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Wk1: Highland Cattle
Wk1: Highland Cattle

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Collection: Photo A Week
Camera: Nikon D3100
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VR
Location: Perthshire
Date: Jan 3, 2015
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125
Date Uploaded: Jan 4, 2015

Viewed: 117
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

Taken in Perthshire in attempt to improve wildlife photography. Not the most difficult subject but I have to start somewhere!

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01/11/2015 09:47:30 PM
The attitude! Love it!
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01/08/2015 12:50:53 PM
Nice the way the DOF and tone range work to separate the beast from the trees -- adds some "moodiness" to the scene.
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01/06/2015 12:42:35 AM
Now that is a shaggy beast! Cool animal to start the year off with!
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01/05/2015 10:44:08 PM
What a beautiful creature! I think it will be fun for you to shoot these guys in different light settings and different angles. It will be fun to see a variety of viewpoints.
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01/05/2015 09:45:21 AM
I like the lighting, but maybe decrease highlights to avoid the areas that are blown out. Also would help to darken the grass. I would try to take some of the yellow out of the grass, but that may not be possible. Nice detail in the fur.
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01/05/2015 09:37:42 AM
So shaggy :)
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01/05/2015 03:31:10 AM
Damn I wish we had animals like that here. They're very photogenic
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01/04/2015 11:40:15 PM
I love that breed! This is nicely lit and processed in general, but I'd like to see the whole image half a stop darker or even a full stop, with some vignetting to darken the edges and make the beast pop out a bit more.
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01/04/2015 10:31:58 PM
That one is giving you the Eye!

Wildlife photography, as far as I know, is its own peculiar obsession leading to all sorts of fancy gear & truly admirable patience. Also, a tolerance for getting eaten alive by mosquitoes & other bugs. I read comments by one bird photog who spoke of wading out into the lake with a large bird decoy on his head for a blind & standing motionless for hours. He got truly spectacular shots, too.

Anyway, this shot of yours has some really nice northern light that I think you could figure out how to make the most of. For a while, it might be useful to bracket your shots. My main suggestion for this one would be to experiment in PP to improve the contrast, on my monitor at least the highlights look a little hot, the shadows a little pale. I look forward to the next 51 shots!
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01/04/2015 07:06:11 PM
It's a good environmental portrait of a cow. Or steer. How do you tell?
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01/04/2015 01:33:39 PM
I love the light and the wind blown hair/fur.
I often too comes across something while out and about and either don't have my camera (just phone camera) or the right lens. I have been trying to work on making sure I fill the frame with whatever lens I have, composing it to where I would need minimal cropping.
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01/04/2015 10:08:06 AM
I like the light and the subject, a beautiful creature.
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01/04/2015 09:47:19 AM
I love those cows. Not sure what to improve here.

A few ideas:
- More cropping so there will be mostly trees as background and not so much grass.
- Grass in the foreground is very bright, perhaps you can make it somewhat darker.
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