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Old Sep 23, 2009, 7:35 AM   #1
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I was shooting a Dressage clinic last week, and got some great shots of the sport, but because the lighting was so variable, I got a lot of bad shots too.

This is one that isn't a very good image of Dressage, but I think it's an interesting image, nonetheless. I'd be pleased to find out what you think.
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Old Sep 23, 2009, 8:10 AM   #2
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That would be an interesting predictable place to set up a remote flash for fill on the right side of the horse and rider. Ive shot lots in a riding room such as this and its no easy feat with light sources being from poor to ok and a fast shutter speed needed.
I gave this about 2 minutes of photoshop. I hope you can see any difference.
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Actually, nothing showed up.

I'm anxious to see the results of your efforts, but I think what I like most about this image is the stark highlights and shadows.
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I brought out some detail in the shadows and the highlighted window area.
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I brought out some detail in the shadows and the highlighted window area.
Let's not foget the addition of the new wall, and window, err, looking, err, where? I like the sureal, but I don't think this works.

A shame he blew the highlights, but it's still an interesting picture, if not a great one. Probably could have done something if it was shot in RAW.

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Actually, it's the blown highlights and the dark shadows, with the horse and rider stradling the boundry, that I like.

I'm not trying to salvage the image. I've got plenty of great images of this and other horses and riders.

I know that it's not technically a good photograph; I just want to know if it's "Art".
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I know that it's not technically a good photograph; I just want to know if it's "Art".
Good question, and art is in the eye of the beholder. Personally its a photo of a horse and rider. I wouldnt call it art. To me art is when I look at a picture, be it a photo or piece of other media that makes me go "Wowww", or give a little shiver, or even a tear in the eye because of the sheer beauty and makes me feel so inept.
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As a photograph it suffers from two major flaws. 1. Blown hightlights and the bright sunspot on the right side. 2. The location (inside a building) is a questionable choice for a horse and rider. To make it art, you could try many things depending on what you want to convey. Here's a quick sample.
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2. The location (inside a building) is a questionable choice for a horse and rider.
Let me set your mind at ease. The building is a 60' by 120' indoor riding arena (Those are the interior dimensions of the unubstructed riding area.) and the blown highlight on the left is the open 12' door midway through the long side.
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Hello TCav. I really like this shot, I like the shadows and light, sometimes I don't need to see all the detail. I hope you find this edit to your liking.
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