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A Goat's Tale
A Goat's Tale
yanko


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Challenge: Desolation II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Austin, Texas
Date: Jun 17, 2006
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Emotive, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 18, 2006

Shot at the Austin Zoo which is a rescue organization that takes in animals that have been neglected and abandoned. This sad guy was pretty dismal looking.

Statistics
Place: 73 out of 197
Avg (all users): 5.8075
Avg (commenters): 7.4000
Avg (participants): 5.8941
Avg (non-participants): 5.7353
Views since voting: 1584
Views during voting: 335
Votes: 187
Comments: 32
Favorites: 8 (view)


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09/07/2006 02:05:42 AM
good capture. subject itself posses an appearance that tells a story. Your description proved that. It's not often that we can capture a photo that tells you in visual the story about itself. Great work, man.
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07/13/2006 10:30:20 PM
Hey, cool creepy goat shot Richard.
Yeah, contrived. Heavy word.
Anyways, great work with the pp, as always.
I'm a bit bothered about the cropped ear but compositionally, I'd've probably done the same.
The purply whatever under the goat's ears makes me snigger, for some strange reason.
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07/03/2006 09:01:13 AM
this is so sad and creppy
because it doesent look like it should be real but it is and it looks like somthing you find under the bed in a horror movie=creppy
it kind of looks like one of my goats if i dident feed her for a few months and she got fleas or her hair started falling out=sad
good job!
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07/03/2006 04:18:51 AM
I thought about removing the selective desat but I wanted to include something positive in the image because this goat was rescued and the only way I thought I could convey that was with some color. The horns just seem like a good place to me but I get what you're saying.

Message edited by author 2006-07-03 04:20:52.
07/03/2006 12:46:21 AM
Hi Richard-

This is a scary looking photo, and to be honest I didn't score it very high since it seemed to me more disturbing and frightening than desolate. Not that it didn't also meet that definition, but it wasn't the first thing that came to mind for me. Also, I don't think that photos that are difficult to look at as this one is tend to do well here. It seemed like a lot of the photos for Desolation suffered from meeting the challenge a little too well. The selective desat on this draws the eyes to the horns rather than to the face, so it's difficult to find a place to rest my eyes in this difficult to look at photo.
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06/27/2006 09:18:08 AM
Hi from CP2!

What a haunting picture! The colours work well and the lighting is very good! This is a good one!
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06/26/2006 09:36:12 AM
Man - people do not get it do they. This is a splendid image and I gave it one of the few 10's in the challenge. The symbolism - wow. Great one, Richard. Sorry people didn't see it the way we did.
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06/26/2006 02:17:50 AM
I am astonished that anyone could fail to see desolation in this photo. I had this picked for a top 10 at least. It is the most desolate looking goat I have ever seen, and on the whole goats are pretty desolate looking to start with.
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06/26/2006 01:37:30 AM
I thought this looked like your handiwork!!! Absolutely friggin' fantastic image. Sorry more people didn't see the desolation in it. Definitely expected to see this in the top 10. LOVE it anyway - instant favorite.
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06/26/2006 01:16:22 AM
I liked your goat, he was one of my top rankings. Now quit bein' a score snob ;-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/25/2006 10:34:03 PM
This reminds me of the scary bunny in Donnie Darko. Very creepy. And I thought goats were cute... I like the contrast in the tones. Good job.
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06/25/2006 08:25:14 PM
This is very cool. Me likey!
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06/25/2006 07:08:03 AM
Great picture of a goat! Not sure I see the correlation to desolation, other than they'll eat everything in sight, but great picture of a goat!
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06/23/2006 09:50:53 PM
omg! that's what nightmares are made of.
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06/23/2006 06:54:16 AM
Oh dear...this goat doesn't look happy.
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06/23/2006 01:11:22 AM
Fantastic image of a realy ugly goat! Not sure about the pic in the challenge context but...
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06/23/2006 12:39:08 AM
i like this guy ... seems to have a human in there somewhere :)
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06/22/2006 07:20:57 PM
Good focus and colors.... Nice pic :o)
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06/21/2006 04:57:10 PM
Hahaha I love this! Great photo, frame works well, super scary.
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06/21/2006 10:25:09 AM
Wow. Great capture, really fits the challenge, in a strange way. Hope this does real well! 10
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06/20/2006 10:48:29 PM
Great DOF and face. Without the cropped ear I'd give this a 10. Tones and clarity are incredible still. 9
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06/20/2006 01:50:51 AM
really really good - thats about the most constructive criticism I can come up with for this.
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06/20/2006 12:10:08 AM
brilliant photo, i like the detail in the goat, cool selective desat.
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06/19/2006 09:46:53 PM
damn this is good...
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06/19/2006 07:10:49 PM
Goofy grin on that goat...
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06/19/2006 07:00:51 PM
desolate smiling goat? :)
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06/19/2006 02:31:30 PM
Sorry, but I am not convinced of Desolation.

A scary goat I am convinced of. comp ok, blacks too deep, whites barely in, nice texture, nice light, dof ok,
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06/19/2006 12:39:34 PM
That is one of the most frightening things I think I've ever seen... HA WOW... I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I'm skeered!.... The editing is phenomenal. Outstanding job. WOW The purple under the ears was pure genius...
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06/19/2006 10:40:58 AM
Wow - he's a little scary! I love it!!
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06/19/2006 09:33:44 AM
Watership Down a la Goat? For the subject I think it does not quite make it. If in an environment of slaughter, perhaps.
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06/19/2006 04:45:38 AM
Surely thats a goats head - can't you tell one end from the other?
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06/19/2006 12:57:01 AM
Holy smoke. I'm skeeeered!! Either that's a rabid goat or he needs orthodontia. That is REALLLLY good. The title just sends shivers down my spine. Fantastic editing. I can't stop looking at it. The more I do, the more I have empathy for the guy. Probably a sweetheart with an underbite. BRAVO 10
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