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Oct 14, 2011 09:59 |  #1

A few shots from a shoot I did on the weekend. Shooting a horse is definitely a challenge and I resorted to mostly natural light outside and used the strobes in the stable where the horse couldn't move around so much. C&C is always appreciated.

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Oct 14, 2011 10:15 |  #2

I think a curves adjustmenst layer to bump up the contrast would help these pop a little more. Nice job though and good timing catching the horse with it's eyes shut.


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Oct 14, 2011 10:38 |  #3

On the first one it is too bad she left the lead shank chain snapped up the side of the halter. I would sure clone it out. should be easy. On the second it would have been nicer with the horse's ears up. And on the last one it would have been nicer with your light coming from camera left. So you have some shadow detail on the horse's neck. (But I am on laptop on non-calibrated monitor so it may not be as dark as I think) But it is still really nice. They're all nice. Thanks for posting them. And I'm sure she liked these.


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Oct 14, 2011 19:39 |  #4

You have captured them well. She and the horse have a strong bond and it shows through in these shots. Beautiful work!

Two VERY minor thoughts that might improve the shots a little:

On shot 1, crop off the bright area on the right of the photo as it draws my eye away from / distracts from the intimacy of the shot.

shot 2 crop off the back wall on the left, because almost all of the other lines are leading towards the subjects, those lines seem just a bit distracting.

Once again - you have captured the moment in these shots - beautiful!




  
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Oct 15, 2011 05:57 as a reply to  @ johndoorley's post |  #5

The first shot is dynamite, I wouldn't change a thing.


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Oct 15, 2011 05:58 |  #6

I think a curves adjustmenst layer to bump up the contrast would help these pop a little more. Nice job though and good timing catching the horse with it's eyes shut.

I was going for the kind of low contrast look in the first one, I may need to work on that processing some more. The others I will definitely try to give them some more pop.

And on the last one it would have been nicer with your light coming from camera left. So you have some shadow detail on the horse's neck. (But I am on laptop on non-calibrated monitor so it may not be as dark as I think) But it is still really nice.

You are right on this one, I would've like some more detail on the horse's neck. I ended up adding a reflector for some of the later shots with this set up but moving the light would have been a better solution I think.

Two VERY minor thoughts that might improve the shots a little:

On shot 1, crop off the bright area on the right of the photo as it draws my eye away from / distracts from the intimacy of the shot.

shot 2 crop off the back wall on the left, because almost all of the other lines are leading towards the subjects, those lines seem just a bit distracting.

Good eye on the leading lines, the second one looks a lot better with that wall cropped out.

Thanks for all the C&C and the compliments too.


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Oct 15, 2011 06:00 |  #7

The first shot is dynamite, I wouldn't change a thing.

Thanks Seae501.


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Oct 15, 2011 10:43 |  #8

I really like the first shot. Tremendous.

The third one looks a little unflattering. The pose pushes the chin back giving Kelly the appearance of a second chin. The side-seated position widens her legs.




  
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Oct 15, 2011 18:47 |  #9

saea501 wrote in post #13253534 (external link)
The first shot is dynamite, I wouldn't change a thing.

agreed. I actually prefer the shot taken with natural lighting to those taken with the strobes. The shallow depth of field and soft natural light works really well for this sort of image




  
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Oct 16, 2011 01:05 |  #10

The first two are great! I especially love the second--the horse's bright eyes, the warmth of the image, and the rich colors. In the third photo, her pose/expression just looks awkward, and the horse doesn't look as endearing/friendly. I think at least some of the awkwardness has to do with those short shorts




  
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