Packhorse Bridge



Simon Allen

Ann Corbett

Ben Corbett

Guy Davies

David Dennett

John Davies

Phil Kitching

Sue Snape


Sue Snape

Iceland horses

How/Why I Did It: 

I took this in Iceland during our February trip. It was taken through the bus window so I am quite surprised it is as clear as it is. I love the way the horses are standing in line. However I am having trouble getting enough detail in the first horse and I cannot decide if the fence adds to the picture or detracts?

Simon Allen
I think the fence definately helps with this image - which is graphically quite strong. It would perhaps have been even stronger if you had moved a little to get a slight diagonal on the fence. The line of differently-coloured horses appearing over the rise is good. I don't think the lack of detail in the front one matters given it is so dark. The snow appears to have a lsightly bluish caste to me, which could be easily fixed.
Ann Corbett
There is something about this line of horses standing patiently in line having walked up a hill.  What are they waiting for? Is there a hidden gate?  The simplicity draws me back to have another look.
Its a great picture through a bus window, I dont expect there is much detail visable in the dark silhouette of the first horse, but I wonder if there was something top sliced as he sems to have a very flat head and neck.  I would leave the the fence there because of the questions it raises, and also the three lines, the horses and two fences, make a nice balanced abstract
Ben Corbett
Interesting composition. Removing fences does not seem to help here as they form part of the overall picture. There is not enough detail in the horses for them to stand on their own but the disturbed snow ahead of them with the confining structure of the fences creates interest. A small crop on both the left and right sides would help draw the viewers attention to the horses confined within the fences
Guy Davies
This is a delightful shot of the horses patiently queueing up, waiting to be let out of the field.  The fence really makes the image.  Without it, three would be no story to the image.  There is very little detail in the black horse so I would be inclined to leave it as it is.  You might be able to coax something out on the RAW image (if you shoot in RAW) before committing it to Photoshop.  This is possibly a case of bracketing at the taking stage and blending afterwards, either manually or as HDR.
David Dennett
The line of the horses/ponies is nice as you say. I think you will have problems (I would) getting anymore detail out of them. The fence, if you mean the vertical one, I would take it out. You would get more of a flow the horses in line with the other fence at the top of the picture.
John Davies
Considering the circumstances, I think you have taken a good picture. I like the negative space around the horses and the stark fence posts. I don’t think the colour adds anything and I think I would convert it to B&W.
Phil Kitching
The placing of the horses in the frame is great and the rise of the trailing horses is very effective and makes the image for me. I studied the fence for some time and couldn't decide if the vertical fence split the image into two. I masked the vertical fence with a sheet of paper on my monitor and this concentrated the view on to the horses but I still wasn't sure if the vertical fence added another element to the effect.
Still not sure. I wouldn't crop the image to remove the fence but I wonder if cloning it out is worth a try to maintain the positioning of the horses. I think the horizontal fence is definitely needed.

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