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June 15, 2010 - 4 went

Doors, Windows and Alleyways of Boston's North End

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Added by Ian M.
on Jun 15, 2010.


  • Maureen B.

    Love how you got down to his eye level with the camera.

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  • Pat S.

    sweet dog. Getting his feet wet.

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  • A former member

    Cute little fellow! (Had I been there) I would probably have made the mistake of shooting at a very shallow DoF, and, as a result, I would have missed on the 3 planes - dog, ball, door -, which give a very nice sense of perspective. Really cool :-)

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  • Ian M.

    I don't often comment on photographs but for some strange reason I feel compelled to say a couple of things about this one. Of the several images I took of the dog I was attracted to this one because of the triangle formed by the implied lines which form a V shape and enclose the dog. Look at the curb which leads the eye towards the black door, then look at the line whcih connects the dog to the ball and on to the doorway on the left of the image. Join the two doors just mentioned and you have a triangle with the leading point positioned just in front of the dog - it makes for a balanced image. I was also attracted to the eye level angle on the dog and the slightly darkish blue tones to the road surface whcih gave added punch to the white dog. On the negative side I missed an opportunity to create another triangle not lining up the grey drainpipe in the background with the dog's head and the ball - if only I had moved a fraction more! Another interesting implied triangle is formed by the curb on the right leading the eye to the balck door and the front edge of the tan colored sidewalk on the left whcih also leads the eye towards the balck door. I am sure there are more tirangles and leading converging lines in this shot. I should also have considered removing the bright white spot in the upper right of the image. The dog is fairly cetnrally placed in the image but in this case I don't consider it a problem.

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  • A former member

    Great. I hadn't connected the last leg of the main triangle - let alone the other ones!. Thanks for pointing that out, Ian. It's very useful :-) How about deleting the leash? The dog would then look like he's an independent being who's asking you to play ball with him, rather than being stopped on the street with his owner to be photographed. It would give the character of the dog more depth and make him even more endearing. What do you think?

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  • A former member

    I love this picture just make me want to have a dog again! So cute and such a great picture with feelings!

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