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Funny Cow!
1st PlaceFunny Cow!
grbrya


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2007-08 (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Zireiner See, Austria
Date: Aug 13, 2007
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Animals, Rural
Date Uploaded: Aug 30, 2007

WOW!!! I can't thank everyone enough. I'm glad that everyone appreciated the humor in the shot. I know I cropped the photo too much, but my friends fingers were in the shot, hence the tongue reaching for a salty treat. Looking back I should have just cloned the fingers out.

Processing (what I remember):
crop and rotate
cloned flies on face, ear tag, and a cow that was in the background.
Levels
Selective color for sky, grass, and brown on cow.
Dodge & Burn some areas (under chin and bright spots on face)
Neat Image
Resize
Sharpen USM(selective)
Used lots of layer masks to control

Thanks to my friend Ellie for working up a good salty sweat on our hike. The cow really liked her!!!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 503
Avg (all users): 7.4194
Avg (commenters): 8.3548
Avg (participants): 7.4018
Avg (non-participants): 7.4651
Views since voting: 57367
Views during voting: 343
Votes: 155
Comments: 80
Favorites: 66 (view)


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07/09/2008 12:01:14 PM
CUTE!!! =D
09/13/2007 08:32:11 AM
Waaay Cool! Congratulations on the Blue and an awesome shot!
09/12/2007 06:46:26 PM
Truely an amazing image. I am certain it will inspire every eye. Keep it up!
09/12/2007 06:22:06 AM
Gorgeous photo, beautiful colours!
09/11/2007 09:17:31 PM
Congratulations on the blue ribbon! Excellent shot!!
09/11/2007 03:43:27 AM
great. i'm really happy to see this kind of photo as a winner
keep up and congratulations !!!
09/10/2007 05:39:46 PM
THIS is AWESOME!!!!!!! Mega congratulations on this amazing win. It truly stands heads and shoulders above all the rest!!

09/10/2007 01:34:58 PM
Great image, funny and cool.
09/10/2007 08:50:00 AM
Wonderful image, congrats on your ribbon!
09/10/2007 08:44:43 AM
Great perspective and very funny photo...congratulations on winning the blue ribbon!
09/10/2007 12:07:30 AM
Wondering if you might be able to message me and tell me how you achieve the softish surreal look? I have seen it on a lot of photos and I'm not sure how to acheive it! Thought I might ask you because you've done an excellent job!
09/09/2007 10:37:59 AM
what a great shot!
09/09/2007 09:42:48 AM
fantastic shot
09/09/2007 07:37:51 AM
You seriously might consider selling this to a milk company (perhaps in the U.S.). Seeing a cow with a bell in such a clean image really isn't something people expect I think - at least where I'm from.
09/09/2007 05:57:18 AM
Great capture and very funny. Congrats on your blue ribbon!
09/09/2007 03:14:55 AM
I love cows, and I love cows making silly faces.
:)
I love this shot, very well done.
09/08/2007 11:21:11 PM
Congratulations on the ribbon! Very striking shot.
09/08/2007 10:53:54 PM
This looks like an ad! So cool! Congrats!
09/08/2007 07:55:49 PM
great shot well done/congrats
09/08/2007 07:11:45 PM
I'm so pleased to see this win - in my opinion the most deserved ribbon we've seen in a long, long time here. Congratulations on a wonderful shot.
09/08/2007 02:38:12 PM
Fantastic shot!! Congrats on your well deserved blue!
09/08/2007 01:10:34 PM
I knew this would place highly but there were so many other beautiful images that I couldn't predict a winner. I'm glad to see an image with a sense of humor winning the blue, congrats on your ribbon =]
09/08/2007 11:08:15 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, this is great, very funny indeed!
09/08/2007 10:25:48 AM
Best cow picture ever!!! Congrats on the blue :)
09/08/2007 10:25:12 AM
This is SUCH a fun photograph! Congrats on your blue ribbon!
09/08/2007 10:07:14 AM
I had a feeling this would win the blue :)
09/08/2007 08:36:44 AM
WOW! What an brilliant image. Congrats on winning.
09/08/2007 08:16:46 AM
got cow tongue? LOL!!
congrats on the Blue!!
09/08/2007 06:04:36 AM
Well done Garry...this is brilliant...to beat 500 others is also HUGE
09/08/2007 05:53:53 AM
Brilliant image, team mate :) well seen, well captured, and perfectly presented! Congrats and keep it up for the next DPL season ;)
09/08/2007 04:53:32 AM
brilliant work and well deserved ribbon.
09/08/2007 03:10:46 AM
This is fantastic!!!! I LOVE it!!!! I missed this one in voting, but you definitely would have gotten a 10 from me. Congrats on your blue.
09/08/2007 02:24:00 AM
Oh, how NICE that this wholly atypical (for DPC), hilariously whimsical image took the blue! It's a wonderful shot, startling sense of almost tactile surfaces, beautifully rendered. Congrats!
09/08/2007 02:00:35 AM
I knew as soon as I saw the thumbnailthis was the winner.. fantastic shot and well deserved blue!
09/08/2007 01:56:54 AM
Congratulations Garry!! I'm really proud of you as I expect the rest of your team mates will be when they wake up ;)
09/08/2007 01:34:50 AM
you must be thrilled, wow, congratulations
09/08/2007 01:30:26 AM
wow - you almost got eaten ;)
nice cow
09/08/2007 01:23:25 AM
LOL! Dude! With a tongue like THAT,...this bovine plays first-chair trumpet for which symphony? :}

