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Challenge: Dirt (Advanced Editing V)
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Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX
Location: farm
Date: Dec 10, 2006
Aperture: 4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Humorous, Animals
Date Uploaded: Dec 10, 2006

They sure are curious. Hope mud/poo = dirt for the voters.

***** Post challenge *****

The trifecta is attained~ Thanks for all of the comments and your votes. I actually laughed out loud after I posted this last week and I think my wife thought I had gone crazy.

The posing is not hard, just have a squeaky toy and hopefully about 10 of their relatives to stand behind the camera and make wierd animal noises and hand gestures. Trip the shutter when they are all looking (hopefully at the camera). ;)

Really this was just a matter of getting on hands and knees outside their fence, thrusting the camera repeatedly through the fence and firing the shutter until satisfied. They are very curious animals and they jump back at sudden moves but then moooove right back in to take a closer look. The gal on the left was troublesome as she kept getting within about 6" of my lens. This shot was the most amusing of the bunch and the dirt was more prominent here than some of the others. The Tokina has nice DOF, but i was balanced rather precariously so sharpness suffered a little. The title was a toungue in cheek reference to Californias's "Happy Cows" commercials.

Here is the first shot i faved here at DPC. It was a shot by Arnit and it has caused me to look at cows differently ever since. I hope you will too! Arnit's
My image may have also been influenced by this fine equine portrait. Shannon's

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 144
Avg (all users): 7.1888
Avg (commenters): 8.0588
Avg (participants): 6.9041
Avg (non-participants): 7.3577
Views since voting: 20513
Views during voting: 396
Votes: 196
Comments: 79
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11/24/2009 11:37:42 AM
Hahahahaha...Oh Mark! How did I miss this one...this photo made my whole day today! Thanks for the laugh!
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05/14/2007 07:57:45 PM
Originally posted by aerogurl:

Just saw PCPhoto... WOOHOO! Way to Represent!


I finally sat down to read this PCPhoto mag and flipping through it I see this pic and think wow that looks familiar LOL.

Grats on getting the shot in PCPhoto you deserved it :)

-dave
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03/08/2007 08:22:56 PM
Just saw PCPhoto... WOOHOO! Way to Represent!
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02/23/2007 01:22:21 PM
Congrats on this great image being in PCphoto magazine. Loved this shot.
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12/22/2006 09:06:48 PM
lol
I luv cows!
I know they are all out there ploting (humor in there somewhere) against the human race :)
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12/19/2006 08:50:03 PM
LOL.. Great picture and so funny to read your details about the capture.. Congrats on your ribbon.
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12/19/2006 01:14:27 PM
Congratulations. I love this shot

A small point - but important to the cow: The guy on the left is a gal

:o)
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12/19/2006 09:25:39 AM
Very cute and humurous, congratulations on winning the red ribbon!
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12/19/2006 02:35:41 AM
Killer pic. I smile every time I see it.
I sometimes get this low angle by using a monopod and self timer or remote, and just put the camera on top of my boot or shoe, then turn the image 180 later. I have a bit of back problem when I get this low and try to see thru the viewfinder.
Congrats on the ribbon!
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12/19/2006 02:22:23 AM
wow...two in a row? nice job! nice heifers! way to go mr peters.
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12/18/2006 07:06:35 PM
Congrats, well deserved. I liked it when you first posted it too. Very fun shot.

Jack
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12/18/2006 06:12:35 PM
Too cool. Wonderful to read the background on this. I'm so glad it ribboned. Congrats on the red!! Very much deserving :)
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12/18/2006 04:35:51 PM
One of my fav's during the challenge! Congratulations on the ribbon.
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12/18/2006 02:49:45 PM
Congrats on this great shot. It's good to see a fun photo in the ribbons.
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12/18/2006 12:48:08 PM
Originally posted by Pixelstate:

Really nice... did you have a fill in flash?
Seems like some reflection in the eyes....


