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post #11 of 14 Old 12-02-2010, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind View Post
Nice photos.

Twilight, I like your posted photo (your edit) better than JulieinPA's edit. Yours looks natural, hers looks edited.

I hate nothing more than a photo that looks photo shopped.
I was thinking the exact same thing. JulieinPA's edit looks really harsh and all I can focus on is veins, instead of looking at the whole beautiful image.

Twilight, your photos are amazing! I would buy photos you took of my horse. I do find the eye one a little creepy, but the detail on it is incredible. I can't stop staring at it to see what's in the reflection!
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post #13 of 14 Old 12-03-2010, 09:43 AM
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Funny thing is - I agree. I even like your edit better than mine. And mine was just like a 10 second edit - so I didn't take alot of time on it, but I don't really like it either. At the same time though - I don't fully like your original edit either .. not sure what it is off hand, but it's just missing something. Of course you want it to look natural, but it still "needs" something ... ? I can't figure it out though. I was just trying to help. Guess I'll keep my thoughts to myself from now on. No one liked my edit anyway.

OOOOO - I know one thing that just stuck out to me that your edit needs ... it's needs warmed up a little to give some "life" to the picture. I think that's the thing that bugs me the most, it's looks to "cool."
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post #14 of 14 Old 12-04-2010, 12:46 AM
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I agree; your photos are stunning! You obviously have a good camera and know how to execute some great captures. My only critique would be the Rule of Thirds. This is where you "divide" the image into 3 rows of 3, placing an important part of your focus (an eye, ear, etc.) on a cross hair. A lot of your subjects are placed in the direct center of the image, which can become rather droll. My camera had an setting where you could turn on the "Thirds" and work better with composing your pictures, though mostly novices use it I found it helpful for hasty photos. Lol

For example, look at these equine portraits: (Give it a few seconds to upload the actual picture)
A Girl and Her Horse II
Jumper Portrait
Over the Field and Far Away
Hunter Horse: A Portrait

If there's one thing you may notice, all of the photos' contents (the horses) are not dead center of the frame. This helps to make the picture interesting. (Though it can be ruined if there's a lot of fuss in the background, like at dog shows where you see a million feet in the photos. The viewer doesn't know where to look.) Dynamic portraits also help keep things interesting.

Just rest assured: You do have a great eye when it comes to photos. Some other tips, from when I took photos of horses:
- Have the sun to your back. This helps the horse "shine," bringing out the beauty we all know and love.
- For light-colored horses, like white/grays, waiting for a less sunny day may help; the shadows won't "disappear."
- Carry at least some sort of camera with you always. You never know when something worth capturing may cross your path. (:
- Be safe!

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