Back Modifications (3)
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By Seamuscamp
Holly is a Highland Pony mare, nine years old, photographed in her stable just before her first experience of a dentist. Friendly, and gentle with strangers, she has had two foals and is a great mother.

The lighting was somewhat problematic - 1/25th - typical of stables, but the fast lens and IS did the job.

Though the image looks somewhat like a toned black-and-white, it is actually in colour as you can see from the lead rein. I was tempted to clone out the green rope and its brass connector, but it seemed an unnecessary step

Tags: Pets and captive animals

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LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2011 4:08PM
She is lovely and this is a well composed image, so well worth a vote had voting been enabled. I do think the dark edge at the top is a bit distracting, and Holly could use a bit of zapping up, so I have posted a mod.

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Seamuscamp 8 2 10 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2011 4:18PM
Thanks Lynne.

The "line" is a distraction, I agree. I'll ponder the illumination. What exactly did your "zapping" involve?

Jestertheclown 8 7.4k 249 England
15 Mar 2011 10:55PM
I've uploaded a mod. in which I've adjusted levels to accentuate the difference between the light faling on her face and the shadows farther back.
Also, I've removed the black bit across the top by cropping although, given time I'd prefer to have cloned it to leave some more space. I've also tidied up, by cloning, the bottom left hand corner a bit.
Finally, I've sharpened it quite a lot.
A bit more space on the LHS would help with the composition too.

Hope this helps.


Edit: I've had a go at a portrait version too although that definitely needs more room at the top and LHS.
Seamuscamp 8 2 10 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2011 11:02AM

You've given me a lot to think about.

The version I uploaded is itself a crop - the black line at the top is actually the bottom of a broad band of black paint; the left margin was cropped to exclude a distracting ugly/bright window opening and a red hay net. I chose a landscape layout so as to show the characteristic Highland back stripe (the owner likes to see this, however blurred). Depth of field was very shallow (f2.8) - sharpening the face seems a good idea but the blurring of the hind quarters, I think, receded well into the shadow.

I'll tinker with the portrait format - the uncropped original will allow this to take account of your remarks about composition.

The cloning in the corner I agree with; I'm not sure about the lead-rein (apologies to the purists)

So thank you for your helpful pointers.

paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2011 1:16PM
Several points. Mod 3 is the correct way to go - your composition, and the other two mods are compositionally unbalance with the head at the lft, looking left out of the image. The whole of the right half is not necessary.

a pleasant image, but regardless of your comments, it is still a bit soft, pointing to some camera movement. Yo were right not o use flash, bu a tripod would b better. IS is good, but I always consider it help rather than a solution - I can still get shake with IS (OS) switched on - no problem!

Seamuscamp 8 2 10 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2011 1:34PM

Try using a tripod in a small stable with an unfamiliar horse that has lived outdoors all its life and never even seen a camera before. You'll find out how fast you can move and will thank God for IS.Grin


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