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Entry 1 by Stephanie Calhoun for Photographer's Choice Photo Contest, #100

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Entry 1 by Stephanie Calhoun for Photographer's Choice Photo Contest, #100

Entry #1

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What day was the photo taken?

March 15, 2012

Photo Description

This is Luther our male German Shepherd walking back towards me on our daily walk/run. I knelt down off the path and called him back to me, he is never in a hurry. Why this is one of my favorite photos, I feel I captured his laid back nature and he looks happy go lucky. The grass color really shows how early our Spring came this year.

Lessons Learned

  • I added a texture to this so it had a little more interest.
  • Make sure you are in position before you call a dog back to you so you can get the right shot or take several.
  • Focal length-120.0mm
  • Exposure-1/320
  • Apture-F6.3
  • ISO-200
  • Exposure-0.30EV

Liz Masoner, About.com Photography, says:

What Works
  • Composition
    The trail creates a nice leading line showing us where the dog came from and the dog's placement on a rule of thirds line gives us a visual reference point.
  • Pose
    The dog's eye contact with the camera helps make a connection with the viewer and the paw position is great for conveying movement.
  • Style
    The Polaroid/aged look of the photo blends beautifully with the rural subject matter.

What Doesn't Work
  • Highlights
    Especially with animals that have dark coloration around the eyes, it is important to try and add a catch light with a fill flash or reflector to show the viewer exactly where the eyes are.

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