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"The Greeting"

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Copyright: Linda Unger (shelbeesmom) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4128 W: 1096 N: 12722] (58278)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-22
Categories: Daily Life, Event, Pets
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Tokina AT-X 124 PRO DX 12-24mm F4, Hoya PL-CIR 77mm
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-23 6:23
Viewed: 1207
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I almost deleted this pic, but HDR is making my life so much easier. There is the story behind this picture. My friend Barbara and I were traveling to Lago Vista and stopped near a small town and pulled off the road for some pictures of sunrays coming from the clouds.

So we got some snacks, took some pics and across the field we see 4 HUGE white dogs running our way. Now I am not afraid of dogs, but this was 4, all 80lbs + and so I thought we MIGHT want to get back to the truck! HAHA! So they were very friendly and wanted us to play, but we needed to go anyways, so as I was pulling out I took this picture. I love the long shadows. This was taken a 5:39pm.
Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!

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Hi Linda,
your low POV is excellent. Interesting composition showing a particular mood. The textures are wonderful and the dogs a nice detail. Great posting my dear Calamity!
Kia ora

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  • LilDii (39)
  • [2008-11-23 6:30]
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nice. i like everything about this pic :)

Hello Linda,

Thank you for the story.
I can understand why you might have been feeling a little scared!
I, like you, love the long shadows.
I have come to realise how important light is, in photography. Besides the light, you have a good pov with the road and a good sense of perspective with the decreasing poles. The sky is amazing and the dogs and hay bales interesting features.
All in all, a lot not to delete!!

Have a great day,
Bev :-)

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-11-23 7:00]

A cute note :) I especially like the lighting and the depth! Very pretty fall colors. TFS

Hello Linda,the light you have captured was worth the effort;I would have been in the car like a shot if I had seen these dogs arriving!
I think that the shot would have worked without the dogs too.
I like the colours here.
Thanks for the little tale.
Regards Jean.

HI Linda,

There is one thing I remember about Texas. I have never really seen sky until I went there. The sky in this shot is beautiful against the golden tones of the land. Of course, me being a dog lover, I think these pups are very cute and friendly looking. Lovely golden highlights, warm tones from the sun setting. Like you said, the shadows are nice too.

Have a nice Sunday, Lisa

the textures here are great Linda, well detailed image all around, nice POV as you captured the long shadows of the dogs, very well captured.

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-11-23 10:03]

Hi Linda,
What a good low POV giving a strong perspective!
Excellent rendering of colors and textures. I like much to look at these dogs in your composition and the story behing the image. They make it very alive. Bravo! Annie

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  • jazrr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 330 W: 77 N: 98] (2228)
  • [2008-11-23 10:15]

Hi Linda:
Beautiful picture. Excellent pov, nice dof and beautiful clouds.Nice dogs!

hi linda.
hdr is making your pics even better than before.

i love the long shadows, also.

nicely composed, making the dogs part of the picture and not the main subject has given this a different dimension.


this is SO nice, Linda. wonderful romantic mood, somber sky and beautiful friendly dogs.
Love, Janos

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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2008-11-23 15:11]
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Nice light and POV
Good job in PP ( I have started shooting in raw and finding it easer
to save some of those pics that are a bit extreme contrast )

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  • boonie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 64 N: 1548] (7842)
  • [2008-11-24 16:16]

Glad your were able to use HDR salvage this one Linda. Composition with or with out the dog would have been spot on. Using the FG as the largest element works for me. Suspect the HDR helped the sky.
You go girl!


The dogs really make this shot Linda.
It adds a great bonus element to such an open shot.
Love the mix of colors on the ground. Nice HDR work.
- Vincent

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  • budgun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 319 W: 2 N: 382] (2091)
  • [2008-11-25 17:44]

Hi Linda,
When you see the tail all curled high like this it means you have a dog for friendly nature that also has a very high opinion of himself/herself.
They must really enjoy having the run of the ranch. Looks like they hit the dog lottery.
Love the rich textures fine depth and wonderfully dramatic sky here.
Regards, Tom

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  • Shogun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 788 W: 52 N: 418] (10434)
  • [2008-11-26 21:06]

very nice Linda! Love the mood very relaxing. Tfs


Oh Linda,

why delete this fine picture?
Sky, sense of depth, colours, light, and as you said, long shadows are so nice, and you have those dogs who are so tender!
Furthermore I think there is a special atmosphere of being in a remote country side, quiet and quite solitary.
Good that you changed your mind.
All the best,

Well, Linda, I've never been in Texas, but something tells me this IS Texas. The Texas feel, the Texas smell, the Texas warmth, the Texas light, the Texas drought and... the Texas depth of field, with its endless roads and its gentle dogs ;o).
Okay, maybe you boosted up this atmosphere by means of HDR, but who cares? The final effect is the most important, because that is what you show to your viewers. And I must say that, unlike many other HDR photos I see on TrekLens, this one looks very "real".
TFS & kind regards,

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