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A man who stares at goats

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by Boid, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
    ... well, literally as it turns out. All day long.

    Saw this goatherder tending his goats on and off a busy highway.

    Stole a few pictures.


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  2. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    I tried staring a goat out once, on the basis that a superior intellect could influence a weaker one.

    I still get the odd urge to eat grass and butt things... :rofl:

    Great shots, Boid. I particularly like #1 and #3
     
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  3. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Excellent shots. The first is perhaps the least of them, but it really sets the context and the next three are wonderful...

    -Ray
     
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  4. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    I loved the first one, because of the context. Here's a herder with livestock that, at least I imagine, could decide to suddenly go left or right, yet they are on the median strip of a highway, with a large truck coming through. Even the herder is leaning into the roadway. It's like a statement on the precariousness of his position, and I found it more compelling than the last (I also found the power lines distracting in the last). Also loved the two in between.
     
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  5. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
    Thanks for your comments Bill, Ray, wt21.

    I did try a couple of alternatives to the first image. Both had trucks in the horizon, and in one I tried a higher pov. Even though the second one establishes more context by showing more of the surroundings, it didn't make the goatherder enough of a hero in my little story.

    I'm attaching them both and would love to know your opinions on them.


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  6. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    I still like the very first shot best (the one you kept) because the truck is right there, over his shoulder. To me, it's a statement that a (possibly) meager/precarious living is hanging over him.

    The last one (with the higher POV) is also a compelling shot, IMO, but the story'ss different. To me, the last shot is less about the herder himself, and more about rural highways or highways in India (having not been to India, it makes me wonder "are all the highways like that, or is this a special case"). The first shot, to me, says more to me about the herder than the place he lives, the latter is more about the location than the herder. Not sure if I'm making sense. Would love to hear what others think.

    (all in all, though, I like all the pics, btw).
     
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  7. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
    It's pretty common seeing animals/cattle on the highways here. Everyone's very cavalier about it, though it causes accidents quite often. One just learns to be prepared to slam on the brakes at short notice. Glad you liked the pictures.
     
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  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    For me, I love #1 and it tells the complete story (the alternates are also good, but i think you chose correctly). #2 does nothing for me. I love the movement in #3, but I think #4 might be my favorite. His face has so much character I can't even believe someone would notice the power lines. I'm not inclined to love photos of strangers, but that #4 is REALLY good....at least it speaks to me.

    Great series, Rajiv!
     
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  9. pictogramax

    pictogramax SC Top Veteran

    978
    Aug 18, 2011
    Belgrade, Serbia
    #3 for me, for the motion blur that really enlivens it! Great processing also.
     
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  10. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Great images, Rajiv - and I can't wait to see more.

    If I had to choose two favorites it would be your first and your third. I'm glad I don't have to choose.:2thumbs:
     
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  11. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
    Just a couple more images to wrap up this set... thanks everyone for your comments.

    Luke, I agree with your assessment. I'll keep the second image out of the set and replace it with the first one below.

    BB, these two are all that's there, but I did shoot an insanely chaotic festival celebration later at midnight. Terrible light, small sensor camera, grainy images, but I had the time of my life! Will share once I'm done working out the kinks.


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  12. Rick Waldroup

    Rick Waldroup SC Regular

    79
    Apr 8, 2012
    Texas
    This is an excellent series. I love the motion shot of the goats and especially the high angle alternate view of the goat herder.

    Great stuff.
     
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  13. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
    Thanks Rick!
     
  14. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    This is a really good set! Nicely done.

    Antonio
     
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  15. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
    Thanks Antonio!
     
  16. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    Nice set. Thanks for sharing.

    Gary
     
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