Photo Discussion

Sort most recent comments first

To discuss a photo, sign up as a BetterPhoto member or log in.

Spirit of the Wolf

BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Spirit of the Wolf
Spirit of the Wolf
Took the shot of the trees from the road to the Oregon coast from Corvallis. The wolf was captured at the wolf sanitary near Chehalis, Washington using a 200mm lens. He was behind a chain link fence.

Used cloning on the fence and then blended the two images in PSE7

Shutter speed: 1/160.00 F-stop: 4.5
ISO speed: 160

© Dale Hardin
Sony Cyber-shot DS...

 
 
 
Walter H. Wiesbeck
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/27/2006
    Nice shot it and very creative, Dale - well done,


To love this question, log in above
6/27/2009 10:52:58 AM

 
Dale Hardin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/12/2006
Contact Dale
Dale's Gallery
 

Thanks a lot Walter.


To love this comment, log in above
6/27/2009 1:05:10 PM

 
Liz Bullock
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/9/2006
Contact Liz
Liz's Gallery
 

Beautiful image, excellent artistry!


To love this comment, log in above
6/27/2009 2:55:35 PM

 
Dale Hardin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/12/2006
Contact Dale
Dale's Gallery
 

Liz, thank you so much. I took a cursory look at your gallery and must say that I will be back. (made it a favorite) Your body of work needs more time to peruse properly.


To love this comment, log in above
6/27/2009 9:50:59 PM

 
Laura L. Gonzales
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/20/2005
Contact Laura
Laura's Gallery
 

Hi Dale! This is so cool! I have not yet tried blending to images yet. Still very novice in my editing skills. Still learning what all the tools can do! LOL! You are very good at it! Great work. Laura


To love this comment, log in above
6/27/2009 10:12:25 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2004
Contact Colleen
Colleen's Gallery
 

Wow, fabulous composite, Dale! Great idea and wonderful execution.


To love this comment, log in above
6/27/2009 10:47:22 PM

 
Christine Czernin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/6/2006
Contact Christine
Christine's Gallery
 

Very creative and a bit scary,Dale.
Looks like a cover for a Stephen King book. Very well done.


To love this comment, log in above
6/28/2009 12:09:57 AM

 
Dale Hardin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/12/2006
Contact Dale
Dale's Gallery
 

Thanks Laura. I'm still learning also but have the luxury of being retired so can take some time to experiment. You wouldn't believe all the attempts that have gone wrong along the way.

You're very kind Colleen. Thank you.

Thank you Christine. It makes me think of a scene from one of his movies when Jack's head comes through the door and exclaims, "I'm Back!"


To love this comment, log in above
6/28/2009 8:59:08 AM

 
Joan E. Hoffman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/18/2006
Contact Joan
Joan's Gallery
 

Great image Dale! You are very accomplished!


To love this comment, log in above
6/28/2009 1:34:15 PM

 
Michael J. Kelly
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/17/2005
Contact Michael
Michael's Gallery
mjkellyphotos.com
 

Very cool Dale. This is a great composite. I love all of it.

Have you seen any of the art that this reminds me of? Can't think of the artist but he hides American Indians, Deer, and wolves in trees like this only much harder to see.


To love this comment, log in above
6/28/2009 1:36:46 PM

 
Dale Hardin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/12/2006
Contact Dale
Dale's Gallery
 

Thank you Joan.

Michael, I was inspired by Margarette Fields paintings on this one. She created images that have Indians in the back ground. I have about 5 of her prints. This is my favorite and all were hand signed by her at her studio in Santa Rosa, Calif about 20 years ago.

http://www.margueritefields.com/eyes%20of%20the%20medicine%20wolf%20sept.GIF

Check it out.


To love this comment, log in above
6/28/2009 2:01:48 PM

 
Michael J. Kelly
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/17/2005
Contact Michael
Michael's Gallery
mjkellyphotos.com
 

Thanks Dale I did and that is very interesting. You did a fantastic job - I like your's better.

