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Challenge: Stopped Motion III (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: 2006 challenges
Camera: Samsung Digimax 201
Location: Ontario
Date: Aug 1, 2006
Aperture: auto
ISO: auto
Shutter: auto
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Aug 2, 2006

A happy accident. I didn't even plan for this shot, was just sitting on the ground taking pix of some Standardbreds - then I realized that all the planes are horizontal, one horse has her head up, another head down, and the third was also perfectly motionless except for that vertical tail. Thanks to Booboo, Jack and Tim.

Post-shoot editing: crop, brightness/contrast, smudge.

Place: 208 out of 212
Avg (all users): 4.0053
Avg (commenters): 3.8571
Avg (participants): 3.9481
Avg (non-participants): 4.0455
Views since voting: 714
Views during voting: 276
Votes: 187
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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08/20/2006 09:59:39 PM
*Critique Club*

The only stopped motion that I can clearly see in the photo is the tail. I don't think that in this photo, the tail would be the most exciting part of the photo. In other words, I don't think that the stopped motion is the main subject here.
I think that this is more of a still life than a stopped motion. Just doesn't seem like much motion involved here. I think this is one reason for lower votes in this challenge.
My eyes are automatically drawn to the almost full horse on the left of the photo. He appears to be looking toward the camera, we have an interesting angle on him, and he's the largest part of the photo. In my opinion, he's the main subject of the photo. That being said, the lighting on that horse is horrible. The only thing making him not a complete silhouette is the small section of light on his nose. Even his eyes are completely darkened in. As someone else suggested, a fill flash might have helped to give the left horse some more detail. A different time of day, or maybe a different day might have helped with the dull sky as well.
I think the 1/2 horse on the right is a distraction, even if he IS suposed to be the main horse, because he is going out of the photo, I feel that he's more of a distraction than anything.
The background looks level, which is something a LOT of people, including myslef, overlook in shots like these. So I give you points on that.
I like the low angle and the fence in the shot. eVen though the bottom rung of the fence goes almost straight through the center of the photo, It hink it works because of the angle of the upper fence rung.
With 3 horses just sitting around, I can't help but think that a shot of one of them prancing, or jogging might have been better suited for the stopped motion challenge.
Not sure if you can set the shutter speed on your cam or not, but definately a quick shutter speed would help to give a stopepd motion look. In my opinion, this shot of Bailyis an excellent stopped motion shot with great lighting. I love that shot.
I wonder what you used the smudge tool on? I cannot see an obvious reason to have used that for this shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/11/2006 01:20:39 PM
They look hungry to me. ;^) Ok. I'm not sure where to look. You have multiple subjects here, none of which are totally in the photo. Image is a bit dark (heavy shadows), and the image is a little soft and blurry. I'm thinking that the horse's tail is what drew you into taking this image? The motion there has been stopped so you're fine for meeting the challenge in that regard. Sorry I don't have much positive to say. I think the biggest single thing holding this image back is a clear story line. Best of luck to you. Keep at it!
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08/11/2006 12:09:04 PM
For me this suffers from being taken at the wrong time of day, lighting seems very harsh. Plus I think I would have centered the shot around one horse moving it's tail.
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08/10/2006 11:08:10 PM
You've stopped the motion in this shot (the horse's tail) but because of everything else that's going on, I don't feel like it's the strongest part of the photo. A slightly different angle may have given a better view of the tail swishing.
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08/09/2006 05:21:13 PM
looks more like a snapshot to me, too much cyan (see dark areas)
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08/08/2006 10:19:19 PM
The DOF here is good with everything in acceptable focus and the shutter speed was sufficient to stop the horse's tail. Unfortunately, the noon sun has created some very harsh lighting. If this had to be shot at this time of day using some flash for a fill light to brighten the dark shadows would have been a good idea. Even better would have been to take this earlier or later in the day when the light is a little more flattering. Compositionally, I like the positioning of the three horses, but a wider angle lens was really needed to prevent cutting body parts off the two flanking horses.
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08/08/2006 02:01:49 PM
Love the horses....other than the tail, there is not much stopped motion here for me.
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08/08/2006 06:36:20 AM
hot horses, standing around. if this was [b]stopped motion I[b], i could understand this take on the challenge. but, having TWO other previous challenges to look through to see what ideas were well-received and what type of images bombed, i really don't know why you would enter this, just in terms of meeting the challenge. it might appeal to some on an artistic side, but it's really asking a lot of the voters/viewers here to embrace it. if you want better scores, maybe check out this thread.
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08/07/2006 01:35:20 PM
Okay this is just not good, it was blurry and then it looks like you depratly tried to clear it up with sharpening (it didn't work) It also very helter skelter, the composition is all over the place. Try harder next time. P.S. It's really grainy too

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