I popped up my onboard flash to give some extra lighting + some selective dodging to lighten the eye whites.
12/18/2006 10:14:48 AM
Awesome - congrats on the red - cool shot!!
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12/18/2006 09:56:02 AM
What a great shot. Congrats on your ribbon!
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12/18/2006 09:44:21 AM
Why. . .that's the cutest expression of dirt I've ever seen! Congratulations on winning a ribbon with one of my favorite animals! :)

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12/18/2006 09:34:14 AM
Fun stuff Mark! Congratulations on your ribbon!
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12/18/2006 09:25:51 AM
Congratulations on a splendid win with a perfectly suited image.
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12/18/2006 07:49:42 AM
You are sooo on a roll! Hilarious shot Mark. :) Congratulations on another ribbon!
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12/18/2006 06:21:35 AM
congrats on your red ribbon...you have a set now Mark! well done
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12/18/2006 05:53:38 AM
Yeah, Arnit's pic is great, but yours is great for a totally different challenge and for a totally different reason...a completely different challenge...yours made me laugh at first, now I can't quit smiling. well, laughing really.

Message edited by author 2006-12-18 05:54:21.
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12/18/2006 05:30:47 AM
Really nice... did you have a fill in flash?
Seems like some reflection in the eyes....
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12/18/2006 03:07:50 AM
this is just the best shot ... and reading your notes after the challenge, i realise just how difficult it was to get!!! .. congrats on your red ribbon ... it is totally well deserved ... those cattle are something else!!
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12/18/2006 02:53:26 AM
Congrats on the red, this is really funny!
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12/18/2006 02:49:30 AM
Congrats dude, especially on making "the full house" here on DPC :)
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12/18/2006 02:05:03 AM
cool shot..and dirty meat too, stick to fish. lol, congrats
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12/18/2006 01:53:59 AM
I think you've pulled off a wonderfully comical pose of these curious bovines, so perfectly composed! Congrats on a well deserved ribbon.
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12/18/2006 01:45:48 AM
This was one of my challenge favourites. Nice position!
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12/18/2006 01:36:20 AM
Cowabunga dude. Great shot.
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12/18/2006 01:12:53 AM
Great shot, Mark. Congrats on the Red.

Message edited by author 2006-12-18 01:13:22.
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12/18/2006 12:59:37 AM
great shot, mark! congrats on the ribbon! :)
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12/18/2006 12:28:45 AM
nice job. very cute shot. congrats
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12/18/2006 12:28:43 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon, and on completing the set!
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12/18/2006 12:20:41 AM
A big mooooooooooooooo from Texas!! Congrats.
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12/18/2006 12:20:03 AM
One of my favorites and glad to see it get its due credit. Congratulations on your Red.
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12/18/2006 12:15:50 AM
Congrats. I bet you were making faces at them. :P
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12/18/2006 12:12:57 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, Mark. Moooo to youuuuuuuuuuuu!
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12/18/2006 12:12:44 AM
Mooooooo!!! I need to find me some cows. Excellent work and congrats!
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12/18/2006 12:11:07 AM
Fantastic! Big Congrats, Mark!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/17/2006 06:51:33 PM
fantastic shot ......... excellent ...
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12/17/2006 05:52:21 PM
Back to comment. What a hilarious shot. I recently had a similar experience with a bunch of gangster cows! I never knew cows were so bad-a$$. Cool perspective - were you rolling in the mud? : ) Nicely done.
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12/17/2006 04:01:02 PM
Love the expressions! Wonderful interpretation for the challenge, and a great shot.
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12/17/2006 11:58:57 AM
Not bad! You cropped the picture to a weird aspect ratio, though. 8
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12/17/2006 11:19:44 AM
Ha! What did you have to get their attention like that? Something yummy? Good lighting, DOF. Made me laugh - love it.
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12/15/2006 01:03:44 PM
This is hilarious!
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12/14/2006 09:04:48 PM
the cow second on the right is a scene stealer...I love it 7

I knew this one was great......congrats!!!

