Bob Scott  

Dog Frisbee by Bob Scott

September 2023 - Dog Frisbee

About the Image(s)

This photo was part of K-9s in Flight, an act that uses rescued dogs. This was part of the show the Sussex County Farm & Horse Show on August 12. This was run through Topaz DeNoise and Sharpen. I will confess that in the original, the frisbee was much higher. The nice thing about having a bland sky was that I could cut and paste to reposition it for a more dramatic shot The guy missed all his throws badly. I cleared some distracting elements but I did not touch the position of the the dog and thrower. It was a fairly bright day but I cranked up the ISO a bit so I could use a narrower aperture in order to get better depth of field I was thinking I may want to do something to make the dog's left rear paw stand out from the guy in the black shirt.

Nikon Z 7ii Nikkor 70 to 200 mm 2.8 ISO 1,000 1/1000 sec. f/11 125 mm.

6 comments posted

Lee Ann Stamm   Lee Ann Stamm
Hi Bob: You were in the right place at the right time, but I can't say that much for the dog. His awkward stance makes you wonder how he came down in the water. Good capture. I can see some faded black lines on the right side just before the tree line. They look like an incomplete erase. Also there are two black wires coming out of the Frisbee, which were probably power lines incompletely erased. The sharpening was perfect and the placement of the frisbee makes a triangle out of the dog, man and frisbee. To bring more attention to your main subjects, I would blur all the background then lighten the dog's paw. Great action shot. Love it.   Posted: 09/18/2023 17:10:53

Bob Scott   Bob Scott
Thought I got the lines. Apparently should have looked with glasses

thanks   Posted: 09/19/2023 11:57:13

Peter Curcio   Peter Curcio
All in all I love the image. Great detail with the dog and the man. I agree the frisbee could stand a better erase and also think the sky could use a little detail as I see a hint of a cloud.   Posted: 09/20/2023 13:17:13

Ricarda Dudek   Ricarda Dudek
Bob: Action shots are always tricky and this one is no exception. Love the concept, but the photo itself is confusing. Not sure where you can place the frisbee to make sense of where the dog is looking to nail his target. And, the placement of the dog's left rear paw definitely presents a problem. Try a lower aperture to fade the people and highlight the paw, just a smidge, to give the back paw more definition. Kudos to you for the sharpness of the photo especially with all the action that is taking place.   Posted: 09/21/2023 13:41:02

Bob Scott   Bob Scott
Yeah, I thought about doing something with the back paw. but then didn't
As I remember it was a tough day for trying a lower f/stop and I need to boost the ISO as it was to freeze the action   Posted: 09/22/2023 10:54:03

Howard Frank   Howard Frank
Nice idea, but I agree with the other comments. The colors in the man's face look a little off. Perhaps selecting the subjects and opening the shadows would help. Also you could allow some more room in front of the dog for it to move into. Just some thoughts if you want to try something like this again. Don't be afraid to increase the shutter speed in action photos. I shoot birds in flight up to 3,200 sec. Also with the software available today, and the mirrorless cameras don't be afraid to increase the ISO. I have shot images up to 25,600 ISO and ended up with sharp images. You have a good camera and great optics and you should be able to get away with settings like these.   Posted: 09/24/2023 10:12:38


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