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Both Lovely III

Both Lovely III
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 25053 W: 520 N: 42301] (181212)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-05-21
Categories: Decisive Moment
Camera: Canon EOS 5 D Mark II, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 LII USM, Sandisk EXT.III4GB, B+W 82mm 010 UV-Haze
Exposure: f/1.6, 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-05-21 9:45
Viewed: 632
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
2018 - All rights reserved. The photos taken by photographer John Maenhout are registered and copyrighted. Use in any form (web, paper publication, public exposure, etc.) is strictly forbidden without the written permission of the photographer. To contact with photographer please use TE Contact Me

JHM New site Aug 2017 – 2018

Drongengoed nature area.

2015 During my bike trip saw I this woman in one of the most beautiful forest in my area

Shepherd Leen Ricour was willing to take a picture with one of her sheep, she is friendly to everyone and also a well-liked shepherd for children.
She has 3 dogs and 2 horses with which she daily leads herds to sometimes 250 sheep through fields and forests. For her this is not just a job but a true lifestyle. Leen is someone who has accumulated a lot of knowledge over the years about the care and training of her animals, but also about the nature she is in daily.
Unfortunately, her employer decided (at the end of 2014) to stop the sheep project, to sell the sheep and to dismiss the shepherds, as a result of which Leen is no longer able to perform this job.
But fortunately, this tough shepherd does not just turn away from her passion and she decided to start her own shepherd project! She saved 30 sheep and is now working hard to expand her own flock of sheep to the future!
Of course, there is a lot involved here and I would like to support her with the purchase of her sheep by organizing a shepherd walk together with you. I can assure you that a walk with Leen and her animals is a real enrichment. Those of you who know Leen can also confirm me in this.
So, do you feel like a sponsor walk for your own benefit (unwind in nature with dog / horse and sheep) and for the benefit of a passionate shepherdess and her flock?

I hope that you enjoy it

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EOS 5D Mark II
Shooting Date/Time
21/05/2015 15:17:11
Shooting Mode
Manual Exposure
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EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
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pajaran, ikeharel, pierrefonds, Fis2, COSTANTINO, PiotrF, mcmtanyel, ChrisJ, snunney, danos, clic, papagolf21, PaulVDV, Cricri has marked this note useful
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Dobro vece, gospodine.
Lep pogled i trenutak, interesantan i dobar tekst.
Lepo pokazano, dobar kontarst, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Lepa mala ovca, jagnje.
Dobar tekst o koriscenoj tehnici i lemementima snimka, poucno.
Zelim vam lepu i mirnu noc, sve njabolje u novoj nedrelji koja je pocela, srecno.

Hi John,

You have captured well the smiliong expression of the young woman. The point of view is showing the details of the sheep. The light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10331 W: 161 N: 17195] (130841)
  • [2018-05-21 12:39]

Witaj John!
A very nice scene.
Excellent POV and composition.
Good colors and light.
Well done.
Good evening.

Hello dear John and have a nice time
and a happy new day
the title deescribes everything
both lovely
you captured the moment perfectly
both seem alive

Olá John,
bonito registro do filhote de cabra aqui, já do cabelo da senhora não posso dizer o mesmo... Boas cores e qualidade, amigo.
Parabéns e Abraço,

Ciao John
un doppio ritratto ben riuscito.
Gli sguardi sono molto diversi, ma sembrano comunque molto affiatati.

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4272 W: 2 N: 7350] (35812)
  • [2018-05-21 16:09]

Hello John,
Interesting capture of this woman, very nice scene.
Perfect captured,excellent clarity and good quality.
Thank you for informative notes.
Fine presentation.

Hello John,
This is a very fine portrait of the shepherdess with her sheep. Did you post another photo of this shepherdess before? Her face looks familiar.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14860 W: 1055 N: 30543] (142985)
  • [2018-05-21 21:48]

Hi John,

A charming shot of the long blonde haired shepherdess and the sheep. Good sharpness and well framed and composed. The flock of grey and white sheep contrast well with the brown one she's holding. Tfs!

