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docking lambs...

docking  lambs...
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Copyright: meagan ward (meagan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 107 W: 1 N: 161] (763)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-30
Categories: Daily Life
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-30 8:08
Viewed: 1797
Points: 20
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In Spring ,a large task for all New Zealand sheep farmers, is docking lambs.. a process which involves removing their tails, so they don't attract flys later in summer, along with earmarking ,as proof of ownership, and various other vacinations, and drenches.
It is often a time of rounding up all available and willing labour(eh Steve!), and today was no exception.
With rain forecast for this afternoon, John had all the weekend visitors out there bright and early ,to get through before the weather broke... so this picture includes various family, along with visitors from the heart of Auckland, some of whom had never touched a sheep before! Very brave...and lots of great photo moments.
I choose this less than posed one for today though ,as an overall view of the process..
sharpened, cropped. Feel welcome to tell me what to do to make even these momnets better... Thank you. Meagan

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2006-09-30 8:24]

An interesting snapshot has been shared here. Sheep and farmers looks interesting. Basically I am also a village person, so I love village life. This is a beautiful shot anyways.

Thanks for sharing it.

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  • freddd Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 322 W: 47 N: 77] (1909)
  • [2006-09-30 10:48]

Interesting documentary picture. And it is well composed with goo balance in colors. Thanks for sharing.

Wow! Love it, Meagan. This is a great shot of working people. Glad I'm not the guy doing the 'lopping,' (or even the girl watching) don't think I could. Nice backdrop, too, of the land.

Now this is really a goodie! I think that you have done very well to get the angle so wide and pull back a bit to get all the aspects of the action. It is a picture that really tells you a thousand words and certainly a number of stories too.

If I get a chance I might do a little workshop thing to try and get some of the "washed out" look out of the day. Otherwise certainly one of my fav's



Hi Meagan...this one brings back some memories for me of time spent working on a sheep farm back in Western Australia. It was my job to operate the sealing knife. Some may complain about the procedure but let them see sheep which are fly struck. Good capture, good colour and good notes. TFS,
Many thanks for your comment on
Through the Fog

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2006-10-01 4:44]
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And I too think its a great shot Megan, as yes it tells a story..we can even see the little tails on the ground.. ohh poor lambies, they look like they know what is about to happen as they all cuddle close in the corner there.. lol..

Well done on your composition, and sharpness.

Cheers Dawn.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2006-10-01 22:25]
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Been there, done that, many times!
I hope you're gonna show us a closer view of the action - not the blood bits, but the up close and personal bits!
Good, real life, action shot Meagan. Brings back memories for me!

Hi Meagan,
Nice wide angle shot, really well exposed, it tells a great story.

Hello Meagan!

Thanks for that one. I missed it when you posted it!
It seems to be a lot of fun ! The party is on here as everybody is all smiles. Looks like the lambs are sliding like kids (^_^).

A nice journalistic shot! I am sure your visitors will remember this day (^_^).

:) que industrial!, aquí los criadores hacen lo mismo pero en forma mas rudimentaria... pero igual de efectiva.
Me pareció muy interesante la explicación!.

Saludos desde Argentina!


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