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Mare and Foal

By Wheelers0161
This captured a young foal who when I took notice of it snuggled up to its mother the Mare for safety and security I guess

Tags: Pets and captive animals

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pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2008 2:37PM
Hello, Helen, and welcome to EPZ. You have started your portfolio with an image very close to my heart because I used to live in the New Forest and took pictures of the mares and foals all the time. Thankyou for providing a happy memory and giving me a smile when I reflect on those times.
You have nicely captured the moment when the foal sought the security of it's mum, and the image portrays the closeness between the two, so it tells a little story, which is an excellent feature.
Your colours and exposure are good, considering there is strong light from the right, throwing parts of the ponies into shadow on the left, but it is just a little soft in focus. I have remedied that in my modification. Whenever possible, try a lower point of view, it tends to be more dramatic, and also try to get eye contact, or at least have the eyes visible/open. I know this isn't always possible, but waiting for the right moment can prove very rewarding. I find the blue tub very distracting and, although there was nothing you could do about the colour at the time, I have altered it to brown/beige in my mod.
So, I firstly cropped the image, removing some of the background, but leaving space on the right of the ponies, as it is into that space that the foal is looking. I deepened the shadows, adjusted the focus, changed the colour of the tub by selecting it and using hue>change colour. I adjusted the levels, sharpened it and added a frame. I hope you think it looks ok. A very nice image, one to be proud of.
Tooth 16 5.8k 227 Ireland
4 Oct 2008 11:17PM
Hi Helen and welcome to EPZ. A lovely picture of a moment - the mare and foal are always inseparable at that age and it's captured well. Unfortunately the light conditions at the time of day you shot it did you no favours as the light is very harsh and contrasty.Ppersonally i think it's a tiny bit overexposed and could do with a stop or two of darkening without losing any of the detail. I'd agree with pamela about a crop, just to home in more on the mare and foal and lose some of the bland background.

I also agree wtih Pamela that the bucket is distracting, and of course theis can't be helped when taking the pic. Another route to go if you don't fancy changing the colour would be to just select the bucket and unsaturate it a bit.

Hope that's some use, stick around and enjoy and you'll learn a lot as well

kalseru Plus
14 3 9 England
5 Oct 2008 12:54PM
I agree the light is rather harsh and flat and it would have been better at another time of day, however you can't always be there at the perfect time and would have missed this particular capture. Perhaps you could have moved around them, taken several shots and found a better angle for the available lighting conditions and composed things so the bucket isn't right at the centre of the foreground. All very well in theory but you probably had very little time to take this whilst they were in such a perfect pose. The over exposure and flat colours can be fixed in Photoshop etc. provided your camera has recorded enough detail to work with (i.e. no blown highlites or lack of detail in shadows).
sigra7 13 1
6 Oct 2008 6:54PM
Lovely picture
sigra7 13 1
31 Oct 2008 11:09AM
I agree I think the tub distracts from the Horses.

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