Reviews from

I'm Justified

A horse walking our of the stable

13 total reviews 
Comment from Paula Marie


Good shot. And I love all the editing with the dark background. It gives some really good contrast. Thanks for sharing his story and his photo.

 Comment Written 31-Jan-2019


reply by the author on 01-Feb-2019
    Thank you so much for the excellent review. I truly appreciate it.
Comment from nikman


A quite immaculate looking horse portrait posted here! Your fine full and central composition grants us a very enjoyable look at him. Like his sleek looking mane. Exposure and sharpness are good. Well done and good luck!

 Comment Written 31-Jan-2019


reply by the author on 01-Feb-2019
    Thank you so much for the excellent review. I truly appreciate it.
Comment from Jo Calderbank


a lovely photograph of this beautiful horse, the light really picks up the strong muscle tone and glossy coat, pin sharp focus, the horse stands out very well defined against the black back ground, great contest entry.
good luck.

 Comment Written 30-Jan-2019


reply by the author on 30-Jan-2019
    Thank you so much for the excellent review. I truly appreciate it.
Comment from Envision


I remember this guy's wins :) What a beautiful horse indeed. The clarity and detail are very nice. His color has a marvelous shine in this image that makes him look like a ceramic statue of himself!

 Comment Written 30-Jan-2019


reply by the author on 30-Jan-2019
    Thank you so much for the excellent review. I truly appreciate it.
Comment from michiganmike


A remarkable horse with an unparalleled record on the racetrack. A beautiful animal that is shown in fine detail and fantastic colors. Best of luck in the contest.

 Comment Written 29-Jan-2019


reply by the author on 29-Jan-2019
    Thank you or the excellent review. I truly appreciate it.
Comment from csimmons032


Well done! Your focus, framing, and lighting are all very good. You did a great job capturing this guy. I just went to some horse races recently and they were a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing this with us. :)

 Comment Written 29-Jan-2019


reply by the author on 29-Jan-2019
    Thank you or the excellent review. I truly appreciate it.
reply by csimmons032 on 29-Jan-2019
    You're welcome. :)
Comment from avmurray


It is a lovely horse you have pictured here Mary, and I especially like how well the shiny brown coat is captured. I also think the exposure is fine.

It is the all black background ruining this photo, and also that the horse is not "grounded". I can understand that you wished to remove a person, but you should have picked a background with more variations in light and textures.

Another little trick would have been to turn this photo into a low key photo. Then you had to first crop out the brick wall on the right, and then add a strong black vignette.

Still a lovely photo, but in need of some adjustments. I wish you luck with the contest.

 Comment Written 29-Jan-2019


reply by the author on 29-Jan-2019
    Thank you for the advice. I struggled with this one. I did a lot of work on it and didn't like the result. I thought it would look neat with the black background, like he was walking out of the dark into the light. This horse is like the Mohamed Ali of boxing or the Michael Jordan of basketball. I love horses and was so excited to see him. I had other photos, but in most of the ones I thought I could use his head and front legs were in shadow and the rest of him was in the sunshine. I didn't know what to do with that. Live and learn!
reply by avmurray on 01-Feb-2019
    You are more than welcome Mary.
Comment from GaliaG


wow, poor guy, must mate 3 times a day, some man would like to live like this

good focus, details and light handling

good composition and presentaiton

thanks for sharing

 Comment Written 29-Jan-2019


reply by the author on 29-Jan-2019
    Thank you or the excellent review. I truly appreciate it. He's livin' the life!!
Comment from Kevin Solares


This looks so cool, eye catching. I can't take my eyes off of it. Your very talented this is just amazing. I have never seen something like this. This is so is amazing

 Comment Written 29-Jan-2019


reply by the author on 29-Jan-2019
    Thank you or the excellent review. I truly appreciate it
Comment from Daphne Oberon


Lovely photo of Justified. Did you take it? Interesting angle, since as you probably know, most shots of race horses are shot in angles that don't show up conformation faults in their legs, such only in motion. If three mares a day are bred to him, I assume for a number of reasons, such as for his own protection, they are bred AI? If he is "collected" three times a day, then he is the super stud of super-horses indeed! Lovely photo of this equine icon showing the brilliant highlights on his fine chestnut coat! My admiration! Daphne Oberon

 Comment Written 29-Jan-2019


reply by the author on 29-Jan-2019
    I took the photo. I have several others, but part of him was in shadow and other parts were in the sun. I asked the same question about breeding. The mares come in a little feisty. They have other horses to take the beating and calm the mares down. They bring in Justify and he does the job. They said it takes about 5 minutes. He stands at Coolmore farms which also has American Pharoah. I'm going for another visit in February because American Pharoah was in Australia during their breeding season which is opposite of the U.S. This shot was taken as he was walking out of the barn. He is one beautiful horse in person. Thank you so much or the excellent review. Also, thank you or the extra star. I really love getting those! I get goosebumps.
reply by Daphne Oberon on 29-Jan-2019
    It sounds like you really have a window on some incredible equine celebrities. I ran a Standardbred trotter farm in Ohio for a while owned by a very cold-hearted man in my opinion, who used the "black arts" on his racehorses, but whose stallion -- who I handled, won a world record in a competition with the Russians. I like studying the conformation of winners after studying equine body mechanics in Captain Horace Hayes book, Points of the Horse. I believe this stands as the most comprehensive book on horses ever written. I do note that this equine icon here appears to turn out in the lower legs, has light knees cannons and small hooves which work fine for speed, but make him vulnerable to breaking down in the front end... I will keep that to myself and I am sure you won't repeat my observations! From a side-view I found on the Internet the rest of his conformation provides amazing "go power" -- he is a real equine powerhouse! Should you like a photo or two of Lakewater Glory breeding and racing just email me at daphneoberon@gmail.com... Thanks for sharing! Daphne Oberon