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lynnesite


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Challenge: Free Study IX (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Ramona, CA
Date: Nov 9, 2005
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 200
Galleries: Animals, Action
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2005

Confined for five weeks with an erroneous diagnosis, Corinthian busts loose and shows off for his mares. Midday overcast light. Background's distracting elements removed, soft focus enhanced.

Post-challenge: thanks for all the comments! Here's the "before" shot. //www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=266640

Update 12/21 this image was just purchased for a spring cover of Back In the Saddle catalog //www.backinthesaddle.com Final low res version of the shot is here://www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=271569

Statistics
Place: 24 out of 519
Avg (all users): 6.7071
Avg (commenters): 7.9429
Avg (participants): 6.6941
Avg (non-participants): 6.7436
Views since voting: 5670
Views during voting: 533
Votes: 297
Comments: 58
Favorites: 29 (view)


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02/04/2008 10:18:11 PM
This is exquisite. The power, beauty, and grace are awesome. I'm so glad you left the comment on my Story Time photo, so that I could find these wonderful horse photos of yours.
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06/26/2007 05:15:32 AM
Incredible raw power - the strength and glory of this creature is just amazing.
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01/10/2007 01:15:49 AM
Amazing, beautiful, powerful image. Leaves me speechless.
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01/10/2007 01:05:47 AM
This is a perfect capture of a noble animal. It shows all the power and beauty of his spirit.
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01/09/2007 10:19:03 PM
what a gorgeous horse
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12/22/2006 10:12:17 PM
This is amazing! Very cool! add to fav
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09/15/2006 04:45:24 PM
stunning shot! and another favorite for ya.
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04/21/2006 09:12:39 PM
This is a magic image, and have now added it to my favorites.....
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12/17/2005 02:08:43 AM
Wonderfully beautiful shot, Lynne, I don't know what to say. It was one of my favourites (if not my favourite) in the challenge. I was so surprised it didn't ribbon. Love your pictures. Keep up the good work!
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12/11/2005 10:43:00 PM
An image with sweeping movement and wonderful dynamic posture. The mane flips up and the viewer senses the action. Even finishing 24 is quite a feat in the free studies. Very good work!
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12/08/2005 12:06:41 PM
YAY, Lynne!! So glad this got top 25 in such a HUGE field of so many nice pix!! (Shoulda been higher!)
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12/08/2005 11:22:45 AM
Congrats Lynne on top 25 in a very difficult challenge!
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12/08/2005 10:53:59 AM
WOW.. this is my absolute favorite! Should have taken top 10 in my opinion.
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12/08/2005 09:29:06 AM
He is beautiful......

