Dairy Goats


This photograph was taken on the same farm as the previous shot of the chickens.

Although I've done some research, I'm still not 100% certain of the breed here; it's definitely a dairy goat and seems to be a mix of the Oberhasli and Alpine breeds. Feel free to chime in with better information. :)

I do know with 100% certainty that these goats were gentle, sweet and very charming!

Post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens at 24mm, ISO 200, shutter speed 1/250s and aperture f/2.8. Curves adjustments for contrast and saturation; color balancing for tone.

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Love this. The one on the left creates some awesome tension.

Posted by mjulius on December 16, 2006 8:10 AM

Excellent, as usual...

It seems that you don't qui your 24-70 ;-)


Posted by chris on December 16, 2006 8:19 AM

I think your POV was perfect for catching their somewhat odd, shifty eyed bemused expression.

Posted by Robert on December 16, 2006 9:02 AM

This is a beautiful shot. I love the way they are all giving you their profiles. I think it lends some whimsy to the shot.

There is something very sweet about goats. They are awfully cute!

Posted by Laurie on December 16, 2006 9:04 AM

You've had so many stunning shots lately, but for some reason, this one just jumped out -- the beautiful soft light, the perfect framing, the colors.

Posted by joe on December 16, 2006 9:13 AM

Excellent image, Kathleen.

Posted by Alec Long on December 16, 2006 9:22 AM

Lovely shot. Happy Xmas :)

Posted by Peter Carr on December 16, 2006 9:55 AM

brilliant! I love the depth of field, the colors and vignette. It has loads of charm. The two goat's heads connecting on the right make a weird effect.

Posted by Adrien on December 16, 2006 1:53 PM

Tell me these are not stuffed goats. It's like a diorama in a taxidermist's window. Can a goat strike a pose or what? Can a goat be a ham? (could not stop myself)

Whoever buys the collars should measure first. AND, were those graphical black leg markings added later, (curves maybe?)

Wonderfully unreal. Seriously.

Thank you, goats. Thank you Kathleen.

Posted by David Tinnon on December 16, 2006 9:02 PM

No, I said look to the left....My left.

Posted by Angry Buddha on December 16, 2006 9:37 PM

I love the sleepy look of their eyes, and their bony knees with no fur. The ears are great, too, and the shape of their heads. Fantastic looking animals. By the way, why do all goats wear bells around their necks? :)

Posted by Judith Polakoff on December 16, 2006 11:52 PM

They almost look coreographed! It's like they're about to launch into some rehearsed dance rountine! Brilliant. Love the shot, the lighting is gorgeous. Nicely done.

Posted by LwS on December 17, 2006 5:15 AM

This really jumps out at you. Almost 3D. Think one or two are smiling, know I am :)

Posted by Noreen on December 17, 2006 9:20 AM

the quality of light here, is just amazing. if only we could be so lucky.

Posted by Arif on December 17, 2006 4:43 PM

ooowwh.. this is soooo good!! The dof is processing right? Anyway, this is one of the best shots i've seen in a while...

Posted by Kris [PiXistenZ] on December 18, 2006 2:20 AM

very beautiful image.

Posted by pinto on December 18, 2006 3:10 AM

So funny! Spectators at a tennis match!

Posted by Ovidiu on December 18, 2006 6:20 AM


david Tinnon: They're definitely not stuffed nor in a taxidermist's window! Hahahaha... Leg markings are the work of Mother Nature. You're always making me laugh out loud.

Angry Buddha: Hahahahahhahahahahahhaha!

Judith Polakoff: I think the goats wear bells because they're apt to wander, and the sound of the bell helps the "shepherd" find the animals if they get lost.

Kris: The beautiful DoF is because the aperture was set at 2.8. This lens does an extraordinary job when it's fully opened.

Posted by Kathleen on December 18, 2006 9:21 AM

This is my all time favorite but, where is Heidi?

Posted by on December 18, 2006 9:38 AM

Stunning DOF and detail, excellent work Kathleen

Posted by Craig Wilson on December 18, 2006 12:25 PM

What a great composition! Someone whistle? ;-) They all look the same direction. Well done.

Posted by riesenriel on December 19, 2006 7:09 AM

Ha, ha! What are they looking at? Great shot, beautiful colors.

Posted by javga on December 22, 2006 5:36 AM
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