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Old 11th September 2011
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Guys,

I am interested in your thoughts; should I crop his nose out to concentrate on his eyes or does the phot work well as it is?

All comments are appreciated,

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Re: Black dog

Hi Rob

Personally I would crop for the eyes as the nose is not really part of the shot and is a distraction.

Nice expression and catch lights in the eyes which enliven the image greatly.

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Re: Black dog

Hi Rob

Nice light, I am not sure about cropping in more. If you lose the snout identifying with the dog is much harder.

I would rather lose the top of the head than the mouth area.

I am aware I may be missing the point.
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Re: Black dog

This is a great capture - black dogs are so difficult to capture the detail and you have great lighting here to achieve this.

I like it as it is, and I like it cropped as Hec suggests, but then it does detract from the ID of the breed ! its a tough call ...

Umm ... if it were my dog, for a portrait at home, I would crop the nose out !
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Re: Black dog

Thanks for all the comments. I will have a play with cropping and see what I come up with.

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Re: Black dog

This might be the dog person in me talking, more than the photographer, but I would rather have more of the nose included. In a human portrait, the eyes are all important and the rule of focus on the eyes is crucial, but in a dog the nose is a very defining feature. Some of them, like mine - live their lives through their noses. In this photo, I would rather include a hint of a nose, so you can identify it's a lab, without the nose, you have a strong contact with the eyes, but it's more difficult to know what kind of dog it is. Maybe that doesn't matter, maybe it's more interesting not knowing. Give it a try, it'd be interesting to see the effect.
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Re: Black dog

I can see the argument for keeping the nose, but in that case I would like to see more of it anyway. I know cropping would make it harder to identify the dog but I think it would create a striking, if somewhat more abstract image, and those eyes are very compelling.
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