Sunday, September 11, 2011

Day 254 - A tale of two Rileys

Riley takes centre stage today as he gambols through the beautifully lit fields of the potato research farm on the east side of Fredericton. Riley is the golden doodle pal of our own Marlee Marie. The two are best friends and get along famously, even if Riley is older, male and a lot more gregarious than our own puppy.

I always think Riley looks like a Muppet but his is one of the most expressive faces I've ever seen on a dog. And he's the perfect subject for showing the amazing difference between face-on sunlight (top photo, with a vividly green backdrop of the field behind him) and backlighting from a slowly setting sun (see below).

With these two shots, and Riley in such absolutely similar (and characteristic) poses, the differences are clear. While the top photo looks like a portrait (and is really quite nice, I think), the bottom photo has more drama, with the backlighting catching the fur around his edges and bringing it to life, while the rest of him is less clear, less crisp, less detailed.

Yes, I know, the bottom photo is not perfectly focused (the auto focus always has trouble with tricky light situations) but the exercise is, I think, worth it. And Riley is a cutie, isn't he?

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