To be honest - this is one of those edits that confuses me. Guess I don't have the experienced eye that I should have by now. My feeling is that the foreground seems a photo, but the horses and their area of the photo seems different somehow. As if it is from a different capture. This is especially true of the white horse in the center. Its features seem very flat. I don't know what to say.
Somebody asked me what I thought was done to this picture to make it look like this. I opened the picture in photoshop and had a close look at it, and this is what I think.
Disclaimer: I'm wrong sometimes, and sometimes I just plain old don't know.
I don't think this was done with standard HDR. That is, I don't think the photographer took two or more pictures and combined them. The horses are moving, which means it would be impossible to combine two pictures without some sort of differences showing up when combined. Also, the leaves would move slightly.
The white horse is in full gallop, a normal state horses achieve that can actually get them completely off the ground for some portion of a second.
There is a particular quality of light that can be achieved in various ways. Wire could have produced various versions of the same image and then combined them. He could have made a color and a black & white version and combined them. He could have used the highlight/shadows sliders to adjust. Lighting could be adjusted on the computer. Usually, we all work with a particular color balance that is more or less default on our various systems, but there are several color pallet (sp?) settings to choose from. This could be a photoshop plug-in program, and it could even be SOOC if the particular light at that time of day at that spot on Earth were just so.
Unfortunately, if Wire doesn't choose to provide info, we're left wondering and speculating. I think that's just fine, and I also think it proves a certain amount of success for this photograph. It's achieved discussion from six other photographers, made us think a little bit, and made us dwell on an image for more than a few seconds.
If we wish, we're all free to take a picture and try to replicate the light/color results, then share those findings with others.
It's not two pictures fused,unfortunately i'm not that clever! its just me mucking about with an HDR programme.It's one picture with the white horse and the area around it nearly black and white.To be honest i pondered the wisdom of posting it here or anywhere,because it looks shoddy.But i liked the dreamy aspect of it so i stuck with it.I'll post the actual picture with no effects just to clear up any confusion.Either that or i'm Ali Bongo(Bob? google him!!!).
Wire, are you William Oliver Wallace reincarnated? W.O.W.!
Very much appreciated this lively conversation. Wire, I hope you will continue to offer your magic so that we can meet here once again and enjoy your very interesting magic and magical conversation. Thank you.