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    Meet Bear

    First: Let me state that usually I'm not a fan of selective colouring, but my daughter likes it, and it's her dog, so what's mom to do?
    Bear is a full blooded St. Bernard, currently 22 months old, and quite a handful. He also thinks he's a lapdog.
    He does NOT want to pose for pictures, but rather play 'tug of war' with whatever you got in your hands, including the camera.
    I did manage a few snaps on the back porch - with a very cluttered background. The selective colouring did make the BG a little less intrusive.

    Meet Bear

    Meet Bear

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    Re: Meet Bear

    I like selective coloring it.. it can make a very dramatic statement.. or slow down a very busy back ground and worked very well here.... It looks as though Bear is well named lol he is humungus..what a cutey.. would love to just give him a big ole bear hug. I especially like the second shot... so intent on something, if it were my dog it would be a treat I was holding up lol..... I can relate on the lap dog bit... I have a 90+ Rottie mix that thinks he is a lap dog sometimes lol.... How much does the fella weigh?

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    Bear is a magnificent dog! I absolutely love St. Bernards.

    I am wondering what lens you used for these images of bear. The bokeh is somewhat distracting and would be less intrusive if it were smoother.

    When I shoot for selective DOF to separate my subject from the background, I do like a smoother bokeh.

    Meet Bear

    I also relate to a dog that has a "lap-dog syndrome" My tiny (compared with Bear) sixty-pound goldendoodle (above) was eight pounds when she entered my life. She still thinks that she is an eight pound puppy. Sixty pounds of dog is a lot to have in your lap. However, I would guess that she is nothing like Bear as a lap-dog...
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    Re: Meet Bear

    Quote Originally Posted by rpcrowe View Post
    Bear is a magnificent dog! I absolutely love St. Bernards.

    I am wondering what lens you used for these images of bear. The bokeh is somewhat distracting and would be less intrusive if it were smoother.

    When I shoot for selective DOF to separate my subject from the background, I do like a smoother bokeh.

    I also relate to a log with "lap-dog syndrome" I have a tiny (compared with Bear) sixty-pound goldendoodle whom I got when she was eight pounds. She still thinks that she is an eight pound puppy.
    Richard, these were taken with my Nikon d5000 with the 18-55 kit lens.
    The shots weren't planned, but since he was temporarily otherwise engaged, rather than try to slobber on the camera, I just took the shots with the camera on full auto.
    The bokeh in the full colour picture is even worse. The selective colouring toned it down quite a bit, but I really didn't spend a whole lot of time on PP.

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    Re: Meet Bear

    Quote Originally Posted by Trina View Post
    How much does the fella weigh?
    No idea, but more than me.

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    Re: Meet Bear

    He was so cute when he was a puppy. In this picture he was 7 weeks old.
    Meet Bear

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    Darling puppy! They grow up so fast!

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    Re: Meet Bear

    Oh wow, that's a huge dog!

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    Re: Meet Bear

    Love the pictures!...I was wondering since you are doing selective coloring could you not put a blurr on the b&W layer? I was trying something like that to day and it worked pretty well.

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    Re: Meet Bear

    Quote Originally Posted by Muriel View Post
    Love the pictures!...I was wondering since you are doing selective coloring could you not put a blurr on the b&W layer? I was trying something like that to day and it worked pretty well.
    I used the blur tool on the BG - could probably have done it a little stronger.
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    Re: Meet Bear

    Adorable as a pup, but even then he was a handful lol...

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