This image gained a highly commended in our recent club competition in the category of Creative Print beaten only by my other image (Hey!). The judge commented on the detail of the work and the seamless editing which really pleased me because I spent around 4 hours on the mane and a further 4 on the tail with the whole image probably taking around 12 hours to edit fully.
Pegasus started as Semoto a lovely Lusitano Gelding that I photographed last year but I used 2 images of him but then had to use a 3rd image of the tail to improve the integration with the clouds. The wings are that of an egret photographed at Pennington Marshes which were shaped and skewed to fit the movement of Semoto. The cloud comes from 2 photographs of a tropical rain storm taken from our dining room when we stayed in Labuan Bajo in the Komodo National Park. Part of the success of the image is using components that generally match in terms of light source and colour casts so then the finished image looks much more natural. That is if a horse flying through the clouds can ever be thought of as natural.
I do like working on photographic compositions like this and if any customers are interested then just get in touch but the thing to remember is that no image like this will ever happen without a great portrait to start with.
So please remember I do great portraits too.