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Goodbye by Moonbeam13 Goodbye by Moonbeam13
I know.. why cows you ask....

I went to a secondhand store to find props for my superstition series. They have 'grab bags' of stuff for $2.00 and I was challenged to get one of these bags and shoot whatever was in it but it has to be postable on dA. The challenge was on and I ended up with two salt and pepper shakers in the shape of cows ;)

Aside from that I did have intention and something to say (as always I know.. chatterbox that I am) and whether or not I did that for you all, I don't know, but the exercise was therapeutic on many levels.



P.S Goodbye my friend, I love you.
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As someone who really enjoys whimsy, I have to say this really tickled my fancy. I love the way that the other cow is reflected in the face of the other as well as how you captured the smoothness of their surfaces with the way the lighting plays off of their faces. Great job making the entire background black as that makes our two adorable subjects stand out beautifully.
Their snouts are touching is a really cute idea ! Perhaps bluring the body of the cow on the right a little would draw even more attention to their faces, as that's the most prominant focal point of the picture.
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GD4hire Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
i do apologize the individual tagged you in the post and all i seen was your name and the comment was deleted so it took me a while to figure out that there was an original commenter and your name was all i could see.I just don't appreciate someone telling me im ignorant and that i need to go to art school when there own submission looks like rainbow bright threw up on it not to mention there portfolio is made from a wix site. I dont know what that was all about. But my original post was not attacking anyone personally or fighting i merely stated facts that neither entries that won the contest had anything to do with witches of east end and did not follow the guidelines at all.
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Fair enough that you made a mistake but similarly, someone coming to my page and telling me how much I suck and how terrible my submissions are, does nothing to make my day.

I have to be honest, you set my day off terribly.
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MattSpire Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
whimsical yet unsettling.. even those cartoony eyes look sullen.
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PhoenixStarLight Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
This is a beautiful piece. The shadowing could not be more perfect. I fell in love with this instantly. Great job!
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dasoku Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist
It looks like the cows are crying to me. D;
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Vamp-ana Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
awwww sweet
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trafimoff Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
:)
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kcdude Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like how this photograph flourishes with creativity and emotion. It is astounding how many different forms of art there are, and this little masterpiece, though simple...is one of the best I've seen in a while. Great work! :thumbsup: :+fav:
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
who knew you could see so much with cows :) Thank you!
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dria Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007   Traditional Artist
You know, I was just kind of looking through my favorites for no particular reason and I saw this again. I still love it, maybe even more than I did before. Just wanted to say again it's so shocking how moving two little ceramic cows can be. Someday I'll order a print of this one, as soon as I can find some wall space!

I hope things are going well for you lately, I miss ya chickie! :)
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virgules Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2007
at first i didn't realize it was cows.A beautiful,maybe abscract picture;cute a cool. :)
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diabolikgirl Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2006
Your'e pictures are so beautiful !!!!! Sorry but I do not speak English then saddened if what I say is not understandable...
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karolla77 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2006
have you got a red/orange hair?
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I do my pick is in my scraps
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karolla77 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2006
cows-not pigs?
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
cows :)
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Drumbeats Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2005   Interface Designer
I LOVE COWS. :+fav:
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gwydionn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005   Photographer
love this shot.. its almost haunting..the way the shadows play over the cows and how they fade out towards the corners of the composition... love your other b& w shots too!!

just watched 'say anything' the other day
'to know lloyd dobler is to love lloyd dobler'
john cusack is my hero
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gwydionn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005   Photographer
love this shot.. its almost haunting..the way the shadows play over the cows and how they fade out towards the corners of the composition... love your other b& w shots too!!

just watched 'say anything' the other day
'to know lloyd dobler is to love lloyd dobler'
john cusack is my hero
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Hettar7 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2005
the lighting, yet again, is really good here. i like all the little points of light on the cows. they really seem more "important" becaue the shot is so close up. if that makes any sense. they really come to life. there is just such a tenderness mixed with sadness here. which is amazing because you were using props you didn't even choose. thank you so much for the informative description. without it the image wouldn't have been as moving i think. whatever happened to these two shakers?
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dottiemaggie Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005
they're so cute in their rollypolliness..but otherwise it's just so sad :( i can almost see tears in their eyes...and it has such old b&w drama movie lighting thing going on... big goodbye scene....heartbreaking :sniff:

.maggie
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
It was interesting taking something so innocent and trying to depict something so painful for me.. the irony (that I never shared with anyone) is that the cow lying down is actually broken. The head was broken from the body when I bought it and I didn't glue it back together I just placed them in such a way that the support from the other was holding the broken one together..

anyhow just a little insight for you because you tend to look at things with similar outlooks to my own :)
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dottiemaggie Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005
....wow...:sniff: i felt like the lying down cow was maybe alseep or dieing or something..and to know that he really was broken :sniff:

thank you for sharing :hug:
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trevor-brown Featured By Owner May 5, 2005  Student
:heart:
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hiperb0le Featured By Owner May 1, 2005  Student
so cool! :clap:
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner May 1, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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ejayne Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nicely done. I don't know why, but it just sits right, you know?
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
I do know :)
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popjunky Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2005   Writer
I didn't like it at first, but every time I look at this image, it grows on me.

The funny thing is, from one second to the next, I can't predict if it means everything or nothing.

Like there's so much pent-up feeling there. But they're just porcelain. But they're speaking. I dunno. All in all, I think it's a good shot.
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
I guess that's the result of using such silly items to convey such a message. Thank you for the wonderful comment.
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popjunky Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2005   Writer
No problem.
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MissAchfoo Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2005   Photographer
Ya know, only you can take a picture of two cow salt and pepper shakers, show it to me, and instead of laughing as a response, make me feel kind of sad. :heart: I'm impressed, and I'd say you did a darn good job with the challenge. ;p
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you that means a lot to me :hug:
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Dreimond Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2005
Great work! The way the light and shadows glide over the objects is beautiful.
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bmshaffer Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2005   Photographer
Eat more chiken
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cweeks Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2005
who knew? who knew one could make a photo of a the contents of a "surprise bag" so well.
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you that's a great compliment :)
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cweeks Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2005
don't tell anyone ... don't want anyone to think i'm going soft!

;)
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
your secret is safe with me :)
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sean723 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2005
wow, beautiful shot & lighting. suprising amount of emotion conveyed here, seeing as they are inanimate objects :D
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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GnRbasketCaSe Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
I like this...I know how that feels, I recently had to say goodbye to many good friends, one in particular affected me the most....I liked moving but I wish I didn't have to change schools right away...anyway..great pic, B+W sets the mood...I wish I knew people in real life that were on DA....
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GnRbasketCaSe Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yeh... I know that...I've met plenty of friends on DA, but it would be cool to actually know some people in person...I tell my friends about this stuff and some of them are like WTF is daventry or something like that....
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, there are great people here to talk to, take advantage of that. It's not the same as real life but it can be just as important :hug:
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fakexfrowns Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
hehe sooo cute :D
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salumba Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2005   Writer
How you managed to evoke emotion from cow salt and pepper shakers is beyond me. You win the "Made me melancholy with most unlikely prop" award.
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
That's a fabulous compliment thank you :)
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