Connie Reinhart  


Winter Horses by Connie Reinhart

January 2022 - Winter Horses

January 2022 - Connie Reinhart

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We woke up one morning to find several inches of fresh beautiful snow had fallen overnight. So we gobbled breakfast and headed for the country lanes. We made the first tire tracks wherever we went. We found these dear little horses kind of hunkered down under a tree. When we approached the fence, they came right over, allowing us to pet them. We took lots of pictures, but I liked this one showing interaction between them. Processing was done with Topaz through PS. AI Clear, and dehaze first. Then clear out the power lines in the upper left corner. Clearing the power lines left some obvious traces of editing. Used Remask to separate the foreground from that patch of sky. Put a medium gray layer under the layer with just the foreground – not perfect, but okay for such a small area. Then I used Topaz Look “Striking Grit”. It’s a little dramatic, but reducing the opacity of that layer made the whole image look wimpy, so I have to live with that. I tried that look out of curiosity. It wasn’t the look I planned, but it grabbed me. Increasing the overall brightness by 30% gave a better image. Happy New Year to you all.


10 comments posted




Witta Priester   Witta Priester
This is a sweet image, especially since the horses look so little and the snow adds mood. I personally do not find the border to be a plus, so I offer another option. It was taken from NIK Silver FX workup and then just masked to show the border.

I find it's often problematic to start with a photo that is soft, like this one. I worked to sharpen the eye, and removed the snowflake near the eye, to help the viewer better appreciate the red horse. I also lightened the background a bit.   Posted: 01/07/2022 23:41:28
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Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Yes, all the images of the horses were soft. This is a classic case of emotional attachment to an image. My border is too heavy for the subject matter. Your adaptation is much better.   Posted: 01/13/2022 15:06:15



Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
This is such a darling image of the two horses snuggling in the cold weather. I cropped the image and took the original image and worked on it. I sharpen it a little and put the eye of the horse in the rules of thirds.   Posted: 01/10/2022 21:10:47
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Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
The square crop works very well here. I tried brightening the eye, but was afraid of going too far. Your version is quite good.   Posted: 01/13/2022 15:08:13



Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
In my opinion, this is a beautiful image. It would make a great holiday card for the end of this year! I do like the jagged edging. The affection shown in the image really tells the story. The texture of "snow" is perfect for the story and enhances the original.   Posted: 01/11/2022 15:37:31
Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
I hadn't thought of using this for a card. Thanks for the idea. Making cards is a good creative outlet.   Posted: 01/13/2022 15:09:25



Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
In my opinion, this is a beautiful image. It would make a great holiday card for the end of this year! I do like the jagged edging. The affection shown in the image really tells the story. The texture of "snow" is perfect for the story and enhances the original.   Posted: 01/11/2022 15:37:33



Michael Moore   Michael Moore
This is a lovely winter scene and really would make a lovely greeting card. Given that it is a snow image I thought it might lend itself to a high key treatment. I used ACR in PS to increase the exposure for the entire image. I then added a vignette to focus on the horses. A nice border might help to set the final image off but I'm not sure.   Posted: 01/12/2022 09:29:16
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Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
High key - very nice treatment for this. A vignette is a kind of border. I played with high key on this after listening to Lisa Langell on high key nature images. Must have done something wrong; my effort was terrible.   Posted: 01/13/2022 15:12:01
Michael Moore   Michael Moore
I took Lisa's course on high key images. She is a really good teacher in my opinion and I learned a lot from the class - particularly how to salvage wildlife shots when shooting in dreary gray conditions.   Posted: 01/14/2022 15:06:40



 

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