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Another from the NI Meet, but someone had a stroke of genius and suggested this would work for the critique buddies, so here it is.

Thearmsandlegsofvenusdemilo organised something a little different for the Sunday at the meet and got his friend Julie to come along with her friend's horse Piper (apparently her own horse would have been halfway to Portrush with the first click of a shutter!)

I have to admit that I stood back a lot of the time, when I wasn't being wardrobe mistress (or glorified towel girl, depending on how you like to look at it Wink ) everyone else seemed to know what they were doing, and I was just trying to keep up, never mind coming up with hundreds scenarios for myself!

C&Cs welcome, this is only my 5th portrait session ever! Definitely my first horse shot.

Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:Canon 28-135mm IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Me & My Pal...
Username:rowarrior rowarrior
Uploaded:22 Sep 2009 - 9:21 PM
Tags:Pets / captive animals, Portraits / people
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Group Event:Critique Buddies September 2009 Group 3
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Beautiful shot - well taken

Chris

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photophantom
22 Sep 2009 - 9:38 PM

excellent

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thearmsofvenusdemilo

Like it Katy, he was a docile old beast, until he tried to eat my camera strap....

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thearmsofvenusdemilo

I wanted to hold the towel, but she was havin none of it, so did Chris, tooth, pat, robs, pete...........

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rowarrior
rowarrior  64350 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2009 - 10:34 PM

Thanks guys

Was it the Nikon or the Canon he tried to eat Colin? It could help me comment on his tastes either way Wink

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2009 - 10:34 PM

well thats a total stunner, it all came together there for you, i love it
shortlisted
Phil

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Petr
Petr  5 Scotland
22 Sep 2009 - 10:47 PM

Beautiful

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wideangler
22 Sep 2009 - 11:22 PM

Great picture; rare opportunity (beautiful girl, handsome horse, beach, the sea etc) - well balanced result. I notice there are some good reflections, I hope you were able to take advantage of those.

Looks like a great day

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miptog
miptog  83532 forum posts United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2009 - 11:57 PM

This is a really lovely shot, and works well just as it is. Have uploaded a mod showing a different interpretation. Not better, just a different aspect.

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User_Removed
23 Sep 2009 - 10:13 AM

In its own way it looks very 60's due to her dress but the pose and the slight angle the horse is taking to echo hers is very pleasing. Beautiful model and horse.Smile should be well proud of this.
victor

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alansnap
alansnap e2 Member 10529 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2009 - 12:06 PM

V nice, I particularly like the way the horse is looking at you!
The Da

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graceland  92378 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2009 - 2:39 PM

smashing well taken

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014816 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2009 - 10:56 PM

the model's done you proud here, shows the close relationship people get with their pets off really well .

the amusing thing is the horse is looking away like an embarrassed child, but that's just my read on horse body language Smile

really nice work - lit well, processed well, nice reflections in the wet sand etc.

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pennyspike  112068 forum posts United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2009 - 11:32 PM

Crit Buddy Comment.
So much better seen large when the horse is better defined. This comes out in the mod too.
I like seeing the relationship between the two and the wetness of the sand beneath their feet.
Penny

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rowarrior  64350 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2009 - 11:49 PM

Thanks guys. I do love the way the horse is looking coy too Ade.

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Mavis e2 Member 12143 forum postsMavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2009 - 6:52 PM

Like the reflections and Julies bare feet

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HectorRivera
25 Sep 2009 - 8:22 PM

Very nice image

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silburkp  10 England
27 Sep 2009 - 9:26 PM

Great composition.

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2009 - 9:00 AM

i just left my award, i love the pure quality in this. the pose is beautifully natural and the tones are wonderful
Phil

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rowarrior  64350 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2009 - 6:02 PM

Aww, thank you so much Phil, that was totally unexpected

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oll1e e2 Member 757 forum postsoll1e vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2009 - 10:16 PM

This wonderful Katy ,would love to have taken this Smile

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JackAllTog e2 Member 53632 forum postsJackAllTog vcard United Kingdom58 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2009 - 8:25 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

My Critique Buddies comment, this is probably my favourite in our group this month, I think the depth of field is just right and the sharpness is excellent, I really like the way the hoofs stand on ‘dry’ sand and the reflection shows in the water.
I don’t quite get the expressions, I think both Julie and the horse look pensive and I can’t interpret why. The white blaze on the horses back merges with the sky, can the sky be made to stand out more, maybe a harsher grey to add some more of the pensive atmosphere to the scene. I also wonder it the horse and Julie could not have stood slightly straighter or maybe Julie lean in more to create a stronger image.
Again I love the waves and the castle in the background. Great control over exposure with a tricky scene – nice one.

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rowarrior  64350 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2009 - 10:14 PM

Thanks Stuart. Julie had been closer, but up on tiptoe, and I felt that looked even more awkward than when she came back down again. Piper wasn't particularly fond of the water, and I think he was a bit nervous that there was a wave heading in his direction.

I have to admit I didn't really give the sky much consideration - schoolgirl error, I should maybe go back and reprocess it.

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Fishnet  104976 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2009 - 12:39 AM

A perfectly taken photo, but I have such a fear of horses after some horrible experiences and that horses eyes are just pure evil!! lol
I find the whole photo very sinister and uncomfortable to look at but in a good way Grin

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tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2009 - 1:33 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A lovely shot Katy with a great mix of elements that work really well and make for a striking image.
Love the horse's expression where you can imagine Piper thinking "who is this strange woman pretending to be imtimate with me" Wink
Assuming you still want critique; I'd like to see a bit more space on the left where the horse feels a little squashed against the side (?!) and it feels like it's on a little slope. I've done a mod rotating 2 degrees right and then using a little clarity to lift the shadows and add a touch of contrast in the background. (& then got carried away with a couple more mods whilst I was playing Smile)
Hope this is helpful
Tim

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rowarrior  64350 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2009 - 9:30 PM

Thanks guys, and thanks so much for the mods Tim, I hadn't even noticed it was leaning before, and it's usually one of my pet peeves - oops!

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