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Black Field Spaniel on black background

Black Field Spaniel on black background
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7 Comments |
deekaycee Ultimate
 
deekaycee November 26, 2020
Heart-warming photo! Congratulations on your challenge win!
conniegavin Platinum
conniegavin November 26, 2020
Thank you, so much!
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RickL November 26, 2020
Beautiful pet photography, looks like a gentle friend
Pjerry
 
Pjerry November 26, 2020
Congrats on the win, a great capture/portrait.
conniegavin Platinum
conniegavin November 26, 2020
Thanks!
Noleezie
 
Noleezie November 27, 2020
Absolutely beautiful!
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conniegavin November 27, 2020
Thank you, very much!
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geophotos November 27, 2020
Congratulations on a beautiful winning doggy portrait! 😊
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conniegavin November 27, 2020
Thank you...I appreciate your comment!
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Joviaal November 28, 2020
Hi Connie, Congratulations on another award with this cute dog portrait.
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conniegavin November 28, 2020
Thank you!
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ronjudyluv2travel August 12, 2021
Sweet capture! Congratulations!
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Behind The Lens

Location

I have a home-made amateur photo studio created in my basement, and I like to take photos of my black dog, Sammy, against a black backdrop.

Time

This was taken in October in the early evening. Because it was getting dark outside, there is some natural light coming from the left which I augmented with a soft box light on the left.

Lighting

Black on black is a look I like in photography, so I keep the lighting as natural as possible, so no flash. This photo had a little natural light and a little artificial light.

Equipment

This was taken with my Canon 7D Mark II, on a tripod, and my Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, no flash. It was shot at 1/250 sec. f/2.8 51mm and ISO 1250.

Inspiration

I have always liked the look of a black dog against a black backdrop and have taken a few using this scenario.

Editing

After I took this photo that day and looked at it Lightroom, I noticed that there were some folds in the cloth backdrop that were also catching the light. So I moved the photo to Photoshop and smoothed out those folds so they were less visible. This gave the photo what I think of as an old-world art look to the background.

In my camera bag

At that time, 2017, I didn't have many lenses, so my Canon 7D Mark II was always packed with my 70-200 lens because it and my Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM were the only lenses I had. Now, I have graduated to the Cannon R5, a couple of RF lenses (100-500 and 24-105) and the RF 1.4X Extender, so that is what I carry now.

Feedback

Taking a black on black photo takes a lot of practice...so if you have a subject willing to work for treats like Sammy, keep taking multiple photos at multiple exposures and multiple light sources until you get what you want.

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