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Braving the weathers
Mephisto


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Challenge: Pet Portrait II (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Nikon
Location: iceland, somewhere in the middle of nowhere
Date: Dec 7, 2006
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Portraiture, Animals
Date Uploaded: Dec 8, 2006

this photo is a tribute to the disqualified 5th place in my last challenge (420711.jpg),

i also tried the half face crop, but then strangely enough the horse looked more like a cow.lol
the shot was fun to take, though horses are in fact not the best models. this horse was the only white one in the herd, and when the other ones noticed, that i was only giving my attention to the white horse, they were trying to push it away from me. you see, a horse like you and i...;)

photoshoppings (ooh i could get used to the advanced editing!):
- opened in camera raw, some contrast and white balance adjusts
- background layers for:
shadows/highlights
dodging/burning, cloning out two small sticks from the horses hair
sharpening (only on the horse)
- adjustment layers for:
selective color
gradient map in hard light mode
desaturation

resized, slightly sharpened again (only the horse), saved for web

hope it does a little better than getting dq'ed...;)

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 378
Avg (all users): 7.2500
Avg (commenters): 8.4000
Avg (participants): 6.9643
Avg (non-participants): 7.5530
Views since voting: 5598
Views during voting: 515
Votes: 272
Comments: 55
Favorites: 14 (view)


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07/01/2009 09:59:42 PM
I think that this horse is awesome!!
I like his haircut! haha
Very very nice portrait
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05/25/2008 03:02:54 AM
What a beautiful photo! It belongs in a book!
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09/15/2007 04:18:04 PM
Well, hun, this one did a lot better than being dq'ed ;)

Love it!
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09/04/2007 10:55:27 AM
Yep, one cool horse! Great job!!
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12/23/2006 02:46:54 AM
Awesome shot. Looks like it should be on the cover of Egil's Saga.
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12/23/2006 02:40:45 AM
Great shot of a beautiful animal. Congratulations on top 5.
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12/21/2006 09:32:07 PM
haha the tribute to the other one.
at least your date was right on this
one right?
great job on the top 5 finish!
and the fish eye or any wide-angle
is a great investment!
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12/20/2006 05:44:21 PM
Congrats on 4th - it's a great shot!!
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12/20/2006 05:41:11 PM
Awesome picture! Horse looks awesome. Congratulations on the 4th place
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12/20/2006 07:36:11 AM
BEAUTIFUL horse photo!!!! I love it!

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12/20/2006 06:09:17 AM
Originally posted by Mephisto:

..@macrothing: this horse is (unfortunately) not mine, so i don't know its name, i wonder if it even has one...i'll ask it next time i see it


You do that or.. just make one up next time. Thanks for the response to my comment.
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12/20/2006 05:01:35 AM
thanks for your votes and comments, guys, i'm really happy!

