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The Peanut Patch

Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:00 pm
by minniev
Early morning is the best time for gardening. Robert and Zeke took advantage of the cool to harvest a few boxes of peanuts, which will eventually be turned into the best peanut butter you ever tasted.

One of my "country documentary" images, all suggestions appreciated. I will print one for Robert and his wife.

Re: The Peanut Patch

Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:44 pm
by PietFrancke
beautiful image, looks like Zeke has made many friends and is living a very nice life! He is in dog heaven. Critique part... Roberts mouth area needs a little more clarity, it is a focal point and as such it needs to be well defined. Zeke's mouth shares the border with those boxes - it would be great if you could move the boxes slightly so that their edges/lines don't share the same space with Zeke's mouth/nose.

Re: The Peanut Patch

Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:24 pm
by minniev
PietFrancke wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:44 pm
beautiful image, looks like Zeke has made many friends and is living a very nice life! He is in dog heaven. Critique part... Roberts mouth area needs a little more clarity, it is a focal point and as such it needs to be well defined. Zeke's mouth shares the border with those boxes - it would be great if you could move the boxes slightly so that their edges/lines don't share the same space with Zeke's mouth/nose.
Thanks Piet. I know what you mean about his mouth, though I'm not sure I can fix it. I worked on it a little without much to show for it. I'll try. And I may tangle with moving boxes as well. Zeke is not a very good model, most of my pictures of him are butt shots. If I call his name he may look up for one quick instant then he's gonna run and jump on me. Hyperactive animal.

Re: The Peanut Patch

Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:38 pm
by PietFrancke
minniev wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:24 pm
PietFrancke wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:44 pm
beautiful image, looks like Zeke has made many friends and is living a very nice life! He is in dog heaven. Critique part... Roberts mouth area needs a little more clarity, it is a focal point and as such it needs to be well defined. Zeke's mouth shares the border with those boxes - it would be great if you could move the boxes slightly so that their edges/lines don't share the same space with Zeke's mouth/nose.
Thanks Piet. I know what you mean about his mouth, though I'm not sure I can fix it. I worked on it a little without much to show for it. I'll try. And I may tangle with moving boxes as well. Zeke is not a very good model, most of my pictures of him are butt shots. If I call his name he may look up for one quick instant then he's gonna run and jump on me. Hyperactive animal.
yep, when you take him for a walk, it is butt shots. Lay on the ground and call him, you will get one wonderful shot, and then enjoy the peace of laying in bed recovering for three weeks.

Re: The Peanut Patch

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:21 pm
by Psjunkie
Piet makes good points.....possibly a touch of that dappled light on Zeke's head and a bit tighter crop could enhance...

Re: The Peanut Patch

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:00 pm
by minniev
Psjunkie wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:21 pm
Piet makes good points.....possibly a touch of that dappled light on Zeke's head and a bit tighter crop could enhance...
I got more detail in Robert's face by blending in some from another frame, but no luck in moving the crates, I can't rebuild Zeke's snout well enough. I had already brightened Zeke's face using a warming radial gradient in PS (I've just discovered that fun trick that works better than the one in LR), so I added two more.

Re: The Peanut Patch

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:17 pm
by davechinn
Excellent capture. Seems as tho Robert has a watchful eye on Zeke's interest in peanuts.

Re: The Peanut Patch

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:32 pm
by minniev
davechinn wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:17 pm
Excellent capture. Seems as tho Robert has a watchful eye on Zeke's interest in peanuts.
Robert knows Zeke cannot be trusted around anything remotely edible. He actually found a way to sneak into the garden, which he keeps gated to keep his own two out, plus Zeke.