Mono On Topic B
Forest ride - Jessica Hall
Total Score (all judges): 268
Total Score: 94
A great photo deserving of an award. The upper end of the tonal range, the brightest areas, are possibly a little too bright. Amazing composition and a great capture.
Total Score: 92
Very beautiful and professional looking. I love how the tree, hair, dress, mane and tail are all flowing.
Total Score: 82
I like the mood of this image. With the Spanish moss hanging down and the white horse, the image has a strong fairy tale feeling to it.
From a composition stand point, I felt that the image was hurt a bit by the perspective. The image would be stronger if the camera had been pointed a bit further to the right. There are 2 reasons why I say this. First, as it was taken the horse/rider are close to the center of the image (from a left-right perspective). In general, you should try to avoid having the subject in the center of the image. Shifting the camera to the right would bring the rider to about the 1/3 line. Second, the two trees make the image feel unbalanced. The tree on the left is fully captured, with space between it and the frame of the image. The tree on the right is just barely there. Shifting the camera to the right would bring both trees evenly into the image, and would serve as frames in the image, along with the strong branch along the top. This would help to draw attention to the rider.
I do like how the moss arcs towards the rider, almost pointing the viewer's eyes to the subject.
End of Year 2015 - Best of the Best - 12/1/2015