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Wandering the cobble streets of the Old Port in Montreal, QC I came across this beautiful creature. There are many horse and carriages around to but this one stood out to me, not only was she gathering quite a crowd but the unicorn horn made her stand out from all the others. The image was shot in color and converted to black in white with my own preset. Clarity and shadows have been tweaked aswell.

Critique and comments welcome.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 500D
Lens:EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:13 Apr 2012 - 4:32 AM
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/13.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Unicorn
Username:Vitatana Vitatana
Uploaded:26 Apr 2012 - 4:05 PM
Tags:Black & white, Pets / captive animals, Transport, Wildlife / nature
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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8692 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1533 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2012 - 7:06 PM

I can see why you were attracted to this lovely lady, Krista, and think the unicorn horn is a magical touchWink.
I like the fact that you have concentated on her head, and that she is looking at you, but what a shame that those blinkers have obscured her eyes by shadowing them. Eyes are very important in pictures of animals and people alike. They angage the viewer, and the brighter and sharper the better.
The patchy background lets the image down and, athough I have cleaned it to pure white in my first modification, I feel that it needs some sort of tone, but this is a personal preference. I consider that white backgrounds often look like you have a burnt out sky, but appreciate that it does look good on some pictures.
So I selected the horse using freehand selection, because the magic wand didn't take kindly to the white areas on the horse, and inverted the selection. I then filled the background with a simple grey. My third modification, though done quickly, has some texture added. This could be blurred a little. I don't have a "clouds" background in PaintshopPro, but this would be an alternative to consider.
Pamela.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 27 Apr 2012 - 7:12 PM

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