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art frames
21st October 2008, 04:04 PM
After freezing for an hour waiting to get these pictures of rim-lit sheep on the edge of a hill in spectacular light I think I'm pleased... but I may be just too smitten with my new friends. :)

I have tried for years to get shots like these but today gave me the light and (once we all sorted out the geometry) the pose just on the brow of the rise.

So what do you say? Your inputs would be welcome and appreciated.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/sheep1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/8941)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/sheep3.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/8942)

For others who also find sheep such great characters you might appreciate some of the portraits I took which I may add to the gallery later. Each head is so different, such character and interest in what is going on.

Who said sheep are stupid?

best Peter

Henk
21st October 2008, 04:46 PM
Lovely photos Peter, I love sheep - I have six ewes to keep the grass short.

Who said sheep are stupid?

Not me!:)

StephenL
21st October 2008, 04:50 PM
Especially like the light on the first one.

A friend who kept sheep (Jacobs) once told me there was a very fine line between a fit sheep and a dead one.... Something to do with their nervous state, I understand!

art frames
21st October 2008, 04:56 PM
Lovely photos Peter, I love sheep - I have six ewes to keep the grass short.



Henk

Fantastic. I would be pleased to see your own portrait pictures, if you have them.

Peter

art frames
21st October 2008, 04:58 PM
Especially like the light on the first one.



Stephen

I put it first as it was my preferred shot too. But I thought an alternative would not hurt.

Thanks for your view.

Peter

Nick Temple-Fry
21st October 2008, 06:54 PM
Yes - my vote is for the first one.

The second almost makes it but I find the hummock of wool distractes from what would otherwise be a very clean image, pity because without it I think I would rate it as a better composition.

Nick

art frames
21st October 2008, 07:00 PM
Yes - my vote is for the first one.

The second almost makes it but I find the hummock of wool distractes from what would otherwise be a very clean image, pity because without it I think I would rate it as a better composition.

Nick

Nick,

I resisted removing it. But may just do that. The flock kept on moving and getting in the way.

Peter

Henk
22nd October 2008, 04:08 PM
I would be pleased to see your own portrait pictures, if you have them.

See the Foto Fair forum..:)

giorgosmit
22nd October 2008, 05:30 PM
Nice pictures Peter, although the...errr... models do not appeal to me all that much. This is because I'm a city boy, and to my (extremely) limited knlowledge, sheep are simply ever-munching sex-crazed furballs. But I really like the first one, it has a bucollic ambience about it (I keep expecting to see a red-faced sheperd on the back of the photo, singing along with a couple of bluebirds).

shenstone
22nd October 2008, 07:23 PM
Yes - my vote is for the first one.

The second almost makes it but I find the hummock of wool distractes from what would otherwise be a very clean image, pity because without it I think I would rate it as a better composition.

Nick

Agreed

Go on Peter stop resiting the urge

Regards
Andy

art frames
22nd October 2008, 10:38 PM
Agreed

Go on Peter stop resiting the urge

Regards
Andy

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/sheep4.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/8975)

I have amended as per previous inputs... have I improved her?

Peter

Ellie
22nd October 2008, 10:46 PM
Well edited!

They're two really good pictures. The first is of a contented but slightly quizzical sheep, the second of one that looks much more worldly weary, trudging up a hill in its quest for food.

Nick Temple-Fry
22nd October 2008, 11:29 PM
That works Peter - nice edit.

"For everyone who found the hill steep to climb"

A misquote of Heinlein from "Stranger in a Strange Land".

But any picture that calls to mind words or emotion is one that has Succeeded.

Nick

art frames
23rd October 2008, 07:30 AM
That works Peter - nice edit.

"For everyone who found the hill steep to climb"

A misquote of Heinlein from "Stranger in a Strange Land".

But any picture that calls to mind words or emotion is one that has Succeeded.

Nick

Thanks Nick

It feels like a very steep climb and she's having to put her back into it.

But as I feel she's also having a laugh in picture one, it's not as tough for her as it was for me..

Glad I edited.

Peter

Naughty Nigel
23rd October 2008, 10:39 AM
Nick,

The flock kept on moving and getting in the way.

Peter

Need to move sheep out of the way?












Try singing Cwm Rhondda -it works every time for me.:D

(Runs away and hides in very deep cave).*chr

shenstone
23rd October 2008, 05:10 PM
I have amended as per previous inputs... have I improved her?

Peter

IMHO Yes ! - much stronger image

Regards
Andy

swazon
23rd October 2008, 06:56 PM
Amazing!*yes
The edit has focused on the life of a sheep...





...trudging uphill looking for greener grass?

Naughty Nigel
23rd October 2008, 10:32 PM
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/sheep4.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/8975)

I have amended as per previous inputs... have I improved her?

Peter


I'm not so sure about it being a 'clean image'.

Sorry to be pedantic, but it looks to me as if the sheep is having a wazz.

Maybe the healing brush or even the eyedropper will help to mop it up?:)

Ellie
23rd October 2008, 10:35 PM
Need to move sheep out of the way?


Try singing Cwm Rhondda -it works every time for me.:D
I thought that muttering "Mint Sauce, Mint Sauce" under your breath did the trick quite well too ;)