A Standardbred mare, Sophia, and her oops baby, Tony. Shot outside the back door of the barn after a training session with 2-mth-old Tony, who is learning his ground manners ABCs, like how to accept wearing a halter and having humans tell him what to do.
pp: RAW-TIFF conversion, curves, contrast, saturation, resize, usm, sharpen edges, save for web
Place: 255 out of 403 Avg (all users): 5.4886 Avg (commenters): 6.0000 Avg (participants): 5.4297 Avg (non-participants): 5.6458 Views since voting: 652 Views during voting: 256 Votes: 176 Comments: 4 Favorites: 0
First Impressions The centered composition isn't showcasing these two well. The title confused me because of the subjects. I gave this a 5 during voting.
Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review As mentioned, a much tighter crop on the left to get these two more in the frame would have been better in my opinion, or even, a bold crop, chopping half the mother and going for a square or even vertical type framing, may have produced an interesting image as well.
The poses of the horses and the angle are not reaching the full potential perhaps available to you - but I wasn't there, so assuming a little.
There seems to be some haloing on the edges, perhaps oversharpening in pp, not sure - could just be resizing issues. With your title, the clouds/storm are not very prominent or showing any particular form. They do not feature enough within the frame to see all the drama too them.
There is a tree, far left in the background, that looks almost 'grey'... not sure what is going on there.
Comments, Score & Placement Review 255/403 and a score of 5.48 is circa middle of the road for a Free Study. An average of 6.0 from your two commenters (when one apparently didn't vote...) shows that they thought this image above average (as a general rule).
Summary The image as is, with a variation in crop and perhaps some subtle 'pushes' in pp to gain a little more boost, may have given this something extra. If you get another opportunity with these two (or even one of them), perhaps experimenting with different angles, especially trying to showcase selective features may produce an interesting image.
(No vote, just a comment) The strength of this one is the horses (very cute young one), so I would have picked a title that draws the attention to the horses rather than the not-all-that-interesting clouds.