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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: UK
Date: Jul 22, 2007
Date Uploaded: Mar 10, 2009

I was always in 2 minds weather to post this shot or the one with the baby goat (The Summit) decided on the one with the baby for the AWWWWWW-factor but now for this challenge I think our friend can stand here on his own and be counted. Maybe not the best shot I have ever taken but certainly one I really REALLY LOVE!

I'm guessing a few of you will know it's mine and I hope you love it as much as you did the other shot too.

This is the MONSTER of all challenges and I think to get in the top 50 on this one will be an honour

est score - 6.8
dream score 7.4 <-- new PB please

Statistics
Place: 31 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.7410
Avg (commenters): 7.7264
Avg (participants): 6.7825
Avg (non-participants): 6.5063
Views since voting: 2296
Views during voting: 836
Votes: 525
Comments: 120
Favorites: 13 (view)


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03/19/2009 12:47:03 AM
I thought that goat looked familiar. Now you will have two shots of the same scene in the Top Ten list for that lens. //www.dpchallenge.com/lens.php?LENS_ID=1419
Very nice shots. The light was great on him and your BW conversion excellent.
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03/18/2009 03:24:09 PM
I'm so happy you had another photo of this amazing scene for this challenge. It is one of my favorite photos of all time. When I was in Colorado last weekend, I photographed a big horn sheep standing on a rockon a hillside and I thought of your photo -- of course, it sure made mine fall short! It is "the bar" by which any other sheep photo will forever be measured :) Great score and finish in this challenge. Wish it could have won another ribbon for you!
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03/18/2009 05:46:40 AM
Yes this was with the Fujifilm S5 Pro and the Nikon 70-300VR but they have long since gone.
03/18/2009 05:41:41 AM
Wasnt that shot with your Fuji camera? I love the tonal range you have in these shots and the angle really makes it look like it was captured in the wilds.

It wasn`t far off your estimated score either.

