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Spring sheep

By FloKl
We were out for a walk through the park at Schloss Schönbrunn. Bought this sheep as a birthday gift and I figured I could use it as a funny motive for a pic.

The yellowish building in the background is the Schloss Schönbrunn (Vienna).

I'd like to hear your thoughts on the composition of this shot (and not so much on the technical aspect). Although, if you have ideas on how to improve the shot, I'm happy to hear them Smile

Tags: Sheep Pets and captive animals

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banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4149 Canada
21 Mar 2015 2:06PM

Quote:I'd like to hear your thoughts on the composition of this shot (and not so much on the technical aspect). Although, if you have ideas on how to improve the shot, I'm happy to hear them

The composition is quite good. I like the building behind connecting the sheep to the place.

I would crop space from the left. Sharpen and lift exposure and contrast. Think about flipping it horizontally so the sheep looks in from the left.

Ive uploaded mods to show what I mean. Hope Ive achieved what you asked for.



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dudler Plus
17 1.2k 1679 England
21 Mar 2015 3:27PM
I agree with Willie, and I'd add that the sheep isn't terribly sharp. At 1/2000 second, that is focus error, not camera shake: I would have chosen a smaller aperture so that focus was not quite so critical. However, the background would have been less blurred.

I'd also have composed with the whole of the sheep's ear in frame on the right.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2247 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2015 5:18PM
My sort of take. It's a quirky, personal view. About as far as you can get from the postcards that will be on sale there.Yesterday I photographed a toy rabbit at Greenwich Observatory...

I like the balance, but Willie's crop tightens the composition neatly. For me this needs slightly greater depth of field - F5.6 would have given you the face in focus while still leaving the background soft. I do also suspect that you were perhaps trying to focus just a bit too close to the toy.

A minus exposure compensation setting - say minus 0.7 - would have captured the textures in the white wool better. Try out such a setting when photographing a subject against a light sky. As it is, I would darken highlights, use the burn tool on the midtones in the wool, and reduce exposure generally a bit. I'll give it a whirl...

paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2015 5:25PM
Mostly covered. The composition is fine but you needed a smaller aperture to increase depth of field. OK, the background will be less blurred, but your plane of sharpness is absolutely minimal. Just the eyes.

At least, it is the eyes, but you do need a bit more. Far too much is soft and this is unlikely to respond much to sharpening.

Also, a little more density and contrast. Then I think, you have a nice fun image.

pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2149 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2015 8:39PM
I was immediately drawn to this image, FloK, mainly because it's something different, and is also well thought out and taken.

I am wondering why you needed such a fast shutter speed for a static subject, and also why you chose such a wide aperture. You wanted your sheep to be in focus with the background blurred. The background is far enough away for it to be blurred if using a smaller aperture (higher f-number), which would also give you a better overall focus on the whole of your sheep's head.

You kept your ISO good and low, but you still have the white part of the sheep over-exposed and lacking in detail. A smaller aperture would have helped with that, too. Changing the aperture has a dramatic effect on the amount of light coming into your camera.

FloKl 6 73 Austria
22 Mar 2015 9:00AM
Thanks all for your input.

I agree, a smaller aperture would have been better. The reason for the large apperture was, that I didn't want the building in the background disturb the overall picture. Too bad the sheep was a birthday gift and I don't have it anymore, ie no retaking the pic Smile

It was my fault not checking the histogram after the shot. Would have avoided the highlight clipping ... but there are just so many things to think of (for a beginner) Wink

Again, thanks all for your input and have a nice Sunday!

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