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The Magnificent Horse-Ride

By perceptive_imagination      
i got this amazing light and shot at beach side in my hometown after sunset.

Tags: Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature Portraits and people Sports and action


dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 794 England
4 May 2015 8:28PM
A belated welcome to the Critique Gallery from me, as I missed your last upload.
You have a bold silhouette and a stunning backdrop.

However, I'd reduce the intensity of the colour a little as it is very vibrant. Oftne, a more natural tone is better on the eye. I know you're in India but I still think the colours are very strong.
The subject is central, and these types of shot work better with the subject to one side of the image. This would give space for the horse and rider 'to move into'. Other subjects, such as a building, would be better able to work with a central placement.
Always experiment with different compositions, though.

all the above can be sorted, and are only minor points.
A little separation between the horse's head and the guy on foot is what would make the biggest difference sothat we can see two clearly defined silhouettes.
But that tail flicking in the air is a great element to this image, it adds life, and given the choice I'd go for that over separate sihouettes!

banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4282 Canada
4 May 2015 8:35PM
This is a really goos silhouette Pinkesh.

The intense colours work well here and add drama. They are well oversaturated, but it works. Slightly less works well also.

I would sharpen the horse, rider and person leading the horse; especially the tail; it gives it a more graphic look.

Also, crop to place more room on the right, less on the left, so they are walking into the frame.

Mod uploaded. Well done


dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1894 England
5 May 2015 2:40PM
Keith and Willie have said it all, and done the mods to show you what they mean.

Irresistible light - you did well to find a strong subject to put there, which really makes the picture work. Without the figures, it's just another beautiful sunset...
pamelajean Plus
15 1.7k 2243 United Kingdom
5 May 2015 4:41PM
Hello again, Pinkesh.
I've been having a look at your website and have to say that I think you are an extremely competent photographer.

Another magnificent sunset picture, with an amazing action silhouette.
I personally like the brilliant colours, but it's all a matter of personal taste.

The central placement of your subject has been mentioned, and I'm sure you know about compositional guidelines, and the advantages of using negative space, particularly when you have a subject that is moving in one direction. Giving them space to move into is a good idea, which you do have, but less space behind them enhances the impact of that. The space in front gives the viewer a chance to wonder what is outside of the frame and where the subject is heading.

I agree with Keith about the separation between the horse's head and the running boy, but it doesn't spoil my appreciation of the image.
There was little you could do about all the people at the bottom of your frame, and they do not distract too much from your subject. It's just a shame that the horse's and the boy's feet are buried in the peoples' silhouettes.

I've done a modification where I cropped the left side. I also removed a few people from the left side, and the small light diagonal line in the sky, in front of the boy's face, just because it tidies things up.

paulbroad Plus
14 131 1293 United Kingdom
6 May 2015 10:22AM
This is very effective with instant impact. I would keep the over saturation which is likely to be under exposure. It is a pity the horses head is not fulky shown and you do need to crop left to balance composition.

It is soft and that is likley to be the high ISO. You did not need 1600! 400 would give a perfectly good exposure at f5.6 and a lower shutter speed. Always use the liwest ISO that you can get away with. High ISO always reduces quality.


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