Jeri Conklin  

S'mine! by Jeri Conklin

January 2022 - S'mine!

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My interest in submitting this is because I am looking to enter it in a photo contest - Action Division. I listened to all the judges who judged at LPA and the one thing they suggested that every action photo should have to be classified as "action" was the dirt being kicked up for instance. Some subtle movement of the subject. I realize the dog catching the bird might not be appealing, but it is reality and part of the action process. If I crop out more of the foreground, it will make it more of a panorama.

8 comments posted

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Jeri, I think that there is action and movement all right in the wonderful cloud of dust, the slight blur in the hind feet and the fine long hair flying. I would not change the crop. It came to my mind that it might look good also in black-and-white which might give it sort of a "classic" atmosphere, and show the flying dust nicely. This is a quick experiment with Silver Efex preset "More silver" - I think that the tones could be made considerably better with more work. What do you think? Good luck with the contest!   Posted: 01/14/2022 04:55:36
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Jeri Conklin   Jeri Conklin
Kirstie, thank you. I agree it might be better as a black and white. As a color I think, given the foreground, I jump to the color of the dog and bird, missing the action part, whereas in black and white it seems to be all one composition and I see the action first, wonder why the action and then see the dog. The pigeon is then ancillary to the dog, not as prominent and offensive. Thank you again for showing me a different way to see it!   Posted: 01/14/2022 07:35:17

Joan Field   Joan Field
This image I think I prefer in color as it does make the dog stand out. The large foreground is OK for me because it gives room for the action to move, if necessary. We are seeing the way nature works. None of us really wants the dog to catch and kill the first, bu there was probably something wrong with the bird, maybe it was sick or weak for old. It's unusual to see a dog catch a bird. Al cat on the other hand.....
I wish you good luck all in the contest. It is an unusual photo, well caught.   Posted: 01/15/2022 14:26:06
Jeri Conklin   Jeri Conklin
Actually, for our dogs, to catch the bird is not unusual. When we first train them, catching the bird builds up their prey drive. When we break them next to wing and shot, they are required to just point the bird and hold steady (not move) while we flush and shoot the bird, then we send the dog for the retrieve. This was early in Dice's training- I would have preferred he not have caught the pigeon, but he did and getting the action in a photo was just amazing. I mean in the black and white, I think you miss some of the dirt particles that you see in the color version especially around his muzzle. I think you see more evidence of action in the color but I also like both versions. You have made my decision harder. Joan thank you for your insight as well. Glad to know having that amount of foreground is okay.   Posted: 01/15/2022 16:47:17
Joan Field   Joan Field
Yes, I had forgotten about the dogs trained to pick up dead ducks, etc. Hunting dogs.. I was thining about your average mutt owned by an average family.   Posted: 01/17/2022 15:31:25

Bruce Kocen   Bruce Kocen
Wonderful action.   Posted: 01/15/2022 18:05:50
Jeri Conklin   Jeri Conklin
Thank you Bruce.   Posted: 01/15/2022 21:33:29

Billy Sinclair   Billy Sinclair
Hi Jeri, I prefer the color version because it provides more detail in the foreground which contrasts well with the dog and the dust from the action. At first, I saw the white parts of the dog and then my eye moved to the foreground before exploring the dust and discovering the bird. I almost gasped when I saw the bird and realized that the dog had actually caught a bird. My next reaction was that I was very impressed by your skill in capturing this split second in time. For me, the action is best portrayed by the realization that the dog was fast enough to catch a bird, and I was glad that I had the opportunity to view the photograph at my leisure and finally arrive at the bird. The judges may have only a few seconds to view each image, so there is a possibility that they may not actually see the bird. I think the challenge is to find a way to make the bird the first thing that the judges see. Would it help to darken most of the image and brighten the dog's head and the bird? What do you think? Good luck in the contest. Billy   Posted: 01/16/2022 18:09:34


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