Kerry McFarlane  


Moving the Breeders by Kerry McFarlane

June 2021 - Moving the Breeders

June 2021 - Kerry McFarlane

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My image for this month shows a large mob of cattle being driven down a dirt country road. The cattle were being moved from an out lying farm back to the main farm location. There were over 200 cattle in the mob and they walked approximately 15km to the main farm. I laid down on the road to capture the image hoping the cattle would walk around me and not step on me......

Nikon D850 Nikon 70 - 200 f2.8
ISO 250 1/800 f11.0 70mm


9 comments posted




Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
Brave woman to lay down in front of 200 cattle! This event certainly has interesting compositional possibilities. In terms of composition, I'm wondering what it would be like if that big, white cow in the front was more prominent in the image? When I first looked at this my eye wanted to follow the power lines down the road and it was only later that I came back to the white cow in front. Also, not sure what happened but the color balance seems better in the original. On my monitor the final looks a bit over exposed. I think this is exciting subject matter. You could just focus on the dust and all the legs as well as all the faces. I really like cows. Fun image.   Posted: 06/09/2021 17:16:50



Nicole Asselborn   Nicole Asselborn
My eyes are drawn to 2 lines ,the clouds and the dusty road ,I like the dusty road best .It is taken from the right position...lying down ..it really makes the image .I agree that the white cow could be highlighted to serve a starting point for the line of cows   Posted: 06/10/2021 09:02:59



Walter Swett   Walter Swett
I like the angle you used to shoot the image and how the string of cattle, telephone poles, road and clouds create a great sense of depth. To me, the final image feels a little flat and could use some additional contrast. Have you given any consideration to a panoramic style crop? I think it might emphasize the strengths of the the stars of the show. I've attached a copy to show what I mean. What do you think?   Posted: 06/12/2021 10:16:15
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Nicole Asselborn   Nicole Asselborn
to my eye the emphasis on the clouds distracts   Posted: 06/12/2021 10:41:05
Kerry McFarlane
Nicole, thank you very much for your comment. I have played with the crop and feel I like the big sky version best opposed to more foreground less sky but taking in to account your comment maybe I need to take some of the detail out of the sky?   Posted: 06/12/2021 20:41:24
Kerry McFarlane
Thanx for you work on my image Walter, you have improved the image. I tried your crop version showing a lot of sky and also leaving the road in the foreground and cropping the sky down. I feel I like the big sky version best but taking in to account Nicole's comment maybe I need to take some of the detail out of the sky?   Posted: 06/12/2021 20:39:06
Walter Swett   Walter Swett
The great part of photography is it is your image and you choose what you like. If you get a chance, I'd like to see any changes you settle on.   Posted: 06/13/2021 21:29:26
Kerry McFarlane
Thanx for you work on my image Walter, you have improved the image. I tried your crop version showing a lot of sky and also leaving the road in the foreground and cropping the sky down. I feel I like the big sky version best but taking in to account Nicole's comment maybe I need to take some of the detail out of the sky?   Posted: 06/12/2021 20:39:07



Frank St-Pierre   Frank St-Pierre
Kerry, I like the big sky, it helps balance the sandy tone of cattle and road. I'd be tempted to remove the telephone poles, add some contrast (without darkening like in the original) and maybe saturate red more? I like how the lead cattle are focused on you.   Posted: 06/17/2021 18:07:30



 

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