Mike Patterson  



January 2020 - Mike Patterson


About the Image(s)

This image was taken on Thanksgiving Day during a visit to Monument Valley and along the Utah-Arizona border. We had left Mexican Hat, Utah, named after the iconic rock formation in the background, when we spotted these horses running along a ridge. I shot this with a Canon 7D and a 100-300 mm lens, handheld, at 250 mm. I only had time to hop out of the car and start shooting. Due to the fast action, I didn’t have time to set up a tripod. It was captured at f16 at 1/200 second with an ISO of 800. I had to use a higher ISO because it was a cloudy, dreary day, hours before a massive snowfall arrived. I cropped the image to remove the painted horse at the far left in order to bring attention to the other horses, and made sure I kept the Mexican Hat formation in the background. Performed some color adjustments and set white and black points. I also removed a power line that appeared over the back of the lead horse. As an aside, we spotted some rock climbers transversing Mexican Hat by swinging UNDER the flat rock on top.

2 comments posted

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I like the treatment you've given this. At first I wondered about the pinto in the lead but to have him there made me go back and forth so you made a good choice. It seems to me that it could be a little sharper or add more details. Overall, nice image.
PS: the image looks pretty sharp on my big monitor. Was on my laptop before.   Posted: 01/12/2020 18:54:17

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Mike -- very interesting shot and this really says "American West." Good job bringing out the colors, but is the brush in the foreground really that kind of silver/gray/green shade? Certainly could be -- just wondering. Effective rendering of the wide open spaces and freedom to roam that still exists out there. However, I must say that the "hat" really draws my eyes away from the horses, possibly being too far to the right. So, is the subject of the picture the horses or the Mexican Hat? Or, can it be both?   Posted: 01/12/2020 20:08:46


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