Michael Duke, QPSA  

Eyes left by Michael Duke, QPSA

March 2020 - Eyes left

March 2020 - Michael Duke, QPSA


About the Image(s)

This is an image that I could not resist. I do not usually get 'soppy' over pets, but as I was making my way from the hotel to the exhibition grounds in Florence, I captured this image in Independence square. This was the only angle that produced at least a reasonable image due to the way the sun was shining and the owner was nearby giving people a 'do not touch' glare as she was buying a coffee from a nearby stall. I seem to battle with the colour version but I 'think' it comes out better in mono. I have tried a 'reduce brightness' and 'increase sharpness' but the back of the dog in front still looks like the dog has been dropped in candy floss. Any suggestions?

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15 comments posted

Gloria Fine   Gloria Fine
The only thing I disagree with you about is your preference for mono. I think you did a great job though. As far as the back of the dog in front looking like the dog has been dropped in candy floss-- the owner obviously likes that look. I am not sure that you can do anything with it. I will see what others says maybe they have the answer!
Gloria   Posted: 03/02/2020 10:19:26

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Fun composition, an intimate shot of pets, sans owner, but your story is good about the owner giving influence, even though out of sight.
I am guessing that the hair of the front dog has created an irregular diffraction of the light through all the tiny spaces between the dog's hairs, as opposed to the regular diffraction patterns of coherent light that might occur from a laser beam. This is very amateur science, but the short of it is that you have confused light emitting through the dog's coat that cannot be resolved. I might be totally wrong, of course--my father was a physicist, but I studied math.   Posted: 03/03/2020 00:56:48

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
It does look like the front dog is having a bad hair day. The image was a good find. I think conversion to mono is a good choice as the dogs are mostly white, and conversion simplifies the image. The dog's hair adds to the image, as it is kind of unusual. The composition is very good.   Posted: 03/07/2020 20:14:46

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
I prefer the monochrome. I find the colors somewhat demean the dogs where as in the mono the dogs are undoubtedly the subject. As to the front dog's hair, I like it. Reminds me of my own when I need a visit to the hairdresser   Posted: 03/15/2020 13:05:44

Michael Duke   Michael Duke
Thanks go to all for your comments. Whether color or mono, I guess this is subjective, I am glad of the thoughts of all. That is NOT to diminish what Gloria said - we all have our preferences. I particularly thank Tom and Beverly as their comments reflect my original thinking. Thanks also to Stephen as I am in the same boat - I am more into math as well and my brother is the sciency one!   Posted: 03/15/2020 13:50:18

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Sorry I haven't done my comments till now. I like this image, although I think i would have preferred a bit more space on the right and maybe we could have seen what they were staring at. I think the front dog simply has a bad hair day -looks as if he got it wet and/or dirty and owner hasn't taken the trouble to clean him up with a brush. The others look as if they have been brushed to give the silky effect. I like the mono conversion as I think the dogs stand out much better.   Posted: 03/19/2020 05:34:02
Michael Duke   Michael Duke
HI Diana - the dogs were staring at their owner who was intentionally keeping out of the way while keeping close enough to ensure nobody touched or stole them! It was basically an owner being a show off moment and I was not the only one to photograph them!!!!

As for your other comments - thanks. I appreciate what you said.   Posted: 03/19/2020 07:19:38
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
So you couldn't get them to look your way. Pity! Nice image anyway.   Posted: 03/19/2020 09:21:55
Michael Duke   Michael Duke
No - ethics in a public place (especially when the owner is a bit of an animal herself) dictate that capturing the best possible image must be done without causing problems for others   Posted: 03/21/2020 13:45:53

Bob Barley   Bob Barley
(Group 51)
Hello, Michael. I've dropped in from Group 51. I like your image and I prefer the mono version. If your intended subject was the dogs and not the bicycle - and as Diana mentioned - it would be good to have a bit more space on the right side to help to remove the tension of the out-of-frame glance of the dogs. I hope you don't mind that I fiddled a bit with your image. I used PS to add to the right and subtract from the left. I also used gradients to push the viewer's eye to the white dogs.   Posted: 03/21/2020 13:30:59
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Michael Duke   Michael Duke
Hi Bob - to explain, the dogs AND the bike as a whole are the image and unfortunately to my eye what you have done is slightly off-centre and lacking compositional balance. Having said that of course I don't mind you fiddling with the image as things that you have said are always good tips for other images. It seems that you and Diana find the 'out-of-frame-glance'a bad thing, whereas others (not PSA members) have been fine with it so whether looking straight at the camera as humans tend to do or looking left, preference is purely subjective.   Posted: 03/21/2020 13:43:59
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Sorry you don't like the space I wanted! having seen what Bob did, I prefer it with the extra space, but as you said , it's all a matter of taste.   Posted: 03/21/2020 18:02:16
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
I don't think that it needs the extra space, but also that it does not hurt. There is enough space that it is not a distraction to me. For all the viewer knows, the dogs could be looking a squirrel a half block away.   Posted: 03/24/2020 14:41:33

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
I think this image is great. The fact that they're looking over to the right at their owner is different and allows one to see the difference in the personalities of each dog. As for the hair...with these types of dogs, a simple bike ride could easily mess up a fresh brushing. Maybe that's why I have dobermans - they can stick their heads out the car window and look the same when they get home. Nice job.   Posted: 03/25/2020 21:52:22

Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
How intriguing that each of these dogs has a different order/disorder to their fur. I am one who prefers your choice of monochrome works for this image. I do like the increased contrast in Bob's image, but as you mention, that, like everything else, is subjective.   Posted: 03/27/2020 23:32:44