Ripley's turn tonight as my model.


pschlute

Link Posted 27/05/2017 - 20:23
Another go at portraiture this time with little Ripley.

I lit this with a reflector dish and sock from the left as main light and a softbox from the right as fill light. The background I lit with an umbrella, but i think it could do with more light? Or not?

I change tacticks tonight by setting the camera on a tripod pre-focussed so I could interact with him more and get a more animated expression.



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royd63uk

Link Posted 27/05/2017 - 23:36
it's a perfect shot
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Last Edited by royd63uk on 27/05/2017 - 23:36

Mag07

Link Posted 28/05/2017 - 02:26
Amazing.
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08tiger

Link Posted 28/05/2017 - 07:58
Gorgeous
C&C welcome.
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Nigelk

Link Posted 28/05/2017 - 10:41
Great dog portrait. Such a soulful look beautifully captured.

pschlute

Link Posted 28/05/2017 - 13:49
Thanks for the comments.

It is a real trial to get him to sit still for a picture. My dilemma is that if I hold the camera he is a) likely to move before I take the shot and b) he tends to be looking straight at me which leads to same-ish pictures.

Using the camera pre-focussed and triggered by remote means I can interact with him and keep him from moving, but I am not getting perfect focus using this technique. I did have some much more animated captures but had to bin them due to focus. At the distance i am shooting I am getting a total DOF of about 7 inches even at f11. That may be fine for human portraits but with the canine sitter one has to allow for the long snout !

I will have to bribe my partner to be my photographic assistant !
Peter



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Last Edited by pschlute on 28/05/2017 - 13:51

StephenHampshire

Link Posted 28/05/2017 - 14:01
I thought for a moment you had got Sigourney Weaver to pose for you!

Very expressive eyes on that pooch, but is there a hint of a halo around the dog??
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McGregNi

Link Posted 28/05/2017 - 14:16
Your lighting again has produced great depth, tones and contrast across the dogs coat (sorry, is that the right term? I'm not a doggy person!). The background brightness seems fine ...personally I still prefer the black background as in your earlier ones, which really sets off the deep tones on the subject.

It's a good angle with the nose at front, giving a sense of presence and dimension . I think you need a smaller aperture, perhaps 1.5 stops smaller, to pull the eyes fully into focus like the nose.

I'd like to see a crop, without the body, a square crop cut off just below the ears and the top brought down also ...I wonder if that would pack a bit more punch? If you leave it as it is then I think there's a bit too much space at the top.

It's good to see your project still developing!
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Last Edited by McGregNi on 28/05/2017 - 14:21

pschlute

Link Posted 28/05/2017 - 15:20
StephenHampshire wrote:
I thought for a moment you had got Sigourney Weaver to pose for you!

Very expressive eyes on that pooch, but is there a hint of a halo around the dog??

Sigourney was busy I am afraid.

The halo you are seeing is from the illumination of the grey background. I am using one flash with a reflctive umbrella to light it up to try and achieve "seperation" from the subject. Directly behind him is the brightest spot and the light falls off quite sharply. I think I could do with two flashes on the background to light it more evenly, but am already using two flashes on the subject (+1 on background) and I dont have a spare........Yet !!!
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Last Edited by pschlute on 28/05/2017 - 15:21

pschlute

Link Posted 28/05/2017 - 15:34
McGregNi wrote:


I'd like to see a crop, without the body, a square crop cut off just below the ears

I think you are right Nigel, the square crop suits much better. Although with this particular photo it shows up the focus defficiencies more.



Peter



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Last Edited by pschlute on 28/05/2017 - 15:41

McGregNi

Link Posted 28/05/2017 - 18:03
Peter, I'm sure that will divide opinion ....i prefer the tighter frame around the face, but I can also see the strength in the longer shape. I think if that original one was to work even better, it would need the paws included.
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Last Edited by McGregNi on 28/05/2017 - 18:04
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