Mike Patterson  

Exhausted Sheep Shearer by Mike Patterson

September 2021 - Exhausted Sheep Shearer

About the Image(s)

“Shearers” are hard-working men and women who use heavy-duty clippers to cut wool off of sheep and mohair off of goats. The process of cutting their fiber is called “shearing,” hence the name “shearers.” Here in Texas, we shear the sheep once a year and the goats twice a year. Shearing is exhausting work, requiring the shearers to be bent over the livestock for hours on end. The best shearers can shear up to a hundred sheep a day. We raise both sheep and goats on our ranch in the Texas Hill Country. A few years ago, I caught this image of a shearer sitting exhausted at the end of the day. This shot has always appealed to me. I especially like how the man in the straw hat is slumped over. I did a little adjusting in Lightroom and removed a distracting electrical cord that was dangling in front of his hat.

3 comments posted

John Zhu   John Zhu
The image reflects the title very well and the title makes the photo telling a story. It's a perfect shot and no complains.   Posted: 09/08/2021 18:07:59

Theresa Rice   Theresa Rice
Bravo on including the tool at the man's shoulder. Otherwise, he could be exhausted from any type of labor. You also did a great job of removing the cord.

This is a great story-telling image.   Posted: 09/09/2021 07:46:53

Nigel Dalton   Nigel Dalton
Agree with the previous comments - good story telling people photo.   Posted: 09/23/2021 09:12:45


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