Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunday Stills - Going To The Dogs

I had fun with this challenge. Of course. How could you not, taking pictures of Hank on a warm, sunny winter afternoon :-). 


I played around with my aperture settings to determine how much of Hank and his background was in focus.  This one, just his face, with the setting sun glancing through his tail.


If you are careful how you place yourself and your subject, I think you can break the rule of keeping the sun at your back.  I think it looks nice on Hank's back :-).  He's a little shadowed, but I still love this picture.

I also have learned to bracket my shots when I'm shooting in manual mode, especially in harder light situations.  What the camera wants to read and do (in an auto mode) and what I want to do are often two completely different shots.  Since I'm still learning to use my manual settings, I'll set my shutter speed down a bit lower than I think and then click, bump it up one, click, bump it up one, click, bump it up one...and sometimes take 5 different shots that way.  I'm almost always surprised.


Click, bump it up one...


Click.

The slower shutter speed of the first shot is brighter.  The one bump faster shutter speed of the second shot gives better detail and less wash out.  Which do you like best?


The sun spot is probably not a great element and Hank is pretty shadowed, but it doesn't bother me.  The  happy look on Hank's face makes this a keeper.  Take the shots that speak to you even if they're not quite "right".




19 comments:

Alice said...

I like the first capture.....there is a little rainbow effect over Hank's head. Close enough to a halo for me!

Suz said...

Hank must think he's all that and a bag of chips!
nice that you are learning the about the camera...good for us

Lady Locust said...

You might get this a lot, but I wish I was as photogenic as your dog:)
Smiles,

Sandra Crook said...

Lovely pictures.

Gloria19 said...

I love the slower one....it takes me right to Hank's face.

Tombstone Livestock said...

decisions, decisions, I like them all but then they are all of Hank and he is so special. I just wish Bella was that calm.

Alice said...

Once again, I can't count on my cell phone...... It's the third photo I was referencing :-0

Michelle said...

He looks very content.

Pam said...

Oh, Hank. I love you.

Far Side of Fifty said...

I like the first one! But then Hank is a wonderful subject so I loved them all:)

Jane B. said...

I think the last picture is amazing. You can truly see what a beautiful boy Hank is!!

Sheepmom said...

Of the two that you are comparing I like the second one better. It's showing his fur just a little sharper and the grass is a little greener, so more contrast against his whiteness. But of them all I like the second one because he's making eye contact and also the bottom one - he looks like he's so comfy, just ready to nod off.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I love these photos of Hank--They show what a soulful boy he is.

Thanks also for the advice on taking pictures, I get caught in a rut when taking my photos, and can always use suggestions like yours!

Hope you've had a good weekend! Take care!

karen said...

so pretty and dignified! We had a dog a long time go that looked similar to Hank of unknown origin-a stray looking for a family to love.

Glenda said...

It would be impossible to take any "not quite right" pics of such a gorgeous hunk of manly dog All would be keepers!

Lori Skoog said...

The next time you visit I want a lesson in taking manual shots. Nice shots! Sweet Hank.

Ed said...

My man Hank, excellent shots. If you get some snow this week you should have perfect shots for next weeks challenge..:-)

morephotosplease said...

Great shots, like that first one and the last one. He seems to be enjoying the sun. Happy New Year - Regular Guy

Miha Giustina said...

I too like the first one better, I think. But they are basically both the same:-). I took me some time to make up my mind:-).

Hank is gorgeous in all of them. Love Hank:-))

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