Harriet Ciccone  

Archie by Harriet Ciccone

October 2021 - Archie

October 2021 - Harriet Ciccone


About the Image(s)

This is the newest addition to my family - a standard poodle puppy seen here at 8 weeks. He is a companion to my other standard Francesca. My aim was to make this a charcoal like image. I cropped the original, took the background away and then tuned the image. Poodle puppies have very lush y hair which is not cut until they are six months or older. I wanted to emphasize that as well as his eyes. I then turned the image into b&w.
iPhone 12 Pro Max f2.2. 7.50mm ISO 400

5 comments posted

Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Harriet
You captured his thoughtful eyes and his y hair. I like your idea of a charcoal image as it worked well with Archie's
black coat. He looks like a little bear. Standard poodles are handsome as well as intelligent. Beautiful portrait.   Posted: 10/04/2021 09:18:25

Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
Hi Harriet,

I have a miniature black poodle that I got at 8 weeks. I know what you mean by the lush hair. I have found it very challenging to take a picture of my Bailey because of the darkness of her coat and eyes. You did well by concentrating on his face. I agree with Barbara that making it a charcoal image suited Archie, and I might try this on Bailey. If possible, I would try to bring down the highlights on his nose.   Posted: 10/07/2021 12:00:28

Marian Bodart   Marian Bodart
Hi Harriet - what a cutie pie, his eyes just draw the viewer in. I like your B&W treatment, it enhances his lush coat. I agree with Barbara and Marcela, this is a great charcoal image and suits him well.   Posted: 10/08/2021 20:55:04

Norm Solomon   Norm Solomon
Hi Harriet,
It's difficult I have found, to do good animal portraits and even more difficult when the subject is very dark toned-so kudos for the effort!. I think however you did a great job capturing Archie's character through his eyes.Although I am not a big fan of charcoal I can see why you used it. You may also want to explore other black & white treatments with software such as Nik Silver Efex Pro & experiment with features such as high structure etc..
...Have fun with Archie!
norm   Posted: 10/14/2021 12:30:55

John Hackett   John Hackett
I like the crop you have done on the original of Archie. I also think that the use of the charcoal effect is a good choice for this picture.   Posted: 10/15/2021 06:53:18


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