Exercise 103 – Joshua Porche

I found a great image while looking on flickr.com. It is of a Bernese Mountain Dog who is laying down on some grass. Upon initially viewing this image I thought the photographer had employed Rule of Thirds, but the longer I looked at it the more I felt that was wrong. So, to double-check I decided to apply a rule of thirds grid and a diagonal grid to see which aligned better. After testing the two out I realized that this image makes more sense as having used the diagonal method. The photographer used a shutter speed of 1/250. I believe this shutter speed may have allowed for just the right amount of light and shadows. Any faster and it would have made the image too bright and slower would be too dark. The blurred background is a clear sign of a lower depth of field, he specifically used f/5.6 to get this look. It really helped make this image better for me. It draws the focus to the dog while also making him seem sharper.

Here is a link that goes directly to the images: https://www.flickr.com/photos

Comments (3)

  1. Hello! I absolutely love dogs so I was immediately drawn to this picture! I really like how the photographer made the dog the focus of the image and blurred the background. I also really like the vignette effect on the corners of the picture, it really helps keep the focus on the dog!

  2. I agree with your description of the photo, it definitely looks like they really considered how they wanted the image to turn out. The edges of the photo look to be darkened as well, which really brings your attention to the dog, but I like how they included some background elements to give you a sense of where the photo was taken.

  3. Your description of the image is spot on. I think this image is super eye-catching just because of the intensity of the colors and how the background is blurred while the dog is the focal point. The vignette effect also compliments the dark hair of the dog, making this picture a lot more balanced.

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