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Another shot taken on location in the south of France. Another photographer quite rightly pointed out two things about the buried wooden fencing in this shot.

1 The angle it runs across the page distracts the line of the horse

2 The wood makes the horse looked penned in like he is enclosed.

Both very valid points and part of the reason I like to have work critiqued.
· Date: Tue February 7, 2017 · Views: 228 ·
Keywords: Wild,white,stallion,horse,rearing
Camera Make / Model: Canon 70d
Lens Make / Focal Length: Canon L-IS 2.8 70/200
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State / County / Area Image Taken: Camaruge
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Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,659
Tue February 7, 2017 5:07pm

All true but what they didn't say is why not remove the offending "fence".
The thing is, you don't know where or when a a wonderful stallion is gong to rear up like this (I do wonder if there was a horse trainer nearby. Anyway, you would not be changing the subject or composition - not much more than removing a sweet wrapper really. I have removed them all with the patch (content aware) tool in PS but probably could have left some in place but removed enough to break the fence. continued .....

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,707
Tue February 7, 2017 5:13pm

I did not"feel" the presence of the horizontal line of the remnant fencing until you mentioned the critique of the picture... I just found the fencing as a natural bottom border to your capture of the horse.

I like the energetic feel of the pose, the contrast between the lightness of the horse's coat and its surrounding which as with the previous posting works to bring a 3D quality to the picture, and as with the previous image there is also the catch light in the eye once again serving to bring the image to life before my eyes.


Registered: June 2013
Posts: 1,763
Wed February 8, 2017 4:19pm

This is my preferred picture of the two you have uploaded, I envy you the opportunity to get to the Camaruge.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,497
Sat February 11, 2017 2:37pm

Agree with John, this is my preferred choice of the two you uploaded of this magnificent horse. Love your details on the horse and the absence of the fenceposts enhances the photo further. I much prefer your sky to the one created by Vic in his edits - gives a less distracted view of the beautiful horse.

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