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In The Zone
In The Zone
JimiRose


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Partners (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D40X
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6G ED
Location: Ferrara, Italy
Date: Jun 2, 2008
Aperture: f/5
ISO: ISO-800
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Sports, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 2, 2008

This shot was taken at the Ferrara Palio - a traditional horse race that takes place every year in a Piazza in the middle of town. It's similar to the more famous Siena Palio (to be featured in the new Bond film!).

PP. RAW convert using Silkypix, square crop, overlayed a black and white layer, vignette added, some selective dodge and burn, hue, saturation and brightness adjusted, neat image, resize, sharpen, border, save for web.

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Post - thanks for all the great comments, especially to nutzito for mistaking me for Alex Saberi, that really made my week. I'm mildly disappointed that so many people mistook the horse's excitement for fear or distress - it's a racehorse, they get psyched up too!

Trolls can go to hell - 7 4s?! Thanks again all, J

Statistics
Place: 7 out of 155
Avg (all users): 6.8084
Avg (commenters): 8.4118
Avg (participants): 6.8400
Avg (non-participants): 6.7988
Views since voting: 3428
Views during voting: 353
Votes: 214
Comments: 26
Favorites: 2 (view)


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02/06/2009 11:35:32 AM
I love the detail on the neck and the rest of the horse. The picture in its self was truely a great capture. Perfect timing and all
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02/02/2009 08:31:25 PM
Stunning shot
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08/23/2008 06:09:17 PM
I am amazed that your 55-200 produced this image. The colors and sharpness are outstanding. How far away were you from this subject?
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06/11/2008 04:44:58 PM
Jimmy, I am so glad to read my confusion made your week :-). I thought I knew who the author was and I did not vote for it, but like Pasta said, this was a serious contender for a ribbon. I am surprised it did not finish at least in the top 5. Keep up the excellent work.
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06/11/2008 01:45:18 PM
Love the whole image, the Palio is NUTS!! The horse trumpeting their success really makes this especially great!!

Good for you!

And as for trolls..eh~ a pox on all their houses...hehehe
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06/11/2008 05:55:18 AM
I really thought this would ribbon...a great image...well done
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06/11/2008 04:35:35 AM
This is a really interesting photo, the bareback rider is indeed "in the zone", has a good handle on his excited horse. I wish the lips/gums weren't blown out, still a compelling shot and congrats on the top ten!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/10/2008 11:47:15 PM
Nice detail. He has good control of his horse.
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06/10/2008 11:05:09 PM
Most excellent composition here, the timing helped a lot catching the horse's head up like that. Great job there.
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06/09/2008 10:46:55 AM
I thought this looks like Saberi`s but I may be wrong.
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06/08/2008 03:35:22 AM
This has to be a contender for a ribbon in my view...fantastic drama and vivid colour, focus is great 9
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06/06/2008 02:38:50 PM
amazing detail
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06/06/2008 11:42:37 AM
Great colors! Nice capture! :) 10!
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06/05/2008 03:17:44 PM
I like how you are able to see the texture on the horses hair
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06/05/2008 01:03:14 PM
Wow. Technically and visually very good indeed. Emotionally very creepy. I don't like the expression of either of them, but for diametrically different reasons. Can't help the feeling, that the horse may not sign the "mutually beneficial" part of the partnership. The ice cold, almost ruthless expression of the jockey says it all. Not a shot to promote horse racing, but a splendid one for animal activists. Congratulations for catching such a unique moment!
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06/05/2008 12:40:21 PM
Fantastic picture!!
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06/05/2008 08:34:49 AM
Wonderful composition! Such a dramatic pose! 10
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06/04/2008 03:30:49 PM
Based on the horse's head, I am not sure the horse views this as a partnership. Very nice image
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06/04/2008 01:36:58 PM
horse and rider don't look happy in this situation
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06/04/2008 11:34:41 AM
Nice capture. The detail and colours are quite stunning.
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06/04/2008 09:33:54 AM
Very cool photo. Colors, comp and subject are all great!
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06/04/2008 09:28:44 AM
Fantastic color and contrast. The editing here was done perfectly.
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06/04/2008 09:20:11 AM
This is a wonderful shot! The powerful color and crystal clear focus are incredible for a capture of such a fast subject.
Outstanding timing, and great job!
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06/04/2008 06:48:44 AM
The lighting and colors in this are amazing! I'd love to know how you did it. Great capture of a moment with the horse. Interesting that the horse looks in crisis and the jockey is so relaxed. Great composition too. Overall I love it!
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06/04/2008 03:17:10 AM
I'd usually say horse and rider were partners, but this doesn't look like a partnership to me; they both look at least uncomfortable with their situation, it almost looks like an act of cruelty.
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06/04/2008 12:35:31 AM
You caught some really nice light and action here!
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