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Hong Ma
Hong Ma

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Challenge: Chinese Zodiac (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Alabama horse pasture
Date: Jan 23, 2004
Aperture: 5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250s
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 23, 2004


Place: 9 out of 77
Avg (all users): 6.3896
Avg (commenters): 6.8824
Avg (participants): 6.2295
Avg (non-participants): 6.4946
Views since voting: 1453
Votes: 154
Comments: 19
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/30/2004 05:34:57 AM
Great shot shiz :) When I said order in my comment, I meant border, hehe
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/29/2004 11:26:27 PM
The horse is good, I like the coloring and texture, and it has a somewhat soft look too. Not fond of the desaturated backgroun, but I can see how it's used to isolate the horse. I really dislike the white bar at the bottom, tho. It's slanted and quite a distraction.
01/29/2004 10:47:05 PM
Very nice Sharp focus and nice work how do you do that with the colours I am not sure I like the white bar/fence along the bottom and It would be better to clone that out I think Nice looking horse fits the challenge.7
01/29/2004 10:31:56 PM
Great lighting and use of selective color. But I'd have preferred the white border at the bottom to continue all the way around, and to be the same neutral tone as the B&W part of the image.
01/29/2004 01:11:39 PM
Red Horse...
01/29/2004 10:28:12 AM
I like the profile shot of this horse quite a bit... the angle is very nice. The desaturation of the background also seems to work nicely here to help bring the horse out into the foreground more. The part of this photo that looks odd to me is the fence railing at the bottom. If there was some grain or texture on that rail to make it obvious as to what it is, I think it would be a stronger image. In the context of this photo, it looks like it could have been edited in rather than being part of the natural image.
01/28/2004 06:35:05 AM
Very crisp and clear! I do like the selective desaturation and how you framed it: due to the lower white part (is it a fence?) it apears to be very 3-dimensional. I have the feeling as if the head comes out of my screen. Good luck!
01/27/2004 01:56:33 PM
the composition is beautiful, but the white bar, I'm going to assume is a fence, is highly distracting. If it had been faded to a gray to match the background I think the affect would of been better. Overall a beautiful composition, and a beautiful horse too =)
01/27/2004 10:25:54 AM
Nice interpretation and portrait.
01/26/2004 11:02:47 PM
I believe that is a fence rail on the bottom; a bigger crop to show that this was a railing would make the picture more appealing.
01/26/2004 02:44:28 PM
Beautiful capture of a beautiful horse/yearling? I love the background effect and the pose, but I find the very white rail in the foreground to be distracting. Color it gray and the photo would be awesome.
01/26/2004 02:35:20 PM
Don't normally like the shots where only the subject is saturated, but it works well here.
01/26/2004 06:14:47 AM
Nice model, and interesting post processing
01/26/2004 02:27:18 AM
Once again I am not sure you are supposed to apply these sort of effects in this comp? It does look like a photoshop effect, correct me if I am wrong?

Foot note: Yes... I am wrong!

Message edited by author 2004-01-30 01:35:20.
01/26/2004 01:46:28 AM
This is a good shot and the rich coloring of the horse is a good idea in contrast to the black and white setting. I don't like the white stripe at the bottom though - maybe that's where Year of the Horse would have gone, though, eh?
01/25/2004 11:38:50 PM
Oh, yes!!! You are the winner!!!
01/25/2004 07:14:13 AM
I don't understand why there is a white band .... I find it very disturbing. Same for the b/w back ground. Your horse alone is very beautiful, I think that all the artificial around is not necessary.
01/25/2004 05:38:36 AM
Really nice horse shot. I like the desaturated background. I think that it would have been cool to have used a white order all the way round, so that it looked like the horse's nose was coming out of the frame.
01/25/2004 12:18:36 AM
it would be perfect except fot the white at the bottom of the pic.

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