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What a charming scene! And three parts of an image that want our attention: the shepard and his sheep in the foreground, the hills in the background and the sky above. Does that mean the image is divided too much? Or is it a good thing, that keeps us occupied, interested? (Read Discussion)

Photographer's Request for Critique

The shepard

Thanks for your time and comments!


kathryn a. cunningham , April 14, 2004; 10:38 A.M.

Quite Lovely

A captured moment of tenderness. And is very beautiful.

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herbert fernandes , April 14, 2004; 10:39 A.M.


What more could i say.. its so lovely and perfect.

I can feel the coolness in this pic,, great mood and atmosphere.

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Joe Orsak , April 14, 2004; 10:47 A.M.

Lovely image. A little more contrasting I think would benefit the image, but it's well done as a whole. Love th emountains in the back ground.

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Francesco Martini , April 14, 2004; 12:30 P.M.

Very good and poetic country image!!!!

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Gary H Sp , April 14, 2004; 12:59 P.M.

Wonderful scene captured. If you crop just above the mountains, and dodge in the foreground, especially for the shepherd, then this wins any prize you can imagine! - best, Gary

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Guido Fulgenzi , April 14, 2004; 01:24 P.M.

I love it!Beautiful atmosphere,congrats.

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Angel Luis Hernandez , April 14, 2004; 01:45 P.M.

Beautiful shot. Fantastic!!!

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Loft Portugal , April 14, 2004; 01:49 P.M.


..and even more

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Zacarias Mata , April 14, 2004; 03:37 P.M.



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Tony Georgiadis , April 14, 2004; 04:56 P.M.

That's a fine shot.

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Paul Muresan , April 14, 2004; 06:16 P.M.

Tinuturi pitoresti, imagine pitoreasca.Good work.

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Len Marriott , April 14, 2004; 07:45 P.M.

From another pair of eyes !

Floriana, I know the sky is interesting but it has a brightness level that tends to draw the eye away from your subject, the sheep & shepherd. I offer another crop for you to consider where the sky doesn't have as much impact although enough is left to identify it as a promising rain maker. After cropping, I adjusted the levels to minimize the brightness of the sky. Of course, with my version, the rating would be a 7\7 :) Best, LM.

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Gaetan Chevalier , April 14, 2004; 08:43 P.M.

Superb capture of beautiful light and colors. Bravo for a wonderful photo.

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Rick Louche Jr , April 14, 2004; 09:37 P.M.

It has an almost old world painterly feeling. Very nice!

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Stephen Penland , April 15, 2004; 01:29 A.M.

For me, the sky/clouds and the mountains really make the picture. I like the adjustments Len made to the foreground, but personally I don't want to crop any of the sky....it's too important for the mood of this image.

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Mahrashk Meidani , April 15, 2004; 02:55 A.M.

this is great. heavenly.

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Floriana Barbu , April 15, 2004; 04:35 A.M.

Thanks for all !

Thanks for all comments!I can't crop the sky because for me, the sky ad a drama to the photo;even Len version has 7/7 rating:))Thank you Len and best regards for all !

Armindo Lopes , April 15, 2004; 04:58 A.M.

Outstanding image!

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Lluïsa Obrador , April 15, 2004; 05:21 A.M.

Incredible ambience!!

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Pnina Evental , April 15, 2004; 05:42 A.M.

Nice atmospher to the subject.well done Floriana

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Cristina Pysyka , April 15, 2004; 06:41 A.M.


ahhh..plaiurile noastre mioritice! :) foarte placute culori in fotografia asta.

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Cristina Fumi , April 15, 2004; 12:01 P.M.

Floriana, this is very very very good! Don't crop it, as you said the sky adds drama and its whitness balances that of the sheeps. Composition is great like if it were an old renaissance painting. You are very talented.

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Walter Tatulinski , April 15, 2004; 01:01 P.M.

Very nice!

This is a great photograph. The composition is fine and I would not crop it at all. Wonderful lighting, atmosphere and mood. If I had to make any changes, I would clone out the one sheep on the left that is being cut in half by the frame. Regards.

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Floriana Barbu , April 15, 2004; 04:06 P.M.

Indeed the half sheep cut by the frame is not right.Thank you Walter! Thanks for all comments;are wellcome!

Jonas Nielsen , April 15, 2004; 05:39 P.M.

I love this photo! Very, very beautiful!

