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52 Weeks of Suki on Flickr

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I’m really not sure how this image appears to you, since as I’ve mentioned before, wordpress does some weird stuff with the color in my photos. But flickr doesn’t, so whether or not the color looks off to you here, please view this image on flickr! This is the first image in a project I committed to in the 52 Weeks for Dogs group on Flickr, a group in which each member posts one image a week for every week of this year of one dog, limiting weekly images to those that are taken within the current week. No playing catch-up, no posting from archives!

Minutes after posting this shot of Suki on Flickr, I received a few comments asking how I took this shot. Since this was a very low light situation, I shot in manual exposure mode on my D300s to keep my shutter speed in check. I usually shoot in aperture priority, but in this case, I didn’t want the camera to select a shutter speed I couldn’t hand hold.

Camera right is an SB-900 that I’m controlling wirelessly via the pop-up flash on my camera through TTL metering. I’m always astounded at how well Nikon’s wireless lighting system works. The camera is making extremely intelligent exposure decisions for me here, and all I need to do is play with the flash output until I hit a lighting ratio that makes sense to me aesthetically. I can change the SB unit’s output right at the camera too, which is great, because I was lying on the ground during the whole shoot.

The SB-900′s light is pretty harsh bare, so I have the unit firing light through a shoot through umbrella, which spreads the light more evenly . I have a very sophisticated light stand in play here too: my wife! I instructed my light stand to fire as much light as possible over Suki so less light would hit the ground, but this was a very difficult task because she had to light Suki AND keep her attention. Plus, umbrellas don’t really direct light in one direction as well as soft boxes do. But I think she did a great job anyway!

Camera Specs: Nikon D300s + Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC at 18mm f/5.6 ISO640 1/30 Second

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  1. It’s an awesome photo! And you paid so much effort to do it! I always love to read how you took that or another shot! And that is the great project! I would participate too if my dogs were around me :)
    Colors are the same to me.

    Nadezhda Konovalova

    January 5, 2010 at 12:55 am

    • Thank you for the nice comment! I actually JUST figured out how to post images with the intended color on my blog…finally!!! It’s 1am now and I’m still fixing older posts. I got to get to bed now. Thanks again!

      Jonathan

      January 5, 2010 at 12:59 am

  2. Great picture of Suki. It shows how brave and confident she is. I’ll be tuning in to all 52 shots!

    Melissa

    January 5, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    • Thanks Melissa! I look forward to seeing more of your shiba too!

      Jonathan

      January 7, 2010 at 7:29 am

  3. スキちゃん、堂々としてるね!looks so dignified!
    美しい写真です^^

    akane

    January 6, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    • ホンマにありがとう!スキちゃんは小さなプリンセスだから。^^

      Jonathan

      January 7, 2010 at 7:23 am

  4. Boy you sure do love your 犬 huh :P
    Anyway, thats a great photo and your 犬 is very photogenic, you trained her well as a model!
    And yea, WP does weird things to you photo’s, it’s some kind of compression issue. But you can fix it by stripping all dimension codes away in its html after uploading it in your post, then your photo’s should appear crisp again with the correct colors.

    Squire Starsquid

    January 7, 2010 at 3:44 am

    • Thanks! You’re right, I found out that even if I size the photos to match the dimensions of my blog before uploading them, there are still dimension parameters in the HTML code when I place them in the editor. When I removed the code manually, I no longer saw the color shift. よかった!

      Jonathan

      January 7, 2010 at 7:27 am

  5. I saw a picture of the Ferry Building that caught my eye on flickr. I was wondering how much you charge for a high res version of the picture.

    John Du

    January 8, 2010 at 9:43 am

  6. J’ai visité votre Flickeriver et vous faites de MAGNIFIQUES photos ! Le rendu couleur est vraiment intéressant. Et la photo de cet article est vraiment très belle. Vous avez du bon matériel et un chien vraiment formidable ^^

    Céline

    January 4, 2013 at 8:04 am


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