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  Mini#33 Best of 2016, So Far
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Companions       ©2016 jomari
Canon Powershot G12       6th place, 96 points
1/250s, f4.5, ISO 80, 148mm, ?, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Cropped. Increased detail on one layer, softened on another, pasted in 50% opacity, erased some bits for more detail. Cloned out a piece of wood or some such at the bottom of the fence. Because the sky was just a slab of white I pasted in a new sky from another shot taken on the same outing.       Extra Info: We often pass this property on our way to our son's and the horse herd is ever changing.
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Jul 11, 2016
    Thanks for the comments. It is always helpful to have such input. The two comments about cropping tighter/cropping out the sky, particularly. It never occurred to me to do that but I can see the merits.

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Jade O.
Jul 11, 2016
    Magnificent capture of equine majesty in a pastoral setting. And yet, to my taste there is something more needed in pp; I sense you need to "pop" the horses a bit more, and will some clever use of selective lightening could have made this the top pick. All the elements are there, but the colour and the lighting seems oddly a little flat. Top 10.

Jul 11, 2016
    Beautiful horsey scene. Well composed.

Jul 11, 2016
    I really like this. Did you consider cropping on the part of the trees before trying to add a different layer for the sky? I always fall on the trap that I should have a horizon (therefore a sky) when taking landscape photos. But sometimes it is refreshing not to have those elements. Nonetheless this is well taken. In my faves.

Jul 10, 2016
    Beautiful pastoral shot.

Jul 10, 2016
    I am not sure I can say exactly why I like this so much. It has a wonderful wild and free feel to it. And the grouping turned out well with individuals left and right setting off the central group. TT.

Jul 10, 2016
    well composed and nice pp work

Jul 10, 2016
    Lovely scene, gorgeous horses, wonder if you thought of cropping it tighter.

In my faves anyway.

Jul 10, 2016
    I like the tone and feel of this shot, and really appreciate your description of your method... please post the original in outtakes, it would be interesting to see.

Jul 10, 2016
    Nice horses - that so many are looking to the right gives me a feeling that I'm missing something over there.

Jul 9, 2016
    Well composed, love the lighting.

Old Finn
Jul 9, 2016
    Good work. In my favorites.

Jul 9, 2016
    Nicely detailed capture. Colors are not overdone and subject matter composition is pleasing. I have no issue with the composite blending of the clouds from a different image, especially since it seems to have been done with care. Very nice.

Jul 8, 2016
    Lovely pastoral image. I like the way you got the horses to stand out against the background. Nicely processed. In my TT.

Jul 8, 2016
    What I like: interesting subject, OK composition, natural colors.
What I think could be better: I don't like pasting in a different sky -- that's fake. If you had merged two different exposures taken at the same time and place, that would be different. Even better would have been cropping out the sky altogether as it isn't essential to this shot. No detail in the shadowed parts of the two darkest horses.
Edited on Jul 8, 2016
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