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A Muskoka Winter by marccphotography A Muskoka Winter by marccphotography
A cold Muskoka day, but an awesome shoot with amazing people.
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Filly8 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A very beautiful photo ! lovely outfit and that snow just adds to it :) The one thing i reccoomend you change in the future is the pose of the horse on the right (red halter). Currently the horse is photographed to much fromt a front angle making the chest area look huge and out of place/awkward. In the future try to move the horses rear end a bit to the side more so that you have a more 3/4 view: this would better show off the horses proportions and in doing so better model the clothing ;) Horses are well known as being difficult to photograph well (with good proportions) so overall you did a pretty good job of it :) The image overall is fantastic and eyecatching!
marccphotography Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you filly8, It was my first time with these magnificent beasts. I am hoping to shoot with them again when the weather is much warmer. ( spring) .
I think this was the first time being "rockstars" for the horses too. My model did an awesome job handling them even though the owners were just off camera.
I will most definatley take your advice the next time. Maybe they will move a tad easier the next time :)
I do have a few more on my website, if you would be so kind I would love similar feedback on the few photos there.
Again thank you .......... xx
Filly8 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! like i said it truly is a beautiful image and the fashion itself is wonderfully represented (this is big from me considering i am not a fashiony person lol)

You model really did do a great job, she looks relaxed and calm with the horses; Especially impressive considering she is either short or those horse are a draft (large) breed. If they are indeed draft breeds then it is even more important to get them at an angle due to their "heavy/clunky" look at front and back angles.

I wish i could find this article i read years ago about the angles in which to shoot horses with particular traits at. A quick google about it may lead you to some results or a qick jaunt through a horse magizine may help you pinpoint what pro horse photographs find are the best angles to showcase a horses beauty. Granted i am obviously not a professional photographer just a happy animal fanatic that dabbles in photography :D

The last thing i would tell you is to pay attention to is the horses expressions. In this image you did fairly well with neither horse looking too annoyed or bored and considering it was your first horse session it is really great! :) It is subtle but to a horsey person (and i would go so far as to say subconciously in most people) the horse on the left looks a tad frustrated at being held still and photographed (perhaps this was a shot later in the session?) haha. It is just somethign to watch for in the future and avoid as much as you can; granted they are animals and god knows animals will do what they wish sometimes but treats or odd noises make for interesting expressions ;) lol

Sorry i get rant-y when i type about something i am interested in ^^;

i saw one more horse image (close up kinda with two halter-less horses)on your site (wow some beautiful work there!) and it was pretty great with better horsey angles though again the expressions could use a bit of work :)
marccphotography Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
Love the "rant-y" :) You have been very helpful and thank you for the awesome advise. The pointers and tips hopefully will help me next time im with these great horses. You are right about being "Draft" horses. They are "percherons" .

I think i will spend some tiime watching without shooting and try to get the expressions noted.


Filly8 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem i hope you enjoy your time observing ^^
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