July 27, 2018 at 11:23 am #32453
We go by these horses all the time on our way to and from church, and I been just waiting for an opportunity to take pictures of them!! Well, last night after walking on a trail with my brother and sister to take pictures for the VersePics paths assignment, we decided to walk home, which took us right by the horses – during golden hour!
Camera: Nikon D3100
Focal length: 55mm | ISO: 200 | Shutterspeed: 1/400 | Aperture: f/4July 28, 2018 at 10:26 pm #32484Dara CochranParticipant
Very nice!! I really love all the colors! I think if you could have gotten lower to the horses level I think that would add a neat angle. Also if you could have incorporated more of that barn on the right. In editing, I think if you brought the highlights down it would be better because the grass seems a little blown out. Other than that great job 😀July 29, 2018 at 5:21 pm #32496Ryan MadarisParticipant
Good job! As Dara said, I think the highlights do need to be down a bit, and you need to get a bit lower. Also, since the focal point of the picture is on the horses, it would be nice if you could use a focal length of about 200mm (or crop the photo) to bring the horses closer. Again, great job!July 30, 2018 at 10:48 am #32516
I couldn’t really include more of the barn; I was next to a fence which prohibits me from that angle 🙂 And that fence is a bit in the way if I get lower, so I would have to include it if I did that. I tried including it to bring more depth to the picture, but it just wasn’t looking good. Next time I have a chance to stop by there, though, I’ll definitely spend more time setting up shots, and I’ll bear your comments in mind. I was somewhat in a rush so I didn’t take time to size up better angles.
I’m not sure about the highlights… when I was editing, I felt like if I lowered the highlights too much more it was somehow taking life out of the photo. I could try again and see if I can edit it better.August 9, 2018 at 1:24 pm #32831
This is such an awesome shot! Would you mind if I waited until the webinar on the 14th to talk about it and show you how I would edit it?August 12, 2018 at 8:59 pm #32911
Sure thing! …doing photography at a camp this week, so probably won’t be able to catch it live, but I’ll definitely watch the replay.
Much appreciated 🙂August 14, 2018 at 8:39 am #32940August 15, 2018 at 1:12 pm #32985
I had fun looking over that picture last night, Lydia. Here’s a link to the webinar replay: https://mailchi.mp/lenspiration/in-case-you-missed-the-live-photo-critique-webinar-1431237August 15, 2018 at 3:42 pm #32999
Thanks so much, James!August 16, 2018 at 4:30 pm #33018
Oh I just thought of something! So, CT DEEP (Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection) is holding a photography contest, and I was thinking of entering – it’s free other than postage to mail in the photos, so I was considering doing it just for the fun of it. You can submit 1 photo per category, so for animals category, do you think these horses (edited a bit better), or the “Elephant in my Front Yard” would have a better chance? 🙂
(Submissions must be post-marked by Sept. 1st, by the way, so I have 1/2 a month to decide)August 20, 2018 at 9:02 pm #33068
I’m a real fan of this shot of the horses and think it would do well. Submitting the photo of the “elephant” would be a super creative approach, and I’m sure the judges would get a REAL kick out of it as they probably haven’t ever seen a submission like it, but I have a feeling when they come down to seriously making a choice, they would maybe just give it an honorable mention at most since it technically isn’t an animal. It’d sure be fun to see their initial reactions if you submitted the “elephant”. 🙂August 23, 2018 at 7:15 pm #33107
Well, I realized that the category is actually “wildlife”, and as elephants fit better into that category than horses in my opinion, I’ll probably do the elephant. …Anyways, what do I have to lose? 😀
I’m submitting both photos in our local grange fair this weekend, so we’ll see how they do pitted against each other in the “animals” category!September 6, 2018 at 9:22 pm #33342
Can’t wait to hear how it goes!!September 7, 2018 at 12:10 pm #33354
Well, neither picture won a prize at the Grange. It’s a super small fair, and unfortunately, the judges don’t give any comments on the photos so I don’t know how they decide which photos get prizes, or why certain photos didn’t get anything. I actually don’t even know who the judge(s) are. Out of 8 categories though, I won 5 first prizes (including best of show), 3 second prizes and 1 third prize. But at the same time, I don’t get what’s going on in the minds of these judges, so I take it with a grain of salt to some degree 😀
Now if I get a prize for the Elephant or the other photos I submitted in the state-wide competition, I’ll take that more seriously. 🙂September 11, 2018 at 2:15 pm #33448
No way, 5 first prizes, plus all the others?! That is so awesome!! Do you mind sharing the pictures that won so we can see them too?
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