I hope I got these right and if I got something mixed up or missed something or someone, please forgive me and let me know!!! I wasn't thinking about how this would work and almost all the photos came back with the same file name and date and when I downloaded them... :-o.
I've tried to add these in the order they came in to try to make sure I got the right photos with the right people. The photos will be first and the credits and any comments will be just below. I love all the different takes on the picture and the thought that went into them.
My take on the Hank photo. Devotion isn't always reciprocal, such as with some of Hank's sheep, but that's what makes it so admirable.
Janice - "GoWest" Feral Woman
Here's my submittal...
If it was taken in a RAW format it would be clearer :) when you crop close up :)
I concentrated on his eyes, and paws - after all, thats his tools of the trade :)
Using the law of thirds like you know, I tried to capture that "look" of his... you know, the one that says "seriously???" he always looks like he wants to relax, but those darn sheep keep causing trouble LOL
Fiona - New Castle, Virginia
Your photo is so nice but I changed the crop a bit and added the soft border. Not an improvement but just a bit different. Hank really is a lovely dog. Soulful eyes!
As I see it, the "rule" of thirds is a suggestion, not a rule. :-)
I agree, can't cut off his ear, or his tail fluff......................
I took off a bit more at the right, and on top, and took out a few black specks on his whiteness (and the one hunk of gravel at left). I always try to remove things I find distracting from my pics. "What is it that I *want* them to look at?" and then I remove things that catch my eye as possible distractions....
A good boy, watchfully on duty, as always..........
Lori - Skoog Farm Journal
Michelle - Boulderneigh
Shirley - Ride a Good Horse
I did a little tighter crop, dropped the brightness, upped the contrast a little and played with shadows and highlights and sharpened just a little. I wanted toy bring out the texture of his fur but keep the catchlight in those beautiful eyes- not sure if I think this is any good, but it was fun trying.
After liking how some of Robin's black and white sheep turned out, I thought I'd see how Hank looked, so here's one more edit. It does really show off his eyes but I'm not sure I like losing the "warm" feel of the colors. Fun though :-)
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I thought this was very fun, interesting and educational and I'd love to do it again sometime. Anyone interested? Next time I'll provide a higher resolution file (slaps palm to forehead) and figure out a better way to have the files named.
In the meantime, I had a few Farm Calendars left and thought I'd send them out as "prizes" to the couple people I thought might send in pictures. Since the participants way exceeded the number of leftover calendars (How fun is that! :-) and I wasn't entirely sure I caught everyone anyway (please, please let me know!), I decided to do a donation, in Hank's honor, to the National Great Pyrenees Rescue. Does that work for everyone?