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Old 01-05-2008, 23:53   #1 (permalink)
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My first "horsey" shoot. Spotted a group of horses in a field with a bit of nice scenery in the background, and enjoyed getting a range of different compositions. There's more in my gallery (or will be soon) if you're interested

This was shot @ 300mm, 1/400 sec at f/11, ISO 200, weather conditions were sunny after a heavy shower of rain, hence the naturally high colour saturation + soggy patches on the horses!

PP consisted of a few basic tonal adjustments on the RAW file in Lightroom, then in CS3 a slight sharpening of the horse and smoothing of the BG.

This is a "100% crop", i.e. heavily cropped, to get a head + neck shot out of a wider view of the horse. I did such a close crop in PP because I liked the shapes + tones created by the way he was twisting his neck and holding his head.



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Old 02-05-2008, 07:09   #2 (permalink)
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Nice combination of light/colour. I would've preferred a narrower DOF to "naturally" blur the BG instead of the processed BG (which shows along the neck at the top ) and maybe more horse body on LHS
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Old 02-05-2008, 08:46   #3 (permalink)
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Unfortunately it looks a bit awkward for me, with the head and neck looking detatched from the body behind due to the sharp angle. Perhaps showing more of the body to tie them together, or less to focus on the head (which is great by the way) would improve the shot for me.
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Old 02-05-2008, 10:43   #4 (permalink)
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Sorry Charlotte - I also think that the crop makes it look odd.

Think of a landscape with a long curving beach. You would not crop it so that the beach went out of frame then back in again. This shot needs the rest of the neck to allow the viewer to see the whole animal (or at least the whole neck), or, as said before, a crop to the head only.
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Old 02-05-2008, 11:09   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for your advice on this one folks

The crop looks a bit odd to me now, in the daylight - processed at night, which might make a difference.

Will try a different crop which I will re-post later.

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A reasonable shot Charlotte, but what I think it would really benefit from is getting the horse's face completely out of the shadow. If fully sunlit would think it would be a great shot.
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Old 02-05-2008, 18:12   #7 (permalink)
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i agree with what has already been said, i would prefer to see an uncropped version as this looks awkward and disjointed. the head in full light would definately have improved the shot. and perhaps a little more space on the right?

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Old 02-05-2008, 19:43   #8 (permalink)
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Yep, for me I dont know where the head is coming from; sorry...Kenny
 
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I do think the shadows need lifting, maybe a little contrast and bring that eye out a bit more,
I don't think the crops that bad in that he doesnt look decapitated but there is always the argument of if your going to crop go in very tight or not at all.

I do think bringing a bit more richness to the coat and as said the shadows would really help it along.
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Is This Two Horses Charlotte, As It Looks Like The Head Of One And The Body Of Another. As Said Before Crop To Tight On The Left.
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Doesn't look that bad to me. But the crop is too tight I must agree on that.
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My first impression is I am standing close to the horse. I think people who have been around horses would be less put off by composition. This is a lot better then my first one. Do you like horses?
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Thanks for your feedback everyone

Woody - No, this is only one horse.

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i think i would argue the point there Boofers....... i think people who are used to horses will be even more effected by the composition, purely because they know horses, and enpy seeing them in their full glory.
at least i can only speak for myself, i worked with horses and taught people how to ride horses for years in my younger days and i know i always prefer a full body shot to a head. But then again maybe that is just personal preference.

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I think what Boofers means is that if you are standing right up close to a horse, this image is a similar zoom ratio to what you'd actually see with the naked eye at that distance from the horse. To see the whole body, you would have to be standing further away from the horse, which indicates non-intimacy with the animal.
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yea I know, I had a horsie, 16 hands, for a few years when I was younger, I have a picture of me standing on it, I just looked and couldn't find the scan on my drives. It's a hoot, I have this funny hat on. I know some what about horses, I know I used to ride across the lawns of some rich people before the sun came up,,,oops....,,sorry I just smell horse when I see any horse picture. That dosen't mean I don't like them, I love um' with a lot of respect.
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i like your composition. also colours. but it's not sharp enough (or maybe i'm getting older and it's time to buy some glasses ).
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