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Challenge: Candid (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G2
Location: Virginia
Date: Aug 31, 2002
Aperture: f4.3
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/40th sec
Date Uploaded: Sep 1, 2002


Place: 8 out of 172
Avg (all users): 6.5825
Avg (commenters): 8.4483
Avg (participants): 6.4922
Avg (non-participants): 6.6561
Views since voting: 1577
Votes: 285
Comments: 35
Favorites: 7 (view)

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09/10/2002 10:50:00 AM
I was doing some shooting at a stables near my house. The local colleges are coming back to school and one of them uses this stable for boarding a lot of show jumping horses. So, I though I might catch some nice action shots.

The day was a bit gloomy and misty (the reason for the gray skies in all the photos) so most of the horses were just hanging out..not all that active. Except for this one magnificant horse.

He was in a work out yard just dancing and acting up. I have a sucky action camera (G2) so I wasn't able to get some incredible jump shots. The owner (the man in my photo) came out to calm the horse down. The horses name is Chance and is an ex-thouroughbred race horse and he gets a bit high strung.

Well, this horse is also known for head butting people if he can get close enough. I was about..oh 20 feet away watching this struggle between the man and the horse trying to head butt him.

Finally, the man said in a stern voice "Chance..enough with the head butts!!" and glared right at the horse. Thats the shot!! That horse and that guy looked at each other for about a minute..and he calmed down. :-)
09/09/2002 11:29:00 PM
this was righteous :) what's the story behind it?
09/09/2002 12:41:00 AM
fantastic shot, hokie. really well done. one of my favorites this challenge.
09/09/2002 12:09:00 AM
Congrats on the top ten Hokie!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/08/2002 11:52:00 PM
I liked your photo, the light and compsoition are very good, even though it's a candid moment you set it up right, congrats!
09/08/2002 08:18:00 PM
Great composition and color. Wonderful photo!
09/08/2002 07:04:00 PM
good framing, composition, impact super
09/08/2002 11:18:00 AM
great composition and sharpness. good bw
09/07/2002 05:45:00 AM
Beautiful... I love the textures brought up by the black and white, and the composition here. There's something about the shape of a horse's head when you look at it directly from the front. I'm giving this 10 - lisae
09/07/2002 05:03:00 AM
Great composition, expression and mood. Excellent.
09/06/2002 11:32:00 PM
I love this picture.
09/06/2002 01:25:00 PM
love it. 10.
09/06/2002 12:08:00 AM
Great composition and tonal range.
09/05/2002 07:57:00 PM
Suitable title. Like the "diagonal line" created by the two eyes. Nice image, nice composition. 8 Journey
09/05/2002 07:12:00 PM
great mood
09/04/2002 03:24:00 PM
Very powerful photo! I definitely see the horse as the focal point of the photo as it is facing the camera and more of it is in frame than the human. Plus, since the person has his back to the camera and is looking at the horse it emphasizes the feeling that he too, sees the horse as being important. Being framed so that each subject (especially the horse) is only showing one eye adds to the power and feeling that this animal expresses. Good move not showing more of the horses face, I think.
Great job!
09/04/2002 11:04:00 AM
This is a marvelous shot. It works very well in B&W, but still I would like to see it also in color. The composition is very elegant and strong. I would have cropped on the left side a little bit more of the horse's face for balance with the man's face.
09/04/2002 12:37:00 AM
great photo. i only wish that there had been a bit more contrast between the fellows fleece jacket and the sky...just to help define the line, it gets lost in there. (9) ~mcmurma
09/03/2002 08:07:00 PM
good juxtaposition. Too bad the sky is so blown out. This is one of my top- 20
09/03/2002 07:15:00 PM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background5,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing6,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 4,
Total Averaged Rating5. Autool
09/03/2002 02:34:00 PM
What a great photo--the contrast between the two is striking but so is the relationship and trust between them--excellent. andrewm
09/02/2002 11:38:00 PM
mood captured - we really can communicate with animals, we can
sincerity of expressions - good
09/02/2002 09:55:00 PM
Very nice shot and 'audacious' composition and framing. Challenge : not sure, benefit of the doubt. 7 good luck
09/02/2002 04:54:00 PM
I think this is well balanced with the two subjects, the contrast balance is nice as well.
09/02/2002 03:09:00 PM
awesome b&w and composition...love the similarity in textures between horse muzzle and jacket. Incredible detail! 9 Lisa
09/02/2002 02:55:00 PM
Love it!
09/02/2002 01:12:00 PM
wow, i love this !! wish the guys face was a little more in the frame...7--shutterfly
09/02/2002 12:40:00 PM
I would have luv to have seen this in color
09/02/2002 12:29:00 PM
this isn't candid! the horse is obviously posing! :)
10/10. absolutely perfect shot.
09/02/2002 12:06:00 PM
This is an awesome photo. I love the composition here. I can't really put into words what it is about this photo that I like... I'll just give it a 10 and move on to the next one :) - jmsetzler
09/02/2002 11:30:00 AM
Wonderful. Nice job! You'll prob. get hammered for the white sky... but *I* happen to like the whole image.
09/02/2002 10:59:00 AM
i like your picture 10
09/02/2002 10:58:00 AM
I love the textures in this photo; the hair on the horse vs the man's jacket -- black and white is wonderful here. The composition is also excellent -- 10. LanSnake
09/02/2002 10:09:00 AM
Beautifully done, cropping is great. Excellent contrast and exposure.
09/02/2002 02:36:00 AM
the texture in this photo is amazing

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