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Wow, you really get around, don't you? What an interesting place to put a doghouse. I like the light in this photo, and certainly the setting. I would suggest cropping out about 2/3 of the featureless gray sky.
Thanks Roger, I'll give your crop suggestion a try.
I left the sky in for two reasons: I liked the juxtaposition of the sunny foreground against that distant and dark foreboding sky, and also it leaves a nice rule of thirds composition to counter the fact that the doghouse is so pivotally central to the image. About that latter point, I was also hoping that a top left to bottom right diagonal line is sufficiently implied by the iceberg at top left, following through the dogs themselves and finishing up with their gaze off to the right. Does that work, in your opinion?
Doghouses are everywhere that people are in Greenland, because in the winter they become the primary mode of transportation! Note the circuit of chains that confine the dogs to their own unfenced area - this was also a common convention.
I considered the rule of thirds issue before I suggested cropping out the sky in this photo. Yes, cropping puts the doghouse directly into the center of the frame, but it's not that far off center before cropping. I might argue that the standing dog is a stronger subject than the doghouse, merely because it's brighter, and it's very much off center. It's also the end of the diagonal that's created with the ice in the top left, as you mentioned.
Great travel photo and I really like the red dog house which being centred doesnt bother as it is part of the 2 dogs which leads in from the right.
The sky IMHO should be left as is ,as this shows the stark bleakness and endlessness of the place and makes for a nice contrast to the stones and ice/snow.
I really appreciate your affirmation, Avi - I think I will never grow tired of hearing appreciation for my artistic choices!
But even more valuable than that is a new perspective that I never considered. That is why I am here on TPN and Roger has offered me that on this image.
I checked it out, Roger, and I must say your edit does work. I believe it changes this photograph from more of a landscape of Greenland to more of a "portrait" of the sled dogs. Until now I never had even thought of that possibility, and your approach provides a strong new take on this image which I did not ever consider before you chimed in. Thank you very much!
I have been looking at his image for quite some time since you placed it on the network. First, I really love the photo and am quite am quite jealous as I would love to go to Greenland...talking about opposites from Singapore. Second, this is the third time I have written something only to have lost it when posting (do you know why I get kicked out???). Third, and most important, I have been trying to articulate my 2 cents as it is just an opinion. I think the comments previously are great along with your original concept of the image, but I was thinking to also not only do some cropping on the top, but also on the left side to almost the dog house, so it is on the left side. I realize it takes out the iceberg, but as mentioned, the dogs are a great topic alone. I was thinking this as in the image now they are looking off the short side of the image to the right. So....by cropping they would look off the longer side and maybe more interesting???? Again..my 2 cents as I really do love your work.
Beautiful scene, with those wonderful iceberg in background! Very well captured and nice color contrast between red and white.
Great shot, Patrick. Read all the comments and am not sure where I would go with this composition. Love it no matter what. Just wish the iceberg were in better focus, or non-focus.