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2nd PlaceEarly morning Blues
Xilebo

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Challenge: Beauty (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Royal Stables in Hummar Jordan
Date: May 25, 2005
Aperture: f.5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Animals, Nude
Date Uploaded: May 26, 2005

A beautiful morning at the Royal Stables in Hummar just outside Amman Jordan. I had permission to shoot a few photos of these magnificent animals as they got out of the stables for excercise. The Stables hold over 130 Arabians and are now well known in the world for an excellent breeding program. My favorite was a beautiful mare named Gogha (second from right), a blue with brown freckles, she even came up to me for a sniff and a cuddle, she belongs to HRH Princess Alia, oldest daughter of late King Hussein.

Nikon D70
2005/05/25 00:24:48.8
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5 G
Focal Length: 70mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/640 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Vivid
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Auto
Image Comment:
Long Exposure NR: Off

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 255
Avg (all users): 6.9261
Avg (commenters): 7.9714
Avg (participants): 6.8106
Avg (non-participants): 7.0480
Views since voting: 13747
Views during voting: 515
Votes: 257
Comments: 80
Favorites: 55 (view)


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02/16/2007 03:20:29 AM
Congratulations - this is a brilliant photo, just amazing. This image apeals to me more than any other that I have seen on DPC.
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02/14/2007 10:47:26 AM
Amazing photo. Great colors.
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01/19/2007 05:21:17 PM
Wonderful shot.
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05/01/2006 07:26:37 PM
One of the nicest photos on DPC. Perfectly satisfying in many ways.
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04/23/2006 12:12:31 PM
I've owned arabians most of my life. They are the most beautiful creatures ever!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great shot!!!
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03/13/2006 02:15:13 AM
I never commented on this??? Man, I'm an idiot.

This is stunningly beautiful. The movement and detail of the horses. WOW - what a killer image. Adding to favs.
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06/10/2005 02:11:26 PM
nice shot, what i like about it is the single horse running in a different direction(so real)
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06/10/2005 02:02:27 AM
Lovely shot. Simple, well lit and the spirit of the horses' friskiness really comes across well.
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06/10/2005 12:35:44 AM
incredible image, i loved it and gave you a ten, glad to see you ribboned! And reading about the shot made me love it more.
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06/09/2005 06:03:31 PM
last two entries in tow weeks... two ribbons.. great job... maybe you should pass on some of that advise (about good photography)...
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06/08/2005 03:17:33 PM
Beautiful shot and beautiful horses! Arabians, no?? I kind of wish there were only white horses, but extremely well done considering that horses never seem to want to work with you and a camera! :)
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06/08/2005 09:45:15 AM
Thank you everyone for your comments and well wishes. It sure was exciting to win suddenly 2 ribbons in a row. Although always hoping, I never imagined getting this high scores so soon, it will be really hard to keep up the momentum. What happened to me and my winning shots just goes to show everyone that you need alot of stubborness and retake your shots often until you get it right. The beautiful horses in my photograph are simply beauty in it's most natural form, I happened to be there to witness this beauty. I've uploaded lots more in my portfolio under the title of Royal Stables in Amman, if anyone would like to see more.
Thanks again and all these wonderful comments mean so much to me, Gurry aka Xilebo.

Message edited by author 2005-06-08 09:48:10.
06/07/2005 11:58:29 PM
A magical image with a great flow. Congratulations on your red.
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06/07/2005 06:09:05 PM
Breathtaking! Thank you.
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06/07/2005 09:20:48 AM
Congrats!

Two ribbons on the front page! Really nice shot, good work.

