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Head shot

By una
1/800 sec
iso 400
fl 85.00mm

Tags: Sports and action

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gerrymac 10 10 1 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2007 9:24PM
Superbly detailed image,lovely capture of a beautiful horse...........

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chubs 10 7 England
20 Dec 2007 10:01PM
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.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2007 11:36PM
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.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
20 Dec 2007 11:38PM
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.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
21 Dec 2007 12:32AM
An excellent shot, - took a try at the sky in a mod.

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
21 Dec 2007 2:44AM
An excellent shot, - took a try at the sky in a mod.

una Plus
14 10 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2007 7:19PM
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.
Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
23 Dec 2007 12:36AM
A lovely shot under v difficult circumstances...i agree the sky 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
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2007 1:26PM
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.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
10 Jan 2008 12:33AM
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.
una Plus
14 10 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2008 5:11PM
Thank you Geoff, I will try that next time.
fwatts 10
5 Apr 2008 11:52AM
nice p.f una i take it you like gee..gees so do i xxx
FredF 11 1 France
28 Apr 2008 10:56AM
Well capture, great details.


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