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A Sheep

A Sheep
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Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 93 N: 875] (4422)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-02
Categories: Food, Decisive Moment, Portrait
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 AF XR Di-II LD IF, Hoya 67mm circular-polarizer
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-12-02 14:14
Viewed: 1360
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A picture taken today whilst driving along a little road near Tweedsmuir in the Scottish Borders. A couple of inches of snow which had fallen last night made the countryside much more interesting.

This sheep had gained access to the road through the fence and waited at the roadside to let me pass. In cases like this, I find it very much better to stay in the car and try to get a shot through the window of the car: animals seem to be quite used to vehicles and are not so wary of them as they are of people. Get out of the car and they take fright and you are much less likely to get a picture.

I'm sure that Peter (graffer) can tell me which breed of sheep this is: I have a hunch it might be a Cheviot, but I'm not at all sure.

Also, I was not sure whether to post this cropped picture or one of the whole beast - I'll post that as a workshop and you can see which you like the better.

Shot in RAW and converted and edited in PSE6. I had a polarising filter on, not because I needed it but just because it was on the camera and I didn't have time to take it off!

All comments/critiques/advice welcome!

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To trampas: Looking sheepish......tyro 1 12-04 00:44
To glint: Mutton.......tyro 1 12-04 00:38
To graffer: Sheep breeds.........tyro 1 12-04 00:29
To Jonela: Thank you, Jon!tyro 1 12-04 00:24
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Hi John,

Very nice shot of a sheep caught in the middle of having a snack. Well I will have to give it to ewe the details are great the colours very good. I don't want to ram this home but well done. PS what did the call the Silence of the Lambs when it came to Hawick--Shut up Ewe.


Hello John,

Sheep breeds are notoriously difficult to identify, but I think this is a Scottish Blackface, not a Cheviot, which I think has a white face.

Anyway, it's a fine picture, and with those horns you were probably wise to stay in your car. You are quite right about animals being less worried about cars than people out of them.

I marginally prefer the WS picture - the wires behind don't bother me in that shot , but I think I would clone out the single one in this.

Crisp and clear - an excellent photograph.



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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2008-12-03 12:15]
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hello John,
can't decide which of the two images I like as they are both good. I like the close crop but then again I like the snow in the workshop version as it gives a better sense of place and climate. Great sharpness and nice light.
Is it you or me that seem to have mutton on the mind? :))

hi john.

i like this version best.
it accentuates the look on the sheeps face.
i like the capture of the water on the end of the horns.

we have no snow as yet. tomorrow is another day.


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