Marcela Stegemueller  

Serenity by Marcela Stegemueller

January 2020 - Serenity

About the Image(s)

This photo was taken at 5:30 pm in December 2015. Although it was taken many years ago, it has been a favorite of mine (as an x-rancher) because it reminds me of the familial ties cattle have. Even the teenager to the side reminds me of real life when the family will all gather except the teenager that wants to go somewhere else. The light was weird but beautiful which was another reason why I wanted to take the photograph. My settings were 1/60 sec. @ f/5.6 and ISO 50 with my new lens 55 mm F1.8 Zeiss and newly acquired Sony A7rII, which maybe explains the ISO 50. I did not know what I was doing. Is there anything I can do to improve this snapshot? I will be grateful for any suggestions.

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5 comments posted

John Hackett   John Hackett
The colours in this scene reinforce the feeling of serenity.You ask for suggestions for improvement, I would perhaps take a crop off the bottom of the image, maybe a quarter of the way up. But maybe thats just me.   Posted: 01/12/2020 08:01:47

Norm Solomon   Norm Solomon
Hi Marcela,
The image really does live up to its speaks serenity. I also like the otherworldliness colors of the sky. Well done!

In terms of improvements I agree with John's suggestion for cropping.

Also, the `halo' on along the backs of the cattle may (?) mean the image was a bit oversharpened (?) either in the camera or in post processing...You may want to play with the sharpening sliders to see what happens.
  Posted: 01/12/2020 09:12:26

Harriet Ciccone
I would crop the bottom third of this image resulting in a panoramic view. I then would see if you could coax more details in the cows, particularly the one looking at you. Being a cow owner, the picture does portray the emotional and familial ties that cows have. I like the colors of the sky - well done.   Posted: 01/18/2020 11:31:42

Ann McDermott   Ann McDermott
Hi Marcela - I agree with the others about the cropping. The lighting makes this so interesting. The ribbons of yellows and greys in the sky and the highlights on top of the cattle.
  Posted: 01/19/2020 06:45:13

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
I might be a loner on this, but I like the roles of hay or whatever in the foreground as a foreground object. I think I would just enjoy the image as perhaps not a reality (documentation) image. I like the unique colors and lighting. The halos on the cows would be aproblem in a "reality" image, but perhaps not in this one.   Posted: 01/29/2020 23:47:30