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Mountain Mamma

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My horses Mia, Luna & Buddy these are not my best photos of them but they are photos that I feel had potential but I was off in more than one way. Besides the Obvious of my focus is off and the fence line in the last one. What CC and tips do you have for improving. Also, I try and try to edit out the fence in the last but can never get it looking like it's not been edited out. Any pointers or places I can review that kind of edit would be helpful.

Thanks in advance.

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I like the pov of that first one, a slightly higher aperture and you could have gotten the whole head in focus but I kinda like it as is.

Cloning the fence out of the last one is not too difficult a task if you have photoshop. Here is the results of a 5min clean up using the patch tool and a link to a tutorial for PS.
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I have been trying to clean up that fence for months with no avail. You can always tell where i removed it lol.. The way you got it done is exactly what i have been trying to achieve. I will take a look at that tutorial. The focus on the nose in the first one is interesting to me but i know that its not the most appealing to all..
I like the pov of that first one, a slightly higher aperture and you could have gotten the whole head in focus but I kinda like it as is.

Cloning the fence out of the last one is not too difficult a task if you have photoshop. Here is the results of a 5min clean up using the patch tool and a link to a tutorial for PS.
For editing I use Paint shop Pro 2019 and Lightroom 5
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Not sure how you would go about doing it in LR or PSP but I know there is a almost identical patch tool in GIMP an opensource editor which is very similar to Photoshop.
 

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Third is easily the best of these - I'd lighten up the shadow of his neck a little too. Important to have all four legs showing on a shot like this or else you might have a "tripod" type of look. All four legs are clearly shown here. As you can see, horses blink so another one with its eyes open would be better. Good to have pricked ears too.

Re the first, it's got a large nose, hasn't it? :grin: Fun for a change but much better to stand further back with a longer lens so the distortion isn't so apparent. Also, focus should ideally be on the eyes and not the muzzle. Good crop though - never need to have the whole horse in the photograph.

With the second, I like this type of shot and frequently take them. Not applicable with this shot but these points of view work well with the rider's leg in the foreground, focusing on the ears and having the background out of focus but distinguishable, as in your photograph. Focusing would be much better on the eyes as opposed to the right hand part of the photograph/neck area.

Biggest tip I have is to have the sun coming from behind you/over your shoulder and a decent background. For a full horse portrait, ensure all hooves are in the shot and then eyes open and ears pricked. For a nice head shot, widest aperture and background as far away as possible and this will give a clear head/neck with a nicely blurred out background.

This thread has more tips, mainly to do with moving horses: Legs
 

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IMO you should always try to make sure the eyes are in focus, well exposed, and visible.
 

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Third is easily the best of these - I'd lighten up the shadow of his neck a little too. Important to have all four legs showing on a shot like this or else you might have a "tripod" type of look. All four legs are clearly shown here. As you can see, horses blink so another one with its eyes open would be better. Good to have pricked ears too. Thank you for the feedback I will make sure to try to get that next time out with my camera to photograph this handsome

Re the first, it's got a large nose, hasn't it? :grin: Fun for a change but much better to stand further back with a longer lens so the distortion isn't so apparent. Also, focus should ideally be on the eyes and not the muzzle. Good crop though - never need to have the whole horse in the photograph. Haha yes she has a big nose for sure, it is fun to see in a different way but know its not the ideal image for sure. I will practice with your suggestions over the next few days and see if i can improve a bit and come back for more advice. :)

With the second, I like this type of shot and frequently take them. Not applicable with this shot but these points of view work well with the rider's leg in the foreground, focusing on the ears and having the background out of focus but distinguishable, as in your photograph. Focusing would be much better on the eyes as opposed to the right hand part of the photograph/neck area. Oh nice your tip for when there is a rider, This day it was just my girl and i hanging out in the pasture but maybe next time I let my daughter ride I will try this with the rider. That day I think i was to worried about framing that i forgot to even try to focus at all but I will defiantly remember eyes in focus make for a better image..

Biggest tip I have is to have the sun coming from behind you/over your shoulder and a decent background. For a full horse portrait, ensure all hooves are in the shot and then eyes open and ears pricked. For a nice head shot, widest aperture and background as far away as possible and this will give a clear head/neck with a nicely blurred out background. Wonderful tips that I will be writing down and taking out to pasture with me when I practice again with these 3.

This thread has more tips, mainly to do with moving horses: Legs
I will be checking this thread out Thank you.
 

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My horses Mia, Luna & Buddy these are not my best photos of them but they are photos that I feel had potential but I was off in more than one way. Besides the Obvious of my focus is off and the fence line in the last one. What CC and tips do you have for improving. Also, I try and try to edit out the fence in the last but can never get it looking like it's not been edited out. Any pointers or places I can review that kind of edit would be helpful.

Thanks in advance.

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I do alot of wild horses shots. Domestic can be shot much closer and with this line of composition which is always a favorite. As you mentioned crisper focus is a huge key to most shots but also where the light is. I darkened the background a smidge to pronounce the horse. I brought down your highlights a tad on the horses face while trying not to cause it to dull or brown up. Sometimes it's just little things.

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Renee Lund

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My horses Mia, Luna & Buddy these are not my best photos of them but they are photos that I feel had potential but I was off in more than one way. Besides the Obvious of my focus is off and the fence line in the last one. What CC and tips do you have for improving. Also, I try and try to edit out the fence in the last but can never get it looking like it's not been edited out. Any pointers or places I can review that kind of edit would be helpful.

Thanks in advance.

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Sometimes I try out black/white to see if it enhances removing the color.

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