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Darwin



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24 Comments | Report
fernandocarneiro
 
fernandocarneiro September 22, 2014
Superb photo!!!
BrianpSlade
 
BrianpSlade October 03, 2014
Exceptional!!!...a startling mono which is also superbly framed I may add.....well done and congrats!.....Brian
vbpbeetschen1305821
 
vbpbeetschen1305821 October 03, 2014
Congratulations
obie303 PRO
 
obie303 October 03, 2014
Congratulations!
AJMCKAY
 
AJMCKAY October 03, 2014
O.G
JeffreyA
 
JeffreyA October 09, 2014
Wow great shot
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 October 10, 2014
Great shot! Congrats on being a finalist!
tinawiley
 
tinawiley December 10, 2014
I love this, it is almost like the dog should be a some kind of dark movie...
bwright
 
bwright December 10, 2014
I have a Darwin as well:). Beautiful photo.
mmunksgard PRO+
 
mmunksgard December 11, 2014
I like the texture of the hat with the lighting on this one.
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta December 23, 2014
Superb mono portrait. Congratulations on being the Amateur Winner.
blueberrydragon
 
blueberrydragon December 24, 2014
This is so beautiful and perfect.I just love it!Congrats on being a finalist!
Kegan
 
Kegan December 31, 2014
Love this shot! Reminds me of a sailor with his winter beanie on!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots January 02, 2015
Great capture! Congrats.
tropicala PRO
 
tropicala January 02, 2015
Wow! love this!
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kathyradford March 20, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
yellowmichelle
 
yellowmichelle March 26, 2016
LOVE!
laurenkaymyers Premium
 
laurenkaymyers August 23, 2016
This is just perfect. I love it. Congratulations on your Awards. Well deserved.
Yacoub
 
Yacoub October 22, 2016
A master piece
Jillybean56
 
Jillybean56 October 22, 2016
Darwin is a sharp dressed dog! Wonderful shot, congrats on being a finalist.
Anlkoo
 
Anlkoo November 02, 2016
Great! :D
jeanlousauf
 
jeanlousauf March 29, 2018
Great shot, Gorgeous
marijanadamjanovic PRO+
 
marijanadamjanovic November 11, 2019
Great shot 👍🏻
bobtoye PRO+
 
bobtoye November 24, 2019
A character actor for sure . . . and really captivating in b/w

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was shot in my living room. I don't have the luxury of a studio so the living room usually gets rearranged for photos.
Time
The time of day was nothing special. It was night time.
Lighting
The lighting was a single AB800 with a beauty dish on it. It was above Darwin's head parallel with the ground and a bit ahead of him. He's a big chicken and was really nervous with the light just over his head so he kept moving in and out of it but I was finally able to catch him at the right time to get the dramatic look I was going for.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D300 1/250 iso 160, with just the kit lens 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 @42mm f8, Alien Bee 800 with a beauty dish trigger by Paul C. Buff Cyber Sync
Inspiration
This photo was unplanned. My brother and fiance surprised us on my sons birthday by coming to visit. It was totally unexpected due to the fact the live 8 hours away. They happen to bring their beautiful red retriever Darwin up for the ride. After the party had died down for my little guy we were all sitting around talking and I thought I would try taking some pics of him.
Editing
Post processing was photoshop and lightroom. I used photoshop to clean up the picture and fade the background to black. I did a little dodging and burning and added a little boarder. The original shot was in color to show of his copper color but after fooling around in lightroom with the black and white tab the final result was had.
In my camera bag
I now away days I have a Nikon D610 for a body. Lenses include 24mm f2.8, 50mm f1.4 and 105mm F2.8 all Nikkor lenses. I have a Nikon SB600 and SB900 and that's all stuffed in a LOWEPRO Mini Trekker AW.
Feedback
I don't really have any advice on capturing a similar picture but I will say that your odds increase on capturing the picture you want the more you shoot.

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