Rusty Pinckney  

Racka Sheep by Rusty Pinckney

June 2020 - Racka Sheep

About the Image(s)

I shot this image with my Canon Power Shot SX10IS during a visit to a horse farm in Hungary. The animals we encountered are all native to Hungary. The twisted horns of the Racka Sheep intrigued me. I was able to capture this one emerging from its shelter. I post edited with Elements to enhance the eye and remove distractions. What do you think it was thinking? Comments? Suggestions?

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8 comments posted

Miriam Power   Miriam Power
The sheep is great but the green distracted me. It turned it mono in Nik Silver EfexPro using a sepia tone to kind of keep the sheep colour but lose the green   Posted: 06/10/2020 07:53:06
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Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
Miriam, Interesting change. Thank you.   Posted: 06/12/2020 01:01:32

Dan DeVries   Dan DeVries
Hi Rusty - good capture. I pulled the green out of the grass which was distracting. I then highlighted the sheep and darkened the background.
I like what Miriam did in the B&W as well.   Posted: 06/10/2020 10:45:26
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Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
Dan, Thank you. The green bothered me and I like how you muted it.   Posted: 06/12/2020 00:59:57

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Fascinating animal and you've captured it at a great angle to show off those magnificent horns.

As is often the case, when we get opportunities to capture an interesting subject like this sheep, the surroundings can be less than ideal. In this case, the bright green grass showing through the slats of the fence is a distraction, which Dan managed quite well. Beyond that for me, the fencing is too close tonally to the sheep and tends to flatten the sheep into its surroundings.

I gave a try at removing the fencing and bright grass completely, replacing it with just grass, which I darkened to halp the sheep pop more. I also applied some targeted dodging and burning to bring out more interest in the horns. Thoughts?   Posted: 06/12/2020 11:46:22
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Brenda Frezeman   Brenda Frezeman
I agree with everyone above about the green in the original being too bright and distracting. I like all the variations by Miriam, Dan and Tom. It's interesting that the grass was too distracting originally but works in Tom's version when it makes a solid background. It's a very cool animal!   Posted: 06/12/2020 15:58:12

Arabella Dane   Arabella Dane
Wonderful animal picture. Glad to see the distracting background eliminated,. What would happen if it went black instead of green? With all this covid stuff all our nails will soon resemble these horns.   Posted: 06/20/2020 19:03:17
Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
Thank you Arabella. I like the idea of a black background ad may try it if I finish the current urgent project. I'm able to do my fingernails. Its the toes that are suffering.   Posted: 06/20/2020 23:18:44