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Cattle at Chinaman's Waterhole by Kerry McFarlane

June 2020 - Cattle at Chinaman's Waterhole

June 2020 - Kerry McFarlane


About the Image(s)

This image was captured at Chinaman's Waterhole near Tamworth in NSW. This small mob of cattle were drinking from the waterhole when I arrived after trekking into this gully. The image was captured in January of this year while much of Australia was still experiencing severe drought conditions.

Nikon D500
Tamron SP 24 - 70
ISO 200
Post processing in Lightroom, to brighten the image

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6 comments posted

Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
I like this peaceful scene with the strolling cows and the beautiful fall trees in the background. When I first looked at this, I thought it was double exposure because of the rock in the background left with the tree growing out of it. There is something interesting there about the light. I like this composition with the rocks forming a frame for the cows. It all gives a real sense of place. My only criticism is that on my monitor, the cows are soft.
  Posted: 06/11/2020 20:33:08
Kerry McFarlane
Thank you for your comments Janice. I'm disappointed with the sharpness of the cows to but like the image so thought I would see what you guys thought. It is a single shot and you can see from the water marks and the colour of the water was taken in January 2020 in an area which is badly drought effected. Having hiked in to this place on a very hot day I was not expecting to find the cattle there and was not prepared, unfortunately the cattle moved away quickly so no chance to get a better image. Thanx again I always enjoy your comments
  Posted: 06/19/2020 19:16:51
Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
I'm glad that you find my comments useful. I try to really look at an image and find things that I hope the photographer will find helpful. I still really like the way the cows stepped into the light, even if they are a bit soft.   Posted: 06/19/2020 20:19:42

Walter Swett   Walter Swett
I like the story this image tells along with the lighting, texture, lines and colors of the rocks, trees and sky. In my opinion, the natural lines draw the viewer's attention from the front, to main subjects and then to the background.

In my opinion, the saturation of the colors of the cattle, background foliage, cloud and sky was a little better in the original image.

Overall, I think this is a nice image with a great story.

  Posted: 06/18/2020 10:17:07
Kerry McFarlane
Great feedback again Walter. Seeing the two images side by side I agree with your saturation comment. This is a common problem with my editing, many of my images seem a little washed out. Need to work on that issue, still finding my way in Lr. Thanx Walter   Posted: 06/19/2020 19:20:14
Walter Swett   Walter Swett
I am by no means an expert with Lightroom, but have found that using the graduated or radial filters to make localized adjustments will generally result in a better final product than making global changes that impact the entire image.   Posted: 06/21/2020 12:08:13