Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Rematch and a Question

The Rematch

Dog Blog Post #353: Well, it seems Zachary's desire for a rematch was fulfilled today. The Daily Shoot assignment was...

Make a photograph that features a grid of some sort today.

... and while I desperately tried to think of something novel, nothing came to mind. And so, out came the chess board once again. I did vary the game a bit, deciding that perhaps Zachary would rather try his paw at checkers.

He does seem much more confident in the pose above (todays) vs. last time's surprise defeat...

ds509 - A Grid (11/52)

Feeling lazy today (or rushed, if you want to put a good spin on it) I dragged the ottoman into the kitchen and set the chessboard up on it. I was so pleased with the height and general arrangement, that you will probably be seeing in again some time.

The was pure "Leave it!" + "Sit" when it comes to skills, and Henry was no where near the shoot. I only had 2 extra black cookies, and mishap would have been disastrous and I knew Zachary would leave the cookies be if I told him to, even if they were skittering all over the floor!

I actually like the previous shot a bit better, as it pertains the assignment. I like the position of the board relative to the camera better, as it brought out what shine there is in the old board. That said, I can't resist Zachary's happy face in this one. :)

Question: So what size of files do folks shoot? I've been shooting 3-6M jpegs (depending on the subject) and was contemplating going to the very best quality jpegs, which I believe pushes them up to 10-13M, but I don't know if it's worth it or not. My computer is older, and it already takes a few minutes to download from the camera to the hard drive. Just not sure it's worth it.

Any thoughts? Anyone out there shoot RAW?

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Sheltie Times said...

The bone checkers was amazing. He and Bailey can have a match.

Pup Fan said...

I love the first shot with the bones! So clever.

I generally shoot with the best quality jpegs... I'll shrink them down when using on the blog, of course. I don't shoot RAW - I did some reading over on Ken Rockwell's blog a while ago. You might want to check it out to see if it informs your thinking: http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/raw.htm

Boondocks said...

Oh, we wants a checker board like that, dawg!!!

Boondocks and Kudzu

houndstooth said...

I loved both sets of grid shots you did! I've been a little disappointed with the assignments this week, because they've all be repeats of ones I've done in the past. I struggled to find something I liked as well as a grid this time, and the one I did before is one of the pictures I think was my best. Bunny says she would be happy to play a game of checkers with Zachary, though!

I set the camera for the best quality images and size them down for the blog. That way if I have one that I really like, I can do more with it. You could get an external hard drive and store your pictures on that. That way you'd have easy access to them if you wanted to use another computer.

Kristin G. said...

Very clever. :)

greygirl25 said...

How clever, I love the dog bone checkers. Never ever could we have a game like that here.

I shoot nearly everything in raw and do all of my adjustments in Lightroom. My files tend to run huge.

Shoot what you are comfortable with. Right now you are shooting some amazing work. The technical stuff will build over time the more you shoot. Just my 2 cents.

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

The look on Zachary's face says "I only gotta sit here a little bit longer then these will ALL be mine!"

I know nothing about RAW, and just start with the highest megs my camera will produce and work from that.