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Challenge: Free Study 2008-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ5
Date: Jul 28, 2008
Aperture: f4
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Jul 31, 2008

Have to say I like this picture although I am not sure if I have done the best I could with it. No crop but a lot of playing with the colour to get the right balance of light and dark (lost the channel mixer in the Gimp), and I did like the weird colour versions I came up with but maybe they were too far out, USM, and I cannot remember if I did the denoising in the Gimp on this one, desaturation, resize, sharpen. There are flies on his face - I might have tried to smudge them but I didn't. My biggest concern is that this is way too pale, lacking in both white and black, but I liked the ghostly (for want of a better word) effect.

This is Max, one of 2 Clydesdales who live somewhere between me and my village. They were in one of their fields seeking shade at lunchtime under a very scrubby stand of willow. I got right up close without stepping in any presents.

Place: 504 out of 524
Avg (all users): 4.5839
Avg (commenters): 5.2857
Avg (participants): 4.6423
Avg (non-participants): 4.3947
Views since voting: 882
Views during voting: 236
Votes: 161
Comments: 13
Favorites: 3 (view)

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06/04/2010 08:11:17 PM
I've always loved this, Timothy. It was one of the first images I favourited, and I've just discovered to my surprise, that I never left a comment on it.
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09/07/2008 07:45:57 PM
I really love the shadows on the horse. But with advanced editing I would have blurred the background foliage. There's a lot of details in those areas that compete with the beauty of the animal.
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09/04/2008 12:53:36 AM
Wow, by the comments, this is a "like it- don't like it" kind of image, no middle ground. I'm in the like it pile. Just a little more head on would have helped a lot with getting a better score I would think, but with animals we get only what they, the animals, will offer us.
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08/08/2008 09:43:57 AM
I like the effect. I find it ethereal. I gave this an 8.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2008 07:52:31 PM
Beautiful and subtle play of greys and light, looks like a charcoal drawing. This is why I try to go through shots at least twice when voting ... put this in the six bucket originally, now back for a second look to bump you to an 8, and I may be back again. Ah heck, make it a 10. Don't see how dappled light gets much better than this. Good luck!
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08/06/2008 08:41:48 AM
ooohhhh...very over processed...
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08/05/2008 05:00:13 PM
Seems over exposed, pity as composition promising
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08/05/2008 03:01:20 AM
i like!
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08/03/2008 04:09:34 AM
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08/02/2008 07:02:56 AM
Nice idea, but looks a little more washed out than desaturated. Kinda grainy.
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08/02/2008 04:10:30 AM
I wish it had more contrast, but I can see where you might have wanted the shadows so light.
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08/01/2008 06:00:57 AM
An interesting effect but the composition is lacking
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08/01/2008 12:34:07 AM
Contrast seems really low and the whole image appears both soft and oversharpened at the same time. I think you were possibly trying to achieve a dreamlike effect and it came close, but I'm afraid it quite doesn't work for me.
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