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October 21, 2012
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10/5000 second
Focal Length
55 mm
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Date Taken
Sep 28, 2012, 6:52:45 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh
life of a cowboy hat by luckydesigns life of a cowboy hat by luckydesigns

This photo is copyright =luckydesigns, 2012. All rights reserved.

Nikon D3100 | 18-55mm
One of my favorite photos I've taken lately, the colors look much better in Photoshop though :'c
Flip (horse in the background) kept picking the hat up and carrying it around the pasture, so it took quite a few shots to get one I was satisfied with, haha xD

Also, I hope I have this in the right category? :3

Thanks so much for viewing! Each and every comment is appreciated. :peace:
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Overall, I think it’s a great capture. :thumbsup:

The DoF is very well done. The focus on the brim and the grass directly in front is good while the background hasn’t been too blurred so a viewer can still make out the horses. And I really like the point of view.

The use of sepia adds a nice touch giving an overall feeling of nostalgia.

The only thing I would suggest is framing. Instead of having part of the hat cut off, it may look better with all of it in the photo. The same for the horse, Flip. Even though it’s in the background and slightly blurred, the whole body of the horse might give the photo a greater impact.

Once again, a really good capture. :D
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You wanted me to give you a critique for this one. Don't mind the stars, they aren't helpful to anyone.


By looking at your metadata I would recommend you to always shoot at the lowest possible ISO, in your case it would be ISO200. The reason for this is that you'll have the most possible details to work with in the post-processing. You'll still be able to retain a shutterspeed that will allow you to handhold this shot.

As for the composition; You are a large area here (I'm just assuming due to the horses). I would consider using a different location and be aware of your angle a bit, because right now you have hidden the only horse we can see the full body of. If you're able to give the viewer a chance to see the background better you'll have a more interesting picture. It's not always easy to go out there and take a photo and think creatively all the time, so just do several shots with different angles. Because I can see what you are trying to show us as viewers.

Have a look at this video from Scott Kelby, it's 1 hr long, but it's well worth having a look at due to the language and angle he has on composing an image and he tells you how he works a scene when he feels that there is something there. [link]

The sepia-tone looks well here and I don't mind the blurring. It's artistic enough. I would consider having slightly more contrast, but beware so you don't "loose" the horses :)

Hope this was helpful :)
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very cool shot. I love the tones and composition! :heart:
luckydesigns Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
So sorry for the late reply!

Thank you so much! :heart:
YumeNox Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i love the point of view with the horses blurry in the back ! original, makes me dream about being a lonesome cowgirl :p
luckydesigns Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Aw, thank you so much for all your lovely feedback!
TogetherToday Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the colors and the focus on the hat. There's just something about this picture that I love so much!
luckydesigns Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! :huggle:
TogetherToday Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
bubbIies Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I really like this! :aww:

I'm going to give this a short critique (it would be too short for the actual critique widget ;P) if you don't mind. :)

First of all, I really love how you set this up. Just the whole setting, I guess. I like how in the background the horses are a little blurred, the hat is not. I think I saw someone say they want more of the horse, and while I think it would be better if I saw the whole hat, and maybe the picture was a bit taller (I know sometimes that can't be helped, depending on what size camera you have and such), I think it looks much better with the hat in full focus rather than the horses. After all, that is the point of this picture, no? Anyways, nice work! The only thing I would have done different is get more of the actual picture, if possible. :)

Also, I do believe this is in the right category. :3 Since the hat is the main focus, but I'm not a genius or anything. |D
luckydesigns Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for the lovely feedback! :meow: :heart:
I'm glad you like it! I've got quite a few others shots from this mini-shoot that I never got around to editing.. I did this one and fell in love with it. :giggle: Thanks again! I really appreciate it.
Also, I don't think I did any cropping here!

bubbIies Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your so welcome! :heart:
Haha, I understand! ;3
Ah, OK! :)
Well, it's no problem! :tighthug:
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