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A Monument to The working Horse

By johnbryan6
This shot was taken at Liverpool Albert Dock Maritime museum.I could not avoid the block and mesh fencing behind the statue which with my limited knowledge of paint shop I have tried to erase but only little success

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banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3771 Canada
28 Jun 2012 2:36PM
The detail on the horse os quite good.

The first thing I noticed though is that chimney stack, - it appears to be coming right out of the horses back! Its probably unavoidable, but worth keeping an eye out for things like these so you can try a different shooting angle.

Take a look at the inscription on the ground also as a guide to shooting straight on, - you were at an angle to the horse, - makes no difference without the inscription there, but its presence draws attention.

A good shot overall. Ive increased contrast and sharpness on the horse only a little in a mod, and removed only the chimney, - you can remove more with more time and a little care if you wish, - makes the image look cleaner.

I remember in Dublin as a kid watching the Guinness's horses also standing patiently waiting for a load of barrels, - memories.

Hope this is helpful,



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JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2012 5:46PM
Lovely shot of an interesting sculpture,and the Mod is certainly worth doing.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2012 6:13PM
A fantastic piece of sculpture beautifully captured. And yes with the right amount of modifications in would certainly be an eye opener.

Regards Nathan
AndyD999 6 43 6 England
28 Jun 2012 6:20PM
Firstly i would straighten up the picture as it runs off from left to right. If you want to capture pictures like this i would look into great detail about the clone tool as it can become your best friend and really make good shots great by getting rid of distracting features. If you want to learn about photoshop there are some great tutorials on line on youtube and other free video channels. This is how i learnt to use it. I am no master but a year down the line i feel i can hold my own.

Also with there been so many distracting things in the picture it is hard to focus on the horse. Maybe get in closer and picture in area of the horse that stands out as more of an abstract than a full picture of the horse.

aeras 5 6 Cyprus
28 Jun 2012 6:50PM
john Hi ,

I agree with the above.

Things I would do to improve this one is ...

1) either get closer and get low with the wide angle part of your camera so as to avoid the background and make the horse a bigger part of your frame , or get higher and concentrate of the pavement and the writings on it including the horse or just the feet for an abstract approach.

2) try a shot from the front (head) again with the wide angle part , or go to the other side and use the tele part of your camera again avoiding the background.

3) Dont press the button .. It may sound harsh but , sometimes we must pass a picture that cannot be made the way we would like it to be made.

Take care

Focus_Man 7 481 631 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2012 10:37AM
I must go and have a look at that. Incidentally, that is not Block-n-Mesh, that is portable and generally used on building sites or for temporary fencing, what you see is fixed into the ground., I guess the chimney there is the 'Pump House'.
I think I would like to see the image from head on, level and the inscription included in the frame and clone out the Pump House chimney.

The chimney is very handy as a landmark when meeting people as you can always meet there: it can be seen from miles around. Metaphoric miles of course.

29 Jun 2012 3:20PM
Thanks to you all for your comments and help,I do take it all in . Unfortunately it is not possible to get a descent shot because of the work going on between the two Museums maybe they will finish one day. John

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