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1/800 sec
f/4.00
iso 400
fl 85.00mm

Camera:Canon EOS 30D
Lens:70-300
Title:Head shot
Username:una una
Uploaded:20 Dec 2007 - 8:58 PM
Tags:Sports / action
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gerrymac
gerrymac  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2007 - 9:24 PM

Superbly detailed image,lovely capture of a beautiful horse...........
Gerry

Last Modified By gerrymac at 20 Dec 2007 - 9:24 PM

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chubs
chubs  6 England
20 Dec 2007 - 10:01 PM

Depth of field is excellent, angle for shot is also good. The only thing i would say against it is that the white sky area (top right) draws your eye there.

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8769 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1599 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2007 - 11:36 PM

You are so good at horse pictures, Una, especially on the jumps. It looks as if this one was moving, too, so I don't think you have a problem with that. It's a fine close-up of a working/sweating horse, but it's just the background that lets it down, the white area. To replace the whole background, which would be nice in a light colour, would risk losing the sweat drops, which is an integral part of the image. So, I think, if it were mine, I'd be prepared to spend a good bit of time filling in just the white areas with, say, blue for a sky. That also saves you the trouble of going round the mane, which would be a nightmare.

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Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139452 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2007 - 11:38 PM

This is a very good "action portrait" of a horse. I agree with Chris and Pamela that it is a (slight) pity about the bright white sky. You could try replacing that bit of sky as it is virtually impossible to crop.

But on the whole I'd be inclined to leave the sky as it is. There is a slight blue colour cast which needs to be corrected.

Last Modified By Carabosse at 20 Dec 2007 - 11:42 PM

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2007 - 12:32 AM

An excellent shot, - took a try at the sky in a mod.

W

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2007 - 2:44 AM

An excellent shot, - took a try at the sky in a mod.

W

Last Modified By banehawi at 21 Dec 2007 - 2:45 AM

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una
una  11 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2007 - 7:19 PM

Thank you all for your advice. I did'nt even think about changing the sky, thats what I love about this site you learn so much. The mod looks great W ,it stands out a lot more, Cheers.
Una

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Tooth
Tooth  95772 forum posts Ireland227 Constructive Critique Points
23 Dec 2007 - 12:36 AM

A lovely shot under v difficult circumstances...i agree the sky distracts...you could try aduplicate layer and just a fill of a faint bluey grey sky (magic wand tool?) but you'd need to include the dappled bits bottom right so would take a bit of time.

The crop is great, the expression so intense. one tiny nigle is that the eye seems slightly less sharp than the tack...maybe just a bit of selective sharpening would help that..
but hey, as the hubby of a horsey one (my harshest critic) I'd love to get a shot like this, nice one

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2007 - 1:26 PM

This is absolutely great Una, such a good shot full of expression and tension. Superb. I have no problem with the sky, I must say it looks more natural than the mod.
Johanna

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 626 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2008 - 12:33 AM

Great shot of a beautiful well cared for horse. If I may say, the sky (which is overexposed) is caused by the camera metering the sky area and causing the the highlights (in this case the sky) to be 'blown out'. To prevent this happening again, try 'partial metering' from a neutral colour, (say from the reddish brown in the face) instead of 'evaluative' (which i think you have used here).
This is a common problem with all digital cameras. I'm sure you are aware of most of this but I am just putting in my 'two penny-worth'.
Lovely composition, well captured.
Geoff.

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una
una  11 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2008 - 5:11 PM

Thank you Geoff, I will try that next time.
Una

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fwatts
fwatts  6
5 Apr 2008 - 11:52 AM

nice p.f una i take it you like gee..gees so do i xxx

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FredF
FredF  7 France
28 Apr 2008 - 10:56 AM

Well capture, great details.

Fred

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