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Masher Premium
 
Masher August 04, 2014
wow, wow, wow - absolutely amazing capture well done.
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BRIN August 05, 2014
Thank you very much Masher :-)
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sweetpea72 August 04, 2014
absolutely love this! ")
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BRIN August 05, 2014
Thanks a lot Melissa :-)
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tropicala August 04, 2014
Superb!
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BRIN August 05, 2014
Thanks so much tropicala :-)
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cmorisset August 05, 2014
Amazing comp and angle truly masterpiece love it!
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BRIN August 05, 2014
Thanks a lot cmorisset :-)
THOMMAS
 
THOMMAS August 06, 2014
fantastic,they look so unreal,like a painting,,superb in very way,an the winner is!!,that's a really really good capture
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BRIN August 10, 2014
Thanks very much Thommas :-)
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DebbieKMiller81 August 10, 2014
This is absolutely amazing. Well done
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BRIN September 06, 2014
Thanks very much :-)
traceprinslooreppin
 
traceprinslooreppin August 14, 2014
...wowza...super stunning capture :-)
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BRIN September 06, 2014
Thanks a lot :-)
florrie
 
florrie August 20, 2014
This is an amazing shot. The composition is perfect and they are such beautiful horses, which you have captured perfectly.
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BRIN September 06, 2014
Many thanks :-)
Roussou
 
Roussou August 23, 2014
This is an absolutely amazing capture
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BRIN September 06, 2014
Thanks a lot :-)
Catherine_J_Photography
 
Catherine_J_Photography September 01, 2014
absolutely stunning !!!
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BRIN September 06, 2014
Thanks very much :-)
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melissafarelli September 01, 2014
Perfect composition. Perfect in every way.
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BRIN September 06, 2014
Many thanks :-)
Passionate
 
Passionate September 01, 2014
One of the most beautiful images I have ever seen. Keep it on!
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BRIN September 06, 2014
Thanks a lot :-)
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ReneeBlake September 01, 2014
Breathtaking !
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BRIN September 06, 2014
Thanks very much :-)
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annalenygiltrejos September 01, 2014
this is amazing
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BRIN September 06, 2014
Thanks a lot :-)
joecas
 
joecas September 01, 2014
Stunning!
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BRIN September 06, 2014
Thanks very much :-)
danielatodescu
 
danielatodescu September 01, 2014
wonderfull!
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BRIN September 06, 2014
Thanks a lot :-)
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Vince542 September 01, 2014
Woow!!!! Brilliant capture!!!!
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BRIN September 06, 2014
Many thanks :-)
philtraas
 
philtraas September 01, 2014
My favorite animal, and you did them justice. So gorgeous! The type of photo I'd purchase. 5 star
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BRIN September 06, 2014
Thanks very much :-)
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Sheri_Stanley September 01, 2014
Phenomenal!
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BRIN September 06, 2014
Thanks a lot :-)
susanhuckins
 
susanhuckins September 01, 2014
Stunning image Brin. You are one amazing photographer, so many superb images in your gallery. The focus, clarity and presentation are amazing. Susan
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BRIN September 06, 2014
Thank you very much for your kind words Susan, much appreciated :-)
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vojce September 02, 2014
wonderful capture
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BRIN September 06, 2014
Many thanks :-)
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset September 04, 2014
Oh this is precious, perfect in every way. Bravo!
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BRIN September 06, 2014
Thank you very much :-)
1quietlady PRO
 
1quietlady September 06, 2014
Beautiful!!
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BRIN September 07, 2014
Thanks very much :-)
Casper
 
Casper September 09, 2014
even better, wow
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BRIN September 18, 2014
Many thanks :-)
AnnuO
 
AnnuO September 15, 2014
Wonderful capture! The angle makes it even more impressive.
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BRIN September 18, 2014
Thanks very much :-)
kerigen
 
kerigen September 17, 2014
This may be one of the most beautiful pictures I've ever seen!
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BRIN September 18, 2014
I'm glad to hear that, thanks a lot :-)
psbahal
 
psbahal October 09, 2014
perfect conposition
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BRIN October 15, 2014
Thank you very much :-)
scottdonschikowski
 
scottdonschikowski October 23, 2014
WOW! What a great capture! perfect composition
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BRIN October 25, 2014
Thanks you very much :-)
angelamarks
 
angelamarks October 24, 2014
Another absolute masterpiece! So completely stunning! LOVE your work! OH MY!!!!!
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BRIN October 25, 2014
Thank you so much for your kind words angela :-)
joerush
 
joerush October 28, 2014
wonderful lighting love it
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BRIN November 11, 2014
Thanks a lot :-)
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IvanKoota October 28, 2014
Extraordinary
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BRIN November 11, 2014
Many thanks :-)
Bonnie_D PRO
 
