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post #1 of 7 Old 10-19-2009, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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So the time has come...

I'm a senior in highschool and I need to pick a major soI picked photography and after sifting through only a few of my over 35,000 pictures that I've taken in... almost three years, I've come down to eight good shots of horses =D

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I need to add, at maximum, 12 other photos before I submit the link on college applications. I'm also going to add another to galleries probably, traditional work and digital work but there's not need to go into that now.

Comments, critiques, concerns?

Feel free to tear my photos apart... although somehow the quality died when I uploaded them... darn =[
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-20-2009, 12:49 PM
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Okey doke... I'm a beginner (very very very amateur) photographer wannabe, but I'll give it a go.
What are you shooting with?

Photo 1:
This is a slightly unflattering position for the horse and rider. If it had been taken a split second later, the horse's back legs would have been off the ground, the rider would be centered over the saddle, and it would have given the horse/rider pair a much more graceful look. I would drop the angle a few degrees, so if you were standing, drop to a knee. This can give a smaller course the look of a bigger one, and give the impression that the horse is bigger. I love that you caught the horse's tail in so much animation, that really adds to the image. The vertical layout adds a little bit to the picture too!

Photo 2:
The first thing I notice is that the picture is out of focus. The second thing I notice is the crop; the rider's head and the horse's hind legs are out of the photo. I like to see either a photo that's concentrated on the front half of the horse, and the rider, OR a photo of the full body and the jump. So, I would either tighten up the frame to just "see" the front half or third of the horse and be careful to not cut off the rider's helmet, or pan back and get the entire horse. I really like the angle of this jump though, and you caught the horse at a fairly flattering time of jump as well!

Photo 3:
The first thing I notice is that the photo is overexposed. The second is the awkward crop; both the rider's helmet and the horse's legs are cropped a little too close for my liking. The image could be a little sharper as well, but I'm going to guess the arena was quite dusty. Anyways, regarding the crop, I give the same advice as above, either catch the rider and the horse's front legs or the entire horse. If you have a large megapixel camera, then capturing the entire horse and then cropping the image to be flattering is much easier than trying to do it all with the camera.

Photo 4:
I like the use of thirds in this picture, it gives a sense of where the rider is looking. I really like the contrasting colors as well, they're quite vibrant. I do think this image is more focused on the fence than the horse, so make sure your focal point is on the horse, not the fence. You could play around with aperture settings as well, and try and get the background blurred out.

Photo 5:
Ahhh, much better with the timing! Unfortunately, if you were on an auto setting, the camera focused on the standard (which was the center of the focal point) instead of the horse. Again, you could drop the angle just slightly to make this a little bit more "impressive" if you will.

Photo 6:
I like the angle of this photo, and the color contrast! Like with the first photo, the timing is just slightly off. Another fraction of a second and the horse would have rocked off his haunches, tucked his knees, the rider would have settled, and it would have given a bit more of a balanced look.

Photo 7:
Great timing on this photo, see how the horse and rider look a lot more balanced? I like the angle, but I would have leaned over the fence so you don't have the rail in the way.

Photo 8:
Everyone loves a thrill and spill photo. The only critique I have for this is that I would have dropped the focal point so you could see the bottoms of the standards.

In general:
I think you have the makings of a good photographer! Photography school will teach you all about angles, focal lengths, focal points, aperture, and all that jazz - I think you'll have a lot of fun!

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post #3 of 7 Old 10-20-2009, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks =D Yes, the croping is bad, but I did not edit any of these photos. They are as I shot them. If they look overexposed, its probably because of the sandstone dust that was flying around. I was on auto setting, I don't have a manual setting and if I do, I have yet to find it (I shoot with a new L100 by Nikon). As for the rail, I was actually shooting across the corner of another ring (there were two next to each other and I was focausing on the one with smaller jumps [aka more people I know])
As for Photo 8... well the horse had a perfect round I thought he was going to jump and I didn't want to cut off the rider's head so... yup =D

But thank you very much for your critiques and I shall keep them in mind <3
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-20-2009, 05:44 PM
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i personally dont think the second or the 4th pic are the best, the others are brilliant through, would love to see the rest of your pics, does it have to be horses
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-20-2009, 05:46 PM
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Good stuff. If you do go into photography, you'll need to look into a digital SLR camera. There is no lag, what you see is what you get. There are so many advantages to a SLR camera I just can't explain well enough in one post. I just got my first DSLR, a Nikon D5000. I LOVE it. I just have the basic 18-55mm lens, so it can distort the image a bit, so I need a telephoto, but man so much better than my point-and-shoot.

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post #6 of 7 Old 10-20-2009, 05:53 PM
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Hey, JDI! Catchin' that photography stuff pretty quick, eh?

2nd and 3rd photos could go. Not really that special, however, if you cropped the one of the girl falling off, I think it'd look rather well. The jumping photos are good, although a bit later a shoot would have been better.

I think if you just crop, crop, cropped away, you could work wonders :) It would enhance the feel x10. Cropping can really give a picture a whole 'nother feel.

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post #7 of 7 Old 10-21-2009, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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bubblegum - ya, they aren't the best and my dAportfolio only allows 18 images a gallery and only 4 galleries so if I fill it, the second will probably be the first to go.
And no, it doesn't have to be just horses. The number one university I'm looking at (Art University College at Bournemouth) says they like a wide range of photos so if you look at my portfolio again, I have a lot more now =D

JustDressageIt - I know I need a digital SLR. I as saving for one (and the telephoto lens) but my OFF! Smooth and Dry bug spray decided to murder my lovely Samsung L730 that had lasted two and a half bumpy years so I needed a camera and I needed one fat so I spent all my savings on my L100. But my mom just splurged on a Nikon with a telephoto so I'll just steal hers from time to time until I need a better one.

Sunny06 - Now that you mention it, I might crop the falling photo so it seems more widescreen like. I think that'd look better =D

So ya, everyone needs to take a second look because I added more photos and I think I quadrupled the number there. The university I mentioned above said they wanted as many examples as possible. So I think 72 (18 x 4) will be enough. =D
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