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January 28, 2010 at 10:28 pm #18078bourkiesParticipant
I was out for a walk around my property the other day and I saw our horses playing around. I just purchased a new telephoto lens a few days earlier so I was trying it out. I really was trying to get some good shots of the thorns and berries but as I was doing some tests shots the horses came in behind my photo. I thought that was a great opportunity to use them as my natural backdrop. I had a tough time choosing which photo to share but this one has meaning behind it to me. Although there were no props used and I didnt have a set, this one is a dream to me. I grew up as a city girl, but now living in this country lifestyle, I live a life I used to only dream about. I believe it represents that sometimes people focus too much on whats right at their feet, and they dont truly see the beauty that lies ahead, or just on the other side of the bushes in this case. This is one of the photos that I am most proud of. There has been absolutely no editing done to it and no special effects were added or used, because I wanted this picture to show its natural beauty and simplicity.February 2, 2010 at 6:19 am #19523Duncan RawlinsonKeymaster
Beautiful photograph. Dreamlike indeed. I’m happy you shared the story behind the photograph because it helped me understand the composition better.
At first, I was concerned that the selective focus was placed inaccurately on the foreground when the background seemed like the more interesting visual element to me. However, now that you explain the story, the horses in soft focus symbolize the possibilities of dreams coming true. As you’ve stated, the idea of this type of living was something abstract and only in dreams when you were younger. The horses in this photograph represent that dreamlike experience. Their shapes are visible and you feel they are close, yet just far away enough and just blurred enough to make them dreamlike.
Another design element I really like about this photograph is its simplified color palette. You’ve used gradients of brown, black and white and your main colors, but then you’ve incorporated a vibrant and dramatic red color in the foreground to help add a “pop” to your color palette.
I really like the photography. My only concern is that the foreground is a little bit busy. I like the positioning of the two larger tree trunks which bracket the two sides of your composition,, but the smaller branches in the middle make the composition a little messy. Changing your position or zooming in slightly may have helped you remove some of this clutter without getting rid of the berries as a primary focal point.
Great job overall. I truly enjoyed looking at this composition!
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