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Sep 22, 2009 16:38 |  #1

This is a picture that my dad took of me with my horse, and I want to blow it up for my wall. I want some opinions on which you think looks better out of the two. Feel free to C&C as well. Thanks!

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Sep 22, 2009 17:10 |  #2

I like the colored version. It's a bit too centered for my taste (personal preference). The shadow and line cutting through the background are a bit distracting. It captures a beautiful moment though. :)


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Sep 22, 2009 17:12 |  #3

I like the colored one better.


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Sep 22, 2009 17:13 as a reply to  @ FiveRings's post |  #4

It is very centered. The horizon is crooked and there seems to be a Color issue. It looks very warm (could someone confirm this it may be the monitor). I would straighten and crop the B&W version of this one.

Was is shot RAW of JPEG?


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Sep 22, 2009 17:33 |  #5

kalahmarie wrote in post #8690680 (external link)
I want some opinions on which you think looks better out of the two. Feel free to C&C as well. Thanks!

I think I prefer the B&W. But in either case, I'd suggest:

0) Straighten the horizon. This makes the horse more vertical but gives you a more interesting angle.

1) crop it tighter: I assume that you and your horse should be the focus and you don't need the field, the photographer's shadow, the background trees, etc. You can also fix some of the centering issues when you crop.

2) Clone out that telephone wire in the background.


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Sep 22, 2009 20:11 as a reply to  @ maderik's post |  #6

+1 on the tighter crop, bring the relationship of the lady and the horse closer.


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Sep 22, 2009 20:35 |  #7

I like the first picture the best


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Sep 22, 2009 21:20 |  #8

I agree with Erik, Crop, clone,print.


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Sep 22, 2009 23:29 |  #9

well - here's some words for your dad.

-fix the horizon
-tighter crop
-clone out the wire
-use channel mixer to convert to BW
-print on matte


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Sep 23, 2009 03:23 |  #10

color...




  
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Sep 23, 2009 04:52 as a reply to  @ jngo's post |  #11

The colour one for me.


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Sep 23, 2009 08:02 |  #12

Everything that has been said. Redundant but:
Leveling.
Clone out the wire.
Tighter crop.

I disagree with the centering issue. People get hung up on this. You see a lot of stunning human portraits with the subject centered. If it were me for a customer that is the way I would present it. When doing the tighter crop do so in such a way that your and your horse's eyes, the focal point of the image, are in the top 1/3 line. But, of course, that is just my opinion and others may disagree and have already said so.

I would also clone out your horse's tongue. This sounds like a much more major deal than it would actually be. Using the white of your blouse you could clone out the bottom of the tongue. Then using the pink of the upper lip and the black of the remaining it would be easily done. I have done this many times.

This is going to be stunning on your wall and you are a very attractive young lady.

Oh yah, color version no question.


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Sep 23, 2009 09:05 as a reply to  @ matonanjin's post |  #13

Agreed, rule of thirds? pfft :)


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Sep 23, 2009 14:46 |  #14

The color version between the two posted. You might be able to make a bw conversion that would make me reconsider if you used the channel mixer and added some contrast. Right now its just too flat with too many middle grays.




  
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Sep 23, 2009 15:03 |  #15

no one has mentioned the photog's shadow. :)


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