Jay Joseph  

Old Goat by Jay Joseph

November 2023 - Old Goat

November 2023 - Jay Joseph


About the Image(s)

This month's photograph is “Old Goat”. It was taken at a farm in Pennsylvania this summer. All these years I never knew what goat eyes looked like. I was very surprised. This goat looked pretty old with worn-out and cracked horns. I only did a few Lightroom adjustments and cropping.
Pentax K-1, f8, 100m, 1/250 sec. ISO 100.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
9 comments posted

Gordon Watson   Gordon Watson
A good capture of the Old Goat. Nice and sharp around the eyes (yes goat's eyes are a bit odd) and good textures and detail on the animal. It's maybe just going over-exposed around the tail, but it looks like you have some detail in the original image, so try 'protecting' those highlights in your editing. The fence is a slight distraction and it's unfortunate that one of the posts is directly behind the goat's head. A small shift left or right might have helped, but I don't know how much time you had to frame the subject. However a good shot of the goat.   Posted: 11/11/2023 04:56:43
Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Thanks for your comments Gordon. I would love to say that I couldn't find a position without the fence post in the goat's head, but I just didn't notice it until you pointed it out. It is a good lesson for me to slow down and look before taking the shot.   Posted: 11/14/2023 20:09:52

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
A very fine portrait of the goat, in its environment, doing what goats do. Your processing and presentation suit this image with good detail and sharpness. The post and the head as Gordon mentioned? Next time Jay. And yes, don't goats have the weirdest pupils, but then, they probably say the same thing about ours. Well done Jay.   Posted: 11/11/2023 23:43:02
Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Thanks for your comments Ian. I am still rushing the and not checking the frame before taking the shot. This month's comments have been very helpful.   Posted: 11/14/2023 20:11:47

Sophie Pouillon   Sophie Pouillon
So, if you don't mind me saying so on this rainy Sunday, the goat looks like it's having a good laugh at having its picture taken... Who's more impressed? I'm not sure. I kind of miss the black goat in the background, who's doing his job as a goat, grazing the grass while the other one struts around... It gave depth to the image and meant that the post wasn't so important, because you had something else to look at. But it's true that the goat's eyes are impressive: it's a tough choice. Well, it's time to go back.... Good luck to you all.   Posted: 11/12/2023 03:44:44
Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Thanks for your comments Sophie.   Posted: 11/14/2023 20:12:26

Sanford Morse   Sanford Morse
I didn't notice the eyes until every one mentioned them. They are weird and I've never noticed them before. Nice sharp image. I agree that the black goat would have added some contrast, but he is too far away to include him in a crop. The fence post serves as a reminder to constantly check for such things. Easy to avoid in the field if you notice it. Not so easy, nay impossible, in Photoshop.   Posted: 11/12/2023 10:03:44
Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Thanks for your comments Sanford. Can't wait to see photos taken on your John Greengo trip. He is one of my favorite photographers.   Posted: 11/14/2023 20:16:01

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
Jay, you have captured a sharp image of the goat and the detail in the horns is amazing. There's nothing wrong, IMHO, with fencing as this is a farm setting and gives the image context. With AI in LR and PS, you can choose subject, refine the mask, invert it, and give whatever background you may want - if you really, really want to. To me, fencing is part of the story about the image. Goats' eyes are always catchy things because of their setup and colors - especially on this one! The clover on the ground also adds to the story. Kudos on a fine image   Posted: 11/19/2023 12:10:01