Dog Portrait

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  1. Mike Teezie macrumors 68020

    Mike Teezie

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    My grandmother's 70th birthday is coming up, so I shot a series of portraits of her dog Happy to give to her as a gift.

    I'll have it printed as an 8x10 or 11x14, I'm not sure. Her house is designed down to the door handles, so I might just make her an album with all the other shots I did.

    Anyway, here's one of my selects that I've started editing. What do you guys think?

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    Shot with my Rebel XT, with my Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8, natural window light.
     
  2. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I have a 12" PowerBook, and if you know anything about older Powerbooks, especially the rev A and B 12" PBs, then you'll know that my LCD is usually crap and isn't bright at all. :(

    I'm just mentioning it because I find your photo to be too bright or overexposed, and while you can't do anything about the highlights, I wonder whether the photo would look better if it was darker? I'm just wondering because I don't know how it would look on any decent monitor. I'd have to look at that photo on my Dell LCD in my office at uni before I can really say, although things look oversaturated and too bright on that monitor.

    I never win. :rolleyes:

    But regardless, it's a great great photo. I can never take a photo of my dogs. They usually look the other way, or their eyes look bad. I have one great photo of one dog (the dog that died in December), but no decent photos of my 2nd dog....the one who's still alive.
     
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    I have to say I think it's fantastic! What editing have you done?

    Good job mate :cool:
     
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  5. Mike Teezie thread starter macrumors 68020

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    It does look overexposed in several areas. I pushed it to the high key look, which is the desired effect. This is about as far as I can push it and still have the prints turn out not looking blown out in areas. I might have gone to far, but we'll see when the prints come in.

    Shooting Happy was unbelievably easy. If I said her name, she would look at me for a solid 10-20 seconds before looking away. Here, I got somebody else to say her name so she'd look over at them.

    Most of time, it's the exact opposite. I tried to shoot my two boxers, and every time I got down on the floor to shoot them, they thought it was playtime and would charge me.
     
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    I love that photograph (and that says a lot because I'm really not fond of 'toy dogs')! :eek: :D

    Looks good on my iMac.
     
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    cute! cute! cute! <sniff>

    I have a terrier that has yet to help her housemates get a shot like that, so you've got a cooperative dog or some mad-skilz.

    Good job! Your grandma' will probably LOVE it. Too bad you can't experiment with some matting and framing without concern of clashing, but maybe she'll enjoy doing that part.



     
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    Yeah, it almost makes me wish that I had a camera on my face or up my nose or something, because they always go for the face-lick when I get down on the floor. :)
     
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