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  8:01 am
Subject:  Critique: Rich Baker (Dogs: 3 photos)

Hank the Dog - It's tough, being a fishing boat dog -- all the responsibility while at sea and then all the docking maneuvers when coming into port. It's no wonder Hank just wants to flop out on the dock with a good chew toy . . . I like this photo. It has a certain dogginess that's very appealing. The light's good. I like the angularity of the dog coming in from the upper left. I'm so glad you didn't clip his toenails there at the lower left. No glint in the eye . . . but that's not a glaring defect here, for some reason. Would the photo have been more effective had you gotten down on Hank's own level? Yes. Did you want to cover your clothes with seagull poop as a result? Probably not! Good shot.

Bailey on the Stairs - Very cute! I like your angle, especially. It's a different way of looking at a dog, yet it's an angle we're all familiar with. Your horizontal line is horizontal, which is great. The verticals are tilted right, but better the horizontal be level in this case (it's the anchor, the base) than the verticals. Sometimes you just can't have it all. Good shot. Kudos to CJ for the concept.

Dogs on the Florence Docks - Whenever you can get a shot of two or more animals all doing the same thing, looking the same way, you've got immediate impact. Our brain tends to look for patterns and enjoys it when it finds them. So good on ya for seeing this and being quick enough to capture it. The light's kind of harsh and contrasty, but it's not too bad, really. The thing that's messing up this shot is that pile of canvas or whatever there in the background behind the left-hand dog. If that weren't there, you'd have a much more dramatic image. Good catch, too bad about the background. Cute photo. They were exTREMEly yappy dogs, as I recall . . .

Carol Leigh


Hank the Dog

Bailey on the Stairs

Dogs on the Florence Docks


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