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Camargue’s horses

By crazylion
I made this image in a workshop in Camargue/France.

Tags: Nikon France Horses Animal Beach Camargue Wildlife and nature Nature and wildlife

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dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1777 England
25 Nov 2020 6:27PM
Welcome back: it's been a while since you last posted in the Critique Gallery.

There's a marvellous shot in here, waiting to get out. Well spotted, and you picked a fine moment. But there's a bit of work to do...

Clearly, the light was very low, and soft: with a predominantly light subject, a little bit of positive exposure compensation would have been good, and maybe some positive decisions about white balance.

The evening may have been soft and grey, even bluish, but for maximum impact as a picture you need a bit more contrast, and possibly a touch of warmth, as well as more exposure.

My mod addresses all of these, though fairly gently: it also rotates nearly a degree clockwise, so that these horizon is level.

It would be helpful to have your thoughts about the picture and how you've produced the image - and a view about how happy you are with the result you posted.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4202 Canada
25 Nov 2020 7:07PM
What a terrific image.

I agree with all the comments from dudler, - its worthwhile spending time on this to lift it to some extent.

I did the following: Rotated; reduced noise; reduced blue cast; adjusted contrast, increased colour; added space let and top to achieved a 16X9 crop.

Wish I had been there too!


dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 738 England
25 Nov 2020 7:08PM
I second the request for your thoughts. That way we know how to be of the most help.

John's mod shows that a couple of small adjustments in post processing can finish off the image nicely.

You have a nice touch of movement in the water and hooves and it's a well timed shot.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 738 England
25 Nov 2020 7:28PM
I've gone for a more panoamic crop than Willie. I darkened the very top of the image to keep the attention on the horses as the eye is easily drawn o the lightest areas.
chase Plus
15 2.0k 517 England
25 Nov 2020 7:31PM
A beautiful image with the horses galloping directly towards you at such a pace !

Very well timed and composed.
I did a mod but I think we are all singing from the same hymn sheet here regarding straightening and colour.
Just a little warmer brings out the tones of the horses so much better and it does need that clockwise rotation.
I had a go with reducing the noise here but at ISO 2000 it is inevitable you are going to get some.
Added just a touch of brightening and contrast.

Beautiful creatures, I hope you come back to us with your own thoughts.
Saastad Plus
1 16 15 Norway
25 Nov 2020 9:00PM
What a wonderful motive! Lucky you.
I very much agree about what's been said.
I think it is important to have straighten up the horizon as a part of the work flow.
It will look so much better on a wall then.
I will not make another version, just say that I like Willies.
Another idea is to try to make a mono version of it. I think it could have been very nice too.

ctxuk Plus
11 7 2 England
27 Nov 2020 12:47AM
I saw this in the thumbnails whilst viewing my own image submitted for critique and enjoyed it but thought it lacked impact. I decided tonight to do a mod of my own, it may not be to others taste but is how I perceived it could have more impact.
I thought the original is a little noisy or less smooth in it's appearance so figured to push it through ACR and reduce that and ironically increase its blue which having looked at other peoples comments only after doing my own mod surprising. Perhaps I am less into washed out appearance and more into more impact visually for it, increasing the blue though makes the whites whiter and coupled with brightening it also I think assists it.
I didn't touch the rotation to straighten it as there is a swell cresting the horizon, and that imo doesn't mean it is a level horizon, its jaggedness in places giving rise to that thought and supporting the idea.
I used spot healing on the far right horse, there is a small line on its back reminiscent of a paper crease which I removed, it seemed out of context.
After coming out of ACR I did some other work in PS, duplicating layers and blending with original as well as with a b/w to give the look I perceived.
Mostly what I did was to treat it as my mind saw it visually, I am not saying it is right or wrong, but how I saw it to improve it. Wave crests have more impact and definition, the horses appear more solidified charging towards you. Hopefully you like my interpretation of your work, if not, its another possibility to view and discard taking from it your own conclusions. Very nice original image though to capture.
dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1777 England
27 Nov 2020 6:30PM
That's a really interesting seventy mod from Martyn: going in a different direction completely on colour and possibly definition (I for one rather like graininess, but I know others can find it anywhere between annoying and intolerable!)

I do disagree on the horizon, because there is a steady downward progression to the left all the way across the frame (as well as breakers in places, notably right at the left).

Bags of impact, which the original lacks because of the contrast, or lack of it. Excellent contribution.
28 Nov 2020 12:27PM
Although I like the original, I like the Chase mod with the added colour highlighting the horses maines, gives the picture a new focal point Add in Dudlers cropping right hand side to balance the picture would be perfect for my tastes.

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