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Guard Duty

Guard Duty
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Copyright: Mike Johnson (Bramcote_Mike) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 320 W: 173 N: 239] (1906)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-20
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Nikon D-50, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Dingo's favourites too, Century Club (more than 100 points), Pics to learn from, sznufy, Dogs are People too! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-20 12:57
Viewed: 6682
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 118
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I spotted this dog obediently guarding his owners bicyle and could not resist taking this shot. Hope you like this one.

I did not have my tripod so lent against a bench to take photo.

This shot has just been cropped, colours adjusted slightly, resized and sharpened before uploading.

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Hey Mike!
A nice picture. The dog looks really interested in your camera. The colours and sharpness is great. Good job!


Wonderful image. Es un perro obediente. Una mirada confiada. Magníficos detalles.
Un saludo Mike. JL,

Hello Mike,
What a perfect shot this is!
Perfect sharpness with superb colour,POV,and much details in a whole, just beautiful!
thanks for sharing

Perfect focus and depth of field, excellent use of available light.
Very nice work!

This is such a sweet looking dog, he looks as if he has such expectation on his face. You can tell he is older from all of the white on his face and muzzel. He looks almost sad, like he isn't happy at being left behind.
Light is good in that it allows the details you captured, your clarity is also good.
I love the POV and you hav nice DOF. The OOF BG keeps the tire and the dog in the main part of focus of the photo.

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  • bodhi (0)
  • [2007-01-20 13:44]
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Great composition and I enjoy the monochromatic elements very much. I especially like the way the background and
dog are similar tones of brown and then the sharpness of focus on the dog
pops it out of the similar background. Also the black eyes and black wheel complement each other in the picture. Very painterly.
Regards Laila

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13322)
  • [2007-01-20 14:36]
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Hi Mike. It is fantastic capture. I like it. Great shot and composition. Well done.

Hello Mike!
Lovely dog and beautiful perspective! Nice colours and sharpness!
Well done!

Superb capture Mike! I like your dof and the exposures are right on. I would probably crop this a little tighter. But had him posed just perfect, and great to include the wheel.

Hi Mike
Nive photo ,the colours and details are great,well captured
Greetings & TFS

* Piotr *

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2007-01-20 19:31]
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Hi Mike,
What a great shot.. I love the bike in the shot.. what a face. He looks lonely!!
So sharp you can even read his name on his dogie tag!


Spot on focus and dof. This is a great picture. Good sharpness and lighting. Perfectly framed. Well done.

Hi Mike, excellent pic captured here. It tells a nice story. Pleasant colours with sharp focus (did not know Nikon was able of such sharpness ;-)) and nice colour saturation. Well seen.

Super clean shot, nice colors, great "portrait" of a nice dog. The wheel of the bick really makes this picture interesting even if the dog is the main subject! Crispy details, nice DOF.

Tks for sharing!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 482 W: 69 N: 18] (72)
  • [2007-01-21 5:18]
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hello mike
here is cute friend and beautiful portrait photo. i like its exposure and looking. composition, point of view colours and lighting are great

wonderful colors, great DOF and realy good presentation. TFS

This is so cute. I like the composition. Maybe try and lighten the eyes a little with a Dodge brush. Just my opinion. The colours are good.

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  • Shogun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 788 W: 52 N: 418] (10434)
  • [2007-01-23 11:20]
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great capture Mike. the dog must be a trusted guard, he's staring at you. :) beautiful colors and details. Thanks for sharing.


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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-01-23 17:41]
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Buen trabajo y bello perro, me gusta los detalles y magníficos colores... saludos Mike

Really sharp and great colours. Well done Mike!

Hi Mike
Beautiful shot. Great colours and compo.

He really looks cute. Sharpness and colours are great.



Good Dog !!!

He does look very curious about you. DOF and POV spot on. We known what he was protecting with the part of the wheel shown here. Great POV and composition.
Well done Mike!

This just struck me as so funny..maybe it's the expression of the dog! Almost begging you to not come closer, because he would hate to have to bite you!
Nice shot, great color and clarity Mike!

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  • LuciG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1206 W: 151 N: 655] (8171)
  • [2007-01-30 8:35]
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Lovely portrait. Great expression.
And perfectly sharpened!


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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 350 W: 105 N: 198] (7374)
  • [2007-01-31 15:11]
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Hi Mike,

theis one has wonderful composition...

clear.. love the details, and expression...

very well done...

thanks for sharing this beautiful image...

Hi Mike. A lovely portrait of the faithful old hound. Well composed and good colour and detail. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Summer Fog III’

Hi Mike,
I really like the inclusion of the bike wheel in this doggy portrait.
Great stuff! His look is worth a million dollars, makes you wanna give him a hug!

