I'm now wishing that I had bought the used 1DS Mark III when I had the chance. Someone else bought the copy I wanted, and then my choices were taken away from me.
Oh well, I'll just probably go for the 5D III afterall and hope it's somehow going to be worth $5135. The used 1DS for $4000 sounded so much better. So does the new D800 at $4500. But my wife has forbidden me from even thinking about switching to the Nikon ha ha. Not because she knows anything about camera systems, but because she knows how much it costs to replace lenses.
Brian, could you tell us the story of your photo? On its own it looks a bit odd, but I'm sure with some context it would make more sense!
I am a volunteer at our local goat sanctuary - and also the resident photographer
The sanctury relies on donations to keep functioning so we provide constant streams of pictures to keep public awareness high.
Every month we have an open day where we get up to 1000 people. Now as much as goats are nice we also make up themed displays - for example showing newcomers since the last open day, spotlights on individual and interesting goats, etc etc.
Our next open day is at the beginning of May so we are focussing on the youngsters, either from this year or last - about 10 kids. The message that we always push forward is a positive one - that the sanctuary takes in abused, neglected or abandoned goats and gives them the best treatment and care. We DONT show cases where they in bad shape when they arrive - we show them in better shape, with just a few words describing their background - telling the people how their money has turned around the lives of the goats.
At the open day the visitors and goats mingle freely in the fields - we have about 150 goats of all shapes and sizes at the moment. The visual images of the names goats on our displays gives people a way of connecting with and identifying the goats.
The picture is one of a series that I took showing how we care for the goats - in this case the interraction between goats and keepers. I always take pictures that the visitors can relate to when walking round - in this case a stable. The kid is now about 1 year old and arrived with us when a few weeks old when it was dumped at our gate overnight. This is the keeper that had to bottle feed it - it was painfully thin.
I have a goat that follows me round the field that I use as a rest for the camera when taking pictures. As I avoid getting close to a lot of newcomers (they are usually jumpy on arrival) I kneel down behind my goat and rest the 400 f/2.8 across her back - gets me to the right height as well
My goat gets well fed by me:)
Goats are great subject to take pictures of - technically difficult due to the high contrast coats, long faces that need a deep DOF, eyes that reflect flash from most angles and they are constantly on the move.
Here is another of this series - and one from two years ago