You got to moo(ve) it

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.

Click on pic for best view

© David Guidas

© David Guidas

  One thought on “You got to moo(ve) it

  1. January 23, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    I like it

  2. January 24, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Nice shot and good processing!

    • January 24, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      Thank you Carissa

  3. January 24, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Brilliant shot! I like the monochrome processing, it makes your subject stand out even more.

    • January 24, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      Thanks Gracie. I do like the look and I may try it with other subjects.

  4. January 26, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Stunning photo.

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