Harley Rubens  


Here is Looking at You by Harley Rubens

January 2022 - Here is Looking at You

January 2022 - Harley Rubens

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I was wandering through the countryside in Wisconsin where I found some shy Cattle that were unusual to me. This guy is a Scottish Highland Bull. Since he was ducked behind the branches I took a close look. I used my Canon 6D, 70-200 mm lens with 1.4X adapter making it 280 mm. I shot it at f 8 with ISO 250 and 1/500 sec. Higher ISO and speed were necessary since this lens has no image stabilization. I adjusted color with Lightroom and Cloned out the branch with Photoshop. I used Topaz Sharpen and Gigapixel to retain detail.


17 comments posted




Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
I think you captured a great portrait of this guy Harley. I like your crop putting his eye on one of the "power points". The lighting is working well too giving that hairy face dimension and character. I also like the fact that all is in focus from that nose to his eye, and sharply detailed too. Good capture.
  Posted: 01/07/2022 09:01:45
Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
Thank You Bruce.   Posted: 01/10/2022 16:54:14



Lane B Lewis   Lane B Lewis
I know this guy! ( My neighbor down the street had a herd of these.) They are interesting creatures and I like the portrait of this one that you have made. The only thing that looks a bit off is the color around around the eye. It 's a bit over saturated and I would back off on the sharpening which is a bit crunchy.   Posted: 01/10/2022 14:27:28
Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
I will try those. Thank you Lane.   Posted: 01/10/2022 16:54:51



Leo Chow   Leo Chow
I think the subject is very sharp that makes the bull pops out. The highlight and shadow parts are also very well toned. I think if you can capture an interesting expression of the bull, that would make the photo better. Overall very good capture!   Posted: 01/10/2022 22:18:47
Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
Thank you Leo. I do not think any of the herd even had their tongues out though. Very stoic cattle.   Posted: 01/14/2022 14:46:23



Mark McKinney   Mark McKinney
I love this type cattle. They are beautiful. You have made a good capture here. The exposure is spot on. I understand about the high iso. You have to use the tools you have with you! Now, the other side. For an outstanding capture of this bull, you needed to get his eyes in the picture. I realize that is tough. Still, you just have to have those eyes. Mybe, you do something about his right eye.   Posted: 01/11/2022 12:59:20
Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
Thank you Mark. I checked all my photos of these beasts, but one eye was always hidden. When I centered it, I did not find the symmetry made a better photo. As a general rule, I like to have both eyes and have them sharp. In this case I did not try to fix the other eye because the asymmetry of the hair lent itself to have my eye go back and forth from the one eye and back to the nose. It just seemed more interesting to me. Thanks again.
  Posted: 01/14/2022 14:44:14
Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
Best I could do is the same in all photos I have. Online 99% of the Highland Cattle have one eye covered.   Posted: 01/15/2022 13:04:59
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Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
Mark, can you let me know which you prefer. Thanks.
  Posted: 01/15/2022 14:58:17



Andrew Lewis   Andrew Lewis
Am I the only one who wonders if this cow's name is Karen, and she is asking to speak with the mooonager? Ok, back to the issue at hand. This image really hit me. I feel like it could be used as a demonstration image for a lighting lecture. The detail in the hair is astounding. The sheen of the highlights just pops. The warm tone of the colors combined with the facial expression really give this a calming effect. The detail and texture on the nose are impressive. I also agree with your choice of the tight crop. The original image is gorgeous, with the fence and pasture, but the story this image tells is great. The only thing I find missing is the eye. If we could see the eye a little more clearly, it might add a lot to the feel. Fantastic work, Harley.   Posted: 01/15/2022 06:31:56
Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
Thank you .   Posted: 01/15/2022 09:20:05



Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
  Posted: 01/15/2022 13:00:15
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Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
I am not sure if you used Karen due to me not showing the horns. If so I found this."Do female Highland cows have horns? Yes, but the horns of males and females do differ slightly. The male's horns are shorter, thicker and only curve upwards a little. While the female's horns are longer, thinner and curve upwards more". Mark and you suggested the other eye be included, all of my shots and most on the internet, look like the attached. You cannot make it out but for the hair. Curious if the symmetry is preferable ?   Posted: 01/15/2022 13:28:59
Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
Also, Andrew, can you tell me which you prefer. Thanks.
  Posted: 01/15/2022 14:59:15
Andrew Lewis   Andrew Lewis
Hi, Harley. I think I like the one where you can see both sides of the face. It's in shadow, but there is enough light on the side of the jaw to give some definition. I made the Karen joke because of the similarity to the haircuts of the "Karens" that are made fun of for complaining. Just an attempt at humor. The image is wonderful. I like both crops, but I think seeing both sides of the face is more pleasing.   Posted: 01/16/2022 06:57:43
Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
Thank you Andrew.   Posted: 01/16/2022 09:51:37



 

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