Mark Burgess  

The Cow Girl by Mark Burgess

July 2021 - The Cow Girl

About the Image(s)

I have been doing a project on high country farming in New Zealand and stopped to photograph farm hands drafting cows. Once they were done the cattle noticed me and started advancing slowly and as they formed up a sheep walked into the scene appearing to take control.

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9 comments posted

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
Mark, you captured the sheep very nicely. I like the background mountains as they add a lot to the image. All the animals seem to be looking at the camera!   Posted: 07/03/2021 22:34:04

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
I find the sheep well done but at the same time, I think the mountains are overpowering the subject of the image which is the sheep. So I cropped it to a panoramic with enough mountain for interest but still keeping them less overpowering. What do you think?   Posted: 07/04/2021 14:56:02
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Mark Burgess   Mark Burgess
Thanks for the comment. I really wanted conventional landscapes with an obvious farming flavor. But maybe your point is about foregrounds fighting with backgrounds.   Posted: 07/04/2021 15:48:52
Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
I'm not sure that the mountains stress the farming flavor, but either way It's a well done image. Will look forward to seeing other comments.   Posted: 07/04/2021 15:52:44

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Mark, I see two pictures here; one of the mountains and the clouds. The other is of the cows and the one sheep. When I look at the cows and the sheep it just makes me smile, I think I would crop it a little tighter than Bev did. I understand your point of showing a "farming flavor"; I haven't seen anything like this in Texas.   Posted: 07/04/2021 16:43:30
Mark Burgess   Mark Burgess
Yes I think ideally the cattle would be further back and the sheep could be as is. But I agree there is another image cropped in as well as down, for example, attached. Then it is just about the stock   Posted: 07/05/2021 00:20:59
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Candia Peterson   Candia Peterson
I like the contextual drama of the original shot and don't feel the crop is necessary. Lovely colour in the hills and I like the wisps of cloud. I was amused by how pleased with herself the sheep is looking.   Posted: 07/05/2021 10:27:08

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Mark , what a capture! the cow's heads are almost identical in the viewing and the bonus of the sheep "leading" the flock! I do tend to agree that a cropping of the BG would not be amiss, particularly the sky.   Posted: 07/06/2021 08:16:21

David Price   David Price
I think there is a battle for our attention. Is this a landscape image or is it about the animals? If it's a landscape I would like to see a gap between the edge of the image and the cattle. If its about the animals I would crop even tighter than the others.   Posted: 07/13/2021 17:59:38
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