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Onaqui Mare by Dorinda Wills, APSA, QPSA

May 2023 - Onaqui Mare

May 2023 - Dorinda Wills, APSA, QPSA


About the Image(s)

In 2018 while in Utah, with the help of a photo guide, we visited the wild horses of Onaqui. It was a great experience to see these horses in the wild and we were there for a couple of hours. Shot with Nikon at f6.3, 1/1600sec, 300mm. First I cropped out another horse that was following this mare. She was the lead mare of the herd. I made a couple of simple lighting adjustments in LR, then used Topaz AI. Finally I used an effect in Topaz (swirls ii). I probably didn't need to use the AI since I used an effect, but, oh well...

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7 comments posted

Bill Ballard   Bill Ballard
Very nice horse image. I like the crop. The soft colors provide a painterly look that is soothing to view. You said you used a swirl effect; was that using Topaz Studio 2? If you want to try something different, you might do a version of this image by applying the Topaz effects as you have but mask out the effect on the horse by 50% or more in opacity. It is something I do often with Topaz Studio 2 effects.   Posted: 05/04/2023 17:17:59
Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
Thanks for the suggestion Bill. I will try it.
  Posted: 05/04/2023 17:19:10

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
Nice sharp capture of the horse running I like how her mane has blown to look like part of a bridle I like how the swirl worked on the background and foreground but I actually prefer the horse as shot So I would have applied the effect and then masked it out on the horse to make the horse stand out even more   Posted: 05/05/2023 00:56:26

Walter Ho   Walter Ho
As I have limited experience with post editing, I will comment on a portrait shot.

If this horse is taken as a sole portrait shot, I would like to have some of the grasses in the foreground to be in focus as well while the background remains blur. This would brings out the subject.

I feel the horse looks better in the original colour.
  Posted: 05/06/2023 01:19:45

Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
It appears that the consensus is to mask out the horse to retain it's original form. I appreciate all your suggestions.   Posted: 05/06/2023 13:11:14
Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
Count me in that group , as well.   Posted: 05/14/2023 15:32:48

Jody Coker   Jody Coker
I like the dreamy feel of the image but I prefer the original horse with your back ground.   Posted: 05/18/2023 18:53:17