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Am I On The Right Track

Posted by: Sharon Kingston on 06/13/2013 - 1:02 PM

Hi everyone,
Would like your opinions if I am on the right track, have been reading along, and really dont mind a critique, I am in awe at the talent here, and would like to learn more.
I havnt written a bio at the moment and my personnal picture is one that I should change, hey, I prefer to behind a camera than in front of it. I dont expect any sales yet, as I would prefer to upload more before I start to market myself.
But your comments would be welcome good and bad.


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Posted by: Mike Savad on 06/13/2013 - 1:15 PM

hard to say if your on the right track, you only have 8 images. but the avatar is dark and hard to remember who you are and what you do. you'll want more keywords, and you'll want to join groups as many as you can that fit your work.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Sharon Kingston on 06/13/2013 - 1:56 PM

Thanks Mike, My avatar does need to be changed, my keywording isn't great also,

Thank you for your advice about the groups too.


Posted by: Gunter Nezhoda on 06/13/2013 - 1:57 PM

Are you on the right track ? .......................

This is top notch, upload more ............................... and promote, and raise your price

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The message in this image is like a a story by a classic literature author.
The relation ship between the girl and the horse ............ priceless.
The story about the hair of both.
The lonelieness and togetherness on the black background

Focus, WB, exposure .............. perfect

Amazing vision, very talented


Posted by: Craig Carter on 06/13/2013 - 2:03 PM

The horse was my favorite. This one would be a lot better if the out of focused cloud didn't take over the photo.

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Posted by: Mary Bedy on 06/13/2013 - 2:03 PM

Hi, Sharon. Love your curious foal...nice image.


Posted by: Roy Erickson on 06/13/2013 - 4:00 PM

I agree with Gunter on the horse - except to me the frontal view of the horse is not very flattering to the horse - amazing how that head can almost completely cover the large body - as in the curious foal as well.


Posted by: Gunter Nezhoda on 06/13/2013 - 4:09 PM

On horses - you never shoot them from the front, they have a very wide body and it is very hard to get a good shot. Sharon did and amazing job, don't know if she masked or liquified, but I think it looks awesome.


Posted by: Phyllis Wolf on 06/13/2013 - 4:17 PM

I agree with Gunter. The Girl and Horse is awesome both artistically and in technique.
Your frontal shot of the foal doesn't work well, though.

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I do have to say, technically I don't see a problem with it...I'm speaking about composition and the tilt of the horizon line and the thin body and thin head almost covering it. But then again, it may appeal to some. It just looks off other words, off balance. Due to a foal's lankiness, a full or even partial shot from the side would work better, imo. The biggest problem with this is I can't really see his eyes...he's all forehead.


Posted by: Gunter Nezhoda on 06/13/2013 - 4:21 PM

I'm sorry, I don't see what you guys see, The love between the 2 is so strong and draws me in, I can't see anything wrong

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Posted by: Gunter Nezhoda on 06/13/2013 - 4:24 PM

oh, I see Phyllis, you mentioned another shot, I agree with you ....................


Posted by: Phyllis Wolf on 06/13/2013 - 4:27 PM

Yea, I just meant the Captured Foal. The one you just posted, Sandy Valley, I like very much also and see nothing wrong with it. It's a good composition, imo.


Posted by: Phyllis Wolf on 06/13/2013 - 4:32 PM

The biggest difficulty in frontal shots of horses is..their eyes are set in the side of their heads so straight on frontal shots rarely work well, imo. The personality is in the eyes of a horse. If you are just seeing forehead, it doesn't work.

If you notice, in the Girl and Horse...the horses head is slightly tilted and one eye cen be seen clearly...and that one eye is one of the best aspects of the picture because the horse is looking at the girl.


Posted by: Roy Erickson on 06/13/2013 - 4:33 PM

For that particular image - it's perfect - but, a frontal shot on a horse isn't very flattering to the horse


Posted by: Sharon Kingston on 06/13/2013 - 5:11 PM

Thank you all for your comments, it means a lot to me,, and I take your critique, as helpfull , sometimes I do need a guide, every comment is positive, as I learn more as to how my photography is viewed , that is valuable, I take it in natural light , with tweaks in Photoshop elements.
Gunter, thank you,,, it is about the relationship with a girl and her horse, I plan to do more on the same theme.
The photo of the girl and horse, was taken in the stables, we have here, the background was darkened in photoshop to take out beams and wood . The foal picture was meant to be comical in nature, I smoothed the horizon. Sometimes horses heads, including foals, are rather large, that is just them. That is the way they are, not perfect. But then my photography, isnt perfect either.
Many thanks for all your comments, I do very much appreciate them.


Posted by: Gunter Nezhoda on 06/13/2013 - 5:15 PM

@Phyllis But the hair is hanging over the other eye, which is very appealing and sexy in my opinion.


Posted by: Phyllis Wolf on 06/13/2013 - 5:27 PM

I agree, Gunter. There are many aspects of the shot that are appealing as you pointed out. The flow of hair in both manes, girl and horse..the affection between them, the soft gentleness between them enhanced by the softness of the light, the eye contact the horse is making, the complimentary colors of the horse and girls hair, the graceful position of her hand exhibiting a gentle and loving touch, both of their heads slightly tilted towards each other, etc. It is an outstanding capture. It speaks.


Posted by: Sharon Kingston on 06/14/2013 - 9:24 AM

Thank you all, having looked through my photos again this morning, I can see your points, all of which are valid. I should have taken the girl and horse photo a little tighter, to take out the body, still,l am pleased you can see the emotion in it. The foal does now look distorted to me ( poor thing I didn't do him justice), and the clouds rather annoying in the Tulip photo. Funny how I hadnt noticed these things before. :)
I will leave them there for now though and see if I can improve on similar takes.
Thank you again.


Posted by: Isabella F Abbie Shores on 06/14/2013 - 9:29 AM


You have some lovely work. It is lovely to see someone who asked for comments, take them in the manner they were given. Thank you


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