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Hi I'm Julie a dog lover and photographer... #28204
02/10/10 08:45 PM
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julie Weisberg Offline OP
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My two dogs, Cowboy and Flash...


Re: Hi I'm Julie a dog lover and photographer... [Re: julie Weisberg] #28205
02/10/10 09:11 PM
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I should actually say I'm an animal lover instead of dog lover because I love all the critters. I look forward to learning how those of you in the pet photography business are doing.

Re: Hi I'm Julie a dog lover and photographer... [Re: julie Weisberg] #28206
02/10/10 10:30 PM
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Welcome Julie, cool photo! Kind of looks like they are walking on water.

Diana

Re: Hi I'm Julie a dog lover and photographer... [Re: StarrLight] #28207
02/10/10 11:08 PM
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Thanks Diana!

I burned in the dog and cloud reflections to hopefully make it look that way.

Julie

Re: Hi I'm Julie a dog lover and photographer... [Re: julie Weisberg] #28208
02/11/10 01:33 AM
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Hey Julie,

Welcome aboard - and beautiful photograph. The ONE critique that I would like to give is that I think that the horizon should be straightened a bit. I hope that we see a lot more of your work in the neat future.

Cheers
James

Re: Hi I'm Julie a dog lover and photographer... [Re: James Morrissey] #28209
02/11/10 03:11 AM
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Thanks James for alerting me to the forum and the compliment. It's interesting that you say you feel the horizon should be straightened. I intentionally tilted a bit to give the dogs movement. I went a little further down the beach and shot this image and purposely kept my camera in line with the horizon since I was shooting a landscape instead of a portrait. (not that I think all landscapes need to be straight).


Re: Hi I'm Julie a dog lover and photographer... [Re: julie Weisberg] #28210
02/11/10 08:17 AM
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Julie,
welcome. With the name of "Julie" and two dogs as ready practice subjects, you have every chance to be successful as a pet photographer -- just ask Julie Poole and Julie Ford .

A comment about image manipulation for the sake of "creativity": tilting, burning, doing B&W or sepia conversions, HDR, etc. are all excellent creative tools if used judiciously. They are not things to be done simply to make a good image better IMHO. The shot of Cowboy & Flash is good enough without the horizon tilt which actually tends to look like a mistake rather than an enhancement.

The best way to find out how everyone is doing in terms of pet photography is to ask specific questions. You'll find that we're more than willing to share.

Jim


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Re: Hi I'm Julie a dog lover and photographer... [Re: Jim Garvie] #28211
02/11/10 10:28 AM
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Hey Julie,

You are welcome. LOL, actually, I should be thanking Jeff. Having said that, this is an art - and you are 100% correct that there is a definite sense of movement in the image as a result of the tilt. I was reacting to the water, and my feeling that I did not want to sense that movement as much. I hope you don't mind the small critique on your fist post - and it is indeed very nice.

Thanks for sharing, and again, welcome.
James


Thanks James for alerting me to the forum and the compliment. It's interesting that you say you feel the horizon should be straightened. I intentionally tilted a bit to give the dogs movement.

Re: Hi I'm Julie a dog lover and photographer... [Re: James Morrissey] #28212
02/11/10 12:43 PM
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Hi Jim,

Thanks for the warm welcome.

I agree that throwing images off axes, using too many actions, hdr, burning, dodging, etc just to do it without thought is not a good thing. In this case I felt tilting, burning and adding green with some B&W (no hdr here) to the image enhanced it. I'm coming from a more contemporary direction, not quite as traditional, therefore I break the more traditional "rules" from time to time. I'm not saying that this image is exactly right and maybe the photograph *would* bother a lot of people with it's horizon off, but I meant to do it to keep it from being static. Here are more of my pet portraits to show where I'm coming from...


Re: Hi I'm Julie a dog lover and photographer... [Re: julie Weisberg] #28213
02/11/10 01:00 PM
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HI James,

I don't mind a critique in a non critique section. The reason I'm defending that image or rather style of imagery is because I meant to tilt it and because I may be coming from a more contemporary view point than some others here. I cut parts of heads off if I feel an image will have more impact that way and angle an image if I need to include more parts of the body than I could otherwise, etc. I'm not saying I can't use a critique because I definitely can. I am saying understand where I'm coming from 1st and then critique me based on that.

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