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Hey Maestro!

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gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi April 16, 2014
Wonderful picture !
anant_agarwal
anant_agarwal April 17, 2014
Thanks!
snehilrayal
 
snehilrayal May 02, 2014
Awesum!!! :) (y)
anant_agarwal
anant_agarwal May 02, 2014
Thanks! :)
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Derime May 04, 2014
What a great atmosphere!
MarcoPoveda
 
MarcoPoveda May 04, 2014
Muy hermosa, felicitaciones
eskimotwila
 
eskimotwila May 16, 2014
Very impressive!!!! Voted
kirsitodd
 
kirsitodd May 19, 2014
Wow, this is stunning! Congratulations!
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Jae_Robinson May 19, 2014
Fantastic photo!
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Dacemac May 19, 2014
Way to go! Congratulations!
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MaryAnne306 May 19, 2014
Lovely and unusual shot! Congratulations!
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lito May 19, 2014
Awesome shot!
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CPF_Photoart May 20, 2014
If this was runner up then the winner must have been outstanding, fabulous shot with perfect exposure throughout
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ArtQ May 20, 2014
Congrats on your Runner-up Award.
chrissy2rn
 
chrissy2rn May 20, 2014
Just beautiful! Congrats. :)
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michmcbowen May 20, 2014
Stunning capture! Congrats!
michelbissonnette
 
michelbissonnette May 20, 2014
great shot,love the effects,well done
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Billykuyoth December 21, 2014
This is awesome. Shetland sheepdog?

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this picture (believe it or not) in my garden. I stay in Dehradun which is a small town in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Time
Well it was almost mid night and it had just rained. It was winters hence the cold breath of my pet dog was visible.
Lighting
This is a fairly simple and cheap lighting setup since there are no fancy lighting equipment involved and I've made use of a daily utility object as a source of light. For the light I made use of the headlights of my car, rather headlight since I covered one of the headlights with a thick blanket and the used the other as this warm back light.
Equipment
At the time I clicked this image I had the Nikon D90 with a prime lens NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D lens. And yes I had to use the tripod since I did not want any camera shake to ruin the moment. Apart from this there was no fancy equipment used.
Inspiration
Well silhouettes have always intrigued me and hence I wanted to take a portrait of my pet dog (in a different way). This was my second attempt at this kind of a shot. I had previously tried a similar shot (in 2011, two years prior to this shot) but in that I had used the kit lens instead of the faster prime lens hence it lacked a sense of depth but even then it managed to attract a few publications as it got featured in a number of journals and magazines. So I wanted to improve upon my previous shot. I find silhouettes to be mysterious and revealing at the same time.
Editing
Of course with the cheap lighting source I had to indulge in a bit of post processing involving the basic retouching. All of it done completely using Lightroom since I prefer limiting my post processing to LR and avoid PS as far as possible. To be honest there was no heavy post processing required but I did have to remove some stray distracting light elements from the image (all using LR tools) so that the viewer's attention does not sway from the dog.
In my camera bag
I normally keep one camera body in my bag (currently a Nikon D750) along with three or four lenses that include a Nikon 50mm, Nikon 85mm, Nikon 70-300mm and the Tamron 15-30mm. Along with that I keep a couple of filters including the polarizer and a Nisi close up lens.
Feedback
If you are trying to capture a similar shot then the only and most important advice I'd give is to be patient with the subject which here is the dog and always keep a close eye on the subject's movement as it'll be a very short span of a second when the dog will give you that perfect pose and that will be "the moment" because if you miss it it is highly unlikely that you will get another shot. Also it is good to take the help of your family member (which in my case was my mother) to try and keep the dog still and make him sit and pose for your photograph. The only other advice I'd give is to not limit yourself and rather keep experimenting with different lighting and styles. Because unless you experiment you cannot innovate.

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