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- Hey everybody, I'm Steve Simon the Passionate Photographer, and welcome to another edition of Photo Critique of the Week. When I'm out shooting generally speaking I try not to edit in my camera. By that I mean, check my review screen too much. I like to be concentrating on either the view finder. Sure, sometimes I'm going to look at the review screen to make sure the technical's working, my histogram's good, et cetera. But mostly, I want to be concentrating on what's in front of me in the view finder so that I could move around and capture the best possible image of whatever it is my camera's aimed at.
In this instance, I was in Cental Park. And I saw these two dogs and their owners were nearby. So, the first thing I wanted to mention here is generally speaking from a technical point of view if I'm in a situation that has a lot of bright high key tones, like snow or beach, I want to make sure my exposure's good. So I might determine my exposure and then go to a manual mode. Or, because I'm a little lazy I stay on automatic and I exposure compensate in this particular case two thirds of a stop, the overexposure was the perfect exposure.
In one set I was able to continue shooting knowing that my exposures were good. And I didn't have to look down at the review screen anymore. So I'm photographing these guys. You can see that the dogs are sharp but the background is a little bit out of focus. And, I started off with the two dogs pulling it out on this rope together. And then the owners were there, so I thought, yeah I'll get the owners and the dogs in the picture. Now of course, the owners are very much out of focus because my F Stop is F two.
And that was by design. I wanted your attention to go to the dogs. But even though these guys are completely out of focus you can still see exactly kind of their facial expressions, the fact that they're smiling, et cetera. So I'm just shooting. And I'm trying to determine what's going to be the best shot. And like I say, rather than look at the review screen I know that my camera's going to give me what I need so I'm concentrating on moving around a little bit. Moving a little closer. Moving a little further back. These guys are changing in the background. Not thinking shooting, maybe come over to their perspective to see what that looked like.
But I didn't really like it in the end. This way after they let go I have a little time and I have kind of a selection to look from. So these were the ones that I decided were going to be my final selects. There's one, two, three, four, five, six. You could see the two at the end the owners are not there. My thinking was that I had to make a decision whether to include them, or not. And, as you can see in this image and in this image I'm looking at the dogs and their tails and their perspective.
I think I'm a little closer to the dogs here so I kind of like that a little bit better. This one I kind of like the dogs are big. These guys are very much out of focus. Here now they're looking at each other. And you know what, again, as you've often seen on the show it's the little things that really count a lot. And we're responsible of everything within the frame. If cropping's going to make it stronger then we crop. If we choose one where these guys are looking at each other, if we feel that that sort of mimics the way these dogs are face-to-face maybe that's a good reason to pick that one.
But ultimately, I decided on this one in the end. Because, these dogs are just in isolation you've got a beautiful Central Park scene in the snow. And you've got two very determined dogs to sort of win out. And I actually don't remember which one won, I think it was a draw. The little guy, held his own against the big black dog. Well there you go, that's it for this week. I hope that you're going to join me next week in a new edition of Photo Critique of the Week.