Gary Stiger  

Dude by Gary Stiger

January 2020 - Dude

About the Image(s)

So, here is my best friend, Dude … ready for bed. I took his image in early December using a Mamiya 645 AFD II fitted with a 50 mm lens. I opened up pretty wide (probably about f/3.4) and moved close to the subject in order to retain focus on his eyes ...handheld but well braced. I had loaded the camera with a roll of Ilford ISO 400 speed film, hence expecting some graininess. I had the film developed at a local camera store and mounted the negative to a light board in order to take a digital image so that I could bring it up in Photoshop. I mostly used the NIK Silver Efex Pro 4 filters to play around with composition, vignetting and exposure. I have not darkroom printed it yet, but Photoshop allows me to try ideas that I might be able to pull off when I get there. Lots of fun this thing they call photography… and, incidentally, that is my spot on my bed that Dude is occupying… thinks he owns the place, and pretty much does.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
4 comments posted

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Gary, some photographs make you go "AWWWW". This one does. Not only for me but also for my wife.

I don't know how you did it, but Dude's eyes AND nose seem to be in focus. An outstanding depth-of-field. Nice! Also, I don't think the grain hurts a bit. In fact, it seems to fit the image. The only thing I can suggest is seeing if it would be beneficial to lighten his eyes and the area around them. This might make them even more the focus of this delightful photograph.
  Posted: 01/05/2020 16:52:25

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Gary, a very nice image of man's best friend. I enjoy the relaxed/laid back look that "Dude" is giving you. He's not giving up that spot anytime soon. Lighting, tonality and composition are great. Like Oliver noted very good to have DOF on both Eyes and nose, but the area in between seems to be soft. I would use my photo editor to lighten up the eyes, especially the right one. Very interesting to learn of your process from film to digital. I would not of known that it didn't start out as a digital image without you giving us this info. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 01/08/2020 08:45:13

Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Gary, I look at this dog and I feel bliss and calm.
It's very interesting how you made in focus nose and eyes(about f/3.4) ?????
Wonderful photo.   Posted: 01/11/2020 11:47:25

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Wow, Gary, what a beautiful image!

A Mamiya film camera is on my list of things to get this year. I have an Olympus OM-1n to get started in film photography. I love it. I just had my first roll developed by The Darkroom in California. They uploaded digital scans to the web as soon as developed so I could download them. Quick and easy. I want to learn to develop prints so I am taking a class locally to see the process. Lucky guy you are, my friend.

This dreamy photo is perfect just as it is, to me. At f/3.4 you do have the eye closes to the camera in focus, but not the nose it is on a different plane; I do not see this as a problem. You have a nice tonal balance on the colors of his coat. The dreamy, soft-focus tells the story exactly how it was when you found him, waiting for you. If more was in focus, you would lose a valuable part of the story.

Print it big and hang it on your wall!

Best regards,

  Posted: 01/18/2020 14:42:48