Photos and Critiques

From an on-line photography class by Carol Leigh

Developing Your Creative Edge #2

Assignment # 6: Cats and Dogs

From: caroleigh@c...
Date: Mon Dec 13, 2004 8:18 am
Subject: Critique: CJ Middendorf (Dogs: 3 photos)

Casey on the Stairs - Cute angle and good concept, but I don't think this one works as well as Rich's version of your shot nor as well as your Bailey shot (next). Why? The stairs and the railing seem to take preeminence here -- too much framing, I think, especially since one of the spindles covers a good portion of Casey's ear. I appreciate the fact that this is a tough dog to shoot. I get the impression he doesn't sit still for very long and he's SO DARK -- a real photographic challenge.

Curious Bailey - Hmmmm . . . Ears partially cut off, moustache partially cut off. But somehow it doesn't matter in this case. As a "formal" portrait, yes, this would definitely matter. But as a casual photograph of a beloved pet, it's the expression, the light, the angle that wins and makes this a compelling photograph. So even though you did EVERYTHING wrong, CJ, it's still a good shot! :-) And notice I didn't say one thing about diagonal lines . . .

Bailey's Serious Side - Oooh, so, so close to greatness! Had Bailey been just one more step lower so that the area above his head was the carpeted stairs rather than a light-colored wall, it would have been TERRIFIC! My eye, however, tends to go to the light spot over the stairs first, then to the dog, which isn't what you want. Your shot of the dog, though, is very good. I like the little bit of light along his neck and shoulders there on the right. I like the auburn tones of his moustache. The ears are perky. If you have the time and inclination, you may wish to clone some carpet into the light space over his head and turn this into a more dramatic portrait. Very good photograph. Kudos.

Carol Leigh


Casey on the Stairs

Curious Bailey

Bailey's Serious Side


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