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Old Dec 10, 2009, 8:31 PM   #1
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This is a shot Linda took from the car as we drove by so, there wasn't really a chance to compose it properly. I can't make up my mind if I like it or not, anyone have any ideas on cropping to make it better or, should I just forget it?
Maybe less foreground?




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Old Dec 10, 2009, 10:16 PM   #2
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I would just take a bit (1/8) off the right side to even the shot some other wise its great...
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Somehow, I'm guessing this pic wasn't taken in Florida, so I'm going to guess it was your recent trip to Tennessee. Of course, that has nothing to do with the merits of he picture, but it has a lot to do with the pic's sentimental meaning. My opinion, which means absolutely nothing, is that I love the composition, but the sky and mountains in the background are over exposed, and the horses are underexposed. It looks like the scene had much more dynamic range than the camera's sensor could handle. I doubt if post-processing surgery could do much to fix this. (At least, I don't have the skills to fix it.) So I'd say, keep the pic as a memento of a wonderful trip, and treasure the memories associated with it. But by itself, standing alone, I don't think this photo really works. That's not intended to be a harsh assessment; I hope it doesn't come across that way.
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I think It would have more impact as a Silhouette if it where in black and white. ?
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Old Dec 11, 2009, 6:58 PM   #5
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Hey Ted,
You're absolutely correct on all counts. Although the sky really looked like that. it was over exposed before the shot was taken!

OK, SSG & jgredline
so here's a couple I converted and cropped a little.
Any improvement?



or sepia

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Actually, the sepia looks very nice! That too me is the winner.
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my problem with the first 2 is the silhouette does not contrast enough with the background.

however, the sepia fixes that problem, making it the easy choice.
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The sepia works for me - I don't care for the others. There's not enough separation of the horses from the background trees, and the sky bothers me. The b&w is better but not as good as the sepia. I'm impressed how much better the sepia one is - I wouldn't have thought you could manage that much of an improvement with the picture.
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the sepia did the trick
the others the horses were not separated enough from everything else
there is even a slight tone difference between the two horses to separate them
its amazing the difference in the photos
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Thank you guys!
I agree, I liked the sepia soon as I saw it bit didn't want to sway the vote by saying so.
I wanted a consensus on my own pick so I could get a better feel for what works and what doesn't and I knew this was a tough one to work with.
Thanks again for your help.
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