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I was experimenting with the new canon 680ex flash and I shot this photo around midday. So I used the flash to bring back some of the details otherwise lost. Then I wanted to bring back the horses "texture" to get a feeling of more than simply a 2d flat image. I also wanted to get a different angle on the horse to try to show just how big he really is. I figured the best way is to get low and shoot him in an upward motion. I hope I achieved it, any feedback would be nice. Thank you.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF50mm f/1.8 II
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:20 Jun 2012 - 3:42 AM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.8
Aperture:f/1.8
Shutter Speed:1/2000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:BO
Username:djdouge djdouge
Uploaded:11 Jan 2013 - 5:52 AM
Tags:Farm, Horse, Horse close up, Pet, Pets / captive animals
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
11 Jan 2013 - 6:27 AM

This is excellent !!

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6105 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 6:31 AM

I think that this is one of the best portraits (either animal or human) that I've seen for a long time. I love the detail and you have definitely given a good impression of the size of the horse. Excellent work.

Andy

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hunter031072
11 Jan 2013 - 6:35 AM

stunning shotGrin

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bobsblues
bobsblues  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 6:47 AM

I think you have achieved your goals an excellent piece of work.
Rob

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Alda
Alda  246 forum posts United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 8:51 AM

Beautiful GrinGrin

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 9:51 AM

Superb lighting

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64595 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 10:29 AM

Very tricky to get detail out of black coats but you've succeeded very well here. Lovely shot.
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Mike43
Mike43 e2 Member 3Mike43 vcard England16 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 10:49 AM

For me the top two thirds of your photo is fantastic, with a strong sharp in your Face kind of shot of the Horses head, with also a great background. But now I have a problem when I first saw the photo I felt the bottom part of the horse weakened the rest of the photo, but during writing these comments and keep having to go back to your photo the more comfortable I am with the full picture.
So in fact by now I think what a great photo.
Hope I don,t sound to confusing.
Mike.

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 2:04 PM

Tried to view your web site and found it blank as far as your stuff was concerned and actually up for sale?

This is a powerful image but personally I think it has been spoiled by over processing. In particular there is a lot of noise probably caused by this. There is also evidence of a sort of double imaging around the horse's body. I am not sure either that full aperture was the one to use in this instance for a number of reasons which as a professional you will realise. Maybe a stop down by two stops would help and it is easily accomplished by a slower shutter speed of 1/250sec.

As I said at the outset it is a powerful image and one with great potential, I just feel it hasn't been taken to that point yet.

Frank

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom874 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 5:14 PM

This is a superb animal portrait. Full of interest and impact. I would have got even a bit lower to remove the trees and horses back end. Just head and sky. Very nice.

Paul

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 6nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 5:48 PM

Fabulous shot!

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 10:11 PM

A super portrait and love the light on the head and also the BG; beautiful colours.
I think I agree with Paul (Paulbroad) and would crop so you just see the head and neck against the sky.
Ju

Last Modified By JuBarney at 11 Jan 2013 - 10:12 PM

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djdouge
djdouge  1 United States
12 Jan 2013 - 6:15 AM


Quote: Tried to view your web site and found it blank as far as your stuff was concerned and actually up for sale?

This is a powerful image but personally I think it has been spoiled by over processing. In particular there is a lot of noise probably caused by this. There is also evidence of a sort of double imaging around the horse's body. I am not sure either that full aperture was the one to use in this instance for a number of reasons which as a professional you will realise. Maybe a stop down by two stops would help and it is easily accomplished by a slower shutter speed of 1/250sec.

As I said at the outset it is a powerful image and one with great potential, I just feel it hasn't been taken to that point yet.

Frank


Quote: Tried to view your web site and found it blank as far as your stuff was concerned and actually up for sale?

This is a powerful image but personally I think it has been spoiled by over processing. In particular there is a lot of noise probably caused by this. There is also evidence of a sort of double imaging around the horse's body. I am not sure either that full aperture was the one to use in this instance for a number of reasons which as a professional you will realise. Maybe a stop down by two stops would help and it is easily accomplished by a slower shutter speed of 1/250sec.

As I said at the outset it is a powerful image and one with great potential, I just feel it hasn't been taken to that point yet.

Frank

Thanks so much for the feedback guys,

@frank: Sorry for the website it's actually being built as we speak. I do have a gallery of my work however; it's only view-able by me right now making sure there are no errors before the website goes live. I have not posted any of my work for sale however that is a goal of mine as soon as I feel my work is at that professional level. I agree with the slower shutter speed and stoppage suggestion. This photo was shot right when I received the Mark III so actually I was experimenting and getting use to my camera so I was testing the settings. I have learned with photography that most of the time I shoot photos, it's usually my testing photo's that capture a photo I really like lol. As far as the cropping goes, I agree and disagree at the same time. I feel if I crop the image above the tree I will lose the body of the horse which I think (I may be wrong) gives a real impression of the angle of the shot. I do see looking at this photo when I did edit the photo I do need to take the body and get rid of the halo I now see surrounding the body. Which I now know how to do successfully with my images. So luckily I have the original PSD. file and I will fix that and re-post this with that fixed and get rid of some of the noise. Love the feedback guys, thank you so much.

-Douglas Robinson III

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