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    Portrait of the Artist with Friend

    As I've written before, we're a host family for 'Barking Mad'. Well, this weekend we have Archie, the Labradoodle. Archie was with us for a weekend in April and he's back until Tuesday. Got no idea who the guy is.

    Taken by my dearly beloved on her Canon 80 IS P & S.

    Portrait of the Artist with Friend In case you're wondering, that's the WhiBal card hanging down round my neck. That's where it is whenever I'm shooting. Clips on and off its lanyard for easy use.

    That's my new 24-70 f2.8 L mounted up.

    Why does the camera seem so off-centre from the tripod? Because the centre column is up and out and in the horizontal position.

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    Re: Portrait of the Artist with Friend

    Hah, you are getting a bit close to the landscape here Donald

    At least you have Archie for company 'down there'.

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    That sure is one handsome artist, Donald!

    The friend behind the camera ain't so bad either! Although for the life of me I don't think the artist can figure out what the guy could possibly be doing all hunkered over like that! Aside from possibly getting a crick in his neck!

    Please tell your Dearly Beloved for me that I have really enjoyed her shot!

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    Great shot Mrs. Mac! I see your hubby must go to the same barber that I do. The tops of our heads look vaguely similar as do our belt lines.

    I love Archie, the Doodle. He is a smashing color. Our Goldendoodle, Holly, had several litter mates who were originally black but, I'll bet are that beautiful steel gray color now. Doodles somehow grow lighter in color as they mature.

    BTW: please ask Donald where he got that neat WhiBal card. I'd like one...

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    Re: Portrait of the Artist with Friend

    My praise to Mrs. Mac, a wonderful image of a loved one engaged in an activity of love with a wonderful companion alongside. Now, concering the top of the head and waistline I think most of us who are up in age appear the same. Thanks for posting Donald.

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    Re: Portrait of the Artist with Friend

    Aahh, you've all noticed the problem with the lens on the P & S. It does grossly distort waistlines!

    Richard - as for the WhiBal, I bought it direct from the US from here.

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    Re: Portrait of the Artist with Friend

    Thanks for the tip on the WhiBal card. I just ordered one.

    BTW: if we could just invent a hair-filter which would replace that which is missing, we would make millions. Of course, Donald, neither of us are vain enough to use one if it existed!

    I was quite surprised that it is not white in color. The video on the WhiBal website is very informative...
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    Re: Portrait of the Artist with Friend

    That is one clever doodle Donald, I notice he also has a Whibal on his collar!

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    Re: Portrait of the Artist with Friend

    Quote Originally Posted by Squidgy View Post
    That is one clever doodle Donald, I notice he also has a Whibal on his collar!
    Yep, he was just wanting one like me. In fact that's the Barking Mad tag that they insist that every dog that's with a host family must have on at all times. It's got a 'If you find me, then please phone ...............' on it.
    Last edited by Donald; 20th May 2012 at 06:59 PM.

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    Re: Portrait of the Artist with Friend

    Are you using some type of counter weight on the tripod? Bruce

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    Re: Portrait of the Artist with Friend

    Quote Originally Posted by Digital View Post
    Are you using some type of counter weight on the tripod? Bruce
    Not on this occasion, Bruce. It was perfectly stable. All the legs were opened out from the 'standard' position, so were therefore more widely splayed than they would be normally. If the centre column has been extended in the horizontal position instead of being at its closest-in setting, then I would have adjusted the angle further on that rigth-hand leg and extended it so that it was further out and thus providing stability.

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    Re: Portrait of the Artist with Friend

    Mrs. Mac has a good eye for composition, no doubt!

    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    Aahh, you've all noticed the problem with the lens on the
    P & S. It does grossly distort waistlines!
    The pooches waistline seems just fine to me.....distortion??? Portrait of the Artist with Friend

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