Kveðja, Tyrkinn
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06/06/2005 07:27:50 PM
Congrats Gurry, great work. I had no idea you were Icelandic.
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06/06/2005 07:14:40 PM
Vá Gurrý þetta er algerlega geðveik mynd! til hamingju :D
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06/06/2005 05:14:17 PM
welldone! This was my favourite - a beautiful photo of magnificent horses! Very sharp and a tremendous sense of balance here. I am just sooo jealous of you having them opportunity to be near these creatures! :)

Well done on both recent ribbons- well deserved.
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06/06/2005 12:45:44 PM
Congrats on the second ribbon in a row!! Having your name displayed twice on the front page feels great, doesn't it ?
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06/06/2005 11:08:17 AM
Well deserved ribbon, it is a fantastic shot.The lighting, the dust, the powerful horses, wow really nice.
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06/06/2005 08:23:52 AM
Fantastic capture, good luck for getting 3 in a row ;)

Alex
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06/06/2005 08:17:29 AM
Congratulations on second with this beautiful capture! Great job!
Wow, all four hoofs are off the ground on your leading horse. :D
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06/06/2005 06:40:53 AM
Congrats! Well deserved ribbon.

Það er aldeilis sigling á þér núna. Held að Heiða verði að fara passa sig.
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06/06/2005 06:09:48 AM
Woo Hoo, you doubled! Feels great, doesn't it?
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06/06/2005 06:07:31 AM
you are something, love this pic, truly out of this world....

congratulations / innilega til hamingju með árangurinn
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06/06/2005 06:04:38 AM
This is great Gurry, another ribbon!!! Beautiful picture well deserved!
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06/06/2005 05:06:16 AM
Congratulations !
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06/06/2005 04:46:49 AM
Congrat's on your blue one !

Tveir borðar á forsíðunni, ekki slæmt.
Til hamingju með frábæran árangur.
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06/06/2005 04:46:16 AM
Stunning Image!
I so thought this had been taken by one of DPC's Masters of horse photography (lynnesite). Congrats on yet another showing on the home page!
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06/06/2005 03:51:45 AM
til hamingju með borðan, gaman að sjá Íslendinga í toppsætunum :)
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06/06/2005 02:10:41 AM
Two ribbons in a row. Wow! You are on fire!
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06/06/2005 12:51:13 AM
Phenomenal shot! Congratulations!
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06/06/2005 12:46:51 AM
Beautiful... again. Obviously, you were just toying with us before, and now you're going to hog all the ribbons. ;-)
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06/06/2005 12:19:53 AM
Loved it. Congrats, great to see an Arabian horse shot ribbon. ;)
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06/06/2005 12:09:25 AM
Back to back. Well done.
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06/06/2005 12:06:07 AM
Congratulations AGAIN, Gurry! :)
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06/06/2005 12:04:17 AM
Man yer on a ROLL. Glad to see this do well! Lovely shot.
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06/06/2005 12:04:10 AM
congrats. beautiful shot. nice double ribbons!
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06/06/2005 12:02:24 AM
You seen to have conquered the homepage :)
Congratulations.
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06/06/2005 12:02:10 AM
Your on a ROLL!!! Congrats to you.
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06/06/2005 12:01:03 AM
way to go! 2nd ribbon in a row
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/05/2005 11:55:45 PM
Shows a lot of power in the running horses. The horses, imho, are not as "dramatic" as they could be and I feel that the shot would benefit from a bit more contrast to establish that "wow" factor. It's got the potential for that, I think.
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06/05/2005 06:44:24 PM
appreciate that this depicts the sides & front end of the horse...... like the dust and stop action you have made on this one.
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06/05/2005 04:20:53 PM
i love this shot...horses to me are truly beautiful ani,als i like the action in this shot
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06/05/2005 07:53:56 AM
Beautiful capture ! I like it a lot.
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06/04/2005 10:57:10 PM
Interesting capture and there is a definate blue caste to the horse in the shade, they aren't really blue are they? Nice image 5
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06/04/2005 06:13:44 PM
Very dynamic. Good lighting and a very strong sense of movement.
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06/04/2005 04:54:48 PM
The light here is wonderful. Nice exposure.
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06/04/2005 04:28:48 PM
great pic. I like the dirt being kicked up also.
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06/04/2005 01:19:07 PM
Wonderful shot..you have captured LIFE and that is really beautiful! Nice shot Xilebo.
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06/04/2005 11:34:59 AM
hey, this is fantastic! what a nice surprise...great work...great movement, great light, great moment...beautiful!
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06/03/2005 09:24:01 PM
Great capture of beautiful horses. Verrrrry nice.
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06/03/2005 08:18:29 PM
With a chestnut caught in the middle! :) Great capture ... I'm a huge horse fan. Are they Arabs? They sure are beautiful. Keep up the good work! :o)
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06/03/2005 10:06:43 AM
What a great photo! What timing and composition. This would have been a perfect picture with a little DOF. Great shot!
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06/03/2005 09:47:11 AM
A tighter crop could make this much more powerfil...especially with the fron three heads. Try a vertical crop there. Also I think there could be a wb issue which is why the front horse is blue. Overall though a very beautiful shot. 8
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06/02/2005 11:25:23 PM
Ah horses in motion, at their best, very beautiful.
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06/02/2005 10:41:37 PM
Nice gang of Arabs, also nice to see more horse entreis here.
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06/02/2005 03:38:36 PM
very nice movement..compostion..title? gl 10
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06/02/2005 04:32:31 AM
amazing shot, great action
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06/02/2005 03:58:53 AM
I gave you an 8, because I really like the movement in this photo, as well as the colors, the low sunlight, the whole composition.
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06/01/2005 11:09:10 PM
Lovely. Wonderful emotion here. Speaks of freedom and joy.
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06/01/2005 03:14:47 PM
This is VERY beautiful. Great focus for a stop action. I just love this!
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05/31/2005 05:27:21 PM
A lovely capture of the motion of these beautiful animals but, as a viewer, I cannot help but be disappointed by the inclusion of the concrete fence behind them.
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05/31/2005 03:50:30 PM
Excellent stop motion capture. Good composition. Honestly, the wall detracts but I cannot fault you for that - we take our images where we find them. Detail, colors, crop excellent. 8. May bump later.
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05/31/2005 03:19:51 PM
Nice composition.
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05/31/2005 02:18:04 PM
Here's an animal that is nearly always beautiful. The subject choice is fantastic. I love the fact that they are running, it really gives the eye many areas to look, plus a horse's body in motion is a beautiful thing as well.

