Sheldon Wecker, QPSA  

Untitled by Sheldon Wecker, QPSA

October 2020 - Untitled

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There are three riding schools in the world dedicated to Lipizzaner horses and their classic dressage performance. In Vienna, Andalusia, and .... wait for it ... Wadsworth, Illinois - just down the road from where I used to live north of Chicago. The Wadsworth school was started in the 1950's. It is the largest privately owned herd of Lipizzaners in the world (400 horses at maximum). They do all the same type of dressage training as the European schools (I saw the Andalusian school). When born, the horses are a dark brown, but they turn white as they mature. I spent a morning there on a photo shoot. The weather was overcast so the lighting was very even, but it did make it difficult to create contrast between the horses and the sky. I chose this image because of the composition - the two horses almost in mirror image to each other. I took it from a low vantage point to try and eliminate the fence, but there still is a bit of it that can be seen at ground level. Sony A77ii, 200mm, f4, iso 640. Lightroom and Photoshop.

9 comments posted

Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
A few other photos from Tempel Farms   Posted: 10/05/2020 10:33:52
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Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
  Posted: 10/05/2020 10:34:12
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Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
The first thing I did with this image was to count the legs! And of course you have them all with separation that helps. Tails also in good places. So, I think you've done very well with this as all round horses are difficult to photograph. Over al I like the image but because of the lighting conditions, I find it a little flat. I think the sky doesn't help. I would try upping the contrast on the horses.   Posted: 10/07/2020 02:36:01
Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
Peter, you neglected to add in the "head count" - there were two!   Posted: 10/09/2020 11:53:23
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
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No need to count the heads. You know the old joke: legs divided by four.   Posted: 10/12/2020 17:05:38

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
Sheldon, I appreciate adding the bonus images. Actually liked the horse in motion better. Could burn down the fencing to give more definition to the horse. Your image to be reviewed is well composed considering the weather. I found my focus going back and forth between the two horses. I didn't know it was a fence and thought it might have been hills or mountains in the distance.   Posted: 10/09/2020 12:06:26

Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
I was thinking at first of a mirror effect. I very unique photo of both the horses together. I like the other photos but prefer the horse and rider photo. It takes you back to that time in history.
  Posted: 10/09/2020 13:42:37

John Hackett   John Hackett
The low shooting position has given power and dignity to these magnificent horses. I like the way you have captured them, with the one looking at you. Not too sure that I like the rear one going a touch soft.   Posted: 10/16/2020 10:06:17

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
Definitely an interesting photo with a unique perspective and composition. The focus seems a bit soft even on the front horse. Luminar claims to have a quick and easy sky replacement using AI technology. I wonder how it would work on this image.   Posted: 10/22/2020 11:56:30


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