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Rounding Up

By suejoh
I took a few pictures of the guys bringing in the ponies but this was the only one where both riders are visible and not behind the horses.
This is the original picture with nothing done to it at all.
Could I have some help at brightening this up but more than anything how would you crop it? I ended up with a letterbox but it still does not feel right.

Tags: Horses Chile Torres del paine Landscape and travel

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dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1966 England
6 May 2018 12:48PM
OK, Sue.

I'm going to suggest an even tighter crop at the bottom of your panoramic... There's no need, I reckon, for more space: you're going in on the action. My mod gives a sense of the scale with hte amount of background above - the distant hillside says quite a bit, I think. Working from quite a small area of a reduced-size file means I'm really short of detail. You should be able to do far better from the original file.

I used Adobe Camera Raw to lift the expousre a fraction - in the original edit, I might well use Levels.

Your preset seems to be very aggressive, to my eyes. It's giving a wiry, gritty look, and actually seems to suppress detail.
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4333 Canada
6 May 2018 1:15PM
Agree with dudler re the processing.

Tried 2 mods as alternatives. In hindsight, it may have been better to zoom in a little more. Your camera can track movement while zooming.


pamelajean Plus
16 1.8k 2275 United Kingdom
6 May 2018 4:21PM
I've tried a modification, too.

My idea is to leave space in the foreground for the horses to run into, and also to leave some space on the left because they look to be heading in that direction, too. I also wanted the horses and riders to sit on a thirds line.

So that is my crop.
I also adjusted contract, brightness and Levels.
Oh, and I did some dung-picking along the wayTongue.

When an image has a good background like this, I see no purpose in including sky, it simply pulls the eye upwards, away from your subject.

dark_lord Plus
18 3.0k 835 England
6 May 2018 8:45PM
You've plenty of focal length to go so i'd have been at around 170 to 200 mm. That would mean much less cropping, so maintaining image quality,
You don't need to keep the sky in for scale, the trees in the middle and far distance do that perfectly well.

Letterbox or panoramic would be my choice as the action is across the middle, and there's a lot of empty foreground that doesn't add anything useul to the visual information.

Really, it's down to focal length used and timing. A longer focal length (as I suggest above) and/or a few seconds later would result in a more engaging image as the subjects would be larger and more separated from the background.


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