King of the Hill by kareenking

King of the Hill

I got really inspired by seeing Lisa's pic on 365 (see So, I tried to achieve a similar result by capturing my dog Hank from a distance. I have another one where he's truly at the top, but it's just of his head and didn't seem to achieve the result I wanted.
Kareen, I love this! The contrast between the hill and Hank's size is great. It's wonderful how the he is framed by the cloud. I can imagine that you had to work fast to capture this before he bounded away from your shot. Great work! I am really flattered that my "Side by Side" photo inspired you. You asked about my aperture settings. I actually was set at f/5.6 because I had been taking photos of the fence with the intention of blurring the path as it flowed away, when the couple walked by. I didn't think to change it to anything else. I figured they would be out of focus which is not necessarily a bad thing. Anyway, when I got home and could see it large, I was surprised to find that they were actually pretty much in focus. I think that may have been because the camera auto focus didn't find anything in the foreground to focus on. If there had been grasses in front of me, then it would have focused there and blurred the background more. I think your choice here if f/14 is much better to ensure that everything is in focus, which it is! Even Hank, though small (and cute!) is in clear. I am still learning how aperture can affect the image, too. Lots of time it's a trial and error experiment for me. I will take multiple shots of the same thing, just changing the aperture. In general I think I have found I like to hang out at f/8 and go up or down from there depending on how the look I want to achieve. Hope that helps!
May 17th, 2013  
@pflaume Wow, thanks for taking the time to educate me! Very, very much appreciated. I will definitely try some experimenting! And thanks so much for the Fav! That means a lot. :) Have a great day. :)
May 17th, 2013  
This is a marvelous shot indeed, looks like out of the Western films, only that it is a dog. Great Hank
May 17th, 2013  
Following you back @kareenking! Mega thanks!

I read Lisa's @pflaume reply and I literally got a nose bleed. Lols. Normally, I just point my camera and then shoot and then post process. That's normally it, but since I will be taking at least 3 mandatory academic units this coming semester in Photography, then I must start reading about aperture settings and all the other blood draining terms that our amazing 365 friends are saying. Ahaha!!!
May 18th, 2013  
@khirsch Thank you, Karin. Wish Hank and Laszlo could meet each other! Although I don't know if Laszlo could keep up! :)
May 18th, 2013  
@rafaseno Wow, Rafa! So cool you're getting some photography instruction. Always something new to learn! I'd like to get some more training for sure. Nice to meet you!
May 18th, 2013  
He really looks like a king up there :) Great shot, with amazing colors!
I knew a few things about aperture before I started my 365 project, but learnt so much since then! More or less, I was really trying to work on achieving a shallow DOF in most of my shots last month... and tips from other users were always so helpful!
May 20th, 2013  
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