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Challenge: Animal/People Interaction (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2009 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: near Kemptville
Date: Nov 2, 2009
Aperture: f.11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Humorous, Animals
Date Uploaded: Nov 3, 2009

A student of mine, Tori, and her rather overweight but very good-natured Canadian/mustang gelding, Twilight. They're on their way up to the ring for a lesson, and as I had to put a new throatlatch on the bridle, he is only wearing his halter. I got Tori to stop him and give him a treat he is unfamiliar with, which elicited the flehmen response...aka 'smile', which in turn made Tori laugh and gave me a bunch of great pix. Shot during Golden Hour.

pp: RAW-TIFF conversion, crop, shadow/highlight, resize, usm, sharpen edges, save for web.

Statistics
Place: 15 out of 67
Avg (all users): 6.0562
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.0556
Avg (non-participants): 6.0563
Views since voting: 1952
Views during voting: 416
Votes: 249
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0


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AuthorThread
11/11/2009 06:54:25 PM
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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
I like the action, but overall the snapshottish feel dominated the photograph more than the moment captured, in my opinion. I gave this a 4 during voting.

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
With the image as is, I wonder whether a much tighter crop on the left and bringing their faces into the frame/dominating more may have given this more of an edge. Because some of the colors in the fabrics contribute toward a slight busy feel for this image, perhaps a toning/b&w may have complemented this image. Fairly minor, but looks like it needs a whisker straightening and/or perspective correction.

Would like to have seen sharper focus on the horse.

Comments, Score & Placement Review
15th is good placing, and 6.05 a nice score. An average of 7.0 from your many commenters reflects their sentiments - they all liked the humor in this image.

Summary
As mentioned above, eliminating some of the distractions to allow the 'interaction' to dominate more, make this better in my opinion.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/11/2009 01:33:57 AM
Well done! Cute portrait :) I am jealous of your horse!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/11/2009 12:05:40 AM
Boy, he is a cresty dude. Congrats on keeping your 6!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/10/2009 01:05:50 PM
I elected to use a rating table to decide on what value to assign during voting.
Here’s the table:
1 No Animal/People Interaction
2 Slightly Appealing, but no Animal/People Interaction
3 Moderately Appealing, but on Animal/People Interaction
4 Greatly Appealing, but no Animal/People interaction
5 Not Appealing, but possessing Animal/People Interaction
6 Slightly Appealing and possessing Animal/People Interaction
7 Moderately Appealing and possessing Animal/People Interaction
8 Greatly Appealing and possessing Animal People Interaction
9 Better than #8, and caused an audible sigh
10 Better than #9, and would likely declare it a favorite
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/10/2009 11:11:06 AM
:) What a face!!! That's so cute!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/10/2009 07:42:22 AM
LOL! This is an amazing shot!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/07/2009 11:11:33 PM
Fun photo. Pity the horse's face is largely unsharp or blurred. Sharpness appears to go from the girl's face back beyond the saddle.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/05/2009 08:06:44 AM
:-) Great expression on the horse's face!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/04/2009 03:59:21 PM
thats great
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11/04/2009 03:54:56 PM
Cute
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/04/2009 12:40:05 PM
Hilarious!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/04/2009 12:37:33 PM
great capture! i love their expressions!
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11/04/2009 01:23:18 AM
Cute picture.
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11/04/2009 12:51:31 AM
Lol. Great shot - I just have to join in and laugh too.
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