That is amazing!
Thanks for the input; and apologies for not getting the date and the German idiom correct - no disrespect was intended. I knew about the little line through the numeral 1; but didn't have a clue as to the rest. Frankly, I was just playing around and never expected this photo to get in the top half, let alone win, so I spent very little time on it. Had I even suspected that the photo would be well received, I would have spent more time trying to get the German idiom correct - probably still would have gotten it wrong :(
Anyway, thanks again!
Birddogman: Thanks again.
The color version looks like this (not sure how to post pics in a reply, so this is a link):
I'm not a B&W worshipper, but for this image, I much prefer the B&W version.
The sky just is what it is - here are a few other pics shot that same day afield thaat might give a feel fro what the sky looked like:
Greg, Chase and Joy
Oh. Sorry. I thought you meant the sky generally like it was an imported sky (something that I do often enough if the sky is dull in an image). You are right about the wires. Good eye!! In the OOC version, there was an high tension tower to the far left (which was cropped out of the pic) and wires that went across the sky (which were cloned out). Other than that, the sky is WISIWYG - there was just a lot of texture in the clouds that day.
I didn't want to answer any of the comments before the judging was done, because I didn't want to break any rules, but now I can. I just want to say thank you all very much! No one sees my photos except for here and an upland BB where I participate (some superb photography there, BTW), so getting feedback like this really invigorates my efforts. The fact that Joy is such a pretty pup didn't hurt either. Thanks again!
Like everyone here, I've seen a bazillon pics of that scene, but this is by far the best one I've ever seen. Simply superb work - the photo, the processing - the whole thing. Thanks for sharing that image.
The gun is a gas auto.
Thank you for your kind thoughts.
I learned photography in the Army – one of the few good things about that horrible experience. They provided a free photolab complete with instructor (Rudi – who had been a combat photographer in the German Army in WWII – interesting guy) to try to keep the young riflemen out of the bars and whorehouses when we were temporarily in from humping the bush. Since I was already married, I had no interest in that stuff anyway and took them up on their offer.
I sent all my Army photos, medals, etc, to Tricky Dick as a one-man protest against the war, so I don’t have any of that stuff and don’t miss it. The pic posted above was one of my very first “civilian” photos.
The beautiful young woman you see there is now a totally helpless, brain damaged old lady – stroke victim – to whom I still devote my life. The “person” I married is no longer there, but I am a very lucky man to have been able to share my life with her for over 40 years.
I guess you are not a farmer. That's not corn.
Nice photo! Where is this and what are those buildings?