Alpha dog
  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Taken: 10 December, 2015
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 55mm
  • ISO: 320
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

If I was a dog, this is how I would want to look. Nothing flashy, just fit, alert and ready to do the deed, when necessary. He took one look at me, decided I wasn’t going to be a problem and carried on checking out the surroundings. And there was none of that barking business, waste of effort when your stare is as hard as that. I’m pretty sure, if there hadn’t been a fence between us, I would have rolled over submissively. There’s only room for one alpha dog after all.

In Capture One, all I did was reduce the saturation of the greens and lift the shadows a little. I have a thing about bright green grass (and leaves), it always looks too good to me and unrealistic. There’s a time and place for punchy colours, this isn’t one of them. Re lifting the shadows, this is something I’m generally having to do with the Sony A7R2 files, but only because I tend to underexpose a smidgeon in camera because I know I can push cleanly out of the shadows later. Call it a safety measure, to preserve my highlights (not that I wanted to in this shot, but you get the idea).

 

      

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