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Me & My Pal...

By rowarrior
Another from the NI Meet, but someone had a stroke of genius and suggested this would work for the critique buddies, so here it is.

Thearmsandlegsofvenusdemilo organised something a little different for the Sunday at the meet and got his friend Julie to come along with her friend's horse Piper (apparently her own horse would have been halfway to Portrush with the first click of a shutter!)

I have to admit that I stood back a lot of the time, when I wasn't being wardrobe mistress (or glorified towel girl, depending on how you like to look at it Wink ) everyone else seemed to know what they were doing, and I was just trying to keep up, never mind coming up with hundreds scenarios for myself!

C&Cs welcome, this is only my 5th portrait session ever! Definitely my first horse shot.

Tags: Pets and captive animals Portraits and people

Voters: lifesnapper, sirous5, User_Removed and 41 more


22 Sep 2009 9:38PM
Beautiful shot - well taken

photophantom 12 108 3 Philippines
22 Sep 2009 9:38PM
22 Sep 2009 10:15PM
Like it Katy, he was a docile old beast, until he tried to eat my camera strap....
22 Sep 2009 10:17PM
I wanted to hold the towel, but she was havin none of it, so did Chris, tooth, pat, robs, pete...........
rowarrior 12 4.4k 9 Scotland
22 Sep 2009 10:34PM
Thanks guys

Was it the Nikon or the Canon he tried to eat Colin? It could help me comment on his tastes either way Wink
NEWMANP 12 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2009 10:34PM
well thats a total stunner, it all came together there for you, i love it
Petr 11 1 Scotland
22 Sep 2009 10:47PM
wideangler 11 8 Wales
22 Sep 2009 11:22PM
Great picture; rare opportunity (beautiful girl, handsome horse, beach, the sea etc) - well balanced result. I notice there are some good reflections, I hope you were able to take advantage of those.

Looks like a great day
miptog 15 3.6k 64 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2009 11:57PM
This is a really lovely shot, and works well just as it is. Have uploaded a mod showing a different interpretation. Not better, just a different aspect.
User_Removed 17 39 6 Scotland
23 Sep 2009 10:13AM
In its own way it looks very 60's due to her dress but the pose and the slight angle the horse is taking to echo hers is very pleasing. Beautiful model and horse.Smile should be well proud of this.
alansnap 16 577 26 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2009 12:06PM
V nice, I particularly like the way the horse is looking at you!
The Da
graceland 16 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2009 2:39PM
smashing well taken
ade_mcfade 16 15.2k 216 England
23 Sep 2009 10:56PM
the model's done you proud here, shows the close relationship people get with their pets off really well .

the amusing thing is the horse is looking away like an embarrassed child, but that's just my read on horse body language Smile

really nice work - lit well, processed well, nice reflections in the wet sand etc.
pennyspike 17 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2009 11:32PM
Crit Buddy Comment.
So much better seen large when the horse is better defined. This comes out in the mod too.
I like seeing the relationship between the two and the wetness of the sand beneath their feet.
rowarrior 12 4.4k 9 Scotland
24 Sep 2009 11:49PM
Thanks guys. I do love the way the horse is looking coy too Ade.
Mavis 18 143 2 England
25 Sep 2009 6:52PM
Like the reflections and Julies bare feet
HectorRivera 13 17 1 United States
25 Sep 2009 8:22PM
Very nice image
silburkp 16 3 England
27 Sep 2009 9:26PM
Great composition.
NEWMANP 12 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2009 9:00AM
i just left my award, i love the pure quality in this. the pose is beautifully natural and the tones are wonderful
rowarrior 12 4.4k 9 Scotland
28 Sep 2009 6:02PM
Aww, thank you so much Phil, that was totally unexpected
oll1e 13 57 2 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2009 10:16PM
This wonderful Katy ,would love to have taken this Smile
JackAllTog Plus
11 6.1k 58 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2009 8:25PM
My Critique Buddies comment, this is probably my favourite in our group this month, I think the depth of field is just right and the sharpness is excellent, I really like the way the hoofs stand on ‘dry’ sand and the reflection shows in the water.
I don’t quite get the expressions, I think both Julie and the horse look pensive and I can’t interpret why. The white blaze on the horses back merges with the sky, can the sky be made to stand out more, maybe a harsher grey to add some more of the pensive atmosphere to the scene. I also wonder it the horse and Julie could not have stood slightly straighter or maybe Julie lean in more to create a stronger image.
Again I love the waves and the castle in the background. Great control over exposure with a tricky scene – nice one.
rowarrior 12 4.4k 9 Scotland
2 Oct 2009 10:14PM
Thanks Stuart. Julie had been closer, but up on tiptoe, and I felt that looked even more awkward than when she came back down again. Piper wasn't particularly fond of the water, and I think he was a bit nervous that there was a wave heading in his direction.

I have to admit I didn't really give the sky much consideration - schoolgirl error, I should maybe go back and reprocess it.
Fishnet 16 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2009 12:39AM
A perfectly taken photo, but I have such a fear of horses after some horrible experiences and that horses eyes are just pure evil!! lol
I find the whole photo very sinister and uncomfortable to look at but in a good way Grin
tigertimb 13 40 66 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2009 1:33PM
A lovely shot Katy with a great mix of elements that work really well and make for a striking image.
Love the horse's expression where you can imagine Piper thinking "who is this strange woman pretending to be imtimate with me" Wink
Assuming you still want critique; I'd like to see a bit more space on the left where the horse feels a little squashed against the side (?!) and it feels like it's on a little slope. I've done a mod rotating 2 degrees right and then using a little clarity to lift the shadows and add a touch of contrast in the background. (& then got carried away with a couple more mods whilst I was playing Smile)
Hope this is helpful
rowarrior 12 4.4k 9 Scotland
12 Oct 2009 9:30PM
Thanks guys, and thanks so much for the mods Tim, I hadn't even noticed it was leaning before, and it's usually one of my pet peeves - oops!

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