My submission for *da-agon
's September contest, which is to portray through macro photography something which is important to you and which has changed your life...
This image captures two very important things to me, one, of course, my horse, GJs Maximilian, who I have owned for ... mm, 5 years? 6?.. now. (Anyway, it's been a long time.) I've been riding since I was 8, but I rode more when I was younger then I do now, you could say Max is something that changed my life in the past. The second part is the camera. It's not even mine, it's mother's, but she's kind enough to let me use it whenever I like. I would definitely say it has changed my life, since I've been outside more since she won! it then I have in the past 3 years. Lately I've been taking a hundred or so pictures every 2-3 days, when the weather is nice. The camera is something that has changed my life right now and probably will continue to do so.
Aside from the personal meaning, I really like the foreshortening in the reflection... sort of how it feels to be looking down at everything, from a horse's view. Also, I find the layers/what have you in his eyes endlessly fascinating. Everyone has seen speckled human eyes a million times, but I think not everyone has seen horse eyes and how pretty the colours are.
Things I don't like: Too washed out... That could be corrected with some "digital darkroom" but I felt like I was loosing too much from the darker portions of the picture when I did that. I also don't care for the odd green reflection on the left or the hair in his face, although I suppose that's more "natural".
Other notes: I did use IrfanView to crop this image and then to resample it (downwards) to meet the size limitation. Also I added the black border.
P.S. It's, I think, 15 minutes after GMT midnight, but I hope GMT midnight refers to midnight between the 30th and 1st, and not the 29th and 30th... Too late now I suppose, but I just realized that it could go either way about 25 minutes ago.