Maria Mazo, QPSA  

Last Light of the Day by Maria Mazo, QPSA

September 2023 - Last Light of the Day

September 2023 - Maria Mazo, QPSA


September 2023 - Maria Mazo, QPSA

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September 2023 - Maria Mazo, QPSA

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About the Image(s)

For this month’s image, I chose this that I have created a composition using one image of the sea captured in a unique lighting condition during this spring in Spain. I incorporated the horses that are from Spain as well and merged then with trees from two different shots.

To recreate the sensation of a field I utilized the transform tool create undulations in the sea and after placing the trees and horses I added a slight shadow to the ground. Finally, I positioned the foreground tree to complement the composition. I process the image in black and white using Silver Efex pro.

I hope you all enjoy it.

7 comments posted

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Maria, what a lovely serene scene! I think that you have used the unique light in a such a beautiful way. It falls on the horses very naturally, and I love the way it plays on the grass. I think that the silhouette of the tree on the foreground is a great idea, adding a lot of depth to the image.   Posted: 09/07/2023 01:14:07
Maria Mazo   Maria Mazo
Hi Kirsti, thanks very much for your comment, I really appreciate it. I added the tree in the foreground to finalize the composition and I really like the way that it introduces you in the image.   Posted: 09/15/2023 22:42:07

Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Kirsti, Exceptional! I love the composition and lighting. My only reservation is the large tree if the foreground cuts the image up and I wonder if it was shorter and didn't cross the entire frame of the picture if it might feel more balanced.   Posted: 09/15/2023 17:18:52
Maria Mazo   Maria Mazo

Hi Brad,
Thanks for your comment and suggestions. I will play with the tree and see what difference it could make, but I really like how it cuts the image, giving you the feeling that you are right there, just behind the tree, looking at the horses in the field.
  Posted: 09/15/2023 22:51:45

Aavo Koort   Aavo Koort
You managed a beautiful play of shadow and sunlight. Especially the sun light on horses. I know from experience that it is not easy to make it look correct.   Posted: 09/16/2023 15:59:45

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
I like this image so much that I thought I'd try to improve it. This sounds like a non sequitur but I see the potential here. The lighting is captivating to say the least, but I find the large tree in the foreground distracting. The lighting plus loneliness of the setting and the (smaller) bare trees all work very well together. Add to that a mother-and-child theme and you have quite an emotional image here. I tried to show what the scene might look like without the big tree and with some cropping. I'm not totally in love with my version, but it speaks to the potential this image has.   Posted: 09/18/2023 09:59:18
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Peggy Nugent   Peggy Nugent
How clever to use a water shot to represent a meadow! It works beautifully, Maria. It makes me think of frost on the ground in the moonlight. The light on the ground leads my eye up to the horses.
I love the mother horse , and her colt showing a little independence but not straying too far from mother. The light on them is beautiful.
Personally, I love the tree in the front. For me, it feels as if I am standing behind the tree, unobserved, looking into trees surrounding the horses in a protective circle. It not only adds depth, but for me gives a feeling of safety and enclosure for the horses.
I really love this image just as it is.
I do have a possible crop suggestion which is prompted by my own personal reluctance to put a subject in the center of an image. Not that it's better, just a crop I would probably choose for a composition of my own.   Posted: 09/18/2023 12:09:26
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