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Majestic and Natural

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2008-05 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Date: May 21, 2008
Aperture: f/6.7
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/350th
Galleries: Emotive, Animals
Date Uploaded: May 22, 2008

I'm sorry if this offends... It's just nature, really. See the beauty in this, if you can. It really is miraculous and awe-inspiring to watch.

I hope to show you the result in about a year. :)

Crop, various mix of... contrast, Lucis Arts, resize, NI, saturation, burn fence, third horse, and privates (to draw less attention to it... I did try. *smile*), Curves, border, sharpen, save for web.

POST edit: Thank you for your comments. I appreciate them all... even the ones who think this is inappropriate. But, really... This is as natural to horses as drinking water, and we wouldn't have a problem viewing that, huh? It's not "inappropriate" to them. It's life. They're not at all embarrassed. It's our own humanness that puts the "dirty" in it.
That said, I certainly would not want to watch or photograph anyone's parents in the act as has been suggested. *grin*

I'm not saying I'm entirely comfortable watching the horses or photographing it, but I do think it's beautiful.

BTW, I checked with site council before entering this because I was concerned about the "no genitalia" rule... but it applies only to humans... just in case you're wondering.

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Place: 261 out of 481
Avg (all users): 5.4713
Avg (commenters): 6.4286
Avg (participants): 5.3559
Avg (non-participants): 5.8205
Views since voting: 1341
Views during voting: 467
Votes: 157
Comments: 23
Favorites: 1 (view)

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06/08/2008 06:01:04 PM
amazing lighting. lol i kinda pulled this up at school and freaked out a few teachers:)
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06/08/2008 05:54:43 PM
In all honesty, that's not a bad finish for an image you thought may offend some. Just goes to show that a lot of folk thought it was pretty cool. 125 votes of 5 and above, compared to only 32 of 4 and below. Nice going :)
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06/08/2008 01:49:08 AM
I gave this a 7 and saw in it what it seems you did (after reading your comments). Difficult to leave the comment I want without puns, but .. the muscle definition in his body is amazing and well captured, coupled with the shadows over his body and the movement of his tail and the general intensity. Well done for obviously an isolated location where you didn't have much time to 'set up'.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/07/2008 11:54:53 PM
Hey, what happened to the "no genitalia" rule? LOL It reaally is sort of majestic. Beautifully lit.
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06/07/2008 05:42:46 PM
I suspect this was taken in less than ideal lighting.
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06/07/2008 03:43:31 PM
Has this been validated? ;)
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06/06/2008 01:27:56 AM
I'm laughing to hard to comment further. Looks like a painting one might see in an old west brothel..;P
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06/05/2008 12:31:47 PM
wow! How could you not leave a comment here? About a half dozen really bad puns come to mind, but I'll have to just bite my lip... I do kinda get a kick out of her general demeanor... "are ya done yet?".
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06/04/2008 09:52:37 AM
that's an act IMO shouldn't be photographed (and I won't base my vote on that opinion), but other than that, great job post processing
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06/03/2008 10:41:43 PM
Very powerful, awesome timing, and a great capture.....
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06/03/2008 08:37:35 PM
what the French toast?
06/03/2008 01:36:56 PM
While animals having sex is perfectly natural, I don't know that the mass majority of voters with see this as 'majestic'. Although I could be wrong.
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06/03/2008 08:25:47 AM
well apart the little smile for the scene, the shadow of the plants paint the body of the male horse and it seems really an expression of power.
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06/02/2008 02:32:08 AM
OK a bit um taken back at first but look at the power in the muscles and how calm she is.
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06/01/2008 11:00:44 PM
Timming IS everything.
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06/01/2008 05:43:36 PM
as... shocked as i was (LOL) this is a great picture!
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06/01/2008 05:41:15 PM
my parents having sex is natural (though maybe not majestic) but that does not mean it would make an appealing picture /4
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06/01/2008 12:16:10 PM
Now that is powerful! (not voting though)
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06/01/2008 10:55:56 AM
I think we'll see this picture turning up in many other places around the web.
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06/01/2008 10:02:33 AM
Good picture, though I imagine the content won't sit well with most DPCers.
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06/01/2008 07:21:25 AM
OK... :)
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06/01/2008 12:16:46 AM
I'd include epic!
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06/01/2008 12:13:03 AM
I find this rather overprocessed and the shadows on the stallion's back rather distracting.
That said it does show his muscles rather like a sculpture.
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