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By mrsdaffy
This was one of those 'will I wont I try for the shot', Shots..

Yvonne & I saw a group of horses in an enclosure, the most depressed looking one was the closest, (Healthy, but not pretty ..)

I was going to change to the 300mm lens,to get one of the guys futher back, when they all came up as close as they could to us,no doubt looking for food..

I had my youngest,weeding the side of the road to keep them there,,LOL

I only got off 3 shots though, as the Stallion thought my Nikon would make a tasty addition to his oats...

I'm pleased with this one, I have to admit to a bit of tweaking,I got rid of a pink streak & boosted the colour as it was slightly over exposed...

It was hand held, manual, F 5.6, 1/100 sec..

Mags Grin

Tags: Stallion Big brown eyes Hot breath Pets and captive animals

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geoffash26 14 2.5k United Kingdom
13 Aug 2006 11:41PM
I think a smaller apeture would have improved this shot by increasing the focal depth,which at the moment seems to be on the brow and not on the eye

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mrsdaffy 12 16
14 Aug 2006 1:17AM
Hi Geoff,

I can go back to the place, so would f8 do it? or should I play around with smaller ones?

Thanks for the input.. Grin

tonymarq 12 1 United States
14 Aug 2006 1:51AM
Mags i like this as it gives a nice detailed close up view and like your reflection captured!

stay well
Blenkinsopp 12 320 4 England
14 Aug 2006 4:59AM
I like this - nice idea carried out well
- not sure if a smaller aperture will improve it much. In theory it should but remember you will get a much slower shutter speed and the danger of movement blur.
(have replied to your question on my image)
ChrisOs Plus
13 2 1 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2006 7:39AM
I like the idea very much. A smaller aperture and a higher ISO would let you keep the shutter speed the same.
Do the tags describe your weekend? Wink)
DolphinLady 12 54 1 Wales
14 Aug 2006 7:56AM
Hi Mags,
I know you want help & advice, & I'm not really knowledgable enough to do that, but can I just say that I know what you're after & admire you for going for it.
Well done on this close up.
Love the reflection.
mrsdaffy 12 16
14 Aug 2006 10:13AM
Thank you so much guys for the comments & tips, much appreciated.. Grin

Thats planned for NEXT weekend..... >;]

Mags Grin
oppo 12 6 2 Scotland
14 Aug 2006 4:06PM
A brilliant idea Mags that works very well. I like the fisheye reflection effect in the eye, or should I call it a "horse-eye" LOL !..Sorry. On a more serious note I'm not sure if you really need a smaller aperture. I.M.O. it's good enough as it is.

14 Aug 2006 4:09PM
Great reflections, lovely capture.
achilles2k 14 25 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2006 6:04PM
Nice idea; slightly scary!.

It is not a smaller aperture you need - that is OK. It is the actual point of focus - it needs to be right in the eyeball.

I would also try moving slightly to the right to eliminate the bright sky where the highlights have blown and aresomewhat distracting.

Just my two penneth.
14 Aug 2006 8:04PM
A very nice image Mags - I like it as is.

gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
17 Aug 2006 10:52PM
Owner of this photo wants to improve and uploaded it to our critique gallery. Please be constructive with your comments
I love the close, sharp detail. It is quite interesting seeing the reflection in the eye.
John_Humphreys 12 69 2 Ireland
18 Aug 2006 6:09PM
Hi Mags,
I like this shot a lot. For me, your reflection in the horse's eye make the shot. Whoever is with you (your daughter perhaps?), looks like she's taking cover behind you while you bravely stand there with the camera to your eye. John
nikonf4s 12 6 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2006 6:17AM
Lots of people would have gone for a shot of a horse........this shows that thought has gone into it.

Pegon 12 78 1 England
20 Aug 2006 10:29PM
It looks good to me, I like the reflections.
mrsdaffy 12 16
20 Aug 2006 11:01PM
Thanks to everyone who has left a comment,

John, even though when I gave birth it felt like it,that other reflection is the ass of a passing car not one of my boys...LMAO

Mags Grin
GeorgeRusky 12 1 4
22 Aug 2006 9:28PM
Owner of this photo wants to improve and uploaded it to our critique gallery. Please be constructive with your comments

Interesting shot Margaret, your comments are something very special.
Thank you so much
bradpete 13 1 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2006 9:46PM
You must have a way with animals,for this horse to let you get so close and for the time it took get this picture, well done its just great the reflection and the focus are spot on I love it, you get better and better
jjwithamlao 11 5 1 England
25 Aug 2006 10:49AM
Great way to get a self portrait too!
Cracking shot.
TracyK 12 4 Netherlands
4 Sep 2006 10:17AM
Have just got back from holiday. Interesting way of getting a self-portrait. LOL. Nice one Mags.
Tom_H 13 48 1 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2006 7:47PM
Works well, aperture seems okay to me. The reflection - and the detail in the reflection is what really makes this shot. Well done Mags.
beavis 13 19 Ireland
21 Sep 2006 10:01PM
I laughed at the tags you put on the picture, "hot breath", I presume thats the horse? Smile
Havent been on in a while, this is a great picture, really like the reflection, well captured!!
angelamary 12 6 England
3 Jan 2007 1:14PM
Nice catch! Not one I've tried for I'm afraid, so no suggestions!

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