Cindy Lynch  

Calf by Cindy Lynch

July 2021 - Calf

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I think cows have the most soulful eyes. This calf was on a farm I visited and he was very still. I liked his eyes and the texture of his fur. I used a texture layer for the background to eliminate the busyness and help the calf stand out. It's a straight-on portrait, but, for me, it works. Settings: f/5.6, 1/320 sec., ISO 400 and 200 mm focal length.

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10 comments posted

Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Very nice Cindy, one wouldn't think cows as a portrait subject but you have captured his personality well. Luv the eyes and detail in the fur. Shooting with that 200mm really made this a great capture at f5.6, gave you nice working Depth of Field.   Posted: 07/13/2021 11:35:26

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
I like the textured background and how the cow sort of melts in to the background. I think the straight-on view works as well because there is so much texture in the fur. I also like the way the cow's fur contrasts just slightly with the texture in the background.   Posted: 07/14/2021 10:34:28

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Great shot, I also like the textured background. He was really posing for his portrait.   Posted: 07/20/2021 09:54:43

Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
At first I did not know what you meant by the texture layer. Cindy, does it mean that you first selected the cow into another layer and then placed a layer that showed texture beneath the selected cow? If that is what you did, I need to remember that technique because it works beautifully. The cow seems to come forward as a vision because the background melts into its body. Yes, Nelson said it best. The cow was posing for you. Good job, Cindy, as always!   Posted: 07/20/2021 13:19:43
Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
For this one, I put the texture layer on top of the cow photo, reduced the opacity and erased the texture from the cow and then turned to opacity back up when I was satisfied.   Posted: 07/20/2021 16:47:15
Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
Cindy, did you erase the texture on top of the cow while on the reduced opacity texture layer? Did you use the eraser tool, or what? Please forgive me for asking these questions but I would like to do this in some of my images. Thank you for sharing.   Posted: 07/20/2021 17:47:10
Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
After I selected all, copied and pasted the texture layer over the cow photo, I added another layer with it (third icon from the left) and used the brush tool to "erase" the texture from the cow photo. I lowered the opacity so I could see the cow and when done, raised the opacity again. A tip is to very lightly add the texture to the borders of your subject so it doesn't look pasted on the background.   Posted: 07/23/2021 10:08:10
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Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
Thank you so much, Cindy.   Posted: 07/24/2021 21:33:29

Mary Hinsen   Mary Hinsen
Hi Cindy, great job using the shallow depth of field. I sometimes find portraits taken straight on a bit confronting, but this is well done and suits the subject. The crisp focus of the head combined with the fading focus along the body gives good depth.
As others have commented, I like the texture you've used in the background.   Posted: 07/20/2021 16:18:30

Andrew Carstensen   Andrew Carstensen
You sure have a way with animals. Wonder what the calf was thinking about you. Color and lighting are right on. Your background is perfect for the subject. At first I thought of a painting, I could see this printed and framed. Would also make a good headshot.   Posted: 07/31/2021 18:27:24