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An Untouched Photo

An Untouched Photo
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Copyright: David Jessop (WhiteKnight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 130 N: 2138] (12018)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-24
Categories: Pets
Camera: Nikon D200 Digital SLR, Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF
Exposure: f/1.8, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Friday Theme 2012/04/20 'Untouched' [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-04-24 6:37
Viewed: 2409
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well - a bit late for the theme from last week, but, why not anyway?

A totally untouched photo of our 14 year old Labrador taken less than an hour ago... Except of course to convert to JPEG and resize, otherwise I wouldn't be able to post here!!!

Usually I'd have increased saturation a fair bit, adjusted the hi, mid and lo levels and of course sharpened after the resize.

I think this one looks ok. But please feel free to critique honestly.

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I just LOVE the bokeh here David! Really adds to the shot! I love the intense stare and the shallow DOF here also! You his eyes sharp and that is what matters most!

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2012-04-24 8:03]

This is excellent David! Good use of shallow DOF to nicely blur the background. Focus on the eyes is great, but I can't help thinking that it would have been nice to have the nose sharp as well. Maybe a smaller aperture, focusing on the bridge of the nose?


Hi David, good to see you!
I have to say that I agree with Werner! I like the sharpness on the eyes and that leading ear, but the OOF nose distracts a little. Otherwise, nicely composed and great soft background.
He looks like a great old guy ... getting a little grey around the mouth!
Hope all is well

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-04-24 8:50]

Hi David.

I do like the clarity you have captured across the yeyes, the expression is so appealing, positioning is well balanced, nice work. TFS

Stv :0))


A so lovely portrait of your Labrador, I like this sweet lighting and the colors in bg.
Excellent pov and sharpness on the eyes , very adorable moment well timed.
Good entry to the theme.
Well done

Hi David,
Nice Bokeh and Pose of this old Labrador on less..
Excellent use of shallow deep of field at F/1.8,
Very well taken an done.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-04-24 9:27]

Hi David,
Perfect details in the eyes of this Labrador with superb highlights in its black hair. A remarkable untouched photo with good use of minimal DOF.
A lovely bokeh BG to isolate the animal and render a 3D effect.
Good work.

Francis Xavier

Dear DAvid,

Good to see you posting after a gap!

You took a good shot of your pet dog and the light you managed to catch is balanced enough to expose the facial features of this cute animal. If I were you I might have tried to focus the left eye (or both the eyes) rather than keeping focus on the distant eye, just my personal opinion. The BG gives its best to isolate the subject marvelously.

All in all, an "untouched" shot for sure!

Thanks and regards,

Hello David, a lovely 'untouched' shot of your dog.A good composition, the bokeh is the perfect complement to the details of your pet.
For me, it is the eyes that are important, the slightly OOF nose does not bother me at all.I notice a few grey hairs.
And as others have already stated, the intense stare completes the picture.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Hi David, it is a gorgeous dog, a real Labrador - with that special expression in their eyes. I do not mind if the nose is not that sharp - I know what a nose looks like but the eyes nobody can picture .
It is an excellent pic of your pet , the best friend of mankind.
Kind regards - from a dog lover - Monika
(Shiva1 standing for our Schnauzer)

Well David,
I'm not one of those who things, that camera know best, actually camera are quite stupid, and the more control I can get, the better the result are. At time, under certain condition, result can be quite surprising, but in most cases, the images, need a little optimisation. Can't really either, critique this shot, aside of being a little "green", look like a pretty decent shot. I kind of wish, tho , that the nose of the animal, would have been included, in the "on focus" zone.

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  • eosnut Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 647 W: 285 N: 2085] (13374)
  • [2012-04-24 19:30]

Hi David,
Nice portrait of mans best friend.
You have captured a great deal of detail in the blacks.
This would require very little PP to make it a keeper.

hello david. the bokeh is great and the eyes tell the story well. the slight unfocus on the nose detracts alittle. best, phil

Hello David

I like the POV and those alluring eyes of the dog. I would have tried f/8 to get more of the dogs face into sharpness. Still the classic tilt of the Dogs face makes the image work. I put my thirteen year old Black Lab down last October. She had those cute grey wiskers also. Getting older sucks I tell you......

have a nice day David


Olá David

a good untouched photo..how to resist of the tenderness of these focus eyes and I like the blur of bg.... and it is yours old fiend...I believe you can improve ...but the photo is there and for me it is very good already.
um abraço

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2012-04-25 14:33]
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Hi David,I believe,because of your talent,that you normally set up a shot & your camera's setting,to obtain the look you want from a subject,& that you rarely have to do much PP work once you press the shutter,unless it's an HDR or equivelent. I would have been inclined with this subject to have the F stop at F/5.6-F/8 due to my personal taste, requiring that all of the subjects facial area to be in focus & sharp,but that's my preference & my only suggestion as to how I would have shot it differently.

Hi David,

A fine capture of your dog here. The position of your lab within the frame is well chosen and the bokeh background is well executed with your shallow DOF.

Very well done! TFS.


Hi David, time to catch up with the viewing now I can log on again. For an untouched shot it is really quite clear. I have to agree about the nose being a bit distracting but he still shows that soulful look with his eyes.He actually looks like hes about to go after something. Fiona

Hi David,

The dog is well placed in the frame. You have captured well the expression of the dog. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Labrador. A good contribution to the untouched theme which did not allow any correction for the sharpness of an area of the dog. Have a nice day.


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-05-06 21:14]

Hello David,

Very good use of a shallow dof with nice bokeh. The oof bg helps to isolate the dog from its surroundings. Excellent lighting & sharpness with nice reflections in both clear eyes. Tfs!

A lovely photo of the old boy. Glad to see he's still around. He looks a bit thinner in the face? Or is that just the angle? I found it difficult to get a decent photo of him and I tried many times; where the light was good he kept fidgeting and where he was still the light was no good!It's great to see a photo of his lovely eyes; he's such a very nice-natured dog.

Hi David..nice shot...you did a nice job separating the subject from the background. Well done.


I think dogs have perfected the sad look to get what they want. Good use of the dof with focus on those eyes. Great lighting and nice framing. Very well done, tfs.

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