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The Barbarian Mar 20, 2010 1:37 AM

Mustangs of Los Colinas
Walking around Las Colinas today.

The Barbarian Mar 20, 2010 1:39 AM

The Barbarian Mar 20, 2010 1:40 AM

Walter_S Mar 20, 2010 3:13 AM

These are not only good photos of a nice area, but also very good statues (is a horse a statue?) of horses running through water. Perfectly exposed (and HDR'd...) and framed pictures with lots of perspective, direction and details!

Eetu Mar 20, 2010 3:33 AM


Originally Posted by The Barbarian (Post 1067682)
Walking around Las Colinas today.

Awesome shot, well done! And, absolutely cool fountain, love the way they make the water rise belows the hoofs.


maggo85 Mar 20, 2010 3:53 AM

Beautiful photos, Barbarian - and what an interesting "statue" this is! I just love the way the horses are positioned in the water... thank you for sharing these!

bhammitt Mar 20, 2010 11:09 AM

Excellent work Barbarian! I second Eetu's comment about the splash effect made by the fountains!


The Barbarian Mar 20, 2010 12:22 PM

Thanks everyone, for your kind comments.

Torgny Mar 20, 2010 11:30 PM


Originally Posted by The Barbarian (Post 1067682)

The Barbarian,

Eyes are superior to lenses and sensors. What the eyes can se is a challenge to represent in a picture. If it's not enough with one exposure, merging is the thing

Suppose this image is a result of merging? About time to learn some of the techniques. If not ... Would you share the work flow behind


Mustangs are one of the symbols of freedom. The piece of sky is an opening, an area of freedom, The position of that piece of sky is "great", giving "dimensions" to the picture

The Barbarian Mar 21, 2010 7:43 AM

Thanks for the comments, Torgny. I've been thinking of the perfect angle for that group, and that is the best one I've found so far.

The eye fools you. It can't get much more than the camera at any one moment, but as your eye flickers about the scene (the real one), it adjusts quickly to whatever it is you are seeing.

HDR just makes the range large enough that it simulates what your eye does. It's pretty simple. On a tripod, take one shot maybe 2 stops over, one shot right on exposure, and one shot maybe 2 stops under. Then you process them in an HDR program. This does increase noise a bit, so noise removal is often a good idea. I use NeatImage.

I like using a light touch, trying to avoid the grunge look that so many people do. I'm using Photomatix Light for most things, but when I want to fiddle a lot, I use a freeware program called Qtpfsgui.

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