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Photography is a great hobby, you always learn something new.
On this occasion I learnt it's very difficult to get horses to do what you want them to do Wink

Thanks for looking, all comments welcome

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:16-85mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Horses in the mist
Username:Rob_Taylor Rob_Taylor
Uploaded:16 Oct 2009 - 2:47 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel, Pets / captive animals
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paulcr
paulcr  91536 forum posts Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2009 - 2:52 PM

Never work with animals or children lol. Great result though. Love the mist. Paul

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fotosphere
16 Oct 2009 - 2:55 PM

Still a nice shot

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mudge
mudge e2 Member 1241 forum postsmudge vcard United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2009 - 2:59 PM

Lovely atmospheric shot

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TheWanderer
16 Oct 2009 - 3:00 PM

Superb image. How did you go about processing this?

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photophantom
16 Oct 2009 - 3:02 PM

wonderful

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DOGSBODY
DOGSBODY  51432 forum posts England30 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2009 - 3:07 PM

A delightful picture. Love it. Andy

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chrisco
chrisco  859 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2009 - 3:16 PM

couple of carrots always helps! Wink ,superb image,well done.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2009 - 3:19 PM

This works so very well
love the mist

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2009 - 3:21 PM


Quote: I learnt it's very difficult to get horses to do what you want them to do

More to do with commanding than photographing though.... LOL
Smile

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CherryMartin
16 Oct 2009 - 3:39 PM

this beautiful shot looks like a painting.

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Cormy
Cormy  6 England
16 Oct 2009 - 3:54 PM

Excelent atmospheric image.You had tham eating out of your hand.
Wonderful.
Cheers
Alan

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ChrisB53
ChrisB53  4 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2009 - 4:08 PM

Great image indeed.
Chris

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Blundez
Blundez  7
16 Oct 2009 - 4:14 PM

Lovely image - great atmosphere, love the composition, you must have "whispered" great things to persuade them to stand for the shot.

Steve

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2009 - 4:29 PM

Beautiful image. What did you want them to do by the way?

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Imagephotographics

Wonderful image indeed - very well taken !

Chris

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Jedro
Jedro  4 Wales
16 Oct 2009 - 4:50 PM

Beautiful, great atmosphere.
Rgds. John

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shandoor
shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2009 - 6:13 PM

Wonderful image very atmospheric
Alexa

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Kenfromsot
Kenfromsot e2 Member 657 forum postsKenfromsot vcard United Kingdom
16 Oct 2009 - 6:22 PM

Wonderful

Ken

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Rob_Taylor
Rob_Taylor  10659 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2009 - 10:24 PM

Thanks you everyone, I'm amazed at the great response to this Smile
Thanks very much or the user award Angie, that's a great compliment coming from you Smile

What did I want them to do? ...just be natural and pose in a normal horselike way! ...they followed me around like little puppies, nuzzling up to me and everything, it was difficult to get them into a photo, this isn't perfect but it's one of the best from many!

Processing wise, I opened the original jpeg in CS3, duplicated the layer, lowered the contrast using curves on the top layer then erased the bottom RH corner of the top layer where the horses are, this enhanced the mist and made the horses stand out more.
A little dodge and burn on the horses and a slight vignette to make the white border look more pronounced.
Re-sized and sharpened. That's it.

Rob

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LV426
LV426  5 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2009 - 4:15 AM

That mist just adds such a great atmosphere to the scene.
Well spotted and composed!

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2009 - 6:10 AM

Beautifully captured early morning mist and the horses, the wonderful horses. Even if they didn't do what you wanted, they do look good here.

Dougie

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TheWanderer
17 Oct 2009 - 9:36 AM

Many thanks for your reply Rob.

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f8
f8  109169 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2009 - 3:25 PM

Now, this is a great shot.

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SWMahy
SWMahy e2 Member 6SWMahy vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2009 - 11:01 PM

Love this. People are always telling me I need more contrast in my shots. It's interesting how you lowered the contrast to enhance the mistiness.

The brown horse looks a bit cheeky.

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justin c
justin c  104512 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
18 Oct 2009 - 4:03 PM

That's very nice indeed Rob.

Justin

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Platchet
Platchet  7 Wales8 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2009 - 12:26 AM

I think this is superb. Has a great mood to it ,reminds me of an old style painting. Thanks for the PP info too, looks far more complicated.
Inspirational stuff.
Gary

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Rob_Taylor
Rob_Taylor  10659 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 7:15 PM

Thank you Smile

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IanFlindt
IanFlindt e2 Member 9739 forum postsIanFlindt vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2009 - 12:56 PM

I prefer the multi-awarded portrait version, Rob, but still this is a special beauty.

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Rob_Taylor
Rob_Taylor  10659 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2009 - 1:05 PM

Thank you Smile
Funny how other peoples opinions can influence your own. I preferred this shot originally, that's why I uploaded it first but now I agree with you and prefer the portrait shot.

Rob

Last Modified By Rob_Taylor at 1 Nov 2009 - 1:07 PM

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