Framed in a field

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© Andrea Petersen
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The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hid in a field..St Matthew 13: 44


Draft Horse Field Day, October 1, 2005, at a farm in River Falls, Wisconsin...

I think if I were to do this candid over again...I either would have done a
selective focus on the horses to diffuse the couple in the front, or focused
on the couple to blur the horses....I might have done a vertical rather than a
horizontal..and perhaps not leave so much of the scenery in the shot.

A picture depends on how much you want to leave in or leave out and sometimes it is best to take several shots at different angles depending on how long the couple would have stood there in that same position.

It was a grab shot and I shot it quickly. Sometimes you have to do that also before the scene changes and you lose the shot. I see other things also which I could have done differently...such as changing my angle so that the person by the horses is not coming out of the ladies shirt in front..but maybe that could not be avoided if that individual walked into the picture at the same time that I shot it.

What would you have done to improve this candid shot?

28 responses

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (15 Mar 2011):

    don't see room for improvement.i like the fact that everything is in focus.lets you see whats going on!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (15 Mar 2011):

    Thank you for your comment and opinion Donna.. I appreciate it.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (15 Mar 2011):

    I was about to say the same thing. I particularly like the way you are able to see the whole team of horses between the man and woman involved in conversation. I also like the venue: cornfield, wide open spaces, people, blue sky.

  • Nicole DeVita

    Nicole DeVita gave props (15 Mar 2011):

    there just seems to be so much going on in this shot, I love that everytime you look at it your eye is drawn to something new!!!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (15 Mar 2011):

    pretty darn cool shot... I like it.....

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (15 Mar 2011):


  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (16 Mar 2011):

    Rockin' JPG's Theme Park (in a most critically acclaimed way).

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (16 Mar 2011):

    I like how you framed the horses between the two people that are speaking. I would probaby crop out the rest to cut back on distractions and add impact. Hugs.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (16 Mar 2011):

    Thank you all for your comments. I am so used to giving compliments and not critiques that I feel guilty if I give constructive criticisms, even if this is what the theme is about, but maybe because I am really not an expert to
    tell others how to improve their work when I need to improve my own..LOL

    .Regenia, is a professional knows what she is talking about and I appreciate her kind words of wisdom in how to improve a picture. I had to smile @ John's in a most acclaimed way) You guys are all so kind...thanks.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (16 Mar 2011):

    You do incredible work Andrea. You are eager to learn and try new things and it really shows. Your willingness to listen to critique shows that you are passionate about learning. I know it is hard to listen to sometimes, but that is how you grow. I too worry about giving critique sometimes. The last thing you want to do is hurt someone's feelings or discourage them in anyway. Your words are always kind, supportive and encouraging. Hugs!!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (16 Mar 2011):

    Beautifully photographed Andrea, lovely scene!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (16 Mar 2011):

    So many possible narratives for this image. Why are these people huddled in groups? What could they be talkling about, conspiring? The horses, how do they fit in? I'm intrigued by images like this that suggest so much.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (17 Mar 2011):

    I don't see any room for improvement, either. This photo tells a great story, and to crop it or change it in any way would have elminated a chapter in the story.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (17 Mar 2011):

    A charming scene, love it..

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (17 Mar 2011):

    I'm with you Andrea......I'm not really one to critique anyone else's work.......but, THIS is the theme.....I have to agree with Susan on this one :~)

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (17 Mar 2011):

    I love this image. Sometimes a person simply has to GET the shot before they lose the opportunity, entirely! Considering what was going on here, I think you did a masterful job of capturing a great candid moment at the Field Day.. It really depends upon the purpose we have for that image, whether to crop or not. Thank you for sharing!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (18 Mar 2011):

    Wouldn't change a thing!!! Great work!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (19 Mar 2011):

    Yes!!! You are always incredible and you deserve appreciation from all of us!!! Great shot!! Well captured

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (20 Mar 2011):

    I too think this is a very interesting photo and well done. Nothing at all needed to be changed unless you wanted it to be, however I do agree with Regenia, that cropping out the sides would have added impact to this photo, but it is still an excellent shot as it is.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (22 Mar 2011):

    I love your vision of Americana.

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (31 Aug 2015):

    a great capture! voted!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 Sep 2015):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (2 Sep 2015):


  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (3 Sep 2015):

    Perfect for this Donald wrote, a wonderful venue! voted.

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (4 Sep 2015):

    Well seen and presented! Got my vote.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (5 Sep 2015):

    BTV dear

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers   gave props (5 Sep 2015):


  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (12 Sep 2015):

    Very American ! Voted !

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