Good Morning Everyone,
Last week we had our local agricultural show, an important event for farmers and the local population.
Besides showing farm animals and demonstrating local crafts, the organisers always try to include something a little different, to attract a wider audience.
This year it was camels!
Camels are not what you expect to see in a small, rural, Lancashire village!
The camels were one of the last items on a full agenda. First they paraded in an enclosure so people could appreciate their size and 'nature'. Then we had camel racing! The camels had several races and it was obvious that sometimes they were interested, others they were happier to sightsee!
My photograph, partly desaturated to emphasise the colourful trappings of the camel, shows the elevated head of one of the camels. I hope you can get an impression of this one's character. It eyed us with malevolence!
As a w/s here I will add a photograph of one of the camel races.
Have a lovely day, Bev :-)
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SnapRJW (23724) 2013-08-22 0:32
This makes me smile Bev! The WS even more so. How incongruous it is to see camels galloping across the rolling English landscape, they are funny looking creatures in any event but to see them being ridden in this situation is bizarre. I note the nod to health and safety with the jockeys wearing their riding hats! As to this shot. I generally don't like partial desaturation as a technique as I find it often quite gimmicky and 'obvious'. Here through I think it works well. You have been sensitive in the colour saturation and although the camel doesn't stand out like a sore thumb it does stand out but for all the right reasons! (Does that make any sense at all?) Well cropped and managed the camel takes pride of place and I do like the couple who we can see under the camel's head... they set the narrative and location very well. Super shot. Warm regards Rosemary
PS. Did you have a flutter on the races?
Noel_Byrne (13436) 2013-08-22 0:43
I agree, this is not the kind of animal I would expect in rural England, but what a cool example he is! The desaturation is a great idea, it highlights the animal well and doesn't detract from the image at all, in fact the elderly couple on the left compliment the weirdness of the scene perfectly. The way the camel is decorated is excellent too, he looks like something straight from the set of Lawrence of Arabia! Nice one.
All the best
danos (78144) 2013-08-22 1:25
charmy the view as the close up of the camel as participating in the annual local agricultural show of the area.I like the close up view with the details and the clarity to are captured superb.The WS completes perfect the whole show.
Have a good day,Danos
ikeharel (44125) 2013-08-22 1:54
Good morning Beverly,
I like the technique used with a B&W background to the Camel in the fair.
A camel in England... an attraction for sure.
Typical English couple stood in the BG and watch, while the camel itself is indifferent to the surrounding. A lovely taken the photo, and well applied.
subhendu_bagchi (21140) 2013-08-22 2:37
nice composition with the camel in middle, though I would prefer go with a horizontal frame with some space in front of it. Colours are fine and your light management is good here. An enjoyable one. Tfs.
Miguel82 (14530) 2013-08-22 2:39
I'm also surprised to see a camel in England Beverley, but it's very adaptable animal able to live in different environment hot and cold deserts as well
Good idea to focus on the animal, the main attraction, and leave the rest of the pix in bw
timecapturer (37200) 2013-08-22 3:22
like your post processing here it effective and quite charming. Not an English sight normally but one that looks wonderful here in this setting. Super sharp and a distinctly attractive shot that you have presented imaginatively. Love it!
Romano46 (11607) 2013-08-22 5:27
Foto e soggetto molto originali.
Molto bella l'inquadratura che mette in risalto l'animale rispetto allo sfondo, al quale con accorta postproduzione hai tolto anche il colore per minimizzare quelli che potevano essere elementi di distubo.
Un buon lavoro che premia la tua pazienza.
Ciao e buona giornata
Sergiom (45567) 2013-08-22 5:57
Ce n'est pas vraiment un bel animal mais il est photogénique dans sa laideur. J'aime beaucoup le travail technique derrière cette composition. Isoler les couleurs de l'animal sur un arrière plan en noir et blanc le fait ressortir encore plus.
Nicou (105947) 2013-08-22 6:12
Quelle forme avec son cou comme il est fier et beau tout décoré prêt à recevoir ces touristes sueprbe image et cpatage merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
annjackman (15581) 2013-08-22 7:45
I like this unusual shot of a camel and I love your WS. The race looks bizarre set against the wonderful landscape. Our local agricultural show had nothing like this and was very traditional indeed.
A super couple of images - TFS.
KInd Regards, Ann
holmertz (31380) 2013-08-22 9:45
This is one of the relatively few cases where partial desaturation really works well. I love the contrast between the colourful, exotic and proud animal and the greyness of the British environment, especially the elderly couple seen on the left side. Camels are quite beautiful animals and I really like the soft sound of their steps in city streets, like they are wearing slippers.
I suppose British labour laws don't allow the kind of jockeys that are used for camel races in the Middle East, small boys imported from India or Bangladesh, weighing very little and costing the owners next to nothing.
EstudioChispa (1694) 2013-08-22 14:07
Awesome, as always. The colorful harness and saddle are great, as is the general composition, camel's head in the FG left, shaggy mane leading in a great arc up to the red velvet -- very nice!
The desaturation looks pretty complete on my monitor. The desaturated sky does not jar me in the least, but the lower left corner feels just a bit unnatural. Can I have a little color back there? ;-)
And while the camel is "not a very English sight," the gentleman on the left could have come from Central Casting, no?
All my best,
Kugart (1776) 2013-08-22 14:11
Could have been a scene from the Far East but for the elderly lady and gent in the background . Nice idea desaturating the background to emphasise the colours on the camel.
The camel really stands out well against the grey cloudy sky.
jcpix (6640) 2013-08-23 20:49
Undoubtedly an unexpected sight...and I would guess that to be the same anywhere in England! :) I've always enjoyed the color isolation when it's done to best suit the image, which I firmly believe is the case here...this has worked to your advantage. I would think that the people seen here would otherwise be a distraction of color, taking away some from the main star of the show, Mr. Camel. This close up perspective gives us a great look at the detail and feels to bring me right into the scene. Lovely approach to this shot, the result has certainly made me take notice. Well done indeed. Enjoy the weekend.
If you haven't seen this before, take a quick look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWBhP0EQ1lAok.
Didi (51341) 2013-08-24 9:39
Funny portrait of the camel
Original composition with the B&W in background, very original picture
Cricri (92267) 2013-08-24 10:16
Excellent travail de désaturation partielle , laissant les couleurs sur le chameau, super bon cadrage et couleurs
mjw364 (6142) 2013-08-26 2:32
Now you don't get too many of these up North! There a few people who might get the hump with you but no camels! What a pretty camel it is too! Bit of a babe with all of her finery! I like the use of selective desaturation but what draws me eye here is the lower left corner where the elderly couple and the young person are framed by the camel's neck - they have great expressions. Interesting.
nikkitta (9023) 2013-09-16 14:03
I like camels ( see my profile photo) and found them quite funny racing (WS) in England, they are proud animals , notice never are with their head low, so not malevolence but proud is the way he is looking, may be proud to be in England
Funny post, congrats
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (21523)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-11
- Categories: Event
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX
- Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-21 23:58