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  Mini#28 Best of 2014
Entry 5 of 40
   
 
Peeking through the bushes       ©2014 andzwe
Panasonic DMC-GH4       5th place, 192 points
1/500s, f5.2, ISO 1250, 122mm, Landscape, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Converted to black and white, a bit of coloring, contrast, shadows, softening, sharpening and cropping.       Extra Info: None
 
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jomari
Nov 24, 2017
    I've just come across this delight. I love everything about it.

Jade O.
Jan 15, 2015
    I wanted to add something. I noticed you got first place votes from some fairly experienced photographers, eagle1, elliott, f_otto, LaRee (and of course this was my first place as well). I like the beauty of this and the use of natural light. I disagree with those that say the wires should come out. They are what give purpose to why three horses are standing there. It would look unnatural without the wires to explain why they are there.

I hope you enter during the year. In my humble opinion, this is a photo far above what we usually see even with the winning shots on this site. It would be a pleasure to see more of your work during the year.

Mepo
Jan 13, 2015
    Loved this shot as I've said before but I wanted to respond to your pp comments. My view is that when we see a scene our brains remove many distractions and alter a lot of what we see to better suit our expectations. For example, the first time I saw this shot I was ignorant of the wires running through it at first but they grew more apparent as I viewed it.

I used to detest pp but came to realise that it is present in many shots, often without the photographers knowledge. Some of my friends take great care to adjust the internal settings of their cameras before they take a shot. I prefer to simply shoot RAW and then use the tools available to show what I was trying to take. My views on the subject were also changed as I came to realise how many of the great film camera photographers whom I've admired were pping like crazy.

Pp is a great tool that can allow a photographer to better express what he/she saw.

andzwe
Jan 13, 2015
    Thanks everybody, for your congratulations, votes and constructive comments.

It's actually the 2nd time I take part in a Panachallenge competition, after the best of 2013 theme (2nd place).

I considered removing the wires, as some suggested, but decided to leave that bit of reality in, because it was already dream-like enough.

I always strive for taking photos that only need moderate editing, or else the danger exist it won't have much to do with photography / the thrill of capturing that special moment anymore.

Mepo
Jan 12, 2015
    Welcome to the site. Loved this shot and had it as my #2. That was certainly a scene worth recording.

Jade O.
Jan 12, 2015
    Super shot! So pleased to see this one in the top 5!

mrsawyer
Jan 12, 2015
    Wow! Top five in your first try! Great job!

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Old Finn
Jan 12, 2015
    Very nice. I like the composition and contrasts. In my favs.

Mepo
Jan 12, 2015
    Love it!

RolandB
Jan 12, 2015
    I like the soft lighting in the background. This gives a very peaceful feeling. Well captured.

Lo
Jan 12, 2015
    The lighting in this photo really takes it above the ordinary - it's such a peaceful, almost ethereal scene. In my faves.

LaRee
Jan 11, 2015
    This really is beautiful. The foliage surrounding the horses creating a frame of foliage for the image is great. The horses stance, pose or grouping is perfect. I am certain this should do well.

NEAT
Jan 11, 2015
    Sweet image!

Joanna
Jan 11, 2015
    This has so much going for it. The composition and whole atmosphere created by the light involves the viewer and makes one wonder what caught the attention of the animals. The b&w to me was the perfect choice.

A.N.Other
Jan 11, 2015
    What a lovely scene. Quite a high-key shot but it gives it a sense of dreaminess. I would have been tempted to try to remove the three wires of the fence making them seem free to move closer to the viewer. Some parts of the wires already seem to be removed in front of some legs. GL.

cookiejar
Jan 11, 2015
    A really lovely composition and great exposure in difficult light. Charming.

johncomyn
Jan 10, 2015
    The horses almost look like statues, the tones are so good. The overexposed background gives a nice mood here

dk
Jan 10, 2015
    love the subjects and the composition. Nice example of where "blown" highlights add to the atmosphere. Would have cloned out the horizontal wires.

dogma02
Jan 10, 2015
    I love the processing you used, b&w fits it well. I also love the humour in having the horse on the right with his grumpy face coming in to this pastoral scene.

forkcandles
Jan 10, 2015
    a typical horse picture well captured
IMO a crop of the white skyline making the picture a bit of a pano
well done

SteveBee
Jan 10, 2015
    Love this B&W rendition and the framing of the horses by the vegetation.

Jade O.
Jan 9, 2015
    Beautiful rendering; great play of light and shadow with a very refined look; this is a great shot! (I think it will be under appreciated on this forum.)

babysister
Jan 9, 2015
    Perfect use of B&W. I love the shades of grey and black.Even the horses look interested.

BarbroS
Jan 9, 2015
    Lovely summery atmosphere, the strong contrast in light makes the relief of the cool shade under the trees very tangible- the heat out there is vibrating !

Edward
Jan 9, 2015
    Nice framing. Love the color toning, and you have caught the magnificence of these animals well. One of my TT.

elliott
Jan 8, 2015
    i like this a lot and in my favorites right away. almost ethereal look to it. (imo... if i were considering printing, i'd spend a few minutes to clone out the wire fencing and maybe soften the background a bit to appear more like fog). well done.
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