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Old 04-17-2011, 08:51 PM
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One more horse composite...

Yes, as you can see I enjoy working with horses.. LOL

Here is another composite for critique.

I did print this one out (11x14) and it looks pretty good on paper as far as PP work goes.

Anything obvious out of order on this one?

Thanks for honest critique. Charles
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:02 PM
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Re: One more horse composite...

Charles, this Pegasus is missing its wings. All four feet are floating so it looks like you dropped the creature on top of qa new bg but left him floating. The shadow looks disproportionately small.
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:13 PM
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Re: One more horse composite...

Hi Murray, actually this "Pegasus" was in fact in the air with all four hooves. I have made sure to transfer the original shadow rather then trying to re-create a new one.

The shadow looks disproportionately small to horse? How can you tell where the light source was? I don't question your judgment, just trying to see your point of view...

Thanks for your critique... Thanks Charles
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:43 AM
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Re: One more horse composite...

OK, after a closer look I will retract the comment about the shadow. Because the horse has all hooves of the ground, with a sharp body outline, it looks a bit like it was lifted and placed onto the new bg. The grass beneath the horse and behind does not look like its been trodden upon and there's no typical dust cloud that a gallopping horse usually leaves. However the entire composite does look very nice and the horse does attract most of the viewer's focus, so unless people are really looking to see if the photo has been composited, they may not notice.
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:40 AM
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Re: One more horse composite...

Damn, that's a good looking horse.

ln order to give an honest opinion about your work it would be nice to see the "before" image just to see what you've done. I do agree that the horse may seem sharper, the subject more contrasty than it should be and the depth of field seems a bit unusual "unless" it's running on a slight hill ridge. That said, I've seen unaltered images that can be questionable simply due to a variety of issues during the original shoot. So . . . long story made short. Unless the horse was placed running on the surface of the moon, it's difficult to determine how well you've done your composite. Myself, I'd like to see the original in order to critique your work.
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:42 AM
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Re: One more horse composite...

Hi Charles
Sorry, but I have to agree with Murray it does look a little like it has been lifted and dropped onto new BG. I have little idea of how a horse either cantors, runs, or gallops, however if all feet do leave the ground then some disturbance (flying grass and debris?) should follow maybe?

As LQQKER said it would be nice to look at both foreground and background images prior to compositing.

One thing that does bug me a little is the sharp DOF cut off in the grass on level with the hooves. The transition just does not look credible IMO and may benefit from gradually smoothing out until it reaches the tree root line.

Stunning picture though of a horse in action very well done
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:45 PM
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Re: One more horse composite...

I read none of the critiques before looking at your image. After reading all the "faults" that were pointed out then I gave it a careful "Sherlock Holmes and magnifing glass" look. I found what they seemed to have dug around just to have something to find fault with.

To me it looks not like the horse was dropped on the bg, but that the image was shot with a telephoto lens causing a short focal range. Therefore horse sharp, bg not. And it does indeed look like there is a slight dropoff in the landscape where the horse is.

I rather like it, especially because of the great job of removing the horse from it's original bg. And as "LQQKER" says...beautiful horse!

Keep up the good work.

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Old 04-18-2011, 06:07 PM
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Re: One more horse composite...

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....I found what they seemed to have dug around just to have something to find fault with....
You are of course entitled to your opinion and have the right to disagree with comments made here by me and others.

However to suggest that anyone has dug around just to have something to find fault with is just as ridiculous a picture as you giving it your 'Sherlock Holmes and magnifying glass look'. The inference from your post that I was just looking to find fault is totally incorrect and maybe even designed to be mildly offensive?

I gave an honest opinion of what I felt looking at the image and stick by what I said. While the image may have been taken with a telephoto lens the foreshortening effect of such a lens does not to me seem apparent. In addition the depth of field plane regardless of a possible 'drop off' of the land does not look quite correct. It would be interesting to see the original background shot untouched from camera.

We do agree on one thing however that is one beautiful horse. In addition it is one great photographic capture of the animal

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Old 04-18-2011, 07:36 PM
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Re: One more horse composite...

It is interesting to see different approaches to examine the picture. I agree it might be a little different from what you see here on regular basis. I am learning with every picture so I am sure there are a lot of things out of whack.

Here is some tech info:
Both background and horse were shot with 70-200mm lens.
Background at 105mm wide open f/2.8
Horse was shot at 155mm f/6.3

That’s where DOF will be a little bit off but I really wanted to have horse in focus on the picture with background OOF as much as possible. I can see what can be a little bit “confusing “ as Tony pointed out is the grass edge. It’s hilly terrain and that is the way it came out of the camera. In perfect world I assume the shadow should look different behind the edge to reflect the terrain. (???) I am not exactly sure how to address that and how the shadow should look like. I have to train my brain to figure this stuff.. LOL Also, I did not want the shadow to be really harsh and prominent for printing as it was on the original. Mistake?

I am sorry I did not include both original from the beginning but I wanted to see how would you critiques/judge the image without seeing originals. Everybody pointed something out even without seeing originals. No tricks in the future, I promise. I totally understand that originals are important to correctly point out mistakes. That said I appreciate that you took this challenge and offered some input without them.

Here are links to original file.

Horse
Background

Feel free to mess with them if you wish. I hope that will shed some light in some of the issues mentioned earlier.
As you can see on the original, there is no dust or rocks flying whatsoever. I do not think that we would see anything in dry grass but that could be argued.

Thanks for the input and please let me know what would you do differently based on originals without re-shooting the background.

Thanks encouraging words. Charles
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Old 04-19-2011, 03:26 PM
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Re: One more horse composite...

Ah, the tech info explains a lot about my problem with DOF not looking quite right (there is another factor for me covered later). I did start to work out DoF for both full frame and DX at an assumed shooting distance - then stopped as I decided this was nonsense - I have seen composites that were shot at very different focal lengths and f stops that I did not recognise as such until shown. So that thinking may be irrelevant.

Anyway what I thought you may have done is to have added a gradient blur to the background which may have gone a little too far - how wrong was I.

While I could see the possibility of a hilly terrain I could not be sure this was the case - only cleared up for me later when looking at original background shots. I do not believe that you were trying to trick anyone however, but merely looking for opinion/critique.

Now the links to the Horse and BG. Well the horse was a big surprise, caught in mid air with no signs of flying debris. I agree that it is therefore unlikely that we would see the signs of such in dry grass.
The background made DOF really clear. For me the tree and grass on the right hand of the image gave the depth clues I could not appreciate in the original composite.

So I decided to have a quick go to see what if any difference I could make. Please be aware that I am stressing difference, not improvement.

In all cases I left the background as original with no cropping, so that the depth clues were still apparent.

First image. Tried to match background density of one tree to match that of the Horse picture (tree in background). Result image IMO too dark

Second Image. Overall brighten to approximate your original.

Third Image. Selective D&B on the horse only.

Shadows. This was and is the biggest problem area for me. Although the original horse and shadow obviously photographically correct it just does not feel quite right when transported to new BG. So I messed around and changed the shadows somewhat - TBH I do not think that this has improved anything - I am bad at doing shadows

EDIT: Forgot to add one that was done just for fun. You said you wanted OOF BG so added a bit of blur
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File Type: jpg HorsOrigComp.jpg (98.7 KB, 51 views)
File Type: jpg HorsComp.jpg (99.3 KB, 44 views)
File Type: jpg HorsOrigCompD&B.jpg (99.0 KB, 52 views)
File Type: jpg HorsCompBlur.jpg (92.4 KB, 57 views)

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