The colors are a bit dulled, but that could be because of the light. If it was possible I'd suggest a capture that had the lead horse (which is wonderfully focused) in the sun so it was basking in the light so to speak, particularly because it is the lead horse - its a shame that it is shadowed. I like how the colors of the horses flow with that of their surroundings, the white matching the white-ish walls and the brown horse matching the ground. I think if the colors were a little richer (not sure if a polarizer was used or if that might help) the image would be even better.

Great focus, nice action, lovely subject and a good composition. Very nice. 6
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05/31/2005 07:12:29 AM
well, there's a horse of a different colour
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05/31/2005 05:12:25 AM
Gorgeous capture! I wish I could capture motion like you did in this shot. Well done!
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05/30/2005 10:37:29 PM
looks like an oil panting. gret work
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05/30/2005 09:52:27 PM
One of my favorites of the challenge. The action, the colors, just beautiful!
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05/30/2005 02:31:26 PM
such a great shot, this will probably be in the top 10 at least
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05/30/2005 01:46:05 PM
Great shot. Exposure and fucus is perfect. tough to do for an action picture like this.
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05/30/2005 12:56:17 PM
Don't understand the title- but this shot is terrific!
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05/30/2005 10:29:05 AM
The light and movement within this image are absolute perfection...excellent clarity...I can almost hear them...nicely done.
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05/30/2005 07:54:05 AM
Just amazing capture. Definitely beautiful.
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05/30/2005 07:16:37 AM
Stunning capture!
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05/30/2005 03:10:51 AM
It makes me stop and say "That's beautiful!", which is what the challenge is all about. Wonderful sense of flowing motion, really fine lighting. As an aside, it's VERY strange how the brown horse *appears* to have a white head :-) Should do very well int he challenge.
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05/30/2005 12:49:02 AM
gorgeous horses!! love how they all are sharp! 10
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05/30/2005 12:18:47 AM
Great one. This shut deserve more than a 10
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05/30/2005 12:10:16 AM
A majestic image very well fitting the theme of this challenge.
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