My wife informs me that the artist I was remembering is Bev Doolittle. Check these out. While the current catalog does not have the one your shot reminded me of the one called Doubled back is similar just with different trees. Look close on the left when you bring it up.

http://www.bnr-art.com/doolitt/doolitt1.htm


To love this comment, log in above
6/28/2009 2:54:15 PM

 
Ellen H. Robertson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/19/2009
Contact Ellen
Ellen's Gallery
 

Love it!!!


To love this comment, log in above
6/28/2009 3:33:27 PM

 
Debbie E. Payne
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/21/2006
Contact Debbie
Debbie's Gallery
 

You are right, Michael. I've admired Bev Doolittle for a number of years and have a couple of signed in person prints from her! That was kind of exciting! Met her at a gallery in the Springs a couple of years ago. Wish I could have afforded more. We only have so many walls, you know!!!! And yes, Dale, this image is rather reminiscent of BD's work. This is wonderful...but another idea just popped into my head. Have you thought about having the trees more transparent and maybe some fog effects?


To love this comment, log in above
6/28/2009 5:49:28 PM

 
Dale Hardin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/12/2006
Contact Dale
Dale's Gallery
 

thanks for the link Mike. I'll check it out

Ellen, thanks so much and Debbie, the idea of softening and adding fog (a tough one to look real) is a great idea and one I'll probably try. Actually I was thinking of re-doing this one anyway because I want to reverse the wolf so he is looking the other way.


To love this comment, log in above
6/28/2009 6:23:09 PM

 
Debbra L. Bailey
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/9/2007
Contact Debbra
Debbra's Gallery
phosterimages.com
 

Dale, I have seen Fields' prints, and I thought of them immediately when I saw this image! Very cool representaion! Great work!


To love this comment, log in above
6/28/2009 7:24:06 PM

 
Jeanine M. Bailey
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/26/2007
 

Very creative Dale!! :) Great work on this as usual!! :)


To love this comment, log in above
6/28/2009 7:34:51 PM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/13/2007
 

I'm now curious to see what it looks like with the wolf facing the other way. My mother in law would love this...she has a painting of wolves in her living room. And I love it too! The title fits it perfectly. I can't see fence anywhere in this or the clone marks from it being there. Wonderful PP work in the DD! :~)


To love this comment, log in above
6/28/2009 8:43:59 PM

 
Rita K. Connell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/22/2008
Contact Rita
Rita's Gallery
 

Dale I find this creative. I to love Bev Doolittle I will have to check out Margarette Fields paintings sounds like you have a winner here, I am with Aimee curious to see the wolf facing the other way. Great job


To love this comment, log in above
6/28/2009 9:16:19 PM

 
Dale Hardin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/12/2006
Contact Dale
Dale's Gallery
 

Thanks so much Debbra, Jeanine, Aimee and Rita. Guess I'll actually have to make the changes now that everyone agrees on the reverse look. Gotta learn to keep my mouth shut 'cause this was a long hard one to do with all those branches.

Still..... I want to see it also. But will have to wait awhile so I can finish processing the rest of the images from our trip.


To love this comment, log in above
6/28/2009 10:19:46 PM

 
Dale Hardin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/12/2006
Contact Dale
Dale's Gallery
 

 
How fast time passes. I went ahead and made the changes, including the softer look and with the fog added as well as reversing the wolf.

Tried a new technique with this one and saved a BUNCH OF TIME on the twigs and trees in front of his face. My opinion on the fog and softer look is that I like the bolder rendition better.

However, I think I like the reversed wolf better. After I hear your opinions I can easily (relatively) change the second version to a bolder look without the fog.


To love this comment, log in above
6/28/2009 10:56:46 PM

 
Michael J. Kelly
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/17/2005
Contact Michael
Michael's Gallery
mjkellyphotos.com
 

Dale both versions are good and have a Little magic of their own. Definitely the wolf flip is the way to go. I prefer the bolder look also, but the fog one works well too.

I was just complaining of having to do more clone work to change mine and you just whip out the more complex stuff.