Great work.
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03/18/2009 03:14:04 AM
Way to go Marac! Awesome!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 11:57:13 PM
Really cool picture! I think of moses in the ten commandments when i look at it!
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03/17/2009 11:41:04 PM
Probabaly some reference (background or something) could have helped to indicate that this is indeed the highest point at which the animal is standing
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03/17/2009 04:21:50 PM
Molting? He looks like he needs a new coat! ;-) Beautufully captured!!! 8
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03/17/2009 04:16:16 PM
This guy adds meaning to the term old goat. He is such a ragged fellow, but he is the king of the hill.
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03/17/2009 03:30:39 PM
Fabulous image, MAK. Love it to bits. Hope it does well for you.
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03/17/2009 02:44:10 PM
Fantastic image. 10
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03/17/2009 09:28:09 AM
wonderful composition. I prefer the version with the little one, but this one still stands on its own. 8
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03/17/2009 08:18:26 AM
oh my gosh, what's wrong with him?
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03/17/2009 03:10:36 AM
awww - the ribs are sticking out. This poor old goat is so sad looking.
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03/17/2009 01:43:02 AM
Right out of a fairytale--good one!
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03/16/2009 07:22:52 PM
Wow, what a hard luck character. Lots of character and a great composition.
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03/16/2009 07:07:17 PM
Another goat that lost his coat in a poker game! :D
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03/16/2009 07:05:50 PM
A brilliant b & w image. The tonal range across the goat is stunning.
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03/16/2009 06:46:49 PM
This is interesting ... the scale of the rock and the mountain goat seem gigantic compared to the scale of the dirt and weeds. Makes it seem that the goat is about 30 meters high. Contrast, light levels, comp ... all good. And it pleases me. Well done.
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03/16/2009 05:29:53 PM
wow, amazing!
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03/16/2009 03:16:38 PM
Wonderful perspective and editing. Magnificent creature (although looks like it is shedding a winter coat?).
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03/16/2009 02:37:59 PM
this is stupendous .. the most amazing shot and the most excellent process .. love that grungy goat ... it is a goat isnt it ?!!..:)
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03/16/2009 01:33:46 PM
Great tones, POV. Seen similar shot from you earlier, but still great shot. 10.
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03/16/2009 11:54:27 AM
Is it MAK's photo? I have seen such in his gallery earlier and liked it very much!
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03/16/2009 11:44:20 AM
unreal! love the shot
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03/16/2009 11:43:12 AM
Wow, he is one scraggly looking animal, the clouds look great beind him and I like this in b&w a lot.
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03/16/2009 11:00:15 AM
Cor blimey, he's looking a bit ragged! Great image, well taken works well in mono
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03/16/2009 10:58:43 AM
Just as breathtaking as the one with the kid. Your PP is unbelievably outstanding. 10!
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03/16/2009 08:35:56 AM
Voted earlier coming back to leave comments now. He stands high above, lord of all he surveys. The composition that captures this mountain goat standing high above a rocky mountainside with the clouds filling up the background invokes the idea in my mind of a king looking down upon all his land and loyal subjects. Black and White tones are great, especially on the coat of the mountain goat. Good eye to spot this opportunity and compose the shot such that the sky domminates the background for this greatly boosts the idea that he stands high above us. Plus it puts the spotlight directly on him. Great capture!
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03/16/2009 12:32:23 AM
Very nice; I think I have seen a version of this before...
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03/15/2009 10:41:53 PM
Great black and white conversion. Your tones are excellent.
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03/15/2009 10:16:39 PM
What a sight. What a great face!
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03/15/2009 06:11:55 PM
What a bedraggled looking goat! I love the tone and it makes a great black and white. One of my 10ís!
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03/15/2009 05:40:35 PM
There is such a dramatic feel to this photo. Really great image. 10.
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03/15/2009 03:29:35 PM
What a sorry looking animal! Great picture though!
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03/15/2009 01:34:38 PM
Poor guy looks like he's been through quite a lot... but it's not stopping him!
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03/15/2009 12:39:09 PM
toning really adds to the image, dof is excellent
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03/15/2009 12:01:34 PM
Excellent composition, details and subject. 10
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03/15/2009 11:58:13 AM
I remember seeing a similar shot. I think the other shot had more processing done. This one has a little less impact. Still good!
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03/15/2009 10:34:19 AM
Beautiful shot... great capture.
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03/15/2009 10:19:01 AM
Wow! Great picture!
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03/15/2009 10:14:27 AM
Very nice image. It's good to see a few "great" images. This is a perfect reflection of your abilities as a photographer.
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03/15/2009 10:09:25 AM
Nice view on the goat. Looks like a kind of "ruler of the world" this way.
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03/15/2009 09:32:33 AM
this is just spectacular, wonderful processing, 9
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03/15/2009 09:27:33 AM
Very sharp. Nice shot.
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03/15/2009 06:47:09 AM
¿Are you tired of reading that this is a "great shot"?
It is!
It's a wonderful photo, it deserves at least a 10.
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03/15/2009 05:11:42 AM
wow this is strong


