Jamie Federick  

WILD MUSTANGS by Jamie Federick

November 2021 - WILD MUSTANGS

November 2021 - Jamie Federick


About the Image(s)

Recently a few of my camera club buddies and I went to Mowdy Ranch in Colgate, OK to photograph the wild mustangs. It is one of only 4 or 5 ranches of this type who bring aging mustangs from Texas, Arizona and other states to take care of them in their "golden years". It was a 45,000 acre ranch with 400 female mustangs. What a treat to ride out in UTV's on the ranch and photograph these magnificent animals! I have many photographs I could send but chose this one because I like the antique look it has and these two mares were fascinated in my efforts to capture them with my camera. Taken with my Canon EOS Rebel T6i at in Aperture priority at f/5, 1/400 sec, ISO 100 and 123mm. It was originally a bit fuzzy and not sharp like I prefer. I took this into consideration and turned it into a black and white. I also cropped it and gave an "old" look in Nik Collection/Silver Efex Pro 2. I removed one blemish and gave it a frame

11 comments posted

Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
You did a great job with this image. It is unfortunate that it is not in sharp focus, but otherwise well done.   Posted: 11/03/2021 12:06:02
Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
I know, I would have loved it sharper too. I tried to make lemonade out of fuzzy lemons! Thanks for your comments!   Posted: 11/03/2021 21:51:37

Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
I like what you did with it and it does look old!   Posted: 11/03/2021 16:52:51
Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
Thank you Margaret!   Posted: 11/03/2021 21:52:04

Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
Jamie, I really like the way you edited the photo. The horses are beautiful and I like the effect the wind created. I think it might help to lighten the shadow across the face of the horse on the right.   Posted: 11/03/2021 18:20:47
Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
I did not notice how dark that shadow was until you pointed it out. I will work on that!   Posted: 11/03/2021 21:53:07

Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Jamie, I also like the soft antique feeling of this image. Background is super. I agree with Mary the shadow of the dark horse could be lightened but it does appear the light source comes from the left. Very nice image.   Posted: 11/03/2021 20:02:15
Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
Thank you so much Tom!   Posted: 11/03/2021 21:53:38

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
(Group 2)
Know it was difficult to choose which photo to show here, but this one is really you! Wonder if you can first try to take out the shadow on the darker horse before bringing into Nik. Might work! It was such a great experience! And go to Study Group 2 and Group 38 to see some more horses from Mowdy.   Posted: 11/05/2021 19:24:11

Gary Schafer   Gary Schafer
Hi Jamie. What a thrill that experience must have been! I am a little bit out of my league commenting on a black and white photograph so take my critique with a grain of salt lick. First, the composition. In my mind, you nailed it! Beautiful comp. Processing. Again, given your original, you nailed it! I really like the end result. Granted, it is a bit soft but given the processing, softness is part of the artistry. As to the original. Your settings. The softness, in my opinion, came from the F stop. I would have set it at F16. The Shutter speed is fine. Your focal point should have been on the eye of the lead horse of course. Those three things should have yielded a very sharp image. You may have had to increase the ISO a bit to maintain the exposure. I really like the image regardless. Good Shot!   Posted: 11/07/2021 07:31:00
Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
Many thanks for your comments Gary! They were very helpful as to how to make sharper. I have always needed help with my settings. It is a continuing learning experience. I really appreciate your thoughts.   Posted: 11/07/2021 07:52:10


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