@ pixelstate: i was so lol, when i read your comment. see what i mentioned for the location of the shot...;)
@macrothing: this horse is (unfortunately) not mine, so i don't know its name, i wonder if it even has one...i'll ask it next time i see it
12/20/2006 02:59:22 AM
hey!!!!! congrats to your 4th place!!!! that's great!!! though 1-3 would have been really deserved. but it's a wonderful picture, and go on like this!
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12/20/2006 02:26:23 AM
Great shot. Congrats on getting into the top 5
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12/20/2006 01:01:15 AM
Great talent and very good work. Congratulations on your 4th place.
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12/20/2006 12:58:42 AM
I should have know this was yours. Very cool shot!
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12/20/2006 12:34:56 AM
knew it was Iceland...well done on your top 4 image!
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12/20/2006 12:26:31 AM
Congratulations on a beautiful shot. One of my favorites and happy to see it on the front page.
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12/20/2006 12:25:14 AM
Congrats on being the only top 10 NOT of a dog or a cat :-) Good work with this lovely, atmospheric animal portrait.
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12/20/2006 12:20:53 AM
Beautiful Icelandic cow!! Loved it the second I saw it! Congrats on your placement!!
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12/20/2006 12:15:27 AM
Yup.... greys are "in"! Lovely photo and congrats on the top ten!
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12/20/2006 12:08:38 AM
Well done. My favorite non cat/dog shot in the bunch. Glad to see it score so well!
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12/20/2006 12:07:14 AM
Great finish. Love that horsey!! Congrats.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/19/2006 10:41:14 PM
AMAZING!
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12/19/2006 09:50:07 PM
Nice composition.
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12/17/2006 11:55:18 PM
I think that if this picture had a different angle, I would give it a 9 or a 10. The landscape looks gorgeous, and I'd like ot see more of the horse itself, it looks practically majestic.
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12/17/2006 07:29:37 PM
I like the framing.
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12/16/2006 09:36:30 PM
This looks like a scene out of a fantasy movie! Is that really your pet?
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12/16/2006 08:30:40 AM
Great detail and composition. I can feel the cold. This is one of my favorites in the challenge.
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12/15/2006 08:22:06 PM
Back to bump to a 10. This is by far my top pick of the challenge.
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12/15/2006 03:57:29 PM
7 - Nice image of the horse. Your call (obviously), but think just a little less empty space on left for more balance make this even better in my opinion. For this Challenge, with this image, I also think including the name of the horse, would have given this more character and made it more 'personal'.
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12/15/2006 03:41:01 PM
The crop might be a weeeee bit too tight on the mouth. Love the tones and the framing.
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12/15/2006 11:12:04 AM
Wow what a great backgound and animal. Beautiful shot, very well set up, love the compositon and offset of the horse. Well done.
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12/15/2006 01:48:03 AM
best one so far. 9
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12/14/2006 10:30:14 PM
Great use of background.
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12/14/2006 04:41:07 PM
beautiful.... but if this is a pet where do you live... looks like the middle of nowhere! :-)
Should top 10 or ribbon IMO.
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12/14/2006 04:14:03 PM
Arresting composition nicely combined with muted colours.
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12/14/2006 01:01:37 PM
So excellent! I love the post processing, depth of field, composition, everything!
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12/14/2006 11:34:17 AM
Beautiful shot! I love the crop, the use of negative space, the colors, everything!!!!! This is my favorite by far!
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12/14/2006 10:08:03 AM
A very striking and serene portrait. I love the colors and the composition.
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12/14/2006 09:00:07 AM
Great texture! A 3/4 angle on the horse would add some more drama with the wind and mane, supporting your title. Also, a looser crop would give the subject some more visual breathing room. Definate "feed me face" : )
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12/14/2006 08:46:01 AM
Fantastic. A winner. 10
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12/14/2006 05:28:48 AM
wow, beautiful horse, as beautiful as the picture! go for a ribbon!!!
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12/14/2006 12:26:48 AM
Hmmm... Top 10 maybe ribbon. Very nice. 10 from me.
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12/13/2006 11:00:44 PM
Although this is not the stereotypically accepted animal that springs to mind when one says pet it is a very beautiful and exceptionally well done portrait. I say stereotypical because cats & dogs are widely accepted as pets but I did know of a friend who had a horse for a pet so it is an uncommon pet. Love the lighting and all the lovely details in this photo! I also love how you included the rugged terrain and the mountain backdrop in this photo for it shows the animal in it's natural surroundings and the region it is native too.
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12/13/2006 09:39:41 PM
Beautiful!
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12/13/2006 08:08:28 PM
great horse picture! 10
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12/13/2006 03:18:36 PM
awesome use of grunge and a composition to match.
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12/13/2006 03:06:02 PM
Beautiful and striking image. I love the soft muted colors and I can feel the gentle breeze blowing. A little noisy in the background and sky, but it really doesnt take away alot from the image. I hope this does well for you - 8 for now. I will probably be back later.
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12/13/2006 02:38:21 PM
This is the first horse shot I have seen in the challenge that looks like a portrait!
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12/13/2006 11:26:49 AM
lovely
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12/13/2006 09:17:15 AM
AWWW. What a beauty. Love the scenery and DOF. SWEET!!! 8
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12/13/2006 07:12:47 AM
Love it ! 10 !
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12/13/2006 01:58:59 AM
very very good.. my top ten pick
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12/13/2006 01:50:46 AM
has to be Iceland right? I like the composition
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