;D
brano
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03/14/2009 11:18:38 PM
Looks like he's seen better days. Nice placement against the sky. This would be scruffy the billy goat.
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03/14/2009 11:06:21 PM
Yes I've seen one similar to this before. I like it, great detail in the shedding wool.
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03/14/2009 10:35:07 PM
nice entry
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03/14/2009 09:46:11 PM
Loved it the first time I saw it, Love it now..
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03/14/2009 08:31:04 PM
Great perspective!
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03/14/2009 08:08:44 PM
Frayed but lovely.
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03/14/2009 07:07:25 PM
That is one scraggly looking goat. Great photo though.
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03/14/2009 04:53:56 PM
Striking photo. Great sharpness and tones.
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03/14/2009 01:57:11 PM
Holy moly!!! Nothing as attractive as a, er, molting goat.... Incredible detail, fabulous sky background. The tiny weed lower right looks like a tree, making the scale look like the worlds most humongous animal standing on a mountain. Love this. The can feel the wind!
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03/14/2009 12:20:13 PM
wow, he's sure having some coat issues, eh? fantastic image, B/W works really well to highlight the textures
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03/14/2009 11:51:02 AM
Very unusual and striking image. Excellent work. 9
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03/14/2009 10:35:25 AM
Interesting capture and postprocessing.
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03/14/2009 09:58:25 AM
Great detail in the fur. Cool pose. Nice composition.
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03/14/2009 09:34:41 AM
Good composition. He looks pretty weathered.
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03/14/2009 06:34:27 AM
what a wonderful capture the details are gorgeous
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03/14/2009 04:15:24 AM
as before this is fantastic, very nice B&W conversion as well.
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03/14/2009 12:19:40 AM
amazing.
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03/13/2009 10:54:13 PM
it that the mange in full scale? love the tones and focus...excellent
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03/13/2009 07:01:39 PM
Gosh. Looks like the wind is blowing his coat right off. Great shot.
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03/13/2009 06:44:09 PM
Looks like it needs food...:(
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03/13/2009 06:33:43 PM
Oh brrrr, poor guy. Looks like a rough day.
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03/13/2009 05:47:54 PM
Wonderful capture and tones.
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03/13/2009 05:47:49 PM
what a depressing shot:/ these guys are almost scary to see when they are shedding like that. your editing adds to that scary attitude, the clouds are nice and tumultuous.
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03/13/2009 04:34:33 PM
Striking!
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03/13/2009 04:05:47 PM
Ah yes, I remember the "original" version (was it two goats?). Still a knockout!
* Back to bump this up - hope you don't mind. :-)
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03/13/2009 02:24:22 PM
Goodness. He looks a little worn, doesn't he?
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03/13/2009 12:06:45 PM
beautiful tones and lighting push this to the top. excellent focus, dof, and point of view. well done 10 Just had to stop by again. He looks so old, cold, awkward and ready to meet the work. And your tonal conversion is amazing. added to favs.
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03/13/2009 12:06:36 PM
Long live the goat!!! I love this photo, MAK! No vote.
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03/13/2009 11:32:07 AM
so cool and neat
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03/13/2009 10:28:16 AM
What happened to him, does not look real!
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03/13/2009 09:23:23 AM
Interesting perspective and good tones.

Methinks someone needs a good grooming. What's with the tip of his horns? Looks like antennae or something with a very blunt end. Actually kind of looks like the lower part is duct-taped ;-)
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03/13/2009 08:31:21 AM
Astonishing.
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03/13/2009 05:34:53 AM
Great shot!
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03/13/2009 05:12:43 AM
9 - Surreal image, especially with that little plant on the right that looks like a miniature tree.
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03/13/2009 03:38:24 AM
great capture of an ogly goat ;-)
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03/13/2009 02:31:57 AM
Nice clarity and excellent tonal range.
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03/13/2009 01:55:14 AM
Ah MAK, beautiful shot, even minus the little one from the other entry this is so cool!
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03/13/2009 01:51:27 AM
Aw man, he's awesome!! Is he for real? Check out his fur/wool! Great shot.
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03/12/2009 10:23:36 PM
The lighting really makes him stand out. He does need a new coat though :-)
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03/12/2009 09:24:54 PM
Epic! A Gandalf with horns. 8
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03/12/2009 08:26:52 PM
Fantastic the first time around but now the impact has diminished, still a great image from a slightly different angle.
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03/12/2009 07:59:22 PM
Looks like it was a tough trip... I like it 8
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03/12/2009 07:31:32 PM
Looks like the oldest goat i've ever seen. Nice pic.
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03/12/2009 07:13:40 PM
He looks like some sort of mythical plant/animal creature. I really like the composition here. Seems to be at the top of his game, yet ready to drop at the same time.
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03/12/2009 06:09:25 PM
Now that's a tough old goat! Nicely captured
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03/12/2009 05:47:39 PM
great picture
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03/12/2009 05:09:57 PM
He stood there, above all else, at the end of a long and eventful journey. Not a journey of miles or physical paths, but one of life and years. He surveyed all about him and knew it to be good and strong.

