Catherine Honigsberg  

Girls With Stick R by Catherine Honigsberg

September 2020 - Girls With Stick R

September 2020 - Catherine Honigsberg


About the Image(s)

I have attached my before and after of my attempt at" wildlife" Photos. To capture the eyes I have had to switch to back button focus because I usually focus manually. I just adjusted the contrast, clarity and cropped. These are my brother's dogs, so I get more opportunity to practice on them. This year I was able to give my brother a baby book of pictures of his new lab. Girls with stick R is the one I worked on. It was an overcast day and it was shot at 1/500 f25 200mm iso 6400.

6 comments posted

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
I'm a newbie at this, but it seems that your final is perfectly composed. The dogs' heads and the stick all fit perfectly along the recommended lines of "rule of thirds." That's hard to do with a couple playful big dogs!
The image seems to capture their personalities perfectly, and it is amazing to see dogs cooperating the way these two are.
The image also mixes different textures in a very pleasing way.
Deceptively simple, playful, impressive!   Posted: 09/16/2020 15:06:40

Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
Having just gotten a puppy, this makes me smile! I guess I need to get my good camera out rather than the iPhone and get some pictures of Zip.   Posted: 09/16/2020 15:12:24

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Catherine, this is a touching portrait of the vitality of the girls! Everything is sharp, the black lab's eyes have a catch light and you have cropped in so this is a portrait.

Suggestion? See if you can get a little detail in the highlight on the back of the yellow dog but that is a minor point.

I am personally partial to black labs as we have had two and our son has had two yellow labs. Labs are just so friendly.

Great image!

  Posted: 09/19/2020 10:23:57

Anne Nettles   Anne Nettles
Being a dog crazy person I love your dog portrait. Labs being in their element (the water) and carrying a stick, captures the personality of this fun loving breed. You have done a good job exposing for the black dog, black is a tough color to get detail, but lost some of detail in yellow lab, but overall it works pretty well. I also love how the dogs heads are on the diagonal as the enter the frame. They sure seem quite proud of themselves!   Posted: 09/19/2020 15:11:26

Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Hi Catherine. What wonderful memories you have brought back to me of our black Lab and a GSP! I can see the competition between the dogs over the ownership of the only stick that was near the water! I wonder if a slight dark vignette would enhance the image even further. Great shot and I'm sure your brother is very proud of this image, as you should be.   Posted: 09/19/2020 19:03:32

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Yes, well seen and nicely caught. Good to have a catchlight. If possible I would like to see a bit more detail in the shadows of the black dog but minor point.   Posted: 09/25/2020 08:36:00


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