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Drinker of the Wind
Drinker of the Wind
Ristyz


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Challenge: Free Study 2007-04 (Expert Editing*)
Collection: Horses
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Arena
Date: Apr 22, 2007
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Animals, Action
Date Uploaded: Apr 28, 2007

My horse (again, sorry, but he inspires me) I tried to let him out with another horse (they are herd creatures) they ran around for a few minutes joyously but after a bit he could no longer contain himself and began to bully her. He's so bad. As the two of them made a final pass with her definitely having had enough I decided to rescue her from him.... but the photographer in me took over and I got this last shot as he went by before I chased him off and put her in her own corral, safe & sound.

Other history: He is an Arabian and they have, at times, been referred to as Drinkers of the Wind. I has, in part, to do with the arabians large nostrils and ability to run fast through the desert. There is an old book out by that name by Carl Raswan (if any of you have an old copy of it stashed away in your attic I'll buy it).

Converted in RAW and then converted to b/w using CS3. I burned the heck out of the background, enough that it probably would not pass an advanced editing legality test but didn't I mask it and paint it black that way It was just a good candidate for major burning as it was halfway there already. also a bit of dodging & burning in the mane. a very light guassian blur on a seperate layer to soften the hair a touch. Full frame, no cropping. USM and resize


Statistics
Place: 23 out of 573
Avg (all users): 6.7526
Avg (commenters): 8.6111
Avg (participants): 6.5797
Avg (non-participants): 7.1786
Views since voting: 1751
Views during voting: 308
Votes: 194
Comments: 24
Favorites: 13 (view)


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05/08/2007 05:28:19 PM
Great image beautifully captured. Arabians make beautiful subjects :)
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05/08/2007 08:17:28 AM
Great finish Cristy ... he is a beautiful boy how can you resist photographing him, even if he is being naughty LOL.
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05/08/2007 07:46:23 AM
Had this pegged for a top ten. Fantastic image. There is something almost regal about this animal. Beautifully captured.
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05/08/2007 12:47:12 AM
A wonderful addition to your profile page, congrats on the placement in such a tough challenge!
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05/08/2007 12:24:05 AM
Great finish. What a stunning image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2007 11:21:35 PM
Great job on the processing.
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05/07/2007 10:29:01 PM
Exhilarating but also a little creepy. 8
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05/07/2007 08:06:15 PM
Breathtaking shot. The contrast works so well with the black background. The shot of the subject is excellent, with the mane and beard ;) in the wind. There's some drool in too hehe. 10!!
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05/06/2007 02:09:37 PM
What an amazing capture-so much spirit in this shot. 10
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05/05/2007 02:51:50 AM
Fantastic!
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05/04/2007 02:12:31 PM
This is one of my favourites, excellent photo
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05/04/2007 09:10:08 AM
dramatic and impressive...love the dark background and how it brings out the light...excellent
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05/04/2007 12:40:34 AM
Hope this makes top ten. It's fantastic.
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05/03/2007 06:06:14 PM
I am totally enthralled.

This is so beautiful....You have perfectly caught the exquisite grace and haunting splendor of the horse. Excellent job.
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05/02/2007 08:10:05 PM
Love your title. Very interesting image, too.
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05/02/2007 05:25:44 PM
A lovely b/w study!
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05/02/2007 02:13:55 PM
Magnificient!!!
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05/01/2007 08:00:57 PM
Just a fantastic shot. One of my favorites of the challenge.
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05/01/2007 07:08:13 PM
Wow......9
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05/01/2007 05:27:23 PM
Unusual - a real contender. Crop is a bit tight on left for me as I'd like to see more of the mane.
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05/01/2007 05:18:49 PM
This is a lovely image.
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05/01/2007 04:47:24 PM
Pegasus.....7
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05/01/2007 09:35:59 AM
Oh this is delicious. The title - wow - perfect. The intensity of the eye, and the chin whiskers and mane. Going to straight to favs. 10 from me.
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05/01/2007 12:05:00 AM
wonderful!!!!! nice and simple.....
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