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p.1 #1 · Kylie's Last Picture


On 12/17/12, we put down our dog, Kylie. Kylie had been with me for almost 10 years. She was never the dog that played fetch, or was by my side when I was sad, but she lived a good life, and it was too much to see the pain she was in (could hardly get up, took very short breaths). This was the last shot I took of her. Used a T2i, 430exii bounced to the ceiling (don't remember the power- 1/32?), with a 50 1.4 stopped down to 2.2. I should have stopped down a little more to get both of her eyes' in focus. I didn't think about B&W while shooting, but since the picture is about death, I thought it made it moody. Any thoughts on what I should have done?

Kylie's last picture by Ayers Photo, on Flickr



Dec 17, 2012 at 02:30 AM
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p.1 #2 · Kylie's Last Picture


A nit: try to get both eyes within the plane of sharpest focus. Failing that, the eye closest to the lens is usually the most important to be sharp.


Dec 17, 2012 at 04:44 AM
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p.1 #3 · Kylie's Last Picture


Thank you. I had another one where her nose was in focus, but it didn't seem as good.


Dec 17, 2012 at 06:05 AM
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p.1 #4 · Kylie's Last Picture


I think you should open up the shadows a bit in your conversion. The nose appears almost without detail and the darkness runs in an indistinct band down to and into the reflection.
The sad, tired eyes are captured well. Wish you had more DOF too, especially across the nose, but they eyes are fine for me as is.
Scott



Dec 17, 2012 at 01:04 PM
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p.1 #5 · Kylie's Last Picture


Thank you both. Having a little difficulty trying to blend show more detail in the nose without affecting the rest of it. Any thoughts?

Edited on Dec 18, 2012 at 12:09 AM · View previous versions



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p.1 #6 · Kylie's Last Picture


So sorry.
Dogs are such wonderful animals.
There time with us is far too short.
Scott



Dec 18, 2012 at 12:08 AM
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p.1 #7 · Kylie's Last Picture


Try putting just the nose on a separate layer.


Dec 18, 2012 at 12:20 AM
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p.1 #8 · Kylie's Last Picture


Thank you, it is hard. She wasn't really the one that did much or was truely a faithful companion, but it was still sad. It was the right thing to do though. She lived a good 15 years (almost 10 with us) and she had a happy life.

Here is the redo, I dodged some of the nose.


Kyley's last picture by Ayers Photo, on Flickr



Dec 18, 2012 at 11:34 PM
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p.1 #9 · Kylie's Last Picture


You have to grieve when you lose family.


Dec 19, 2012 at 03:56 AM





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