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Waiting for his word
Waiting for his word

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Challenge: Candid Portraits II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2014 Challenges 2014
Camera: Nikon D7100
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Miramont Farms, PQ
Date: Dec 27, 2014
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 3200
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Dec 28, 2014

As candid a shot as possible, that worked, of this racehorse's trainer: Georges Groulx Jr as he prepares to take this horse, a 2-yr-old filly named Blueberry, out to the training track. She is always eager to get out there and work, but well-mannered enough to know that she must wait for him to give her the command to walk on.

Georges, aka Gorgeous George, is somewhat of a living legend in the harness racing industry. So he has no objection to me getting pics of him working horses so when this challenge was announced, he was the first subject to come to mind.

pp: shot RAW, straighten, crop, brightness, dodge and burn, red and warming filters, soft light overlay, desat bg, resize, sharpen, reduce sharpening, save for web

Place: 39 out of 57
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Avg (commenters): 6.6667
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Views since voting: 278
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Votes: 86
Comments: 5
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01/06/2015 06:35:00 PM
what Deb said.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/04/2015 11:28:35 PM
A good concept for a storytelling shot, but hard to pull off - you've done pretty well. Tough because the horse is a lot bigger and to have him in the foreground but the focus on the man means a lot of the frame will be out of focus. Since it's a shot that has to be viewed fairly large to appreciate, having most of it out of focus is a little strange. I think you did about as well as could've been done as a candid, journalistic shot.
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01/04/2015 10:46:13 AM
A most novel image. The title might suggest it should be the horse in focus not the sulky driver, but without the bias of the title, I like the sharpness of the driver's face that suggests he is reading the animal as much as the creature is waiting for its cue. Quite a unique moment.
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01/03/2015 11:42:46 AM
They both seem exhausted against the claustrophobic, desaturated background. But hey, they have color, they're alive. Fine story moment. Come to think about it, is the background just naturally desaturated?
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12/29/2014 11:59:01 PM
A very good environmental portrait. I do like the balance of this.
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