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|Congratulations to our People’s Choice winner, Jeanne Lambrecht!|
Once Upon A Shine
|Dancing Boots |
Jacklynn Thompson of Kooskia, Ind.
Boots is a delicate horse that when excited she will start a trot that looks almost like a tip-toe dance. It is so neat.
Christina’s Comments: “The horse is posed nicely here with a clean background and beautiful flowers in the foreground. The picture is sharp and focused. Try shooting later in the day when the sun is lower in the sky–his golden coat will glow.”
Caliente (Little Brown)
Christina’s Comments: “This is such a fun photo. You certainly captured his spirit here. I love the playfulness and the eye contact you got.”
Christina’s Comments: “This is a super candid portrait shot. The horse has a wonderful, alert expression. His crazy, bouncy mane adds impact to the photo. This iamge could be cropped vertically to add even more impact. Lovely use of a wide aperture to create a shallow depth of field.”
Christina’s Comments: “Photographing in the snow is tough, but you nailed it. Your exposure is perfect–the whites are white. This is a great scene with a cute horse. It could use a tiny bit of cropping to improve the overall impact. Try cropping some off the right-hand side so his face is not directly in the center of the frame; think of the rule of thirds when composing (see Christina’s tips).”
Christina’s Comments: “This portrait is gorgeous. You shot it in great light, and your horse is clean and well-groomed with a well-fitting halter. The background is out of focus, which helps the horse pop out of the picture. The color is complementary to the horse, and the composition is perfect.”
Christina’s Comments: “What a fun picture with perfect timing. He looks like he is having a good scratch; you can even see dust flying. Good job being ready with your camera.”
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