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WHEN John Dodd was a boy, farms all over Northumberland used heavy horse power. Now his is the only one that relies almost exclusively on horses to work the land. Mr Dodd, who is approaching his 80th birthday, has six Clydesdales on his 200-acre farm at Sillywrea near Hexham ....
This week I hope to show images of John and his Son in law cutting the hay with the aid of two of his horses Robin And Jimmy
This image shows John and these beautiful Animals and large looks canny.

Camera:Canon5d
Lens:70-30mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Two Horse Power
Username:danbrann danbrann
Uploaded:6 Jul 2009 - 7:55 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 7:59 AM

Lovely image of traditional farmimg Dan.Look forward to the rest.
Tm.

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 8:03 AM

brilliant capture cant wait to see the rest nice one
andy

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 8:04 AM

Well this is special and love the story how amazing, and such a nostalgic scene, I wish we could see more images like this in the countryside Smile At 80 yrs old and still working the land in this way is wonderful

Thanks will be looking out for more of these

linda

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MandsH
MandsH  7 England
6 Jul 2009 - 8:04 AM

This is superb
Mandy

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 8:15 AM

Wow Lucky you to have the opportunity for these shots
You really have captured it well
A truely beautiful shot

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linda63
linda63  668 forum posts Wales
6 Jul 2009 - 8:19 AM

So oldy worldy, just great. Linda

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lesgoodey
lesgoodey e2 Member 8lesgoodey vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 8:34 AM

Lovely shot.

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2009 - 9:03 AM

Excellent shot.
Dave

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 9:06 AM

Beautiful animals - look forward to more of them.
Joan.

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2009 - 9:13 AM

Super shot of these wonderful horses and their Master.
May see you later we are coming to Haltwhistle.
Mavis

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Sylviwhalley
Sylviwhalley e2 Member 797 forum postsSylviwhalley vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 9:50 AM

Great image, no carbon footprint here.
Sylvia

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom968 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 10:28 AM

Fabulous portrait of an amazing man - he was a client of ours when I was working in Hexham, I'm delighted to see that he's still going strong. Good one of Robin & Jimmy too. Really looking forward to more of these!
Moira

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 10:33 AM

Normal looks very canny indeed, Danny, and Large looks even cannier. I'm already looking forward to more of the series.
Bill

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shandoor
shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 11:02 AM

A superb image love it
Alexa

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Fishnet
Fishnet  104976 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 11:06 AM

Fabulous, really wonderful and totally timeless.

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fotosphere
6 Jul 2009 - 11:09 AM

Great shot of heavy working horses,nicely done

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photophantom
6 Jul 2009 - 11:18 AM

outstanding Pro. My relatives in our province are still using our Nat'l Animal w/c is the Carabao or Water Buffalo. No problem for the high price of diesel and gasoline plus air pollution. Still, they can harvest their rice fileds 2x/yr instead of traditional once/yr.

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casson
casson  8 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2009 - 11:23 AM

A simply superb shot, look forward to the rest of the series.
john

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claremartin
6 Jul 2009 - 11:28 AM

Beautiful image!

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 11:50 AM

Truly a lost art. I do wish it would return. Excellent shot.

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
6 Jul 2009 - 12:18 PM

Lovley to see the horses at work

Peter

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 1:12 PM

Looks fantastic.

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andy_AHG
andy_AHG  5106 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 1:25 PM

Smashing shot Dan. Very evocative.

Andy

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 1:59 PM

Another fine ''product'' from Scotland here Danny.When I was a boy,I spent many years looking at their backsides,when I delivered the milk in a horse drawn cart !! Had a nice little sideline selling the manure to the allotment owners too !! Where there's muck,there's brass !!
Good take.
Mick.

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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 2:43 PM

What a excellent shot Dan, such a great sight.
Bob

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 7:24 PM

The horses are absolutely wonderful Danny, I love Clydesdales as much as they seem to love working.
When I was at school there was a brewery behind me which used Clydsedales and when I worked at the Daily Record there was another brewery who used Clydesdales.

Look forward to more of them in your images Danny.

All the very best my friend,
Dougie

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 7:41 PM

Thanks for all the comments. I have been away in Scotland all day and have just returned at 7.15. Doubt if I will get much commenting done this evening. Will catch up when I can.

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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
6 Jul 2009 - 8:12 PM

Smashing !

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silburkp
silburkp  9 England
6 Jul 2009 - 8:22 PM

A great scene. Good colour and perfect DoF.

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Melanie_M
Melanie_M e2 Member 9168 forum postsMelanie_M vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 8:30 PM

So very special and outstanding an image. A beautiful capture of the 'working' countryside and of times past.

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jayjay52
jayjay52  5 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2009 - 8:42 PM

A beautiful image - great composition
Jenny

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 9:06 PM

not often you see a sight like. brilliant!
regards
Yung

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Phil1958
Phil1958  5272 forum posts Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 10:56 PM

This is a stunning image and reminds me so much of a painting my father has of a Farmer with his two horses. Definitely "canny" when viewed large.

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2009 - 7:01 AM

Superb image Danny, this is really something to treasure - I could imagine that not only Mr. Dodd would hang it over the fireplace!
Johanna

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2009 - 11:31 AM

Like your composition and the details in this Dan -good work.
Regards Richard.

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phil99
phil99 e2 Member 744 forum postsphil99 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2009 - 3:29 PM

Superb capture of an almost disapeared way of life..Phil

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wyatturp
wyatturp  8 England
7 Jul 2009 - 8:44 PM

Super picture Dan

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GeorgeLedger
7 Jul 2009 - 9:44 PM

Excellent Danny - I thought this would look good when you described it but it lloks beter in the flesh (so to speak).
The viewpoint makes the image and the framing of him through the two horses really holds them together. A master class in photography!

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franken
franken e2 Member 113050 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2009 - 9:54 PM

Wonderful!

Ken

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Sainty
Sainty  8 England
9 Jul 2009 - 2:24 AM

Best of the three just shows how a little bit thought behind the camera using a shallow depth of field makes the image really work well.
A really good set of three images Danny
Am pleased av been able to larn ye sumit

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TonyFrith
TonyFrith  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2009 - 7:06 AM

super shot
Tony

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chase
chase Critique Team 81116 forum postschase vcard England235 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2009 - 6:04 PM

Beautiful horses & so good to see them still working.Lovely dof to bring the main subjects forward from the bg.
Just seems a touch flat for me though,perhaps could do with a slight curves lift..although I notice you haven't converted to sRGB for posting on the web...sometimes the culprit for a loss of colour punch.
Nicely composed with them coming over the brow of a hill.

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jeanmarie
jeanmarie  5 England
16 Jul 2009 - 9:58 AM

wonderful shot, wonderful animals, superb. jeanette

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