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Challenge: Tools (Classic Editing*)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix 2800Z
Location: Morgan horse Farm, Middlebury, Vermont
Date: Aug 22, 2003
Date Uploaded: Aug 23, 2003

levels, crop, B&C, color sat., USM

Place: 27 out of 256
Avg (all users): 6.0386
Avg (commenters): 6.7222
Avg (participants): 6.0450
Avg (non-participants): 6.0313
Views since voting: 1268
Votes: 207
Comments: 21
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/03/2003 11:01:39 PM
Thank you to all who commented on my first entry here at the forum! Your thoughts were instructive and inspiring, and I hope to be able to return the favor for each of you.

The saddle was retired from the Morgan Horse farm in Middlebury, Vt and kept in a dusty hot (!) junk tack room illuminated with one window, which fortunately had a roll down shade.

I turned the EV way down which helped bring out the contrast and rich color.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/02/2003 09:48:25 PM
The classic "barn" lighting adds authenticity to this shot and really sets the mood. Well done.
09/02/2003 04:56:28 PM
The shadow across the saddle makes it hard to distinguish it. The rope seems to be the highlight of the photo.
09/02/2003 12:17:48 PM
Excellent color and texture. I feel that it needs more lighting on the left hand side of the picture but given that, this should be good enough to frame and hang up somewhere.
08/31/2003 06:41:49 PM
I really like the lighting and colors in this photo. Good job!
08/30/2003 10:36:27 AM
I would have rated higher if the right (side) lighting wasn't as bright (maybe this would have been better as a monochrome?). I miss the view of the full saddle.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/29/2003 02:49:54 PM
Nice Photo, good lighting , color
08/29/2003 11:21:03 AM
Wow! Looks like a winner.
08/28/2003 09:55:35 PM
Nice pic! Great subject and nice arrangement. I would have wiped the saddle down.
08/28/2003 03:30:36 PM
Exceptionally well done. Darker background with the foreground bright rope gives this a rustic, western feeling. Beautiful image.
08/28/2003 12:28:51 PM
cool pic.
08/28/2003 09:20:11 AM
Nice shot , the background seems a bit dark though.
08/28/2003 01:34:09 AM
Very nice. I really like the strong lighting on the ropes and front of the saddle, but to make it even better I would have added another light (from the left) lightly illuminating the upper part of the pic.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/27/2003 06:30:05 PM
I like the colour in this one...
08/27/2003 03:17:06 PM
This is beautiful. Love the colors and textures. At first I thought I'd like to see it somewhat lighter, but changed my mind. A subdued richness matches the title perfectly.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/27/2003 02:19:07 PM
The colors in this picture are terrific! The texture on the rope is excellent. How I wish the lighting reflected onto the beautiful saddle. I still give it an 8
08/27/2003 12:22:30 PM
I love this photograph! I love the rich warm color and the "feel" of the smooth leather and the rough rope. This is beautiful. I don't like it for "tools" though
08/27/2003 09:23:04 AM
This is great, and I'm glad you decided to keep it in color. The lighting is great, and the contrast between the leather(?) and the rope is nice. The only one negative is the harsh shadow that seems to fall directly down the middle and cut the saddle into half, I think it loses some flow there. Perhaps moving a little to your left may have helped that. Overal it's a great image, and certainly stands out as being different for this challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/27/2003 08:54:39 AM
I love the warmth of the rope and the saddlehorn - nice shot and original response 8
08/27/2003 02:10:59 AM
Great lighting.
08/27/2003 01:21:31 AM
This is a wonderful shot. I would personally love to try and shoot this bad boy with my pro light. Wonder what kind of dramatic effect I could produce.

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