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Challenge: Symmetry II (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II
Location: home
Date: Apr 30, 2007
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: May 1, 2007

Purebred Arabian Geldings. Entered a shot like this in the rule of thirds and had some comments that it would make a great symmetry entry. Will Mac and Duque were grooming each other again last night so I took some more shots of them. Hope people don't get tried of seeing them. I don't :-). Cropped adjusted level,curves resized sharpen and applied Noise Ninja.

WOW This is my first top 20 :-) Thanks to all for your votes and comments. Also want to thank the people that gave me the idea for this image from my entry in the Rule of Thirds Challenge. :-) My horses were kind enough to pose again for me. :-)

Place: 17 out of 249
Avg (all users): 6.6258
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 6.5172
Avg (non-participants): 6.6907
Views since voting: 18954
Views during voting: 238
Votes: 155
Comments: 23
Favorites: 4 (view)

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11/05/2009 06:42:27 PM
I am going with some of the other comments, this is an amazing image, I think it should have scored a lot higher if not on the home page.

Back to my initial thoughts,

What an amazing image. Keep up the awesome work.
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11/05/2007 05:53:52 PM
I agree with Graphicfunk. . .this should have been even higher than top 20! Oh. . and I would never get tired of looking at your beautiful horses. . .ever, so keep them coming! :)
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07/10/2007 12:09:40 PM
Absolutely beautiful horses! This might be neat to see in black and white... and perhaps a touch more contrast? Lovely shot though, it fit the challenge perfectly!
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05/13/2007 09:05:11 PM
by karmat

What a great idea for symmetry. These animals are absolutely gorgeous. There is very little I could suggest to improve on this shot. The focus and exposure is great and gives good details on the horses. The shallow dof helps to isolate them from the background, which could be distracting, but because it is blurred, I think it helps to add to the composition by giving it context.

It does seem just a hair dark/flat to me, but I'm thinking it may be my monitor. If not, maybe just a boost of contrast or shadows/highlights, something like that, to give it just a bit more pop.

Great shot, best to you in future challenges.

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05/13/2007 04:29:24 PM
This lovely pair deserve higher! Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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05/09/2007 06:15:07 AM
Congratulations Sharon on your great finish. :)
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05/09/2007 01:09:14 AM
Be careful or you might end up with a challenge protfolio full of arabs! (like me)
I was pretty sure I had seen that before in ROT.... gotta love it when they are predictable whe you need it!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/08/2007 10:51:08 PM
this is great, very nice job...what's the chances :D 7
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05/06/2007 06:14:33 PM
Great capture, and nice colors. A little less DOF would help dimish the distracting background.
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05/06/2007 04:16:30 PM
i vote this one to be third place!! good luck
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05/06/2007 10:46:32 AM
Great capture! I don't know if you just happened to be at the right place at the right time or if this is taged. Either way, it does a great job with the theme. IMO the light is a little dull but hey! can't control Mother Nature, now can we?
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05/06/2007 02:29:35 AM
I see that you took my advice and went for the symmetry category on this one. I looked up your last shot and I can tell that this one is different. Its great for the category but I think the tones and exposure on your last image was a bit better than this one. 8 for content.
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05/05/2007 05:19:42 PM
nice timing with both of their teeth showing and everything...beautiful horses!
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05/04/2007 02:17:11 AM
Interesting capture and a unique take on the challenge especially with the similarily colored horses. The image is well framed and the heads of the horses are composed nicely using the rule of thirds. A narrower depth of field here would help blur the background a bit more and make it less distracting.

The exposure is generally good but the sky is a bit bright. Not a lot that could be done about it however if a circular polarize was available it might have helped a bit.

Good sharpness in the subjects and nice detail in the face and neck especially.

If I were to shoot this again I would perhaps try a portrait orientation as well and compare.
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05/03/2007 10:13:07 PM
Outstanding symmetry! Very nice! (10)
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05/03/2007 08:57:59 PM
OMG!! A total winner!!
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05/03/2007 03:19:12 PM
Very nice - good catch...
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05/03/2007 11:31:59 AM
I have never been big on horses but this picture is beautiful, great idea!
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05/03/2007 04:30:12 AM
nice :)
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05/02/2007 09:48:23 PM
An endearing capture with that lovely brown against the green. 8
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05/02/2007 08:32:53 PM
What a shot. In the right place at the right time for this challenge.
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05/02/2007 04:56:13 PM
well done
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05/02/2007 08:22:12 AM
clever and creative-9
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