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life of a cowboy hat by luckydesigns life of a cowboy hat by luckydesigns

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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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Hey!

You wanted me to give you a critique for this one. Don't mind the stars, they aren't helpful to anyone.

Photographically:

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:
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luckydesigns Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
So sorry for the late reply!

Thank you so much! :heart:
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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
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luckydesigns Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Aw, thank you so much for all your lovely feedback!
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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!
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luckydesigns Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! :huggle:
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TogetherToday Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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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
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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!

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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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f1utterby3 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great focus in this piece! I think it really does depict the "life of a cowboy hat" very well, what with all the horses in the background, although I agree with another commenter that it might have made more sense to use an old beat up hat, rather than this pristine white one. That being said, I do like the strong contrast of white against the background!
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luckydesigns Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
ahh, yes, maybe i'll have to experiment a little more again! and thanks so much for your lovely comments x3 :hug:
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f1utterby3 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem!
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Dumbaa Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
This is a great photo, but I think if the hat was worn and used a bit it would send more of a message across about the hard work and such. Everything else is awesome though!
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luckydesigns Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for your opinion! And yeah, I never really thought of that! :aww:
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Aelfwynne Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
haha, this one's neat :D
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luckydesigns Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :giggle:
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AreaFive Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love this, great photograph :)
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luckydesigns Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :heart:
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3wyl Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it's in the right category, though you could put it in 'Other' too.

Anyway, this is a great piece! I really like how the slight sepia tone really adds to the overall atmosphere and mood of this piece. It's great how the foreground and background are differentiated further with the shallow depth of field and.. yeah, it's just wonderfully executed overall.

Perhaps you could increase the brightness a bit, but it's pretty fine as it is.

Lovely stuff. :D
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luckydesigns Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for taking the time to send me some feedback! :aww:
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ivanka-a Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks nice!!
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luckydesigns Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :heart:
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ivanka-a Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^^no problem!
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Asher12 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
I have a hat just like this one !!! This is a pretty interesting capture of the hat you have here !!! I like the horses in the backround !!! :la:
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luckydesigns Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts through this awesome comment! You are so sweet :hug:
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Asher12 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Aww :aww: thank you !!! :hug:
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luckydesigns Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:love:
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hefeigal Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great shot! I love the way the piece has kind of an old-fashioned air to it, and the angle is really unique! :D
The focus is good, and the picture has a nice sense of depth.

Honestly, the only thing I'd suggest is to not crop out the one part of the hat. Other than that, this is a fantastic capture! :la: Keep up the great work!
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luckydesigns Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! :aww:
Yeah, I will have to look back through my photos to see if I have more angles of this. Thanks again for commenting! :love:
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hefeigal Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :D
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taibossigai Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Really awesome! I agree with EnglishRider - the background horses make this great. Did you get any shots of Flip carrying the hat? (it sounds like it would make a cute photo)
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luckydesigns Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much! :aww:
I did, actually! Perhaps I'll have to upload one of those (:
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xDamianART Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That's a nice work there!
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luckydesigns Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :heart:
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EnglishRider8454 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this! The horses in the backround make is absolutely perfect. :)
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luckydesigns Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww: thank you abby! :heart:
How have you been? c:
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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D3100
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10/5000 second
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55 mm
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500
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Sep 28, 2012, 6:52:45 PM
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