O, Well! You know the old saying, "To Chair is human! To trill...Bovine!"
09/08/2007 12:40:49 AM
Congratulations new this would have to place high its just to good!
09/08/2007 12:20:39 AM
I love this photo! Congrats on the ribbon.
09/08/2007 12:17:38 AM
Aweome image here, with an equally awesome result for you, as this is your BEST score and your FIRST ribbon, and its a BLUE.....
09/08/2007 12:16:11 AM
Congratulations, Top Shot and great humor :)
09/08/2007 12:15:00 AM
If your gonna win, may as well win big. Conga rats on a first ribbon, free study, cow victory!
09/08/2007 12:04:59 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. When I voted I wondered if a cow could actually win, and sure enough...
09/08/2007 12:01:25 AM
Congrats on the ribbon!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2007 09:37:28 PM
How cute is that. I love it. adding it to the fav list.
09/07/2007 08:57:11 PM
Cartoon-like and quirky - fun. I like it. 9.
09/07/2007 07:29:11 PM
Would have been a 10 if the ear and tongue (especially the tongue) were'nt cut off. 9
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/07/2007 03:28:45 PM
You've gotta love a good cow :- )

Great framing - fabulous detail.
09/07/2007 02:22:32 PM
this is the 2nd awesome cow shot in this challenge!!!! love them both
09/07/2007 01:28:23 AM
Great capture on this one 8
09/07/2007 12:22:21 AM
Would be absolutely perfect if the tip of his tongue was in the frame. Unfortunately, it's not. 1. (Just kiddin')
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/06/2007 10:40:10 PM
I guess this is what they mean by more cowbell! :P
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/06/2007 01:37:02 PM
Great perspective. lol it looks like it is licking the frame.
09/05/2007 09:29:18 PM
Truly good techique, but such a tight crop on that tongue.
09/05/2007 02:27:32 PM
oh! what a fantastic capture!!!!
09/05/2007 01:36:30 PM
Lol - This is just too funny. I love it. Maybe a tad over sharpened, but I think it's so cute and fun I'm giving you a 10 anyways! Thanks for making me laugh.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/05/2007 08:45:58 AM
Great perspective. The grass and the background are great as well. I wish his tongue wasn't cut off. Other than that, great photograph.
09/04/2007 11:42:56 PM
Just a dang cool shot!
Great processing & perspective! Love it (bumped to a *9*)
09/04/2007 03:02:16 PM
Incredible photo, the processing is absolutely wondefful. HDR perhaps? The only nitpick I can think of, and it's a very minor nit, I would like to see this same photo without the tip of the tongue cut off. 9
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/04/2007 02:30:22 PM
Great cow image! Perfect focus and detail! Nice colors! Well done.
09/04/2007 06:40:38 AM
Hehe, these are always funny :)
09/03/2007 05:05:31 PM
How cool is this, I just love everything about it!! 10
09/03/2007 05:49:09 AM
gotta be a blue with this shot.. fantastic. adding to faves. 10
09/03/2007 01:51:33 AM
As disgusting as that tongue looks, I've eaten so much here in Japan that I can't say it isn't beautiful (Or tasty). Love the contrast. The fur looks like it's been overly <Insert word for the effect that neatimage or noiseninja does to make things look smooth>. Whether that's what you did or not, I can't say. I still like the photo. 8
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/02/2007 10:34:30 PM
I just LOVE this! What a FUN shot!
09/02/2007 10:31:49 PM
Back to comment: I'm a sucker for these extreme close up, super wide angle shots of cows. There's something so delightful about them, and this one's made even more-so because of the huge tongue poking out. Well done! The only minor nit-pick is that the burning is visible in the clouds above the nose. Still a 10 in my book though!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/02/2007 08:40:23 AM
AWESOME!!! Your perspective is just LOL funny. And you did a good job with amending the crop so that it isn't too bothersome that the tip of the tongue is missing.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/02/2007 03:47:37 AM
Excellent!! Love it!
09/02/2007 02:01:51 AM
Incredible picture! This should be on the front page.
09/01/2007 09:40:34 PM
hilarious face - great details and exposure -
09/01/2007 02:13:37 PM
Great shot. Super crisp.Nice detail.
09/01/2007 01:51:49 PM
This is a cow picture I can love.
09/01/2007 09:42:26 AM
Wow love this photograph. It completely stands out from the rest of them. Great humour as well :)
09/01/2007 09:13:47 AM
Wonderful shot and excellent post processing - the best I've seen sofar (about halfway through)
09/01/2007 09:13:38 AM
Outstanding. Mooooooooooooooo Great focus and detail. Bravo
09/01/2007 09:04:23 AM
Hey who you calling funny?? Great shot
09/01/2007 08:19:53 AM
I love the sharpness and the wonderful colors. My only complaint is that his ear tip and tongue is cut off. Otherwise, very nice.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/01/2007 06:52:06 AM
like the details, the colors and the idea! But it's a shame you cropped of the tongue, bell, ear and legs.
At least the tongue should have been completly in the shot!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/01/2007 01:42:25 AM
awsome.


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