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Curious Cows
Curious Cows
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Challenge: Unusual Viewpoint (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400
Location: Dedham Vale
Date: May 21, 2004
Aperture: f/7.9
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/525 sec
Galleries: Animals, Rural
Date Uploaded: May 18, 2004

Many thanks to Daisy and Buttercup, patient models, and great steaks.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 186
Avg (all users): 6.5860
Avg (commenters): 7.6471
Avg (participants): 6.2989
Avg (non-participants): 6.9429
Views since voting: 3781
Votes: 157
Comments: 26
Favorites: 8 (view)


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04/09/2005 02:43:03 AM
I love this picture! Cows are so cute and funny. That one who's name I'm guessing is Buttercup, the little hair on her head cracks me up.
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04/03/2005 04:26:22 AM
Great shot, Got to love them cows!
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06/01/2004 04:22:37 AM
So close to a ribbon! Excellent capture... well done! :)
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05/31/2004 12:37:35 PM
Cool shot! Lovely names also (Buttercup and Daisy) :))
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05/31/2004 06:16:19 AM
Like your shot very much Ed..well done.
It would appear that you and I have been looking at similar themes recently.
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05/31/2004 02:27:52 AM
Thanks for all votes and comments. One point that I think a lot of people misunderstood - fill flash would not have helped - apart from scaring them off (and this is more than just a quick one shot snap), it would have burnt out the foreground cow way before helping with the black one. Burning etc. no hope as there just isn't the information in the black cows face at this exposure. Anyway, I was way too busy trying to stop their friends from eating my tripod :-)


Message edited by author 2004-06-24 04:22:22.
05/31/2004 12:45:10 AM
Congrats for doing so well with this shot. It was one of my favorites. I was happy to see you were the photographer. :D
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/30/2004 10:33:31 PM
Excellent perspective shot. One of my favorites! On my monitor, the cow on the right is a bit too dark -- you can't see eyes.(I don't know if others can). Might check it out on a few monitors--it might be alright, but if not, you would want to dodge a little there or lighten. Very good overall!
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05/30/2004 08:39:52 PM
Fill flash would have taken this photo up several notches I think - especially for the cow on the right. I like the rest of the photo very much.
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05/30/2004 07:15:09 PM
Very nice. The only thing I would suggest is adjusting the contrast a tad so that the black cow's eyes and facial features might be more visible. Great angle! :o)
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05/30/2004 05:42:28 PM
Nice and good.
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05/30/2004 05:36:13 PM
Nice perspective, good idea, but the black cow's face is hard to see. (7)
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05/28/2004 07:51:53 AM
Hey great picture of those cows, just wish they were a little brighter especially the cow on the right, in this case you could have used the dodge tool, anyway good luck :)
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05/27/2004 05:01:48 PM
the angle / position of the shot does seem a bit of a standard in terms of cow photography (if ever there was a specialist field)... however, it is decidedly appealing. i like the brightness of the colours (the biege cow, grass and sky, particularly), the lack of clutter away from the cows. and cow noses always get the thumbs up from me. i'm not quite as keen on the position of the sun - the shadow of the cows left ear makes it look a smidgeon unbalanced to me. also, the cow on the right is a bit too silhouettey - can't see the buggers eyes. in all though - it's great! 8.
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05/27/2004 04:59:00 PM
Made me laugh. Perfect for the theme as it is rare to be looking at cows from this angle. One of my top rated images in this challenge.
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05/27/2004 01:37:09 PM
Cute. 10.
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05/27/2004 12:15:35 PM
I just love this shot!! Beautiful colors very crisp..Good Luck!!!!!
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05/26/2004 05:29:36 PM
Wonderful use of the wide angle lens. It's a great shot - one of my favorites. Improve it eevn more by: a) Better lighting on the faces - especially the animal on the right, b) Catchlight in the visible eyes and c) Remove the white part of the border. It draws attention way from the image. (The ear tag is unfortunate photographically but a fact of life these days.)
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05/26/2004 12:08:04 PM
Love it too bad athe black and white cow lost it's detail but sweet photo
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05/25/2004 11:57:38 PM
I love a good cow shot and this counts. I just wish we could see the black cow's eyes. The red cow almost reminds me of one of my dogs by her expression.
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05/25/2004 09:31:59 PM
Very nice! Let me guess...wide angle lens with very small aperture. 8
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05/25/2004 06:19:35 PM
Cow pictures always get a high score from me :)
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05/25/2004 05:55:44 PM
Almost surreal looking from the angle you shot it. Great color and clarity also!
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05/25/2004 04:30:58 PM
Did you use fill flash? If not, try it. You might scare them off, but before they run you at least have one succesful shot. The fill flash might bring out the details of the cows better and get a better balance with the bright (for the exposure) sky. Especially the black (bonte) one needs more detail. Set the exposure level to -1 to avoid blown out noses and a too flashy look.

Composition is good (point of view, perspective, positioning, horizon positioning), the sky is great (a blue sky is very boring) and the colors are very natural strong and fresh.
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05/25/2004 11:27:20 AM
Great sky and color in the grass. I love the persepctive on the cow on left, but the underexposure of the right cow is a real bummer. Very well composed.
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05/24/2004 03:10:10 PM
That cow`s thinking what the hell is that 2 legged nut doing :) 8
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