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A Touch of Honey

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Challenge: Pets and Their People II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2012
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: Jan 27, 2012
Date Uploaded: Jan 27, 2012

Models: Maggie and Honey

I was SO excited to do this shoot. I've been wanting to do a snake shoot for AGES, but couldn't find anyone who either had a snake, or wanted to sit for a portrait. Then I went to the dentist and the receptionist said she and her boyfriend both have corn snakes - she has 5 babies and he has 2 adults!! So we set up the shoot for today, and two things happened: they didn't bring the baby snakes, but they brought Honey - their brand new, 5-week-old doberman puppy. She was BEYOND cute and it was inevitable that I also photographed her.

So I did portraits of both the snakes and the puppy, and decided the puppy was more DPC friendly, even though the snake shot is killer. Don't know how this will fare, as this isn't quite the "affectionate" sort of shot I think the challenge described.

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[Feb. 3rd, 2012 10:19:59 AM]

The Egyptian "get up" was intended for the snake image I had prepared to do. In the exuberance of the moment when I met the surprise of Honey, the incongruity did not occur to me. Add to that less than stellar editing, and I agree with the voters lukewarm enthusiasm for the image. Apologies for entering an image with which I myself am not delighted.

Place: 21 out of 68
Avg (all users): 6.2119
Avg (commenters): 7.1538
Avg (participants): 5.9318
Avg (non-participants): 6.3271
Views since voting: 961
Views during voting: 436
Votes: 151
Comments: 20
Favorites: 0

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02/09/2012 11:56:58 PM
omg how did you get the both of them to have the same expression? don't be too unhappy with the photo - there's a whole lot of fabulousness in it :)
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02/07/2012 09:23:11 AM
This sure brings a smile.
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02/06/2012 11:44:12 PM
why do people give out 1's for shots like this, or 3's for that matter. grrr.
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02/06/2012 01:09:06 PM
Squeeee.... I didn't nail this as yours, bad bad me... In fact I usually get the top 3 places about ohhh 99.99% of the time and this one I didn't even get near the placing on the top 10....

You gotta Stop with the adorable puppies in a shot.. I saw Nothing wrong with the entire thing cause I couldn't unglue my eyes from Honey!!

No need for apologies I thought it was DELIGHTFUL!!
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02/06/2012 10:08:31 AM
Honey's expression is way too cute. Sorry we missed the snakes.
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02/06/2012 12:37:11 AM
oops I picked that wrong, still really liked this enough for an 8. Congratulations.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/05/2012 11:04:08 AM
It's totally cheating to use a puppy! And then make it look so serious. Not seeing a ton of interaction or emotion here but it's a really intriguing shot. Small nit: the human's hand holding the puppy looks kind of purple/grey on my screen.
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02/05/2012 10:39:47 AM
Nice shot and the little one is just edible.Boost.
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02/04/2012 04:30:34 PM
Love the eyes
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02/03/2012 11:50:44 PM
Beautiful baby. At one point my Katie looked like that and would hid under the couch when she was in trouble. Only problem was it didn't last long enough. She topped out at almost 100 lbs. Pretty big for a female. You have lots of fun headed your way with this little one.
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02/02/2012 07:44:43 PM
not sure on this, not a fan of the Egyptian feel or the "dead hand" the hand on the dog looks very strange and off putting, let alone the poor little dog get some snap in him get him bulked up :)
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02/01/2012 05:45:41 PM
I'm going to be amazed if this isn't a tanguera shot. The colors and lighting are perfect.
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02/01/2012 04:27:07 AM
Great engagement. Hard to do with an animal. The little pooch looks so vulnerable. The two highlights are a bit distracting.
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02/01/2012 02:36:55 AM
what a cute little dog!!
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01/31/2012 06:09:48 PM
The fabulously elaborate attention to the scene's details reminds me of ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', '/') + 1) . ' tanguera's work... but something about the focus on the dog (perfect) and the not-so-fabulous lighting on the human's face makes me say "nope, not Johanna's".

To be sure, being mistaken for Johanna's fabulous pet/human work is quite the compliment.

I hope this is doing well for you.
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01/30/2012 05:15:56 PM
I like the golds and burgundies here, two of my favorite colors.
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01/30/2012 12:33:21 PM
that is one adorable dog! The photo is fine technically, tho the model seems a bit stiff, and doesnt appear to be enjoying her rich surroundings. A softer touch on the pooch would help too
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01/30/2012 12:14:13 PM
The pup somehow gets lost in all of the pattern of the drape and pillow. He sure is a cutie.
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01/30/2012 11:24:07 AM
I had to bite my lip looking at this early this morning to prevent a high-pitched squee of joy in case I woke my fella, haha. That pup is just the cutest thing, what an expressive face! Nice set-up too. Light on the woman's right side is perhaps a little bright compared to the rest of her but the light on the puppy is perfect. SQUEEEE. *Steals it.*
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01/30/2012 10:23:26 AM
aw, how gorgeous is that dog lol..
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