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Guarded Watering Hole
Guarded Watering Hole

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Challenge: Rural Landscapes (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2007
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Minolta/Sony
Location: Virginia
Date: Aug 9, 2007
Aperture: F8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Landscape, Animals
Date Uploaded: Aug 9, 2007

This guy made me a little nervous. Most of the cattle were somewhat skittish and moved to the opposite side of the pond when I walked up. I took a few shots more to the left and didn't see the longhorn on the right until he was getting pretty darn close. He was walking a straight line toward me, not flinching, just steadily coming my way. Now in this photo he doesn't look nearly as large as he actually is. Those horns go at least 4 feet across and he could nearly look me in the eye if he was close enough (I'm over 6' tall). The fence between us was maybe 4 feet high and comprised of old rusty wire. Not much to slow him down if he really got ticked I figured! In the end he got within about 10 feet, slowed down, looked me over, and slipped by to the left.

What a RUSH!

I know, I know...the borders are risky. :) I shot this with my 10-20 and a Polarizer. With the angle I picked up some vignetting so I cropped this in and down some. This border works the best for what I had left IMO.

Hopefully this will be one of the better cow shots in the challenge. I imagine there will be a few, along with some red barns and abandoned farm buildings. :)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/21/2007 10:32:20 PM
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08/21/2007 07:43:52 PM
The TV style "Letterbox" frame gives the a nice effect to exagerate the panoramic style of this landscape. Nice.
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08/21/2007 06:58:22 PM
Personally, I don't like the letter box frame. Otherwise a workmanlike image.
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08/21/2007 05:23:47 PM
Simply great.
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08/19/2007 12:45:15 AM
With horns like that I'd stay clear!
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08/18/2007 04:16:19 PM
The thick, black bars top & bottom are very distracting, but aside from thiat it's a well composed shot.
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08/18/2007 08:00:18 AM
Great scene!!
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08/17/2007 11:04:40 AM
wonderful, great processing.
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08/16/2007 08:45:45 AM
Super composition - you are clearly someone with an artistic photographic eye. I lie the way the line of the cows is repeated in the line of the trees.
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08/15/2007 05:43:38 PM
Nice composition - now run before the cow gets you! lol
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08/15/2007 12:55:45 PM
I like this one, although I'd love to see the color "pumped up" a little. Funny.
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08/15/2007 11:12:33 AM
You could improve the colors IMHO but it is a great capture. I wouldn't dare to get closer ;)
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