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Feeling Sheepish

By ctxuk  
I thought an interesting fun subject when walking through the local town. I have done a small crop out of the original frame, and a 50% size reduction purely for here, it is perhaps a shot I may get a print done of using the crop but the full size no reduction.

Just interested in thoughts really on it, your take. I did clean a couple of white paint holes (black paint missing) off on the face and one ear but have left obvious water marks.

Very little PP from raw, some contrast boost, the shadows then opened a little. Some CA removal to the "wool"

I did ponder and examine a b/w version, and wonder on the merits of that or colour displayed here

Will upload non crop full size original also PP.

Tags: Sheep Specialist and abstract Humour and fun


pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2015 3:16PM
Thanks for the untouched original, Martyn.
There is lovely detail on the sheep, and the background is nicely blurred.
I see that you only did a small crop to the right side.
My idea is to fill the frame with the stone blocks behind the sheep, and also to make the focused lettered boxes on the left less of a feature, and less of a distraction.

Yes, it's a fun subject and I can understand why you were drawn to it, it's quite graphic and has strong contrasts and shapes.
It would make a good print and I'm sure that others would find it amusing too.

I have done a few modifications.
1. Crop all sides, leave no black background, remove lettering from wooden boxes on left. Remove a few background highlights and white bits on the ground. Remove blue cast from the sheep's wool, use burn tool on burnt-out bit on top of sheep's head.
2. Desaturate (although there's only really one colour), reducing the impact of the background, making the sheep more important.
3. Completely desaturate, slight Levels adjustment.


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ctxuk 10 7 1 England
16 Sep 2015 5:44PM
Thanks Pam for your thoughts.

I had to do the crop because of the red brick abutting the natural stone, it just doesn't fit but I lose some of that nice shadow in doing so.

Seeing your comment on burnt out bit I had to check it in ACR a little surprised by it, I found there are two tiny burnt out bits, halfway up the left side of the face, the wool indeed does show two tiny areas. A little suprised as the flags dont indicate it, only on adding to show places in image with red. I will draw the entire image back a touch perhaps on the highlight slider.

I still cannot make up my mind around colour or black and white.

I had looked at the two white spots, and also those brown leaves, I will remove, you are right, they distract.

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