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This is a photo I took years ago for my GCSE photography coursework on movement. I can't remember what camera I had, as I sold it on shortly after completing A-levels, but it was a very old manual one.

Anyway, this is my farrier, Alan Williams, hot shoeing a horse we used to have.

Camera:Canon
Lens:75-210MM
Recording media:ISO400 Ilford B+W
Title:Farrier
Username:starstriders starstriders
Uploaded:2 Sep 2004 - 4:58 PM
Tags:Specialist / abstract
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novocastria
2 Sep 2004 - 5:05 PM

Terrific shot - the smoke adds real atmosphere (no pun intended!). Well done.

I hope you passed! :0)

*click*

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starstriders
2 Sep 2004 - 5:06 PM

I did thank you, I got an A for both GCSE and A-level but that was a while ago now Wink

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2 Sep 2004 - 5:25 PM

Really strong image. Well done.
Brett

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answersonapostcard Site Moderator 1012610 forum postsanswersonapostcard vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2004 - 6:08 PM

congratulations on the EC, this is simply superb. K.

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sugarbird
sugarbird  10223 forum posts South Africa
2 Sep 2004 - 6:15 PM

Excellent, my congratulations
regards
jill

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nell
nell  10
2 Sep 2004 - 6:15 PM

Great shot B/w really does the trick on this one Smile

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starstriders
2 Sep 2004 - 6:59 PM

Wow - I'm speechless. Thank you Editor! Smile

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willbrealey
2 Sep 2004 - 7:09 PM

Great capture, nice subject too. An EC on your 2nd upload?? Well done, no wonder you got A's!

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mellyleth
mellyleth  10212 forum posts United Kingdom
2 Sep 2004 - 7:24 PM

Excellent shot, gorgeous contrast. Well done on the EC!! Click.

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2 Sep 2004 - 8:47 PM

Wonderful shot. Den

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delz  10 New Zealand
2 Sep 2004 - 9:27 PM

Great shot! So nice to see something different :o)

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Kris_Dutson
2 Sep 2004 - 9:37 PM

I really like this - fantastic atmosphere

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ger mac  1062 forum posts Ireland
2 Sep 2004 - 10:05 PM

lovely picture

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mwatkins9801
3 Sep 2004 - 1:07 AM

wow, i can hardly even make out what this is. someone please enlighten me, really...

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whipspeed e2 Member 104047 forum postswhipspeed vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2004 - 7:49 AM

Excellent shot Lauren, very evocative. Well captured.
Sarah

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kyomii  10
3 Sep 2004 - 8:16 AM

There is something about this image and it certainly takes me back in time as though I am there. Great composition. Click

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mansoor  10 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2004 - 9:09 AM

hmmm... it sure is different but I share Michaels view. I cant make out much here. Can others please tell us whats spl about this picture. Thanks in advance Smile

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jellylegs
jellylegs  1059 forum posts Ireland
3 Sep 2004 - 10:13 AM

Well done. I think it's a great shot.
(click)

Trevor.

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jonc  10
3 Sep 2004 - 3:03 PM

I like very much how it has captured someone at work. The hand the shoe are all I need to see exactly what is going on.

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starstriders
3 Sep 2004 - 5:05 PM

The photo (for the equine impaired members of ePHOTOzine!) is of a farrier's hands holding the horse's foot as he sears the hoof to the shape of the shoe (which is extremely hot after being heated in a furnace).

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mwatkins9801
3 Sep 2004 - 6:28 PM

thanks lauren. i know what it is, my question is why this is considered an excellent photo. i spend a lot of time analyzing shots as i am constantly trying to improve myself. i learn a lot that way, we all do. when someone's work is justified as 'good' in the general consensus, i just want to know why if it is not obvious to me by looking at it.

no flaming arrows please, but i personally would not consider this a good photo and that's where i am coming from. interested in knowing why 15 people think it's good. what is it about this that pushes your buttons- please be descriptive about what makes it good or why it should be here in your eyes.

i know likes and dislikes are personal preferences and i am not the ultimate authority on what's good or not good. i am also overly honest and appreciate the same. if i'm this far off in my perception, then i just obviously need to learn a lot more than i thought i did.

lauren, this has nothing to do with you personally. i totally look forward to seeing more of your work and i extend a huge welcome to you! i apologize for the controversy right out of the gate and please don't take it personally.

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starstriders
3 Sep 2004 - 6:33 PM

Fair enough - you said you couldn't make out what it is {shrugs}. Can't please everyone. Criticism is always good so long as it's constructive. What don't you like about it?

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mwatkins9801
3 Sep 2004 - 7:13 PM

lauren, it's not what i don't like about it, rather it's being able to justify to myself what i do like about it enough to say 'yes, this is an excellent shot' i'll stop now- don't get hung up on my opinion, there are 16 others who disagree with me so the odds are definitely in your favor. have a good weekend and keep uploading!

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starstriders
3 Sep 2004 - 7:15 PM

oh no - i'm not hung up, i'm interested in what everyone thinks of my work, even the minorities! lol!

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mwatkins9801
3 Sep 2004 - 7:18 PM

fair enough :o)

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agoreira  116001 forum posts Wales
3 Sep 2004 - 9:25 PM

Im pretty much with mwatkins9801 on this one. Theres not a lot to dislike about it, but Im struggling to see why it warrants an EC. I realise its still quite frowned upon to speak ones mind and disagree with the majority, but for me, this is run of the mill stuff. But you picked Petes weak spot, black and white! Wink

Frank

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steve neil
steve neil  10597 forum posts Australia
3 Sep 2004 - 10:21 PM

You are the judge of what you think makes a good photo. In this example I don't think its a question of whether or not its a good photo - it is simply a photo the Editor likes! Congrats Lauren.

