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Ben's Pigs

By tigertimb
Not sure how well this will go down - my mate has already told me he's not very impressed and I'm not expecting pigs to be a hugely popular subject; but I liked it!
I'm in two minds of whether I prefer the mono or colour version of this, and in the end have put the mono up front for a change and because it slightly emphasises the shallow DOF.
I've tried a new effect with the mono, adding a 20% overlay of a pencil sketch. Would love to know what you think

All comments and criticisms very welcome

Tim Smile

ISO 200, 300mm, f6.3, 1/200 sec

Tags: Mono Pigs Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature Dartmoor zoological park Bens zoo

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jdenman 14 19 5 Spain
12 Jan 2009 1:00PM
I like both the colour and mono version, a super image. Pigs are great animals, they are also quite easy to train. Many years ago I knew a couple with a pet house pig, it even had its own pig flap out of their house for when it needed the loo. They had been pig farmers, but as soon as they took this one into their home they gave up farming.
tigertimb 14 40 66 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 1:55PM
Sadly John, these ones were uncooperative; I was waiting ages to get a shot of these guys and this was a brief moment when they offered me a more socially acceptable view; luckily wandering into a patch of light at the same time Wink
AnnS 15 3 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 2:27PM
They caught my eye as it was something different! I like the mono version, it has something extra about it...
FeatherFriend 14 38 217 England
12 Jan 2009 2:41PM
I like both Tim but think #1 has the edge,
Geoff. Smile
dawnmichelle 15 12 United States
12 Jan 2009 3:04PM
I think the image is fantastic in both versions.. I like pigs use to have one as a pet when I was young.. My brothers pig/hog was mean as a rattle snake.. so we butchered him lol...
Bob_V 15 1 2 United States
12 Jan 2009 3:11PM
Both versions for me Tim, such great work.
DeSilver Plus
15 14 12 England
12 Jan 2009 3:20PM
Nothing wrong with Pig's and there Is nothing wrong with these two images. I prefer V1, the mono image, it gives the subject an earthy/ancient feel. Well done. Smile

mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.4k 2543 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 4:27PM
Excellent manipulation in V1. The only other modification I'd suggest would involve a frying pan...
mark1309 15 13 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 4:28PM
I like both, the pencil sketch on v1 is subtle but works very nicely,
v1 for me.
MandsH 15 England
12 Jan 2009 4:42PM
really like the mono version of this shot, works very well
lonely_oryx 14 61 55 England
12 Jan 2009 5:33PM
I prefer the mono as I find the green too overpowering. They have been well caught
tigertimb 14 40 66 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 5:38PM
Thankyou everyone for all the comments. I'm encouraged by most of them, but I have to say that a couple of them worry me:

Dawn; I'll have to make sure that you never see how my nephew and nieces treat each other on occasions

Moira; I'm certainly partial to a bit of bacon myself, but don't you think the slaughtering should be more humane than that?

Tim Wink
tigertimb 14 40 66 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 5:49PM
Thankyou John; I know what you mean as it's far from subtle, but for once I actually quite liked that aspect of it. The original jpeg was very similar, just slightly darker, although maybe even greener as the pigs themselves had a bit of a green caste!
Ayelet_A 14 11 3 Israel
12 Jan 2009 6:46PM
Wonderful work on both images Tim - The mono is very unique, especially with the subtle sketch effect you've added, but I have to admit I favour the coloured one. Pigs are great fun and I think that striking green just adds to that cheery atmosphere, beside it feels much more natural to me.

AnneWorner 14 620 43 United States
12 Jan 2009 7:34PM
Definitely the mono version for me. The greens are a bit too strong in the color and overpower the piggies (if that's possibl!).
iancam 14 23 England
12 Jan 2009 8:00PM
I like both versions, Nice pair.
rangerpaul 15 19 7 England
12 Jan 2009 8:33PM

Quote:I'm in two minds of whether I prefer the mono or colour version

I prefer the bacon, sausage and black pudding version Wink
Mono though in all seriousness for me Tim. I think it works nicely with the processing you've used.
Now where did I put that frying pan???
Hoffy 17 262 16 England
12 Jan 2009 10:23PM
I like this, works well. B&W
tigertimb 14 40 66 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 10:27PM
Not you with the frying pan as well Paul Sad his face is already fairly flat, although not as much as some breeds of pigs I suppose!
whiteswan01 14 13 England
12 Jan 2009 11:54PM
both are great V1 for me
tigertimb 14 40 66 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2009 12:36AM
Thankyou everyone for all the comments and thanks Willie for the mod; love the effect and the feel of a signpost and raised a smile Smile
Shane136 19 63 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2009 8:04AM
Nice one Tim, big old chaps!

nickyv32 15 135 England
13 Jan 2009 2:07PM
Two lovely shots, has to be No 1 for me, such large creatures.

photophantom 14 108 3 Philippines
14 Jan 2009 12:48PM
I like both versions Tim, excellent shot
Tigress 14 Scotland
14 Jan 2009 10:22PM
Happy to give you your 30th click! I love pigs- really intelligent animals. You'll be glad to know that I only buy "happy bacon" i.e. outdoor reared pigs ( so no Danish or Dutch for me !)
I like the mono. They are difficult to photograph ( I have tried ) as they teend to snuffle about and always seem to face the wrong way! Same with the wild boar and the rare pygmy hog I saw in India this year
microchip 15 1 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 7:20PM
Mono for me, a super shot, These things frighten the life out of me,
one had me trapped up a pear tree for an age when I was a lad,
cassiecat 14 39 46 England
15 Jan 2009 8:31PM
v1 for me.lesley
SueTurner 17 81 3 England
15 Jan 2009 8:56PM

Quote:I'm not expecting pigs to be a hugely popular subject

to me, a good image is a good image, regardless of the subject matter but you hear this so much on hear, "oh, not a fan of this that or the other"

rant over
I like it
ps forgot to say I kinda prefer the colour version
lostintime 14 13 6 Germany
16 Jan 2009 6:19PM
Good use of DOF and natural framing Tim, the eye gets really drawn in.

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