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By djdouge    
I was experimenting with the new canon 680ex flash and I shot this photo around midday. So I used the flash to bring back some of the details otherwise lost. Then I wanted to bring back the horses "texture" to get a feeling of more than simply a 2d flat image. I also wanted to get a different angle on the horse to try to show just how big he really is. I figured the best way is to get low and shoot him in an upward motion. I hope I achieved it, any feedback would be nice. Thank you.

Tags: Horse Pet Farm Horse close up Pets and captive animals

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Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
11 Jan 2013 6:27AM
This is excellent !!

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Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
11 Jan 2013 6:31AM
I think that this is one of the best portraits (either animal or human) that I've seen for a long time. I love the detail and you have definitely given a good impression of the size of the horse. Excellent work.

Andy
11 Jan 2013 6:35AM
stunning shotGrin
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2013 6:47AM
I think you have achieved your goals an excellent piece of work.
Rob
Alda Plus
4 70 30 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2013 8:51AM
Beautiful GrinGrin
11 Jan 2013 9:51AM
Superb lighting
SlowSong Plus
8 6.6k 29 England
11 Jan 2013 10:29AM
Very tricky to get detail out of black coats but you've succeeded very well here. Lovely shot.
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Mike43 5 17 21 England
11 Jan 2013 10:49AM
For me the top two thirds of your photo is fantastic, with a strong sharp in your Face kind of shot of the Horses head, with also a great background. But now I have a problem when I first saw the photo I felt the bottom part of the horse weakened the rest of the photo, but during writing these comments and keep having to go back to your photo the more comfortable I am with the full picture.
So in fact by now I think what a great photo.
Hope I don,t sound to confusing.
Mike.
Focus_Man 6 481 631 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2013 2:04PM
Tried to view your web site and found it blank as far as your stuff was concerned and actually up for sale?

This is a powerful image but personally I think it has been spoiled by over processing. In particular there is a lot of noise probably caused by this. There is also evidence of a sort of double imaging around the horse's body. I am not sure either that full aperture was the one to use in this instance for a number of reasons which as a professional you will realise. Maybe a stop down by two stops would help and it is easily accomplished by a slower shutter speed of 1/250sec.

As I said at the outset it is a powerful image and one with great potential, I just feel it hasn't been taken to that point yet.

Frank
paulbroad 9 117 1080 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2013 5:14PM
This is a superb animal portrait. Full of interest and impact. I would have got even a bit lower to remove the trees and horses back end. Just head and sky. Very nice.

Paul
nonur Plus
8 17 11 Turkey
11 Jan 2013 5:48PM
Fabulous shot!
JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2013 10:11PM
A super portrait and love the light on the head and also the BG; beautiful colours.
I think I agree with Paul (Paulbroad) and would crop so you just see the head and neck against the sky.
Ju
12 Jan 2013 6:15AM

Quote:Tried to view your web site and found it blank as far as your stuff was concerned and actually up for sale?

This is a powerful image but personally I think it has been spoiled by over processing. In particular there is a lot of noise probably caused by this. There is also evidence of a sort of double imaging around the horse's body. I am not sure either that full aperture was the one to use in this instance for a number of reasons which as a professional you will realise. Maybe a stop down by two stops would help and it is easily accomplished by a slower shutter speed of 1/250sec.

As I said at the outset it is a powerful image and one with great potential, I just feel it hasn't been taken to that point yet.

Frank


Quote:Tried to view your web site and found it blank as far as your stuff was concerned and actually up for sale?

This is a powerful image but personally I think it has been spoiled by over processing. In particular there is a lot of noise probably caused by this. There is also evidence of a sort of double imaging around the horse's body. I am not sure either that full aperture was the one to use in this instance for a number of reasons which as a professional you will realise. Maybe a stop down by two stops would help and it is easily accomplished by a slower shutter speed of 1/250sec.

As I said at the outset it is a powerful image and one with great potential, I just feel it hasn't been taken to that point yet.

Frank



Thanks so much for the feedback guys,

@frank: Sorry for the website it's actually being built as we speak. I do have a gallery of my work however; it's only view-able by me right now making sure there are no errors before the website goes live. I have not posted any of my work for sale however that is a goal of mine as soon as I feel my work is at that professional level. I agree with the slower shutter speed and stoppage suggestion. This photo was shot right when I received the Mark III so actually I was experimenting and getting use to my camera so I was testing the settings. I have learned with photography that most of the time I shoot photos, it's usually my testing photo's that capture a photo I really like lol. As far as the cropping goes, I agree and disagree at the same time. I feel if I crop the image above the tree I will lose the body of the horse which I think (I may be wrong) gives a real impression of the angle of the shot. I do see looking at this photo when I did edit the photo I do need to take the body and get rid of the halo I now see surrounding the body. Which I now know how to do successfully with my images. So luckily I have the original PSD. file and I will fix that and re-post this with that fixed and get rid of some of the noise. Love the feedback guys, thank you so much.

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