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10743 W: 146 N: 27061] (129607)
  • [2018-05-22 0:10]

Hello, John, I remember this nice shepherd and her cute sheep. Charming portrait. Delightful composition.

Have a nice day


Hello John
A charming capture of the shepherdess with her flock. She obviously has an affinity with them. I appreciate the warm lights and natural colours and the excellent sharpness.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14489 W: 0 N: 16395] (176049)
  • [2018-05-22 2:29]


la bergère quei tient dans le main ce charmant petite quelle compo sueprbe comme il est chou ce petit avec la belle blonde aux longs cheveux quelle vue sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-05-22 3:16]

Hello John,
lovely shot with the young shepherd and her sheep to a very cute snapshot taken in the area of the forest.I like the beautiful presentation with the excellent light and colour management to enhance even more the details of the image.Well done.


Hi John
A lovely candid and the expressions of both, this picture says it all. This is a first class image and a nicely toned. Excellent shot, Congrats
Best regards

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2665 W: 0 N: 3150] (21160)
  • [2018-05-22 5:47]

Dag John Given the shepherdness' sympathetic behaviour and posture for the portrait, I consider you captured a genial piece of common empathy uniting the young sheep and the lady in a common aura. Met vrindelijke groeten.

Bonjour, cher ami John,
Cette bergère est bien jolie avec ce petit mouton dans les bras.
Voilà une composition originale et bien mise en vedette.
Belle réussite.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9725 W: 57 N: 16632] (61522)
  • [2018-05-22 8:12]

Hallo John,
Een mooi dubbelportret van deze jonge herder en haar schaap, ze kijkt er met gepaste trots bij. Het is ook een mooi beestje en zijn kop zat hier net mooi in de zon. De kudde op de achtergrond vormt ook een goed detail.

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10475 W: 174 N: 18773] (83461)
  • [2018-05-22 13:16]


I remember this shepherd from a previous photo from your gallery. lovely the tenderness of her with the baby in her arms. very beautiful portrait with an intense sense of life and beauty.

take care


Hallo John,
Dit herderinnetje heeft je duidelijk kunnen overtuigen. Ik heb ze al eens op één van je foto's gezien.
Is het niet ongewoon om schapen te ontmoeten in een bos? Ik zou ze eerder ergens op een grote grasvlakte verwachten.
Deze dame koos voor een aparte levenswijze, niet iets dat velen zullen doen.
Zowel de delen in het zonlicht als die in de schaduw worden prachtig helder getoond.
Vele groeten, Paul

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12293 W: 126 N: 22185] (113009)
  • [2018-05-23 3:17]

Salut John,vraiment magnifique ce portrait avec cette jeune femme qui fait ce travail,pas facile d'en trouver encore parmi les jeunes. Capture de haut niveau comme d'habitude,le look est parfait! Belle journee' et merci,Luciano

Ciao john, great portrait of lovely girl with cute sheep, splendid light, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3659 W: 0 N: 8592] (60259)
  • [2018-05-23 8:41]

This here is a double portrait :), both look very nice, excellent scene, a very good photo
regards Ryszard

Hi John,
it is indeed a very lovely portrait. The lady has quite unique face features which makes her very photogenic, and the little sheep adds so much cuteness to the scene.
Beautiful final effect, great idea, well done!!!

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16186 W: 159 N: 28223] (148454)
  • [2018-05-25 2:35]

Bonjour John
Charmant portrait de la jeune fille aux cheveux long, tenant le petit mouton dans ces bras, vraiment une image pleine d'amour et de tendresse, j'aime
Belle journée

Très belle journée 23° ( 11h30)

Young shepherd lady holding beautifully the sheep, and reading the note - she must love her animals, John.
A beautiful face expression she had given for the portrait photo.
Cheers and good evening.

leuke foto Van de Herderin,
goed portret werk John,
gr. jaap

Hi John,
As usual, I turn to one of your lovely portraits.
She is a beautiful girl indeed, and it's obvious that she loves the animals she looks after.
I hope she finds the funds to buy her flock.
It's a little difficult for people from arouind the world to join in a supportive walk :-( Is there any other way we can help her ?
TFS and have a great weekend.

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