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12/08/2005 08:55:11 AM
Congrats Lynne, wonderful shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2005 11:48:21 PM
Lynnesite, is this you? You can just feel the power in that horse. I hope you have a long lens and weren't standing in his path! Great how you got the eyes, and even a catchlight in one. 'm not really a fan of the lighter background - it looks like maybe it was processed to have a dreamy effect but I think I'd rather it have more contrast.
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12/07/2005 09:47:44 PM
Gotta be Lynne. Nobody else captures horses quite like this. Love the flowing mane, but I prefer a less centered crop for action shots. 8
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12/07/2005 09:06:54 PM
Wonderful action shot. Nice dreamy look.
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12/07/2005 07:36:34 PM
Love the softness and the action caught.
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12/07/2005 06:30:08 PM
This has got to be Lynnesite. What a gift you have for capturing these majestic animals. If I've pegged the photographer wrong, take it as a compliment.
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12/07/2005 10:31:02 AM
Wonderful shot!
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12/06/2005 05:29:19 PM
powerful image. breathtaking. Second look, bumping up, should ribbon, congrats in advance,
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12/06/2005 11:01:26 AM
Caught at just the right moment. A little more contrast might be good though.
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12/05/2005 10:31:03 PM
Wonderful shot
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12/05/2005 12:01:30 PM
Great shot! I hope you were able to get out of the way ;-)
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12/04/2005 10:50:35 PM
Great capture. Jumps at me. Great b/g
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12/04/2005 06:53:52 PM
Thanks for presenting me another screen background.....10
12/04/2005 12:27:35 PM
nice action shot!
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12/04/2005 10:17:00 AM
I think leaving th horse's legs out of the picture detracts from the whole of the image.
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12/04/2005 12:01:03 AM
Nice capture
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12/03/2005 07:52:39 PM
I think you just win the sub-competition of horse portraits - there's a sense of blatant processing that is rather a turn-off here, although the definition of the animal just about lets you get away with it. There's a good sense of motion, and of grance and strength, which is well, and usefully, caught, but that lightned background and a feeling of sentimentality doesn't hang well for me with the idea of horse.
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12/03/2005 08:34:29 AM
What a magnificent animal! Pity you didn´t get all of it into the frame, powerful as is though!
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12/02/2005 11:03:23 PM
I get a wonderful sense of power from this. The background is a little disturbing, I dont know if you were going for an earthreally appearance but I still had to give it a 10
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12/02/2005 10:48:48 PM
wonderful action shot
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12/02/2005 06:37:09 PM
amazing capture!
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12/02/2005 03:50:44 PM
Good capture of movement and strength.
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12/02/2005 02:46:59 PM
Beautiful! Has a mystical look to it.
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12/02/2005 01:40:53 AM
Terrific shot, really well done. 10
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12/02/2005 01:32:48 AM
Great composition. I really like the dreamy surreal feeling you've created. Very fitting title. Great job.
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12/02/2005 12:09:40 AM
one of my favorites in this challenge...great capture of energy in motion!!
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12/01/2005 11:27:12 PM
I can almost hear the heavy breathing....
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12/01/2005 10:44:11 PM
Amazing capture! No real criticisms - I think a border around the picture would have framed it nicely and presented this amazing image a little better. Great job, I really like this one - can't wait to see the focal length of the lens you used - hopefully it wasn't 50mm. :-) <7>
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12/01/2005 10:12:42 PM
Very strong.
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12/01/2005 07:01:38 PM
This is amazing!
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12/01/2005 06:32:06 PM
wow. amazing shot... The horse is perfectly defined and the lighter background makes the power of the horse stand out that much more. Top ten in my opinion.
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12/01/2005 06:25:45 PM
7 - Very nice capture. Criticism; difficult, assuming you went for this 'soft look', which works, but still if there was a little more emphasis in certain dark areas (adv.editing maybe 'burn here there'/sharpening who knows) would make this 'pop' in certain places and make it an even better shot in my opinion. The cropping of the legs is minor, and if you had one 'full length' be 'another' good shot, but different to this (obviously). The background is nice and complements this, but perhaps the lighter areas at the bottom do not help 'accentuate' the horse and the movement/'feel' - but I imagine the contrast control issues would be difficult so who knows what could be done there, aside again, from selective 'adjustments'. Also (again depending what you had to work with), the mane on the left not cropped, but this is an 'opportune' shot so you've likely done all you could with what you had. Good overall 'feel' and good catch/capture. edit:typo

Message edited by author 2005-12-08 16:57:21.
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12/01/2005 05:03:08 PM
Wow, beautiful capture of a lovely fluid motion! Would have rated higher if it didn't look just a tiny bit too soft and if the colour was slightly more vibrant.
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12/01/2005 03:00:23 PM
A ten.
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12/01/2005 12:55:09 PM
Great capture!
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12/01/2005 11:35:07 AM
I hate horses, but i really like this image
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12/01/2005 09:51:39 AM
stunning! Would have liked to have seen the legs though. Such a powerful capture!
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12/01/2005 06:38:44 AM
freedom is the best word to describe this wonderful shot. I love the movement it portrays and also the soft pastel textured background
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12/01/2005 02:53:18 AM
Subtle power, so strong yet precise and graceful this animal is. Love the way it pops out of the background like he's going to come greet me. Great post processing!
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12/01/2005 02:21:41 AM
Nice capture. A true contender for the ribbon. Bumping up.
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12/01/2005 01:47:54 AM
Awesome photo. I love the title. 9
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12/01/2005 12:58:26 AM
This photo has the WOW factor! I can't help but feel the power and strength of this beautiful horse and everything about the photo just takes my breath away! 10
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12/01/2005 12:32:00 AM
Great capture! The power and grace of this horse is well presented as it appears to run towards us at full gallop. Love the soft focus on the image it brings a delicate touch to offset the power of the action of the horse galloping at full speed. It also brings a dreamy surreal look to the image such that we get the sensation that we are observing the scene in a slow motion dream. My only critique is that I would have liked to have seen all of the legs for it would have strengthened the image in the sense it would heighten the viewer awareness of the grace and power in these beautiful creature.
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12/01/2005 12:18:25 AM
That horse looks like it is going to run out of my screen.
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