Allen Tucker  

Young Equestrian by Allen Tucker

October 2019 - Young Equestrian

October 2019 - Allen Tucker

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October 2019 - Allen Tucker

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A few years ago I went to a local equestrian clinic to get some action shots shots of jumping horses. The horses were beautiful, but the background was cluttered with shiny trailers and trucks. One exception was this tree presenting its fall foliage, so I watched for any action there and caught this young rider trotting by. Her helmet was too big and covered her eyes, but the pursed lips and posture show some tension. (Her parents loved the cropped color print.) This week I worked on a BW version, exploiting shading from the side lighting and tonal contrast between the white horse and dark outfit of the rider. In Lightroom the Adobe BW-red filter profile did a good job of separating the background leaves from the girl. Suggestions?

Canon 7D, 70-200 lens at 130mm, 1/500s, f/4, iso 100, processed in Lightroom.

6 comments posted

Sharron Leppien   Sharron Leppien
I am a sucker for little girls riding white ponies! I love how you captured the very kind eye of the pony. The pony has one ear enquiring to you and the other is on its way back to listen to the little girl. Nice photo.   Posted: 10/04/2019 20:12:14
Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
The horse was alert but relaxed, they did well in this workout.   Posted: 10/15/2019 17:59:20

Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
I like the crop that you performed as it focuses the attention on the rider than the horse. For a wow factor, the dramatic color of the tree is difficult to beat, especially with a white horse. You did an excellent job on converting a difficult image to monochrome, and the red filter did a good job with the leaves. The ’/4 setting blurred the background enough to visually separate the rider/horse. I am pleased that you didn't crop it any tighter as you would have lost some of the environmental factor and the necessary room for the horse to move toward. Good image!

  Posted: 10/15/2019 13:09:06
Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Thanks for the compliments Jim.   Posted: 10/15/2019 18:00:59

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
This is quite different, Allen! Certainly a difficult conversion to keep the rider from being swallowed by the leaves.

I do find that the horse is a bit too bright and, despite the contrasting black of the rider's coat, the brightness of her horse is tiring to the eyes. A bit of dodging & burning could help that, though:   Posted: 10/15/2019 17:28:26
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Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Your tonal adjustments bring out more detail in the horse's coat.   Posted: 10/15/2019 18:11:05


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