Jim Horn  

Fair Hill International big splash by Jim Horn

December 2019 - Fair Hill International big splash

December 2019 - Jim Horn


About the Image(s)

Sony α99ii, Sony Zeiss 24-70 1/30 sec, f/6.7, ISO 100, 70mm
The Fair Hill International Event in Elkton, Maryland is an equestrian annual event and this day was the cross-country race. My challenge every year is to capture the largest splash, panning the horse and rider for sharp facial details. The original needed a lot of work. In Photoshop I started with Camera RAW filter, adjusted white, highlights and shadows. Then, I extended the bottom of the photo using four duplicate layers to lengthen the amount of water in the pond. I cloned out the white tent, the jump and flowers at the base. I used the clone tool to clean up the legs. I used the dodge tool to bring details to the horse.

2 comments posted

Sam Fernando   Sam Fernando
Very nice action photo. The rider is sharp and the background is blurred. You have done a great job in editing. Nice flashing of water.

In my opinion, this would go to the next level if the background is made lighter in color.   Posted: 12/06/2019 06:03:23

Donna Paul   Donna Paul
I like how you show the movement and water splaying yet the rider and horse are sharp. I think you were right to add to the sky and foreground. Well done Jim!   Posted: 12/10/2019 14:05:15


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