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Charo Diez , April 16, 2004; 04:01 A.M.

I love this photo very much: firstly for the old painting look, and the way you have captured the lighting. Secondly for the way you have framed it, I am sure most of us would have choosen an horizontal frame but yours works so well!. Also by the way the man is possing, the mood... definetevely I like your upload much more than the suggestion uploaded, the grey sky at the top is needed to get that painting look. Congrats.

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Andrei Ciripitca , April 16, 2004; 10:57 A.M.

Foarte buna fotografia. Muntii sunt superbi. Andrei

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Daniel Malowany , April 16, 2004; 11:27 A.M.

Beautiful the way it is

I think it is a beatiful shot just the way it is. It has great atmosphere, and at first I thought it was made with a traditional film camera using Provia or Velvia. To me it is a landscape picture, about the entire landscape, not just the sheep or shepard. I also love the mountains in the background and the tender way the shepard is feeding (or holding) the sheep.

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Bente D.-Nielsen , April 16, 2004; 12:49 P.M.

Absolutely beautiful.

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CHRISTIAN SPAHN , April 16, 2004; 03:25 P.M.


great picture, and leave the sky as it is now

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Nicolas Daudin , April 16, 2004; 03:53 P.M.

excellent excellent excellent shot!! I knew you would make it to the top! Very happy for you! Take care

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Fulvio Giannini , April 17, 2004; 04:50 A.M.

A nice shot! Congrats

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Floriana Barbu , April 17, 2004; 07:55 A.M.

Thanks for all!

Marita Toftgard , April 17, 2004; 10:36 A.M.

love the heavy sky on those beautiful hills/mountains...and fascinating pastoral foreground...

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Vince Pulvirenti , April 17, 2004; 11:02 A.M.


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hans molenkamp , April 17, 2004; 11:49 A.M.


Floriana, it is a fantastic shot and you published it this way because that's how you made it in the first place. To all the others who advice you to change the effects, I would like to mention that cropping is the last thing you do. A good photographer will aim at a shot that is complete and needs no cropping at all. In other words, only if there was no possibility to make that 'perfect' shot ( e.g. a not straight horizon or so) one could think about cropping. In my opinion that's exactly the difference between a good photo and a less one. Once again: A perfect moody shot. Keep up the good work.

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C. Jaeger , May 01, 2004; 02:35 A.M.


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Moira Jones , May 04, 2004; 06:20 A.M.

Simply beautiful.

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Michael Cohen , May 07, 2004; 07:05 A.M.


Super photo - congratulations Michael Cohen

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Martin Woolnough , May 08, 2004; 11:41 P.M.

Keep it as is

Florianna, It's as good as a classic painting and I don't thing an 'old master' would ever dream of getting out the scissors to chop out the canvas shape or spraying a special toner to filter what he or she had originally done so well. Keep it as is and ignore the crop brigade. Great job.

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Hanna Cowpe , May 20, 2004; 06:50 P.M.

What a beautiful scene, photographed at its best. I wouldn't crop the sky because it's part of the mood and allows the eye to drift into the distant hills. Even the half sheep on the borders leads the viewer to look at the entire scene, and you couldn't crop them out without cutting into others. Leave it all as it is I say. It's wonderful.

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Scott Lowrey , June 22, 2004; 08:15 A.M.


I just joined this site today and this is one of the best pictures I've stumbled upon so far, my kind of photography, well done!!!

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may matysik , June 29, 2004; 02:28 A.M.

the shepard

I'm sorry but I disagree with the guy who cropped this picture. I love the way the clouds draw your eye up as the sheep and the pasture draws your eye back down again. I LOVE THIS PRINT.

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Jim Willoughby , July 21, 2008; 09:06 P.M.

I too think this needs a bit of a crop. It's beautiful, but the sky and mountains are not the subject, the kindly old shepherd and the sheep are. Beautiful photo.

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Stephen Penland , December 10, 2009; 06:39 P.M.

Ann, adding an attached photo like this to your comment on a landscape photo is, IMO, quite inappropriate.

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Ann Dream , December 29, 2009; 01:49 P.M.


great work..good idea..very emotional

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Tanya Hutchings , June 22, 2015; 08:54 A.M.

The Shepard

Simply beautiful! So simplistic, but also so complete. The details that are captured in this photo are divine! Love the contrasts, varying depths, and colors. A story indeed captured, told and shared.

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