Monday, October 31, 2011

Axel

On a Friday morning that was completely clear and wonderfully sunny my friend Alana brought her three greyhounds, Abbey (subject of the previous post), Axel, and Charlie, for me to photograph for an hour. This is Axel:

Axel 

The blueness of the sky surprised me when I first saw the picture. I added a bit of Clarity and Vibrance in Lightroom to strengthen the midtones, but left everything else alone.

But I couldn't help myself wondering how this picture might look in black-and-white so I applied the low-contrast Lightroom preset and I got this:

Axel

I actually tried a couple of other presets before settling with this one. I think it came out okay but I don't have a good feel for black-and-white yet.

(Shot with the Nikon D300 using the 18-200mm zoom set at 18mm; shutter-priority mode with shutter speed set at 1/1000 second; camera set the aperture at f/10; ISO 200; matrix-metered; auto white balance; shot in RAW.)

7 comments:

  1. I love the blue sky! Beautiful picture of Axel. I hope we get to see Charlie too.

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  2. He's a gorgeous dog! I loved that vivid blue sky, and I have to admit that I miss it. It's not quite the same as what we have around here.

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  3. B and W brings out detail while color imparts more impact -- Just sayin.

    Great looking Grey!

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  4. The red leash is a problem against the blue sky as it pops and distracts from seeing the true beauty which is the dog, not the leash. This is cured with BW. Consider editing out leash in color for more pleasant shot or turn in blue.

    Cheers.

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  5. good suggestion about different ways to modify the leash so it's less distracting. i hadn't thought of it. thank you.

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  6. That is a lovely blue sky and the golden sand is much nicer than the black stuff we get here ... but I'm not complaining, it's still a beach! Axel is very handsome:)

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