteness in the snow. Have lots to learn about capturing snow color and texture correctly.

Place: 95 out of 167
Avg (all users): 4.8880
Avg (commenters): 4.5000
Avg (participants): 4.8058
Avg (non-participants): 4.9493
Views since voting: 1073
Votes: 241
Comments: 9
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12/22/2002 10:59:44 PM
After I saw the image and what camera you used my question is why Automatic mode? It is a pretty fun picture as it is and I am sure you are enjoying it. I know these kinds of images are extremely tough. I've taken quite a few myself of my dog playing with my sister's dog. My preference is normally to not use the burst mode because I usually miss something good in the 7 or 8 seconds the camera takes to process the images. I'm finding that I am having better success by manually focussing at a distance that is close enough to keep the dogs tight in the frame, setting the camera to shutter priority at a very fast speed like from 1/250 to 1/500 while trying to keep the aperture somewhere towards a small size to try to maintain some DOF to work with, and then running around like crazy staying as low to the ground as I can trying to capture one quick shot at a time. As long as I stay at a consistent distance from the dogs the focus should be good and I should be able to take quick photos. It does take lots of practice and there certainly is nothing wrong with using the burst mode. It looks like you needed to crop the photo quite a bit to fill the frame. This is evidenced by the level of softness as well the pronounced haloeing around the darker edges. I think it captures a sense of motion very well and I don't think that all images need to have motion blur to show motion. While I often prefer a real tight crop to my images, in this photo I prefer to see the background because it is interesting as well and serves to place the dogs in their environment. It's part of the story. However I dont like how the yellow dog is crowding the right edge, there needs to be more room on that edge. It can also use a little more punch by increasing the black level slightly more and increasing the saturation a little bit. While it can use some improvement technically it is still a nice photo that is a pleasure to look at. Good job.

Tim Jensen
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/15/2002 04:34:21 PM
As a subject of motion study I'm not too sure what you're going for here. Other than the obvious that is.
12/15/2002 02:51:31 PM
1)Does the Photo fit the theme?(3)

Overall Score:4.28 rounded to 4

I do not feel in my oppinion that this picture portrays motion that well.
The background is a bit low key as far as its purpose for this shot.
I am surprised with all the snow that you could not get a good bounce of light into the Darker dogs face. That would have set up a better looking shot. Appears to me that the wrong dog is wearing the harness.

John (TurboTech)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/13/2002 06:41:35 PM
there he is again! wow what an evil dog!
12/12/2002 12:20:52 PM
Too much background. This would be much better cropped to just show the dogs faces.
12/10/2002 03:31:34 PM
good composition, colors and action
12/09/2002 11:44:28 PM
You really captured the moment with this photo! It does seem a little soft to me and could use some sharpening, but it definitely captures the spirit of this week's challenge. It looks like the little black & white dog is ready to tear the bigger one apart. This reminds me of the nature photos where a tiger is getting ready to pounce on a gazelle it's chasing...but with dogs instead of tigers and gazelles.
12/09/2002 12:19:42 PM
it's a good, focused shot, but the background is too busy...
12/09/2002 09:12:15 AM
would have tried to get more blur in the action of the subjects
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