Horses remain one of my top subjects. Most often I enjoy capturing their expressions as they are always emotionally charged (they also sit still and don’t offer up goofy expressions when the lens is pointed at them—unlike children, or specifically, my children). While I was shooting these horses, I decided to exclude the eyes to try something new. I felt this image in post was a good candidate for a texture application, something I would like to work with at least once a week (Texture Thursdays?). But once I got the toning where I wanted, I was really satisfied with the photo, especially with how the bokeh gave the horse in the background a painterly feel. I went ahead and applied the texture anyway, placing it on radial gradient mask to give it more uniformity with the DOF. Then I couldn’t make up my mind which one I preferred so I decided to post both? So…which one?