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Old Nov 15, 2006, 9:18 AM   #1
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Belongs to one of the grooms; the only quarter horse on a thoroughbred farm. So that makes him a bit of a wild thing!

(OK; he's not really wild, but I'm not sure where else to post it ... if I need to move pic to another forum, just let me know.)

Is the pic too dark? It was late in the afternoon on an overcast day. I loved the curve of the horse's neck, but not sure about the background. I am a total PS nube so any C&C would be greatly welcome, the pickier the better! Thanks in advance, Ria

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Old Nov 15, 2006, 1:08 PM   #2
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Very nice horse portrait! I love horses, used to ride quite a bit. Makes me lonely for their company. Donna
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Old Nov 15, 2006, 4:42 PM   #3
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Nice shot, RiaRia! Fine looking animal...reminds me of my sister's barrel horse when we were kids...same coloring! I like the DOF...really makes for the nice contrast of it's colors but IMHO opinion, it needs just a little lightening. Very nice detail also. Thanks for posting.

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I hesitate to do this, but I lightened it up a little and then did the unsharp mask thing - all auto settings on my software - nothing fancy. I think I like the darker original better. Sometimes it's better NOT to TINKER!!!


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Old Nov 15, 2006, 9:12 PM   #5
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Thanks, Ms. Puck, for taking the time to help me out. (And please, never EVER hesitate to "tinker" with any of my images ... that's the best way I can learn! Cheers, Ria
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Hi Ria,

I use Elements 5. All I did to this was lighten up the shadow areas some with the shadow/highlight tool and then did a little sharpening.
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Old Nov 16, 2006, 9:48 PM   #7
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Nice edit, Bmullen. I have used the Shadows/Highlights tool - but everytime I do, it seems to introduce a lot of noise. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks for your help! Ria
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Hi Ria. What it is doing is showing noise that is already there in the shadows. Try using the noise reduction filter before running the shadow/highlight tool.
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