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Copyright: Christan Vandette (c_rapp) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-14
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Pets, Friends/Family
Camera: Sony Alpha DSLR 350, 4.5-5.6/ 75-300
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-14 17:20
Viewed: 2073
Points: 6
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Meet Jean-Francois and his awesome dog, Barkley. This was just a bit of play down in the riverbottom before he took off golfing. Barkley is the most well behaved dog I have ever seen although I am sure he only understands french. A new beginning in my life.

Now I know this is not the greatest pics but I need advice on portraits and what I shoould be doing to get a great people shot. My challenge this summer is to learn how to take better people pics.

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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2010-05-14 17:42]

Hello Christan.I like this picture.Nice moment captured,we can feel all the joy of that moment.This is quite well composed but I would have put the man a little bit more on the left in order to fall on the line that makes the first vertical third of the image.And I love the 2 birds or ducks,I do not know what they are,who are walking nonchalantly...very funny.It is a shame though that the sky was that white that day but we cannot have a control on everything.Great picture.TFS,

With portraiture there are so many genres and styles, a shot like this is 'action' I guess, showing the subject in a context and an activity.

How you deliver it is entirely up to you - but if it was me, I'd want a narrower DOF. While the background does provide context, it doesn't need to be in focus to achieve that; and the two geese in particular create something of a distraction.

Luckily, you have a good lens for the task - and if you had moved further away and used more zoom with the same aperture, you'd find the background blurred out nicely.

Angle/POV play a bit of a role too, it would've been nice to see the dog's face - although we can discern plenty from its body language, and the expression of Jean-Francois.

I agree with Nova that a little more to the left would really improve the composition.

Good things - the exposure on your subject is spot-on and the clarity is great. :)


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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2010-05-17 11:53]

Hello Christian,

A superb portrait with your friends and his dog, I also noticed in the background of Gooses (Canadian or Egyptian?). I think Rew is an expert in the field (was), but I like your portraits.
A good week and Take care.

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