This particular horse is a real charmer, full of personality. When I took these photos I was trying to capture his personality in action. The sun was out but it was early and the light was not very bright. I shot from below the horse to try and capture a unique perspective. Because he was moving so much it was not practical to use a tripod.
I used Aperture 9 (to get as much in focus as I could)
Shutter Speed 100-160 (to let in as much light as I could)
Center Weighted metering (light on the horse)
IS0 320 to 400 to let in as much light as I could and keep as much clarity as possible
Exposure Bias +.7
In editing I opened in raw, and sharpened ~ 15, increased clarity and vibrancy just a smidge.
Once in photoshop elements I tried to select around just the horse to sharpen just the horse but I could not manage to do it with any finesse (the horses mane is a challenge to select) so instead I used mask sharpening on the entire photo ...
Amount 85%, Radius 1, Threshold 4
I also cloned out rust spots on the white rail.
Here are the photos which I do like a lot but? I think they need to be sharper, have better focus (too soft and on his nose instead of his eyes?) and maybe better clarity?
This one is a little odd, but I think it is cute.. he kind of looks like a camel (I cropped the photo by rotating it because the angle I used made the entire photo crooked)
How could I have done this better? Thank you.