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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-31
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 120-300 F2.8
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): African Canines, Canidae [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-02 12:06
Viewed: 5702
Points: 27
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Maybe the most maligned predators in the world, African Wild Dogs - Lycaon pictus should actually be called painted dogs, as their Latin name alludes. They have this bad reputation as violent killers from the way in which the packs runs down and kills its prey, by ripping pieces from the animal. They can reach 66 km/h in a chase. However, back at the den they are the most diligent parents and family members, the whole pack caring for the pups. Pups are born in the winter months, June/July and up to 16 pups can be in a litter. They are black and blind when born, the painted look starting to emerge by 6 weeks. Each individual dog has its own painted pattern, marking them as unique, & this fact is used to identify pack members by researchers studying these canines. A pack size can vary from 4 - 30 individuals. Upon return from a hunt, the pups lick the faces of the adults, enticing them to regurgitate their food. In general, these are not easy animals to photograph, one because they are on the endangered list and one do not encounter them often in the reserves & also because their colouring is drab – brown, “yellow” and white, not “nice” photogenic colours. This was a young female in attendance at the pups, sitting, for a change, in the road, & giving me that “dog in the window” look, from the old song from the early 60’s, even maybe late 50’s cant remember that long back.
Nikon D70 & Sigma 120-300 f2.8 & 2X converter @ 240 mm; ISO 200, -0,7 EV; iTTL Balanced fill flash off camera; Bean bag on window; No cropping, added some on left, Levels lighter,; reduced to size and USM, faded to soft light to suit. Enjoy.

gerhardt, japie, PDP, carper, DiaAzul, danbachmann, nwoehnl, Robbrown, AndyB, mogens-j, JeanMichel has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To AdrianW: WSCallie 7 08-03 16:23
To RAP: WSCallie 1 08-03 00:35
To DiaAzul: WSCallie 3 08-03 00:29
To gerhardt: WSCallie 1 08-02 14:09
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The dog in the window look is capture very nice. It does not look the the ferocious creatures they are when hunting. The eyes, look right into your soul. You know how to make the eyes work Callie. The soft light a nice effect. Wanted to see the difference an did a WS. Thanx for sharing.

Nice shot! You've captured this wild dog really nicely - DOF is spot on, and I love the warm tones. However, the levels are a bit off - as a matter of interest when you look at the Calibration check at the bottom of the page, can you see all the levels easily? Well captured as usual :-)

I've prepared a Workshop, which to be honest doesn't look much different to gerhardt's version - but uses a different method to get there.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-02 14:11]

Nice one Callie, I like the soft lighting. You've made him appear cute(ish). The colours are earhty and natural. I also like the glints from the eyes and nose.

Well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-02 14:13]

Very nice portraitof this lovely creature. Wild dog seem to be cruel in their hunting techniques, but due to these techniques and supurb teamwork the are more effective than most of the bigger predators who would often injure their prey. I like this shot, but find it a bit on the "light" side. I like the workshop done by Gerhard whish has a bit more contrast.

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  • zto Silver Star Critiquer [C: 36 W: 6 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-08-02 14:15]

He he, i tried to take pictures of an African Wild dog maybe some 4 hours ago, at the zoo of cource ;) Let me just say that with my current lense 18-55 mm, it is completly imposible he he. I will have to go back again later this year, with a 70-300mm lense. Hope to do better then. It is a fine capture and i must say, she poses very well for you. I think i would like to have some more contrast but that is only my personal preference. It is really a good shot.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-08-02 14:22]

There is a window, but I like the colours of this doggy, great colours, it look like a little unsharp, but you may from me, because the composition is so strong. Goed gedaan Callie

I really appreciate the effort you put into your notes - it shows a real passion for the subjects that you are photographing.

I also enjoy all of your pictures, but with most of the pictures taken in the bush, a lot of them appear to have a colour balance problem. With the time of day that many of the pictures are being taken it is very difficult for the camera to 'estimate' what the correct white balance should be. It may be easier to take an 18% grey card and measure the light colour temperature from it every now and again to make sure that the camera is reading the light correctly (this is tricky lighting, so you can assume that it is struggling).

I did a workshop to adjust the colour balance of the photo - I think it brings ot the fur colours a little better, but I leave you to be the final judge.

ciao caio

It looks a bit soft in focus but the posing is certainly irresistible, Callie. She is beautiful and the look she gives is quite compelling. Good details in the fur and fine DOF. As always the best of notes.

The soft image works well with the facial expressions for a classical look fitting for the era when "How Much is That Doggie in the Window" was a hit. I was going to bring some more color back with a levels adjustment, but I see there have been a few workshops already on that.

You really caught the right moment here!

Looks more like a HOTDOG to me the heat haze is impressive, so is the poseYou are right to champion this much misunderstood animal, the Victorians have much to answer for with their tales of wild africa, the white mans grave.Hopefully your note will go some way to correct this.

Me encantan estos perros.
Todos los documentales de Animal Planet y Discovery channel, me han hecho amarlos.
Hermosa composicion y encuadre Callie.
Me he atrevido a realizar un trabajo intentando mejorar el contraste y nitidez... espero sea de tu agrado.

I´m enchant these dogs.
All documentary of Animal Planet and Discovery Channel, have made me love them.
Beautiful composition and frame Callie.
I dared to make a workshop being tried to improve the resistance and clearness... I hope is of your pleasure.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-03 3:18]

A very nice capture.
The dog looks very cute in this pose but I dont think I would stroke it!
Very good composition and lovely soft tones of colour.
Excellent note also.

I love the way he is looking at you Callie. Colours indicates a lot of heat and the soft focus is just right here. Very nice composition. I have seen these wild dogs very often on Animal Planet and they can really make a big kill if they want to. Very interesting animals with a highlly social behaviour. Thanks for sharing and for the informative note.

Being very fond of dogs at large, I particularly appreciate such an expressive portrait. Wild canine breeds generally have a gaze, where cruelty and intelligence is expressed with much more power than our home dogs. But here, I'm amazed by the soft and gentle look, enhanced probably by the tilted head. So, you catched what is perhaps a very rare attitude of this wild dog. Anyhow, beautiful and expressive portrait, Callie, with just the right fill-in lighting to show the best of it. (I like Adrian's WS too)

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