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Old Jul 6, 2011, 1:56 PM   #1
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Default Magic/Golden Hour -- Mystical Morning Magic

Hi, I have been away for a while and am now getting back on my feet. I saw this challenge and wanted to post my favorite golden hour photo from a few years back. This photo was taken about 1 hour after sunrise. I saw this horse standing on a cliff watching the ocean below. I used a 500mm tele. to snap some shots. In this one shot the horse turned towards me. It only looked my direction for a couple of seconds and then turned back to the sea.
When I saw the shot later, I couldn't believe the way it had come out. It looks like a painting. The only processing I have done is to slightly adjust the contrast and brightness, otherwise it is just as it was right out of the camera.

Cheers and it's good to be back,

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Old Jul 6, 2011, 2:58 PM   #2
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Wow. It really does look like a painting. I love how the horse is framed by the branches. It almost looks as if there should be a horn on the horses head.....unicorn. The image has a fantasy quality about it.
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Thanks, My wife agrees, there should be a horn on the horse.
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Thanks Steve for this 'mystical' feeling horse photo.

I can imagine the view from the cliff (where the horse was gazing most of the time) must have been something too!)

Nice capture.

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Thanks Paul.
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Wow another spectacular image, it's so real and 3D, feels like I'm right there!
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Outstanding. When I first looked at this image, some of the moss hanging looked almost like other animals in the scene. I was getting ready to play "How many animals do you see?" before I figured out that it was just moss.

I'll bet you could never come close to duplicating this shot.

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Outstanding. When I first looked at this image, some of the moss hanging looked almost like other animals in the scene. I was getting ready to play "How many animals do you see?" before I figured out that it was just moss.

I'll bet you could never come close to duplicating this shot.

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Thanks Cal, I have to agree. I am afraid that this was a once in a lifetime situation. I just happened to be sitting on the deck outside our room at a North coast Inn fiddling with a new 200-500mm lens and tripod when I saw this horse wandering out near the ocean. The horse was a good 300-400 yards away when I took the picture. I was absolutely shocked when I got back home and saw the picture.
Sometimes, I guess it's better to be lucky than good.

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Here is another horse sunning and stratching against a tree. This horse was about 75 feet behind the other horse. It's not nearly as good a photo but does still have some of the same mystical quality.

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That is indeed a magical picture - are you sure there is not a horn hidden behind that branch? The lighting is special - has an HDR look to it - does your D80 have in-camera HDR?
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Just a spectacular image.
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