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    My Handsome Boy

    C&C always welcome, but I'm really just posting because I think he's so pretty<BG>. I know; that's a terrible thing to admit!



    My Handsome Boy
    947Z0328 Darby by M.J. Hencher, on Flickr

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    Re: My Handsome Boy

    I'm such a novice so I feel like my feedback is unworthy but I agree, Darby is a very pretty boy indeed!

    I love the depth of field in this image too

    Horses are such beautiful creatures aren't they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmmyJane View Post
    I'm such a novice so I feel like my feedback is unworthy
    No way. Please never feel like that. Through offering a comment, you have thought about the image and, as a result, you too have learned. So, it's a win:win situation.

    And I agree. The shallow DoF is, I think, what changes this from a 'nice' photo of a horse into a picture.
    Last edited by Donald; 12th November 2012 at 08:06 PM.

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    He just invites me to wrap my arms around his neck and give him a scratch. Lovely photo

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoByTrace View Post
    He just invites me to wrap my arms around his neck and give him a scratch. Lovely photo
    Is that me or the horse we're talking about?

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    Re: My Handsome Boy

    Lol!

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    They both have a good, strong jaw and sufficient chin whiskers, don't they, Trace?

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    Re: My Handsome Boy

    Indeed Myra!

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    Re: My Handsome Boy

    It's clear that everyone is having way too much fun in this thread, so I'll do my best to add a bit of boredom.

    Darby is such a handsome fella and the pose and light are so pleasing that I'd like to suggest just a few minor adjustments to hopefully take this very deserving image to the next level. Using whatever method you're most comfortable with, try adding just a bit more contrast to the tones in Darby's hair. That will give the image a bit more pop so long as you don't lose any detail in the dark tones. Also bring out the detail of the inside of his ears. Last, the frame is so similar to the color of the sky that I would prefer a bit more separation. I'm not good at suggesting frame colors, so I won't go there.

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    All good points, Mike. I did just the opposite with his coat, though, as it originally was too dark and without much definition Yes, the sky and frame aren't very attractive together. Decreasing the exposure of the sky didn't help, either. There isn't a trace of colour there to coax through. Not sure how I managed to fade the top of this ears... I hadn't even noticed until you mentioned it. Good eye!

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    Re: My Handsome Boy

    Quote Originally Posted by Maritimer1 View Post
    I did just the opposite with his coat, though, as it originally was too dark and without much definition
    That makes sense to me, as that is often a typical problem when photographing black animals. Also, the image has the look of dark hair that was lightened to provide more detail. Consider using the same adjustments but backing off on the opacity. You might find something between the original and the image shown above to be ideal.

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