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Southern Iceland + Horses

Postby minniev » Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:36 pm

Not sure whether this is a picture of horses or a picture of landscape, but here goes. The Icelandic horses are part of the landscape. Just got home a few days ago, so will be sharing some shots as I sort through. All feedback welcome.
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Re: Southern Iceland + Horses

Postby Duck » Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:50 pm

The main subject of the image is a horse. It just happens to be standing in a very pretty pasture. I moved it to the right place.

I love the processing on this. makes the animals pop forward. I just wish the two background horses weren't pushed into the edge as they are. That pulls the viewer's eye away from the first horse and out of the frame. Not a good thing.

That's an awesome sky too. Looks like it's on the verge of an incoming storm. To bring more attention to the horses you can get away with cropping some of that sky without loosing too much.

Just my two bits.
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Re: Southern Iceland + Horses

Postby TomCofer » Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:34 pm

I like it.
I know it might not be "real", but I think I'd play with both editing out the background horses and trying to flip them to face inward.
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Re: Southern Iceland + Horses

Postby Duck » Fri Jun 03, 2016 11:37 pm

TomCofer wrote:I like it.
I know it might not be "real", but I think I'd play with both editing out the background horses and trying to flip them to face inward.

That's an idea I hadn't thought of, Tom.

With your permission, Minniev, here is a combination of Tom and my suggestions for everyone to check out...
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As you can see, I flipped the horses (as Tom suggested). I didn't bother cloning them out as I feel a composition of three is stronger than one (even if one is half hidden). I also cropped in the shot knocking some of the sky out and placing the main subject in a more dominant position. I also darkened the upper part of the background as it competed for attention. You can also see I boosted the contrast and saturation a bit. That can be altered to taste. Let us know what you think of these changes.

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Re: Southern Iceland + Horses

Postby TomCofer » Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:35 am

Nice re-work Duck. The saturation is a bit high for my liking, but it looks great to me.
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Re: Southern Iceland + Horses

Postby Duck » Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:22 am

TomCofer wrote:Nice re-work Duck. The saturation is a bit high for my liking, but it looks great to me.

Yeah, it got away from me. My bad. :dunce:
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Re: Southern Iceland + Horses

Postby minniev » Sat Jun 04, 2016 3:56 am

Very good idea, Duck, to flip the horses, thanks for the demo too. I believe I can do that, the pasture and the lighting look uncomplicated enough that I may can handle it.

Thanks to Tom, too, for his feedback.

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