As the wind caught his tattered coat, he remembered all that had passed in his grand and glorious time, and while he knew that soon it would end, for now he could stand here, king of this land, and rejoice.

He was proud, and strong still, and his experience and majesty would continue far beyond himself, and he was glad.

Message edited by author 2009-03-18 03:39:26.
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03/12/2009 03:59:08 PM
GL mate, the version you previously submitted had been a fave of mine for years, this image has similar impact
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03/12/2009 03:42:51 PM
It took every ounce of his remaining strength, but he was on top once more. Oh, he realised that it was only metaphorically, that he had ceded his dominance to a younger, more vigourous ram long ago, but standing here now, surveying the crags and valleys where he'd watched over his harem for so many years he felt a surge of pride and satisfaction. It had been a hard life and he had the scars to prove it but he'd risen to the challenge. He was ready to go now; he'd gained the peak one last time and could now take the rest he'd earned.
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03/12/2009 01:54:04 PM
poor thing
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03/12/2009 12:53:49 PM
Very nice detail and love it in black and white. 9
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03/12/2009 05:39:12 AM
Very good work.
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03/12/2009 12:48:40 AM
A classic shot!
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03/11/2009 10:42:45 PM
Oh no. The little one must have gotten the boot shortly after this one got done saying THIS IS SPARTA!
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03/11/2009 10:04:32 PM
lol Needs a trip to the salon! Neat capture.
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03/11/2009 09:05:01 PM
Wow. I like this. So many things race through my mind at the condition of his coat and his expression. :)

Not voting yet.
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03/11/2009 06:15:30 PM
Wow, very interesting subject. The DOF is great and the simple composition works very well.
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03/11/2009 02:31:32 PM
Oh, good GRIEF! What a bedraggled goat! *That* part I love. But I honestly can't believe you're being well-served by the extreme gaussian blur you've thrown onto that wonderful sky...
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03/11/2009 02:06:54 PM
Love it, the detail is great
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03/11/2009 01:11:55 PM
Hehe, I know this one! Mac, how are you? Good entry :)
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03/11/2009 12:38:28 PM
almost out of this world. great shot
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03/11/2009 12:20:02 PM
I love the perspective of this, the fact that his coat is moulting just adds extra interest to this and the b&w conversion just finishes this off
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03/11/2009 12:02:27 PM
This one has not been feeding too well of late.
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03/11/2009 10:58:43 AM
still looks good
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03/11/2009 10:36:28 AM
MAK, I believe. I do recall you submitting the one with the two of them before! Wonderful shots!
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03/11/2009 09:30:21 AM
Was better with the lamb. In the other shot the goat was separated better from the sky through different sharpening. Nevertheless good shot, just not as impressing. Good luck!
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03/11/2009 07:31:11 AM
What a scrappy looking poor wretch! I just can't help but want to jump in the image and clean him up...however, onto the image: a great display of contrast and beautiful exposure. a slight blowout on his back and left horn but nothing to really detract from the overall effect. nice drama in the sky. well done & good luck: 9
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03/11/2009 07:09:38 AM
I love how soft the sky looks here and the fellow in front is so sharp and looks weather worn, nice image.
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03/11/2009 05:30:29 AM
Amazing...
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03/11/2009 03:58:34 AM
I love the black and white conversion for this shot. Really dramatic and I love the texture in the goat's hair.
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03/11/2009 01:42:02 AM
So freakin' funny!! 8
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03/11/2009 01:09:59 AM
I remember him. Wow - what a wise old fellow. This is indeed wonderful.
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03/11/2009 12:29:24 AM
Seen this gentleman before, love him. I think he had his friend with him last time... :) - 8
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