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Nycky and Catkin

By suejoh
Taking some pictures for a friend to use on her website.
So a while since I played with colours such a lot and I think I used to do less and it looked better!

I assume this is too much saturation although the horse and Nycky's face seem to be a bit orange but the rest of the photo seems to be OK and I did not do any selections.

Woule people agree with this?

Someone once said ability to select the right picture from all the ones you took is really important
And I would add - ability to see the correct colour when you get it!


Tags: Horse General Horse and owner

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
31 Mar 2011 2:20PM
Such an intelligent face, Sue, ears pricked and bright eyes, and that's only the horse Smile. Well captured. Carol

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iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2011 2:42PM
Good capture, lovely horse, looks very healthy. Image has lots of detail in right places but I do agree just a little orange although it is in direct sunlight.
iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2011 2:51PM
I've posted a mod with slight crop and slightly lower yellow and red saturation. I don't think your colours are too far away, just a very healthy glowing horse.
suejoh Plus
13 250 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2011 3:01PM
Thank you all - I will tell the owner about the kind horsey comments - she will be pleased!
Also - Ian - thanks for the mod - it does look a little toned down without losing the brightness - she is a bright bay (the horse) so as you say not too far off.
What you really need to do is process and print the pic quickly, whip it out and compare it immediately to the real thing!
But even then - we dont always want that, do we? Grin
suejoh Plus
13 250 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2011 3:09PM
PS And the crop was a good one. We did not need the telegraph pole. Thanks
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
31 Mar 2011 7:21PM
Hi Sue,

First, thanks for correcting my Harris Hawk, - Ive renamed it a Yellow Billed Kite!

This image has a couple of problems which you have seen yourself, and I agree with.

First, its has a very warm tone, - which may well be due to the sun, but whites are a little yellow. This aggravates the problem.

Next, reds are heavily over saturated, - you can see this in the curves dialogue if you look at each channel separately.

This can by simply due to a bad guess by the camera on white balance (you should always shoot in RAW for this reason, - you can change white balance).

Another contributor is that Canon, in general, favours red and you can see this is the face of the rider quite clearly. (Im a Canon user)

So in the mod, Ive reduced red saturation; adjusted colour balance to reduce red; did nothing with overall saturation; cropped, and recovered a twinkle in the horses eye.

Lastly, remember that the monitor you use to view te shot has a big bearing on the accuracy of the shots colour, and MUST be calibrated.

Hope you find this helpful,


Davesumner 11 28 300 Australia
1 Apr 2011 3:02AM
Hi Sue,

Great advice from Willie above especially about the screen calibration on monitors.

I can't really add more except that for me I find that the horse definately blends too much into the wooden building in the background which causes a bit of a clash. I also agree about having more space on the left of the image and I have quickly cloned in some space. I've uploaded a mod where I extended the canvas and added some detail to give the horse more space and cropped the right side slightly. I used Viveza2 to desaturate the background, add structure to the horses hair and add light to the shadow on the lady's face and the horses eye. I used the blur tool in PS to blur the background and then straightened the barn using the transform/warp tool. I then sharpened the image overall.

I hope that this helps

vickyf 12 8 8 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2011 4:56PM
Horse has a great expression, as does the rider. For me, I think the photo would be improved if the car in the background had moved (!) - also, the composition needs more space to the left (both horse and rider are looking that way). Perhaps you could have moved to remove the telegraph pole on the right hand side? Also, as a 'horse person', it would have be nicer not to have the reins knotted into the throat lash or an overhead 'check' (but maybe the horse would have vanished if he was captured with just the bridle and the reins loose?!! Good effort.

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