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May 16, 2013
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1/1000 second
Focal Length
155 mm
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Date Taken
May 9, 2013, 7:48:46 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Macintosh)
Fairytale by Equus-Photography Fairytale by Equus-Photography
Name: Fairytale
Taken With: Nikon D300s + Nikkor f2.8 80-200mm
Date: May 9th 2013
Description: Upon the back of a horse, we enter a fairytale.
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Image İHannah Shumka Photography 2013
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This. Is. PERFECT. If I could, I would end the critique there, but that would just a comment, then wouldn't it ;)

The vision here, for both clarity and your artistic vision I'm sure you hand in mind, is amazing. It is clear where it needs to be, and the light filters to blur the mane and the hair wonderfully.

I love the overall appearance on this, but left half a star empty because I've seen some pieces that were similar to this, but not quite this fantastic. <3

Your technique, as I sort of mentioned when I talked about your vision, is perfect. The way you angled the camera to capture the light's frame around the horse and rider, and the gentle glow above them adds a serene, yet oh so warm touch.

As for the impact, I'm pretty sure I've made clear what I feel! xD
The gracefulness of horseback riding at its purest form is definitely captured here, and is shown through the intimate bond between man and beast.

The only thing that I'm not too fond of - frankly it bugs me the more I look at it - is the small golden butterfly a midst the sparkles. At first I didn't notice it, but then it shone through. I'm not sure if it's your small watermark or something - and I'm pretty sure it's edited in (correct me if I'm wrong) - but it just adds a distraction from the horse. The sparkles just perfect the serenity and gentleness, but the butterfly is distracting. :/

Overall, a very visually appealing piece, speaks to the mind and heart as well. I love the warmth in this, and it is amazing.
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3 out of 3 deviants thought this was fair.

Well, I don`t write critiques very often, but since I like this image, I`ll give myself a try. :)
So, what I like in this picture? Well, of course that nice feel of a warm, sunny summer evening. Smell of the grass and flowers, warmth of a horse body...
Let`s be honest, the way you captured those feelings isn`t very complicated, but I think that sometimes simplicity is very useful and this, in my opinion, is the case. That`s why you have an average score in originality, but it doesn`t ruin the impact and that is the most important thing. Here you can see that you don`t always need very expensive gear or setup to have a image that stays in your mind and heart. That sometimes is even harder to achieve.
I love the saddleless horse and the bare feet of the rider. That gives a feeling of freedom, peace and friendship. The dark dress contrasts with white horse body and fits well together with black bridle. Maybe I would have composed this shot in a bit different way, letting the rear of the horse fill the frame but you have let a bit of space in front of it and included the little bugs and the nice butterfly (it`s added in post production, right?), so I think that this also is a good choice.
Overall, my conclusion is:
A simple and "easy going" image with lots of impact and feelings inside.
Good work.
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Wow, it's so beatiful and gives a sense of lightness!
great work u have love it
ShadowfaxCreations May 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
So magical! I love it! =D
Ahwww, soooo beautifull and so cute..
Cinnamoncandy May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have been featured. [link] :heart:
Equus-Photography May 19, 2013  Student Photographer
Wow! Thank you very much! :heart:
waikar3d May 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
FriendlyToucan May 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Don't have time to write a critique, but, oh, that's pretty! White horse, white sky, but her gray dress blends with other parts of the horse. She's beautiful - looks like a princess enjoying a morning ride. Great job. I like it!
Equus-Photography May 17, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank you so much :hug:
StarDragon108 May 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful!!! :love:
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