Judy Merson  

Old Polo Horsse by Judy Merson

September 2021 - Old Polo Horsse

About the Image(s)

This was taken at a Polo club as I left I used my Sony a6000 with 55-210 4.5-6.3 Sony lens at 170 mm ISO 2000 f6.3 1/800
I cropped it added three homemade textures masked the horse so textures just affect the background, cloned out a tree behind the horse, brightened his eye and decreased brightness to recover details on his back I put a 2 pixel stroke around the image

6 comments posted

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
(Group 42)
The treatment of the horse is very nice. For viewing on screen, I'd like it more without the texture, as there is no obvious source for the texture. For viewing as a print, I'd like it more if the texture were everywhere, as though it was texture in the print paper.   Posted: 09/02/2021 12:01:39

Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
I liked it, nothing could add   Posted: 09/02/2021 15:21:36

Jody Coker   Jody Coker
Nice photo. I agree with Robert on this one. I am having a difficulty wrapping my head around the textures.
Speaking of that how do you make them? can you share a link?   Posted: 09/04/2021 20:30:57
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Judy Merson   Judy Merson
I watched videos by Hazel Meredith
at MeredithImages and Max Kloskowski videos on Wildlife Textures For one texture I had photographed a concrete wall from straight on (The presenters say this is better than an angle You can also start with photographing anything so it is blurred or any texture or a normal photo)
I used an artistic filter on the concrete wall image in Photoshop CC to make it softer Then I opened the texture in Photoshop and put it over the horse I used a mask to remove the texture from the horse I blurred the texture with a Gaussian blur
Another texture I used I made from my photo of a flower bed I used a set of brushes which I had bought and downloaded from Max Kloskowski to brush and smudge and move the color around until I liked it You can experiment with several brushes It is best to make them big (about half the image ) and soft and then click and brush or smudge slightly
You can choose the blend mode of your texture once you apply it and the opacity You can remove it from your main subject or not or remove parts The choices are endless If you make a texture you like you can use hue saturation to change the color If you purchase a texture you can vary it and make it your own I keep the textures in libraries in Photoshop and folders in Lightroom   Posted: 09/05/2021 22:47:17

Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
As usual you are always willing to experiment and to put a lot of work into your images. That is how we learn. Unfortunately, for me, this one doesn't work. The background texture distracts me from the subject horse. The position of the horse's head is very good, but there are some processing artifacts around his ears and neck which also need to be removed.   Posted: 09/04/2021 20:37:48

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
I agree with Robert. While I usually love textures (I went through a texture phase where I added layers of textures to every image), I think the texture you added does not compliment the natural texture of the horse. It feels little off.I love the composition and the way the horse has been photographed though. If you want to keep the texture in the background, I would make it more subtle.   Posted: 09/14/2021 07:46:08


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