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A Man and his Sheep
A Man and his Sheep

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Challenge: Every Picture Tells A Story (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Stories
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM
Location: Long Valley, NJ
Date: May 4, 2008
Aperture: 4
ISO: 800
Shutter: 125
Galleries: Candid, Animals
Date Uploaded: May 4, 2008

He just couldn't stand it anymore. Fluffiness didn't suit Maurice.

"But it's chilly," said Maurice.

"Sorry. It just had to be this way. Now a Lapp child will survive the winter."

I did a lot of work on this. I cropped it. I did shadow highlights. Then I masked out the background and blurred it and desaturated it, to bring out the foreground. Finally, resize, USM the foreground layer. Fix the mask some more.

Place: 112 out of 170
Avg (all users): 5.4497
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2941
Avg (non-participants): 5.5802
Views since voting: 795
Views during voting: 277
Votes: 149
Comments: 11
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/12/2008 01:41:42 PM
Oh my. Talk about your priceless looks.
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05/12/2008 02:01:22 AM
I don't know what's creepier, the goat's expression or the hand in the corner.
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05/12/2008 12:49:12 AM
I like the almost 3-D effect you achieved with the processing. And I like the look on the sheep's face as it peers out from its compromised position. (edited for typo)

Message edited by author 2008-05-12 00:50:31.
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05/12/2008 12:27:47 AM
This should have scored way higher than a 5.4. I gave it an 8. The look on the sheep's face just totally made the picture.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/10/2008 08:08:16 AM
6 - Nice catch with the sheep looking at the camera. Like the unusual desaturation, although it seems a little odd on the man in the rear. Such a small portion of the image (the sheep's face/look) is key in this, that (although it still works as is) I wonder whether it would have been much stronger with a different crop, but difficult when the shears are at the other end of the frame. Also be good to see the shearer's face, but then that is 'another image' - and I doubt you'd get the excellent look on the sheep's face 'again'. This one does tell a story - including how dirty that sheep looks...
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05/09/2008 09:14:40 AM
i like the sheep look hhhhhhhhhhh.nice shot.
i think its need alittle crope from the top.!
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05/09/2008 04:47:40 AM
Ha, the expression on the sheep's face is hilarious! I wish the composition were a bit different, with more sheep at the bottom and less fence at the top.
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05/08/2008 01:59:42 AM
I wish it wasn't cropped tight at the bottom. The sheep expression is priceless :)
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05/07/2008 02:38:16 PM
Never come between a man and his sheep . . .

I love the look on the sheeps face - I'm not sure whether it is trying to pose for the camera or warn him that they are being watched :- )
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05/05/2008 09:07:09 PM
looks like sheer fun!
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05/05/2008 07:01:39 PM
What on earth is going on and why is the sheep smiling about it??? Looking at the camera like she's saying "hey, you wanna play too"?
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