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I wont do it, oh yes you will!!!!

By mark_wood
Continuing on the Cross country theme. This horse was determined that he was not going over this jump, fortunately the rider had other ideas and with a little bit of very quick persuasion from the rider the horse actually cleared the jump successfully. Again your comments are really appreciated. Thanks

Tags: Horse Jumping Cross country Pets and captive animals Gatcombe festival of british eventing Sports and action

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davey_griffo 9 213 165 England
12 Aug 2010 8:02PM
It looked like the rider was going over the fence all by himself. Smile

That's a great viewpoint you had, side on to the action.

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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
12 Aug 2010 9:03PM
I've simply straightened this, albeit at the expense of the tip of his tail using the ruler in CS5, USM 100%, 1px Radius 5 and got rid of the fence in the background.

There's not really much wrong with it.

CathR 11 151 564 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2010 9:54AM
It looks quite a nasty fence, Mark, so I am with the horse! Anyway, I'm glad to hear both made it over the fence in one piece. It's a good capture of the right moment.

It's a little underexposed though, at least as far as teh main action is concerned. If you have a look at the histogram for the shot you will see quite a lot of pixels bunched over to the left, which indicates underexposure, with a few over to the right which shows overexposure. What has happened is that the camera has been struggling to cope with the large amount of light coming in from the sky and has overcompensated, resulting in the horse and rider becoming on the dark side.

In my mod I have attempted to balance the exposure a bit better using a levels adjustment. Of course you only want this lightening to apply to the rider/horse and not the sky which is already very bright, so I used a layer mask to make a selective application. There are other ways of doing this in Photoshop, I am sure.

I have tried to bring a bit more colour back into the sky by using a multiply blending mode, applied just to the sky, again using a layer mask to selectively apply the change.

Hope this helps

paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2010 6:46PM
A bit under exposed, but the problem, for me, would be difficult to correct from this angle - the background. Very fussy which dtracts from he image.

i know this will sound stupid, but yo could have done to hav been lying on the floor looking up the get a clearer background. The contnt, horse shying etc. is good.

Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
14 Aug 2010 3:55PM
A very well caught moment indeed...and I really wouldn't suggest lying down next to a fence on a course like this Smile ....

I've just a couple of niggles. It's maybe my tired eyes but there seems to be a tiny bit of motion blur in the logs which is a bit more distracting than the blur in the background, probably because they're so close to the front of the frame ..

and the bits of tree in contact with the rider's head are distracting, though it would be easy to clone in a bit of space between them

A brilliantly timed capture though, nice one


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