Kieu-Hanh Vu  

Portrait or Close Up by Kieu-Hanh Vu

September 2023 - Portrait or Close Up

About the Image(s)

This image was taken last June in Asturias, Spain. This photographer is taking pictures of the horse that approaches the fence when people pass by. I found the way he puts the camera so close to the horse’s face a bit funny. I am not sure whether he wants to capture a portrait of the horse or the close-up? I was so afraid that the horse would have some reactions with his camera so close but it seems fine after all.

It was captured by my cell phone. I enhanced color and sharpness using Snapseed.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
9 comments posted

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Kind of an odd and funny image Kieu Hanh, but I was struck by the sharpness and detail, impressive ! But in the end to me it's a humorous take on photographers being so over the top in their enthusiasm and efforts.   Posted: 09/08/2023 21:35:18
Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Thanks, Jack for your comments!   Posted: 09/14/2023 23:53:26

Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
I love this - very whimsical. Almost appearing staged - but it wasn't. And yes - photographers will go to great lengths to get an interesting composition. It almost looks unbelievable - in that I can't imagine what he's focusing on. I wish that black bus in the background wasn't there - it overlaps the camera/lens - and creates confusion in my mind. The detail in both the horse and man is great!   Posted: 09/10/2023 04:26:48
Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Hi Steven,
Thanks for your comments. I agree with you about the black bus overlapped with the camera lens. I should blur the bus to avoid confusion.
My question is: Why did you think that it's almost appearing staged? For me, I stand next to him and I don't know what he wants to capture in that shot, and makes me think it's a bit funny!   Posted: 09/15/2023 00:15:36
Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
I think it would be pretty tough to blur or change the color of the bus due to the overlapping leaves and similar color/texture to the lens. You could try . . .

Regarding the pose - I couldn't imagine what he was trying to frame (perhaps the head with a very wide angle lens and the nose up close). I've certainly tried some silly things . . . kudos to you for capturing him in the moment - quick thinking and the phone certainly helped!   Posted: 09/15/2023 14:09:37

Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
Hi, Kiev-Hanh, this is a funny image; wonder if the horse would like to take a bite of the camera. Agree with Steven's comments. Seems like you are another who gets to travel a lot.   Posted: 09/17/2023 16:34:31
Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Thanks, Ruth!   Posted: 09/22/2023 06:09:12

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
Yes, you got a shot that brings a smile to any photographer! What's even sillier was at first glance, I thought the black bus was some heavy piece of photo gear for doing macro close ups, the way it's lined up with the end of the lens! He's looking right up that nostril. I'll bet you chuckled as you posted this one.   Posted: 09/26/2023 14:43:37
Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Thanks, Pat!   Posted: 09/28/2023 16:48:25