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Iron horse

By JuBarney
Taken on my first day in Canada a couple of years ago on a dreary grey day in Calgary. It amazed me to find it amongst the huge buildings but I would welcome any suggestions as to what I should have done or how I could show it better (without getting too technical!!)

Tags: Photo journalism Specialist and abstract

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pablophotographer 11 2.1k 431
26 May 2012 6:26AM

The tall buildings and the lampost have created lots of verticals as a background, which create a background that causes confusion. I find the black shadow space on the right too prominent and as such (dark as your horse) it creates a competition for the eye's attention. On the colours now, since the majority falls within the black/white/grey palette I think the inclusion of the green leaves, the yellow lamps and the red signs on the right brings more unnecessary elements to distract us from your theme. A crop of the space on the right and a conversion to black and white would eliminate these problems.

A use of forced flash, might had been good to give us detail on the right of the horse's face. I think that a shooting from further on the right, at about 60 degrees on the left (somewhere between 10 and 11 o'clock) would had given less distractions and a more pleasing detail of the horse and its neck.
banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4333 Canada
26 May 2012 5:04PM
I know this horse!

At the time of shooting, you had the camera pointed towards the sky, so the horse turned out a little underexposed. In situations like this, as suggested by Pablo, "force" your flash ON, so that it illuminates the horse. This goes for any situation when shooting into the sky.

In post processing, you can lift detail in the horse as if you had used the flash. I used the shadow tool in CS5, but with basic Photoshop you can also do this using levels and a layers mask. This also reveals the colour of the horse.

To reduce the distraction of the surrounding colours, you can selectively colour the horse only.

I have loaded two mods to show what I mean.


col.campbell 19 1.4k 4 United Kingdom
26 May 2012 7:35PM
My suggestion is the depth of field is too large, i.e. the background is too 'in focus'; the building is competing with the horse. If your camera allows you to control the size of your aperture, select a bigger aperture (lower 'f' no.) and a faster shutter speed to compensate. As has been said already, a burst of flash would help record detail in your foreground.
JuBarney Plus
11 36 6 United Kingdom
26 May 2012 9:09PM
Thank you all very much for your help. The mods look much better and the B&W is really nice.
Lillian Plus
13 23 17 United Kingdom
26 May 2012 10:20PM
Love Willie's 2 mods,
great ideas and you shot well Ju
27 May 2012 2:50AM
A nice capture. Good point of view getting the horse
backlit with light. Well done. WesternRed.
carper123 11 1.3k 8 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 6:53PM
Hi, i think this has the makings of a very good image, the previous critique is valid and good advice, however, i suggest you try one improvement at a time, build the picture, a good start would be to clone out the lamp post. Well done anyway.
xwang 13 56 8
19 Jun 2012 8:21PM
Nice POV, I quite like the lamps on the right..

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