Ethereal Equine

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A white horse stands in a foggy field watching me as I make my way home from another foggy walk early this morning.

The shrub just to the right of the horse takes the focus away from him a bit and I should really have shifted to the right a bit. I may, however, have missed the chance of him looking at me if I had moved, as he was chomping away at the grass for most of the time.

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32 thoughts on “Ethereal Equine

  1. This is a fabulous shot M. I love it. A speaker ( I can’t remember who) at our club a few years ago, said never underestimate the value of fog, and this shot really proves his point.

    The shrub just behind the horse would, I suspect, respond to a little postprocessing if you really wanted to remove it. The tree that is further across is an important part of the composition.

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    • Thank you very much, Dave. It’s the first time I’ve photographed in ‘proper’ fog and I really enjoyed it. I like the softness, ethereal quality, and lack of distracting backgrounds!

      Yes – I tried to remove the shrub behind the horse with GIMP but I lost patience with it. I agree that the other tree is important for the composition.

      Did you go out to photograph in the fog?

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      • I like to, but I am a lazy devil who doesn’t get going very early in the morning, so I often miss the opportunity. Winter months are the easiest, but this year wasn’t too good because of the wind and rain. I’ve thought about it in recent days, but that is as far as it got! The chances of success can also be uncertain, particularly if searching for a sunrise over the fog bank, which can be very satisfying. I promise to try again sometime. 🙂

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        • I understand exactly where you are coming from. I’ve squandered many a promising morning by being lazy and not bothering to get up and out early enough. This week, though, I had plenty of motivation as I wanted to have a go at photographing in ‘proper’ fog for the first time. Actually, the early morning walk each day was wonderful and left me feeling quite energetic! Must do it more often – whatever the weather 🙂

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    • Many thanks, Ashley. I’m pleased you find it serene. It really felt like that walking around early morning with hardly a sound – surrounded by dewy mist and graceful creatures!

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  2. I like this very much – it could be a painting and that usually does it for me. At first look, I hadn’t noticed the shrub immediately right of the horse but was looking at the one further right – I do like this image and, if it were mine, I’d most probably have taken both of these shrubs out – options for this would include glaring at them, deploying a B&Q flamethrower (on offer this week), cloning them (there’s that word again!) or some such technique, or making their tones/colours merge with those of the background mist. A 🙂

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    • Thank you, Adrian. I did try cloning the shrub behind the horse but became impatient with it and left it as it is. You mention making the tones/colours merge with the background – how would one do this?

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      • Hi, M! Well, I don’t know which image editing programmes you use, but I suspect they’re not what I use – because most photographers choose Adobe products I think, and I know very little about these packages. They may have something similar to what I’m about to describe, but I’m not sure of this.

        I use Nikon’s Capture NX2 and the Nik Software suite (and hence to SEP2 of course). And these programmes have (I think, patented) things called Control Points which, when placed on any part of an image, can alter colour, contrast, you name it, within a variably sized circle ->>> and seamlessly blend the results with the rest of the image. These Points are incredibly useful.

        So I would place a point on one of shrubs, reduce its circle of influence until it roughly approximated to the shrub’s area, and then start adjusting brightness, contrast and maybe colour within the circle to something like that of the surrounding mist, so that the shrub would either disappear, or become far less visible. Is that helpful? A

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        • Thanks for your reply, Adrian. I use GIMP and IrfanView. When I say ‘use GIMP’, I rarely go near it as I don’t post-process my images very much. It’s only when I – rarely – want to clone out a little detail from an image that I might use it. Even then, I don’t have much patience manipulating pixels here and there and tend to be a bit slapdash 😉

          I don’t know if GIMP has the equivalent tool to the one in Nik software. I’ll have a look.

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