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I took this image whilst walking on The Long Mynd in Shropshire. A blizzard suddenly descended and on the way down we came across a herd of Welsh Ponies.
f9, 1/640th sec, IS) 500.
I have increased the contrast and brightness in Photoshop.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 30D
Lens:Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:8 Feb 2009 - 1:21 PM
Focal Length:400mm
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:+2/3
ISO:500
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Surviving the Blizzard
Username:tywanda46 tywanda46
Uploaded:11 Nov 2012 - 7:10 AM
Tags:Blizzard, Shropshire, The long mynd, Welsh ponies, Wildlife / nature, Winter
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DeSilver
DeSilver e2 Member 7DeSilver vcard England11 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2012 - 8:55 AM

The sight of these ponies on the Mynd is a wonderful sight and you have caught them well.


David.

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ValSaxby
ValSaxby e2 Member 9140 forum postsValSaxby vcard United Kingdom
11 Nov 2012 - 12:17 PM

Lovely capture

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8831 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2012 - 6:07 PM

What a wonderful sight, Jean, and you captured it well. A great atmosphere, and the viewer cannot help but feel sorry for the animals.
Your ponies are a little tight in the frame, and I'd prefer to see some space on either side. Incidentally, I notice that in the image submitted to competition, you do have space at the sides, and so I assume you have cropped this one.
You have lost some definition on the left side of the image, which is a shame because the element that captures my attention first is the head of the horse as it nuzzles the one far left. All the tails are sharp, but I'd have loved that head to be sharp too. It's obviously a shame that most of them had their backs to you, but you have to take what you can get in a situation like this.
Pamela.

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tywanda46
tywanda46  9 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2012 - 6:25 PM

Hi Pam,
Thank you very much for your constructive critisism, which I will take on board and learn from. I have not been an active member of Ephotozine for a while (I intend to be in the future!) and forgot that I already had this image iin my gallery. and the one I uploaded was cropped to fit a 7x5" format for a card! Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2012 - 7:26 PM

This shows grit and determination. Very nice effect. I would dearly have liked the pony facing forward to have been on the right of the frame though giving it space in front. The row of back ends would then be better placed.

Paul

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6142 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2012 - 7:57 PM

very atmospheric shot Jean, very nice image of the wild ponies, never seen so many together like this.

Linda

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2013 - 11:33 PM

This is a fantastic shot.
-=\Walter

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Franko59
Franko59  3 England1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2013 - 6:15 PM

great shot!!,,, Ian

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