Bonnie_D October 29, 2014
Wonderful capture :-)
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BRIN November 11, 2014
Thanks very much :-)
BrianpSlade
 
BrianpSlade October 29, 2014
One stunning superb image and one that you should feel very proud of.
The timing of the piece is perfect in reference to the subjects positioning in the frame.
Did you add the sky to this shot by anychance?
Well done and congrats.......Brian
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BRIN November 11, 2014
No I did not add the sky, this is just one shot. Thank you very much Brian :-)
IvanKoota PRO+
 
IvanKoota October 29, 2014
I love this foto. What more can I say?
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BRIN November 11, 2014
Many thanks :-)
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sallycarey October 30, 2014
Congratulations on being a finalist!!
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BRIN November 11, 2014
Thanks very much :-)
olliereid
 
olliereid October 30, 2014
outstanding photo
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BRIN November 11, 2014
Thank you very much :-)
markaament
 
markaament November 01, 2014
fantastic photo!
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BRIN November 11, 2014
Thanks very much :-)
regnaphoto
 
regnaphoto November 11, 2014
Excellence at its best!
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BRIN November 11, 2014
Thanks very much :-)
Roussou
 
Roussou November 25, 2014
Voted Image of the year
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BRIN December 28, 2015
Thanks so much :-)
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debhall December 28, 2014
SUPERB!
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BRIN December 28, 2015
Many thanks :-)
AshLynn45
 
AshLynn45 December 28, 2014
Beautiful!
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BRIN December 28, 2015
Thanks so much :-)
pamelainob
 
pamelainob January 07, 2015
Wow just beautiful Brin! Congrats on being a finalist for picture of the year!
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BRIN December 28, 2015
Thanks very much :-)
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marciajewell February 26, 2015
Join Amazing shot!!!! Congrats!!!
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BRIN December 28, 2015
Many thanks :-)
GinaHigbee
 
GinaHigbee April 07, 2015
Amazing! Love this very much, thanks for sharing your talents from another part of the world. Outstanding!
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BRIN December 28, 2015
Thank you very much :-)
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janland April 12, 2015
Beautiful capture and composition! Congrats!
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BRIN December 28, 2015
Many thanks :-)
claudia_lothering_1704
 
claudia_lothering_1704 April 13, 2015
Brilliant composition, positioning and lighting. A really amazing shot. Congrats!!!
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BRIN December 28, 2015
Thanks so much :-)
Ingleman
 
Ingleman April 16, 2015
This could have been a 'so so' image, but your skill with the angle, composition and lighting have produced a wonder shot. I love the balance and strength portrayed in this image. Well done.
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BRIN December 28, 2015
Thank you very much :-)
Kristnccsu
 
Kristnccsu April 16, 2015
off the charts
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BRIN December 28, 2015
Many thanks :-)
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janland April 21, 2015
Beautiful composition and capture! Wonderful light and detail! Congrats!
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BRIN December 28, 2015
Thanks so much :-)
CherylG
 
CherylG August 12, 2015
SO precious!! Awesome work!!
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BRIN December 28, 2015
Thank you very much :-)
Dragos_Pop
 
Dragos_Pop August 31, 2015
Excellent shot ! very good composition
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BRIN December 28, 2015
Thanks so much :-)
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duster March 15, 2016
sensational !!! a very powerful statement
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BRIN September 05, 2016
Thanks a lot :-)
MKoelen
 
MKoelen May 25, 2016
Just Awesome!!
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BRIN September 05, 2016
Many thanks :-)
hollyhaskell
 
hollyhaskell May 30, 2016
This Is Beautiful !!
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BRIN September 05, 2016
Thanks very much :-)
Mihir_Moushmi
 
Mihir_Moushmi June 04, 2016
Wow....what a shot... what a place... what a moment
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BRIN September 05, 2016
Thanks a lot :-)
JulianneBradford
 
JulianneBradford June 04, 2016
Marvelous comp with white on white and that dark blue background :)
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BRIN September 05, 2016
Thank you very much ;-)
donatellabucci
 
donatellabucci June 04, 2016
veramente fantastica, cavallini islandesi?
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BRIN September 05, 2016
Yes these are Icelandic horses. Thank you very much ;-)
andrevondeling
 
andrevondeling June 04, 2016
Amazing!
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BRIN September 05, 2016
Many thanks :-)
Jbroek
 
