Another rural portrait of a willing subject. I seem to be hitting the livestock jackpot lately.
Shooting a black bull (cow?) against a white landscape and sky certainly presents its own set of problems. Fortunately my subject was patient while I experimented with different exposures.
I first did a normal black and white conversion after doing some contrast adjustments and dodging the eyes a little and burning the sky. But showing the bull exactly as I saw it was difficult because this thing was really black. I’m surprised my camera even focused on it. So, I went back to the original color version and tried a different route by first going into Topaz Adjust to add a little detail to the fur and lighten it up a bit, in order to see it better. I then went into Topaz B&W Efects for a warm tone black and white conversion and slight vignette.
Even though the bull is not quite as black as reality I like this final version a lot better.
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