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Ristyz


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Challenge: Free Study X (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Horses
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Pima County Fairgrounds, AZ
Date: Jan 13, 2006
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1.500
Galleries: Animals, Action
Date Uploaded: Jan 27, 2006

Crop,
dupe layer, bottom layer levels, erased parts of top layer, flatten
Saturation, partial desat of red, yellow, total desat of cyan, green
dupe layer, bottom layer hue/sat changed hue of blue to keep roof pallette color in horses mouth, erased hole in top layer and desat blue in top layer.
messed more with red/yellow sat
dupe layer, levels, erased hole in top layer to lighten background, flattened
more layers made, holes burned & flattened to enhance highlights/shadows
Used dodge tool to create highlight in horse eye
cloned out speck of white on cow and speck of white on horse
dupe layer, guassian blur, overlay mode, reduced opacity, flattened
Resized for DPC

Post Challenge: For those that might question this photo, no animals were harmed during the shoot! If you look close the rider is not yanking the horse around at all (see slack in reins) this mare is just really passionate about her cow.... a TRUE cow horse!

Statistics
Place: 200 out of 622
Avg (all users): 5.8794
Avg (commenters): 7.1250
Avg (participants): 5.8065
Avg (non-participants): 6.1364
Views since voting: 1884
Views during voting: 255
Votes: 199
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0


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02/08/2006 12:48:21 PM
Originally posted by Ristyz:

Originally posted by zeuszen:

A potentially good photo depicting poor riding skills on a torturously unhappy horse.


I very much respect this user for leaving this comment. This horse happened to be very passionate about her cow and is not being tortured in any way (I checked the position of the spur in the original to make sure) I too think the riders leg and foot position is less than perfect, however this is a VERY fast action disclipline and the photo is but a moment in time.


Fair enough. As someone who has spent a lifetime training and riding, I'd be inclined to use passionate language.

I do not believe or mean to say the rider (or anyone else knowingly) tortured this animal. What I see, however, is a horse whose head is nearly half a foot behind the bit, with his mouth gaping and his ears as flat back as can be. The rider sits in a chair seat, heal up with toe pointed out (unable to apply seat and leg aids in this position). The reigns are slack, indicating that the contortion is not caused by the riders hands but by his imbalance on the horse's back, which may indeed be excused considering pace and passion.

My objection, categorically, is with a shot that demonstratively captures a moment which cannot serve as an example of horsemanship and the glory which some unsuspecting viewers may associate with their idea of riding and fun. In other words, this image does not teach. My expectation as a riding viewer was that it could have and, perhaps, should.

I apologize for the terse language of my original comment, however, which was inspired by my particular predisposition as a horseman first, rather than by the enthusiasm of an unspecialized photographer.

Message edited by author 2006-02-08 12:49:15.
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02/08/2006 06:53:22 AM
I gave this a 7. Seemed a little too over-processed in my opinion, but I realize it was likely your intent. I recall noticing how the horse's mane looked shaved. The shot looks like it is tilted, but just might be the perspective. Possibly also incorporating a little more of the rider, if you had it, obviously, or just 'something' to gain a little more balance, may have also made this better in my opinion.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/08/2006 02:19:28 AM
Originally posted by zeuszen:

A potentially good photo depicting poor riding skills on a torturously unhappy horse.


I very much respect this user for leaving this comment. This horse happened to be very passionate about her cow and is not being tortured in any way (I checked the position of the spur in the original to make sure) I too think the riders leg and foot position is less than perfect, however this is a VERY fast action disclipline and the photo is but a moment in time.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2006 08:08:56 PM
Very nice! soft focus works real good here!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/07/2006 05:49:53 PM
Dreamy!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/06/2006 04:07:25 PM
I like the choice to leave most of the rider out. Makes it more appealing to a general audience. Good processing as well, the subtle glow works well
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/03/2006 05:46:17 AM
I like the way this is a color & B&W in one. the photo keps my attention, that's good :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/02/2006 11:33:45 PM
A potentially good photo depicting poor riding skills on a torturously unhappy horse.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/01/2006 08:34:03 PM
I would like to see this one without the greyscale background.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/01/2006 05:25:02 PM
Looks like the same rider that I just saw in 'Rundown at Sundown'. I like the soft glowing muted tones in this one. I love the brown against the black and the curve of the horses' neck
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/01/2006 01:04:02 PM
Love the intensity of the horse as uninfluenced by the rider! And the high key effect as well.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/01/2006 05:58:23 AM
Nice job
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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