Jbroek June 04, 2016
Man you take beautiful photos!!!
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BRIN September 05, 2016
Thanks very much :-)
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MariaReverberiStudio June 04, 2016
I absolutely LOVE this image!
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BRIN September 05, 2016
Thanks a lot :-)
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lindiekolver June 04, 2016
This image definitely has the WOW factor...it's simple and less is always more. The composition is great, works so well. Your angle being so low, makes this image what it is. Love it!
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BRIN September 05, 2016
Thank you very much ;-)
khinzawnaingzaw
 
khinzawnaingzaw June 04, 2016
Like mythical creatures!
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BRIN September 05, 2016
Thanks a lot :-)
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frankychen June 04, 2016
Great!!
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BRIN September 05, 2016
Thanks a lot :-)
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gerdaeilts June 04, 2016
Absolutely amazing shot, congratulations:-)
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BRIN September 05, 2016
Thank you very much ;-)
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Paul_Joslin June 04, 2016
The composition, lighting, the behavior of the subjects, the landscape---it all comes together!
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BRIN September 05, 2016
Many thanks :-)
AmancioCouto
 
AmancioCouto June 04, 2016
EXCELLENT shot!...
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BRIN September 05, 2016
Thank you very much ;-)
carlabraakhuis
 
carlabraakhuis June 05, 2016
WAAAAAAUW WAAAUW, WAAW what a beautiful pictuer, and ofcourse the horses, but the ligt is marveles. Great Pictuer
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BRIN September 05, 2016
Thank you very much ;-)
Omi-ina
 
Omi-ina June 05, 2016
Wow, Icelandic horses? I love them and your picture as well
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BRIN September 05, 2016
Yes Icelandic horses. Many thanks :-)
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Mimismountain June 05, 2016
Yes I see the third horse! I spotted it right away after reading your article.
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BRIN September 05, 2016
Great. Thanks a lot :-)
EnaEna
 
EnaEna June 07, 2016
Wonderful shot
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BRIN September 05, 2016
Thanks a lot :-)
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nina050 June 11, 2016
Magical!
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BRIN September 05, 2016
Thank you very much ;-)
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 January 16, 2017
Perfection!
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BRIN January 24, 2017
Many thanks Carol :-)
MindeyeVisual
 
MindeyeVisual June 20, 2017
Beautifully done, on the spot composition. Congrats
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BRIN October 18, 2017
Thanks very much :-)
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_sarahs__photography July 02, 2018
Superb
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BRIN September 14, 2019
Thank you very much :-)
jacquelinesmit
 
jacquelinesmit July 09, 2018
Stunning
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BRIN September 14, 2019
Many thanks :-)
8664535
 
8664535 July 29, 2018
Icelandic horses in their natural habitat, awesome!
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BRIN September 14, 2019
Thank you very much :-)
AJKellamPhotos PRO
 
AJKellamPhotos October 10, 2018
Love the hairy legs on the animals! Cute!
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BRIN September 14, 2019
Thanks a lot :-)
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gallmese October 06, 2019
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Behind The Lens

Location
It is taken in the neighbourhood of my hometown Hafnarfjordur in Iceland.
Time
It is taken at 13:07 o'clock.
Lighting
I love taking photos of horses in their natural environment in all kinds of weather conditions. This photo was taken on a cold, bright and beautiful day in March 2009 when there was still a little snow on the ground which reflected well the light from the low sun, so the lighting on the horses was very good.
Equipment
I used Canon EOS 5D camera and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens to take this photo.
Inspiration
I have often tried to frame a horse with another horse or horses but the results have not always been acceptable, but this time I was very pleased with the outcome. I had to lie in the snow for some time because the horses were so friendly that they kept coming too close to me and the camera. But my patience this time lead to a good result when suddenly all came together for just a short moment. And it was well rewarded because the image won the overall prize in the "Digital Camera" competition 2009.
Editing
In the post processing in PhotoShop CS4 - after Camera Raw convertion - I started to crop the image slightly to get a better balance. After that I darkened the sky a bit to get more contrast so the main subjects (the horses) would stand out better. I did have so good natural light on the moment the photo was taken that I didn’t have to do much to lighten up the horses - but just a little bit. Then finally I increased the contrast in the whole image and gave it an appropriate sharpness with Unsharp mask.
In my camera bag
Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon Sl1 cameras, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM II, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II lenses. Canon Extender EF 2x II.
Feedback
I would recommend to everyone when photographing horses to have in mind their beautiful figure and consider how it is possible to use their great forms to build up an interesting and even a very different image - especially when the horses interact to one another. This is of course also valid when photographing other living creatures including human beings. This idea of mine to let one horse frame another is old and I have a lot of such images - and they are all very different. But talking about the forms I want to point out that when looking at this image it is possible to see the third horse forming between these two partners and that gives the image more depth and meaning. I hope you see it! It may take time and patience but those are the two main factors you need when taking photos of animals - at least if you want an acceptable result.

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