Message edited by author 2006-12-18 00:14:47.
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12/14/2006 07:06:11 PM
love the POV. great capture.
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12/13/2006 11:58:17 PM
great cows, more focus, and more dirt.
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12/13/2006 06:48:31 PM
excellent angle
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12/13/2006 10:52:47 AM
I gotta know how you got this shot!
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12/13/2006 12:35:50 AM
Wow, these cows look like they're going to beat me up!
Excellent photo!!
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12/12/2006 10:20:46 PM
Holy cow!! What's going on here? Fantastic image and point of view! Want to know more. Should be a print for sure!
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12/12/2006 08:36:46 PM
Excellent shot. 8
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12/12/2006 06:06:53 PM
LOL
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12/12/2006 05:46:16 PM
I'm not sure I like the look in the eye of that cow on the left =:-O Cool picture.
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12/12/2006 02:05:51 PM
Sorta bizarre. But I like it for that. 6
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12/12/2006 03:44:46 AM
I hope you ribbon!
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12/11/2006 11:06:03 PM
How can you not grin at this. Low and very wide angle and curious cows is a good combo. Sort of reminds me of my bar-room band days long ago. Esp the drunk looking one on the left making the song request. "Hey, can you play Wipeout?"
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12/11/2006 10:15:43 PM
The cow on the left looks quite angry. Glad you made it out!
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12/11/2006 08:50:11 PM
Excellent angle.....
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12/11/2006 08:30:40 PM
This reminds me of Judy's pictures, beautiful cows, great angle. Is this Judy? Good entry for dirt, good title. The cows have a sort of halo around them (angelic cows?) :) ~7
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12/11/2006 08:30:35 PM
Funny. I like cows. I can picture you sitting in the middle of a paddock and all the cows coming over to see what you are up to!
10
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12/11/2006 08:09:46 PM
Good laugh. They are so curious and confused by you and your camera. There are a lot of dirty knees in this shot. I like the tight crop.
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12/11/2006 07:40:24 PM
Already voted and came back to comment. This is the most delightful image of cows I've ever seen. How on earth did you manage to get them to pose for you? And did you get out of the trench in time?? :D Great capture. Unforgettable. Would be overjoyed to see this get the blue ribbon...
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12/11/2006 06:33:52 PM
Love the attention of all of em. This is a great shot. Really rootin for you on the blue on this one. Thinkin you placed like a platter of hamburgers in front of them and they are getting ready to throw down. Love it!! Well done. 10!!!
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12/11/2006 04:23:05 PM
I like this. The cows could be a tad sharper, but otherwise nice work. hope it scores well
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12/11/2006 04:20:00 PM
They are sooooo cute! I just love cows. Great expressions on their faces. I wonder what you did to make them all look right at you?? :) Excellent crop. 10 from me.
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12/11/2006 12:51:12 PM
Love this picture!!! We have cows in the field beside our house. We also have a couple of dogs.... One loves to tease the cows. We have seen him in this very position lots of times. Now we know what he sees! Great perspective and capture.
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12/11/2006 10:57:32 AM
wow, they liked you! did you put grass on your lens?
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12/11/2006 10:37:37 AM
Great perspective.
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12/11/2006 08:41:56 AM
Love the perspective here
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12/11/2006 05:02:45 AM
Funny. Makes you wonder what they're thinking.
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12/11/2006 01:38:52 AM
I love this cow circle! they do look a little psycho in the eye whites!
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12/11/2006 12:53:59 AM
How???? LOL Very funny....a 10 for the unusual.
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12/11/2006 12:33:11 AM
Geeeez. this is terrific. They are either really pissed off or VERY curious. LOL Love the wide angle. 8
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12/11/2006 12:27:39 AM
really fun and quirky
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12/11/2006 12:23:12 AM
This has to be in the top three, if not the winner. You did a great job of putting this together. Rich, full and sharp. Great photo!
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