Both excellent images Dominic.
The second is super with great detail, but I'm with the others...the out of focus areas in the first image are better, and give it more interest.
Love the colours too, and for a handheld shot, it's top notch.
Well done, Dominic, they are really striking images and you'd never know they were 'rushed'. I like the contrast of the autumnal browns with the crisp white of the ice, and the restricted DOF works in your favour to bring the eye straight to the frosty fingers. The first is my choice but they are both excellent
I'm surprised at quite how shallow the DoF is at f/8, did you try f/4 and 1600 ISO too? Or would that have been too shallow.
Works well for the theme and as Allan says, you can only work with what you have at the time.
So i've made this into a triptych, it's all about the first photo, but it doesn't work without the other two (it would just look like a portrait of my dog).
I hope you all get it. This took some doing, not the feeding treats to Ruby (that's easy), but when you're on your own, it means holding the camera in one hand, whilst laying on the floor, throwing treats with the other hand at the same time as trying to focus and looking through the view finder.
Awesome work Dominic!
The triptych works incredibly well....such a great story, and masterfully shot!
You're right, it can only work with the other images....and the final image is worth it!!
The time and effort you put in has certainly paid off!
That's awesome. Great work and well done juggling the camera and treat throwing! I've tried throwing small treats for my parents' dogs before, and they just flinch and then after it's bonked them on the head they fumble around trying to find where it went!
Great image for waiting Dominic! You're right, I don't think it would work as well without the other two images even though I can still understand the first one for the theme, the other two just make it work better!
Two smashing shots Dominic!
I like the first....it fits the theme well, is interesting and has some nice details.
I too think you made the right choice in posting the bark image. It's really very good.
I'm with Allan, I like the colour....it's quite muted and subtle and very natural.
It's an excellent image, with terrific detail and very interesting.
I like the idea for your first shot, too, Dominic, and although it doesn't quite work I'm not sure how to improve it. Maybe a reeeally low POV showing the muddy sole as if it's descending, or maybe just the same shot but from the front, or even above with the boots sinking into the rough ground? I don't know, but I like the idea and it's frustrating when you try something and it doesn't quite hit the mark. However, the bark is gnarly and full of interesting knotty textures and definitely fits the theme