To love this comment, log in above
6/28/2009 11:15:38 PM

 
Vicki Snow
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/24/2008
 

Love the 1st one Dale...the eyes are so compelling! This I could see hanging on my wall. Very creative and beautiful!!


To love this comment, log in above
6/29/2009 4:31:52 AM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/13/2007
 

The first one really grabs my attention with the rich color of the eyes and the dark feel to it so I like that one better, but thats just a matter of personal taste because both are good! :~)


To love this comment, log in above
6/29/2009 4:41:31 AM

 
Anthony L. Mancuso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/7/2008
Contact Anthony
Anthony's Gallery
 

Excellent job here Dale...I think I would like the first post with flip in place best...


To love this comment, log in above
6/29/2009 7:09:55 AM

 
Dale Hardin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/12/2006
Contact Dale
Dale's Gallery
 

Thanks everyone. This has been a fun experiment. I learned a few tricks and got some good insight into alternative views. My bottom line is that I agree with Tony's assessment that the first post look with the face reversed would be the optimum look for this shot.

However, it's a little tricky to do so will let this one go for now and concentrate on some of the other images from my tip. Thank you all.


To love this comment, log in above
6/29/2009 9:52:12 AM

 
Robert B. Eaton  

Appears to be inspired by a robert Bateman painting "midnight Wolf". good but Bateman is better.


To love this comment, log in above
7/22/2009 5:33:37 AM

 
Dale Hardin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/12/2006
Contact Dale
Dale's Gallery
 

Hadn't seen that version Robert. As I mentioned in the text above this was inspired by Margarette Fields paintings.


To love this comment, log in above
7/22/2009 9:40:46 AM

 
Kathleen K. Parker
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/30/2000
kathleenkparkerphotography.com
 

A wonderful image and super good work, Dale!
kk


To love this comment, log in above
7/22/2009 5:43:51 PM

 
Dale Hardin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/12/2006
Contact Dale
Dale's Gallery
 

Thanks so much Kathleen.


To love this comment, log in above
7/22/2009 9:40:13 PM

 
Cary Rogers
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/30/2006
 

Very cool and creative image, Dale~! and big congrats on the Digital Darkroom feature!!


To love this comment, log in above
7/23/2009 11:07:14 AM

 
Bunny Snow
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
Contact Bunny
Bunny's Gallery
 

Wonderful image and well done photoshop work.

I hope the wolf is in a 'sanctuary.' That is, a refuge for wildlife where predators are controlled and hunting is illegal.

On the other hand, 'sanitary' means of, relating to, or used in the disposal especially of domestic waterborne waste.

With your capture, I hope the wolf was in a sanctuary protected from the anniliation of (former) Governor Sarah Palin-R-Alaska; the Bush and Obama Administration death sentencing.


To love this comment, log in above
7/23/2009 11:40:12 AM

 
Anthony L. Mancuso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/7/2008
Contact Anthony
Anthony's Gallery
 

I was wondering why this image was suddenly getting comments again! Congrats on the VERY well deserved recognition of your editing skills my friend...


To love this comment, log in above
7/23/2009 12:41:44 PM

 
Dale Hardin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/12/2006
Contact Dale
Dale's Gallery
 

Thank Cary for the kudos.

Hi Bunny. This was taken at a wolf sanctuary in Washington State. Here is the link.

http://www.wolfhaven.org/

thanks so much for keeping up with this post Tony. I really value your opinions and support.


To love this comment, log in above
7/23/2009 1:24:38 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/12/2004
Contact Donna
Donna's Gallery
 

Very creative Dale, nice darkroom work!


To love this comment, log in above
8/4/2010 4:17:43 PM

 
Dale Hardin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/12/2006
Contact Dale
Dale's Gallery
 

Thank you Donna. By the way, loved your "Andy's drop knee 360" Perfect timing for a priceless shot. Well done!


To love this comment, log in above
8/4/2010 6:01:58 PM

 
Log in or sign up to respond | Contest | Gallery | Discussions