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  #138 Creatures, Great and Small
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Winter fetch       ©2014 kemosabe
Sony DSC-R1       2nd place, 259 points
1/2000s, f5, ISO 200, ?, Aperture Priority, Spot, no flash
Post-Processing: crop
topaz grunge
      Extra Info: No weather keeps Cocoa from playing fetch !
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Oct 15, 2015
    What a lovely picture! I love the point of view, the way the surrounding environment frames the dog, the spray of snow and the eye contact. Wonderful portrait of your friend.

Jul 30, 2014
    I'm new to this group, and I was just looking through some old photos. This picture really struck me as beautiful. It's a lovely and dynamic composition. Thumbs up!

Feb 19, 2014
    Thank you Mepo and Lo.

Jade O : I found this contest seems legit and helps to fund canine cancer research.


Jade O.
Feb 18, 2014
    Let me know if you find a legit contest and how you fared.

Feb 17, 2014
    Really love this shot - so glad it placed highly. Congratulations!

Feb 17, 2014
    Congrats - you are obviously NOT a fair weather photog!

Feb 17, 2014
    Wow, thank you very much for your votes and wonderful comments.
It was a smooth, pristine snowbank when we started.
On my knees in the snow I tossed the ball over the top and captured her returning. 20 plus tries , with numb knees I gave it one last go and this is it.

Phil99 : Thank you for taking the time to delve into such detail of the image.
You mention a couple of things I hadn't noticed myself.
Serendipity definitely played a part in this capture proving that persistence leaves the door open so success can enter.

Jade O : If I could find a legit contest I would enter it.

Mrsawyer: Love the metaphor.

KJW and RolandB : Good eye on the sky, I should have noticed it.

LO and dk : Ill put the original in the forum

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Old Finn
Feb 17, 2014
    Very nice. My first choice.

Feb 17, 2014
    Great angle, and I love the movement of the snow. The pp works very well, but I would love to see the original.

Feb 17, 2014
    I normally don't like radical PP, but it works well here.

Feb 16, 2014
    Awesome. Just awesome!

Feb 16, 2014
    This is another shot high on my list. Only thing that takes away from it is the bluish coloring in the sky in background. I'm sure their are some who won't like the topaz adjustment but I think it helps bring out detail especially in snow in foreground. Very nice.

Feb 16, 2014
    I liked just about everything about this image very much with the exception of the grunge filter or maybe just the degree. In any case it is still a very high favorite, well composed, captures the moment, and conveys an interesting story. Good job!

Feb 15, 2014
    All dog lovers will identify with this fellow. Lovely photo.

Feb 15, 2014
    And I for one would not interfere with Cocoa... I like the perspective you've captured. Wonder what this would look like without the grunge?

Feb 15, 2014
    Love the POV here. You caught the determined expression that nothing is going interfere with playtime!

The sky got a little funny behind Cocoa's head. I probably would have cloned out some of it. It's not enough to detract from the fun capture.
Edited on Feb 15, 2014

Jade O.
Feb 15, 2014
    This one grabbed me immediately. What a great shot! Nothing I can think of to improve this one. You might have a photo contest winner here!

No. 2 (really a four way tie for No. 1 for me. I really do think you could win a photo contest with this one.)
Edited on Feb 15, 2014

Feb 14, 2014
    Great capture! I'd like to see it with less of the grunge effect so that the snow looks more country, and less city.

Feb 14, 2014
    It's a bit of a long list but I like: the low, straight-on angle, the fact there's eye contact, the action captured (running/'splashes' of snow), the composition (the V shape of the snow path, the balance of similar trees either side - these encircle and frame the subject), the depth of field, the textures captured (the crisp snow, the fur coat, the leafless branches), the humour (the very intense expression compared to the snow on Cocoa's face and taking the whole grab a tennis ball thing far to seriously (as dogs do!)). Inspirational and just so brilliant!

Feb 14, 2014
    Crop is a little tight.

I do love the topaz grunge look though, it enhances the snow, hope she didn't freeze those little paws off.

In my faves.

Feb 14, 2014
    Wow. This dog has such personality, and you've successfully captured it with this fine image. Nice!

Feb 14, 2014
    A great character filled shot. Well composed and technically good and you even incorporated action.

Feb 14, 2014
    The eyes, contrast, and snow in flight make this one special. In my favs.
This is a great metaphor for "Getting the Job Done, No Matter What!"
Edited on Feb 14, 2014

Feb 13, 2014
    lovely shot and i like the filter effect "grunge"

Feb 13, 2014
    The best photo by far!
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