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Aug 13, 2015 12:34 |  #1

We were in Victoria, BC last week and checked out Pet-A-Palooza. I would appreciate feedback on these dock dog shots. It was an overcast, generally ugly day. I underexposed the shots to avoid blowing the highlights. I increased the exposure, saturation, etc in LR5 (I don't have PS) to make them a little less flat without over doing it. It might be just me but they still seem to lack something and are somewhat bland.

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Shots 5 & 6.


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Aug 13, 2015 13:15 as a reply to  @ aezoss's post |  #4

I'm not sure that they're lacking technically, but if so I think they make up for it in content. Each of them is interesting to look at.


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Aug 13, 2015 21:50 |  #5

They look great to me. Love the expressions on the dogs' faces.


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Aug 13, 2015 23:47 |  #6

Thanks for the comments. The handlers really get the dogs going. Lots of fun shooting these events.

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Aug 15, 2015 07:50 |  #7

I like these, too.

aezoss wrote in post #17667577 (external link)
I underexposed the shots to avoid blowing the highlights. I increased the exposure, saturation, etc in LR5

Generally, depending on what highlights you're referencing, this is just the opposite of what you should do to keep noise down & retain as much good image info as you can.

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Aug 15, 2015 07:57 |  #8

Great shots.
The only image that maybe had highlights worth protecting is #4 with the white t shirt, even then you shouldn't have had a problem considering the diffuse light from the overcast.


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Aug 15, 2015 08:00 |  #9

These are obviously working dogs. What is their primary duty?


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Aug 15, 2015 12:37 |  #10

I love the look on that Vizsla's face! Great shots.


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Aug 15, 2015 12:53 |  #11

PhotosGuy wrote in post #17669605 (external link)
Generally, depending on what highlights you're referencing, this is just the opposite of what you should do to keep noise down & retain as much good image info as you can.

windpig wrote in post #17669611 (external link)
The only image that maybe had highlights worth protecting is #4 with the white t shirt, even then you shouldn't have had a problem considering the diffuse light from the overcast.

I was trying to avoid momentary clearing (cloud would thin out for a minute or two) and blowing highlights on a dogs coat or handler's clothing. The sky factored into it a little as well. I was hoping to get some cloud detail there fwiw.

I run into this situation on our dog. I usually have to spot meter the white part her muzzle or risk losing all the detail there if I meter elsewhere. I applied that rationale across the board and didn't adjust for a given dog/handler. Not a good strategy. Need to be more adaptive to the circumstances.

Thanks for the info on ETTR, I'll check it out.

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Aug 15, 2015 13:30 |  #12

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These are obviously working dogs. What is their primary duty?

A few were likely working dogs but I don't recall the MC mentioning it. Some may be competitive jumpers or agility dogs.

Entry appears to be open to any dog. Our daughter entered a friend's pooch. No prior experience. He took a look at the water, gave an expression of "no way man, get the ball yourself", weaved through her legs and ran off the dock back to us. She wasn't happy about it but I thought it was hilarious.

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Aug 16, 2015 19:38 |  #13

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A few were likely working dogs but I don't recall the MC mentioning it. Some may be competitive jumpers or agility dogs.

Entry appears to be open to any dog. Our daughter entered a friend's pooch. No prior experience. He took a look at the water, gave an expression of "no way man, get the ball yourself", weaved through her legs and ran off the dock back to us. She wasn't happy about it but I thought it was hilarious.

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Thanks for the explanation. I had just never run across the term "Dock Dogs" before and thought that maybe it referred to specially trained dogs that had some duties to perform on docks. Great pics!


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Aug 16, 2015 20:14 as a reply to  @ rrblint's post |  #14

More info

http://dockdogs.com/ev​ents/dockdogs-101 (external link)

Thanks all for the kind words and suggestions. Much appreciated.

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