Picture by Jorja Feldman from USA
The Chincoteague ponies have always intrigued me. This picture was taken on the Virginia side of the refuge where the local fire department maintains the herd. Each year they swim the horses into town where they receive veterinary care. The herd is thinned out by auctioning a few of the ponies each year. They are then returned to their grazing grounds until the next year or until further care is needed. By blurring the environment I hoped to convey the ethereal quality of their lifestyle.
Feedback by Pro Jack Graham
A few things, perhaps not obvious, make this a great image. First, it tells a story, one that is immediately discernible. Two, the color really works together. There is a slight browning tint to the grasses, especially right of center. This blends the horse with the grasses well.
Why is this image balanced perfectly? Look at the space between the trees on the left and the space between the trees on the right. The spacing makes this effectively balanced. Additionally, there are few merges with the trees, providing the spacing I look for when dealing with trees.