Hi Mike
Likeable taking. The expression of tenderness of the dog, emphasizes enormously. The taking of the piece of wheel, lets glimpse a precise detail but of which it takes hung in his neck.
And the color, excels on the defocused bottom.

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  • dada Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 46 N: 382] (6560)
  • [2007-02-08 4:09]

Hi Mike! wow, this is a splenidid portrait! excellent capture and dof, congrats!


Hi Mike

Just wandering around your gallery and spotted this.

It's the focus into those alert eyes that makes this a stand out coupled with the simple colour palate.

Thank you.


Great shot Mike, super composition, nice pose and great background.
Thanks for sharing.

Well spotted Mike! An interesting slice of daily life! Well composed and good colour and sharpness. Cheers, Pat.

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  • pemi71 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 501 W: 13 N: 58] (2673)
  • [2007-02-11 11:33]

Beautiful modell, sweet face!
Good composition with anice colours!
Nice perspective!
good sharpness and good DOF



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  • Biero Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 259 W: 41 N: 244] (3381)
  • [2007-02-17 16:41]

Superbe Mike,
C'est exactement comme ça que j'aimerais avoir une photo de mon chien.
Belle lumière et belle netteté.
Bien vu.

now this is a cute fellow too mike!! love the way the dog is looking right at you. very good sharp picture and nice colours,

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  • sleger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 55 N: 177] (3549)
  • [2007-03-03 19:49]

Hello Mike

Great idea not to get your bike stolen. Thanks for showing us this trick.
Nice capture and well presented.

Regards, Sylvain

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  • BMYNBR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 143 W: 2 N: 130] (1410)
  • [2007-03-11 17:41]

Nice sharp shot, I love how he is just staring at you.
TFS Dave

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  • Adam73 (38)
  • [2007-03-22 14:41]

I love the warm lighting and the sharpness and details are awesome. The composition and Creamy background is very great as well.

Hi Mike,
Very nice photo, friendly looks, great composition and colours.
Thanks for sending / sharing.

Best wishes,

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  • Kicki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 0 N: 53] (1189)
  • [2007-04-06 5:01]

Beautiful dog, great compo, perfectly fitted background colour. Well done!

Interesting note and fantastic model.
bye Aga

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  • kojak Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 161 W: 0 N: 72] (666)
  • [2007-06-15 10:44]

Really wonderful moment you caught here! The dog really seems at guard to protect the bike and seems interested which move you are gonna make. Really cool!
Geert ;)

What an awesome photo of your "Cycle Pooch" very cute. The colouring is beautiful, well photgraphed Mike :-)

Hi Mike,


Hi there,
Fantastic angle.....te light is just perfect.....
I love your POV....
Congratulations for the composition...
TFS, have a great day


Muy buen retrat del perro guardian. Felicidades.

Aw, very interesting composition of colors. And you got the dog to look straight at you! good work

Cracking shot. Very clear. Well done.

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  • Jong Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 428 W: 0 N: 273] (3168)
  • [2008-06-02 18:12]
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great pov and depth here, love the colours and details of the dog. a stand out shot. wonderful job, Mike

Great capture.

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2008-08-05 1:14]

Hi Mike...
Beautiful shot...
Beautiful dog portrait...
Beautiful composition...
Best regards...

hello Mike,
What a lovely portrait of this venerable elderly dog guarding his owners bike. Great expression of compassion.
Wonderful effect with the monocromatic colour,blurred BG, fine detail and composition.

Hello Mike,

A fine portrait of this trustworthy fellow!
I like the composition with inclusion of part of the wheel, and the fur coat has great details...
Attractive colours and the DoF works well in isolating the subject!

Pablo -

That's a nice shot, high contrast colours and tones..i would tho crop it differently. (see workshop) but as the overall execution Good job.
P.S.i just realise that saw this picture a while ago...))) and someone already place a workshop...on which i've approved on the workshop...but anyway...one more won't do no harm....lol

Perfect sharpness with superb colour,POV,and much details in a whole, just beautiful!

What a lovely expression, and beautiful dogy great pic, all the best well done MIKE.

Hey Mike,
It's awessome picture!... I really like deph of field and sharpness of main object, and composition is the best one...


dog's eyes are so lovely and sweet!
I like the composition too!
Good work

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  • cocco (23)
  • [2009-09-25 19:48]

Beautiful! The dogs are always beautiful.



Excepcionalmente Magnífica composição!
Me agrada muito o singelo requintado.
Excelente cor e acuracidade no foco.

Elio Abe.

Hello Mike, congrats on a wonderful capture here. Great composition and pov, also great detail and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

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