Snow covers the fields and farms on the South Downs above Shoreham-by-sea in West Sussex, England. The horses that graze here are well cared for but there is little shelter from the cold winds so most, but not all, have winter coats. However all look decidedly fed up with the "white stuff". After years of no snow in southern England, this is the third consecutive winter with a relatively heavy fall.
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yquem46 (35432) 2013-01-26 2:19
Oh Yes Brian !
Fed up with this white stuff
Too funny shot with the bored look of this horse
Romano46 (11607) 2013-01-26 2:25
una ripresa insolita sia nel soggetto che nel taglio verticale ma molto efficace e ricca di colore.
Trovo anche indovinato l'aver sfumato lo sfondo facendo sì che il soggetto esaltasse nel bianco della neve.
A mio parere anche un formato quadrato, eliminando gli alberi sullo sfondo sarebbe stato molkto efficace.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
snunney (72796) 2013-01-26 2:31
He does look decidedly fed up this poor horse left out in the cold. Good use of depth of field to isolate him from the background. Have a good weekend despite the weather.
mjw364 (6142) 2013-01-26 2:40
Ha yes Brain - me too! Thaw on its way though!
I like the way you have used DOF to isolate the main subject whose colours stand out beautifully against the whote backdrop of snow. Very sharp and clear image.
macjake (45588) 2013-01-26 4:05
now this one is fantastic!
I wonder how many people would have thought to compose this horse in a vertical which cuts off more than half of its body!
but hey...it works!
You wanted to create a stark contrast in the colors and the white-out, and thats precisely what you've got!!
well done my friend
see you around
SnapRJW (23724) 2013-01-26 6:40
Hello Brian - This is something outside of your 'normal' postings but no less successful. An innovative crop, I like the inclusion of the blurry tree-line, the balance of the composition is good and your DOF has isolated the horse but given the context quite clearly. Interestingly, I see one of your favorite colour combinations.... blue and orange! Nice work, and yes the horse does look glum! Warm regards Rosemary
marabu61 (5879) 2013-01-26 7:55
How on earth can one ever be fed up by the white stuff, I just love it. OK, if I where a horse and had to spend the whole day out, then ...
But the horse in its blue cloak contrast so beautifully against the snow, that is really attractive to look at.
have a good weekend
GREGG (7804) 2013-01-26 8:09
Good POV, colors and depth of field
isolating this beautiful animal.
You wanted to create a stark contrast -
Have a nice weekend
JFS (32453) 2013-01-26 8:48
Brian, I see that your are very good in portraits too:)) Speacking seriously, you got a very good work here, a professional work.
Have a nice WE!
The composition is TOP!!!
dkmurphys (42597) 2013-01-26 10:31
Very fine capture, I like your choice of cropping. Great catch!
rychem (13740) 2013-01-26 10:54
Nice portrait of this horse in the cold, nice contrast between the colorful coat and the white BG
kasianowak (3474) 2013-01-26 11:19
It does look fed up, you managed to catch that expression on its little face. :) It seems there is a huge difference between horses' and photographers' feelings about third consecutive year of white stuff...
As for the image, it's very beautiful and I think it would make a great Xmas card!
Greetings from Sarajevo!
lpi (4786) 2013-01-26 11:28
excellent portrait de ce beau cheval avec un superbe contraste.
Très bon shot!
ACL1978 (6501) 2013-01-26 16:05
He does have a certain look in his eye that I recognize from particularly rough winters past... Nice job with this one, Brian - a perfect exposure where it would have been really easy to overexpose. Really nice DOF to isolate the horse, and your framing choice is both different and effective. The colors of the horse stand out all the more against the plain white. Thanks!
tyro (15729) 2013-01-26 17:48
Well, this is so much different from your usual landscape and architectural pictures!
I think you have the same feeling about snow that my late father had - he always referred to the stuff as "white sh*t" particularly as his work involved a lot of driving and he hated driving in snowy and slipery conditions.
If that is the case, then this poor horse appears to share your thoughts - he looks miserable, cold, wet and hungry.
I presume that you used a long focal length for this and that has given you a very limited depth of field which shows the horse in sharp detail against a very nicely out of focus background. The colours on the horse and his blue rug (is that what they call a "New Zealand Rug"?) and the details there are just fabulous and you have caught his expression of pure misery perfectly!
Nicou (105947) 2013-01-26 22:00
Il est protégé par le froid ce cheval avec sa couverture bleue quelle captage et cocmpo quelle vue et iamge avec ce fond blanc, superbe.
Bravo et amitié
jjcordier (67332) 2013-01-26 22:21
Joli "portrait" de ce petit cheval au look original. Très bonne gestion de la profondeur de champ et de la lumière.
siudzi (27779) 2013-01-27 4:38
What a charming winter scene here executed with such a great DOF! Very well seen and cropped to build amazing picture. Many thanks for sharing.
- Copyright: Brian Denton (timecapturer) (37200)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-01-21
- Categories: Daily Life, Humorous, Nature
- Camera: Sony Alpha 850 DSLR, Sony 70-300 F4.5-5.6 G SSM, Hoya Super UV
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-01-26 1:51