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ian.daisley
3 Sep 2004 - 10:46 PM

Err..sorry, but when I first saw it I thought it was a poor picture. I don't like the framing - there's not enough in it to get me going. Can't see why this gets and EC. Come on Mr Editor, perhaps you should give some feedback.
Cheers, Ian.

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mwatkins9801
3 Sep 2004 - 11:09 PM

yes steve, that's a given. i don't question pete's preferences- he may have had a pony as a boy and this touched some sweet spot. he doesn't have to justify why he picks something but too many of us i fear blindly accept that if a photo receives an ec it must be technically outstanding.

that, is the biggest downfall of the EC and sometimes i wish pete would go a little deeper towards explaining why something is chosen if it is chosen on the basis of technical merit vs an emotional response. i don't need to know what his emotional trigger buttons are, but i'm sure interested in the deeper technical aspects of photography that he (and the others here) see that i don't.

he may see a lighting technique that is the mark of a professional, or perfect exposure in a most difficult situation... whatever. i don't want to turn this into a bash lauren's photo conversation at all, that's not what this is about. perhaps this is a subject better taken up in a forum thread as it really has nothing to do with this image but a much larger issue. (?)

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noseprints  11576 forum posts
4 Sep 2004 - 3:38 AM

great composition. lovely textures and patterns all over. very well put together. so much to look at, and the movement of the smoke is a pleasure. background really works. kind of mysterious.

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agoreira
agoreira  116001 forum posts Wales
4 Sep 2004 - 7:26 AM

" but too many of us i fear blindly accept that if a photo receives an ec it must be technically outstanding."

You're starting to sound like Caraboose! Wink But I agree with you. Wink Criticism of an EC generally seems to be frowned upon.

Frank W

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starstriders
4 Sep 2004 - 9:17 AM

Ok ok, lots of you don't like it - but this isn't helping as there is no specific constructive criticism that will help me so can you please all move this to a forum? Your point has been made.

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nat king
nat king  10
4 Sep 2004 - 10:24 AM

Personally I like it. A photo can and should be about provoking a response or being inspirational as well as being technically good. I'm no expert, but I think this covers both for me. Nat :o)

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deviant  103024 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2004 - 11:41 PM

Brill. Real sense of heat and smell in this.

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david deveson
6 Sep 2004 - 6:20 AM

The last comment sums it up... it's not technically a great photograph, it's soft, you can't see everything, the background is out of focus but... BUT... there's a real sense of heat and smell in it. Deviant has got it in one. Since when does photography have to be technically perfect. It's about capturing and communicating a moment and presenting it to your (highly critical!) eyes. That moment can be technical, aspirational, emotional... it doesn't matter how you get there, it's the end result that counts. Apart from everything else this shot was taken as an exercise in movement. For all those reasons this shot gets my vote...and Lauren, I'm glad you found it in your chest of memories... that makes it even better.
David

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urban-hero  10 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2004 - 9:41 AM

I think this picture is superb because it captures the whole essence of that moment. You can almost hear the sizzle of the burning hoof and smell that smoke. I agree that the picture is not technically perfect but how many good pictures are! It gets my click and I think that it is worthy of the EC.

I think people too readily criticise the choice of EC's but it should be remembered that these pictures are chosen by the Editor primarily because he likes them, not nessessarily for technical or creative merit. We all have different likes and dislikes, the world would be very tedious if it were otherwise!

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simple simon
6 Sep 2004 - 10:19 AM

Cool picture.

SS

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ruzzi
ruzzi  10
12 Sep 2004 - 11:20 PM

Excellent shot!

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9 Oct 2004 - 11:00 PM

All been said. click

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Titi
Titi  9 Romania
29 Dec 2004 - 1:13 AM

I like old shots, this is a great photo. My father use to have horses, and understand the shot very well.!!!
the black and withe is great on old phtos!!! Well done!!
titi!

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rogerbryan e2 Member 10397 forum postsrogerbryan vcard United Kingdom
7 Jan 2005 - 3:55 PM

Don't know how I missed this shot but I suppose you can't veiw every image. Makes me wonder how many other good shots I have missed.
Love the detail of this image.

Roger.

PS. Was not really doing 100mph in a 50mph zone - honest.

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chris_cheshire
15 Jan 2005 - 3:57 AM

Stunning image!

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jules41
jules41  10197 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Jan 2005 - 12:46 PM

Excellent shot,well done on the EC
julie

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Goatsmilkuk
24 Jan 2005 - 1:40 PM

Just fantastic, very impressive.

Stu

Click

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teddy
teddy  10 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2005 - 3:30 PM

Excellent shot,congrats on the EC. TED

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karapash  9
24 Feb 2005 - 11:45 AM

good idea well done!terrific image.
like the colours hamed
click

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Gavin
Gavin  9
10 Jul 2005 - 9:39 AM

Excellent capture

Gavin

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Mariusz
Mariusz  9 Poland
22 Jul 2005 - 2:00 PM

perfect done!

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anubiskitten100

This is beautiful!
And also thanks a bunch for the kind words! Smile

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Katie_S
Katie_S  8
4 Sep 2006 - 11:49 AM

this is a brill shot, ive tried to get this a few times, but i hate the smell so much i try to stay well clear!!
well captured!
Katie

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