The Hairy Cow from West Virgina

Photographing cows is about as exciting as photographing grass, at least for me. Cows aren’t on my top list of things to shoot… well maybe if it’s for dinner ;-). However, this particular cow was a little more interesting than appetizing. It’s not often I see a cow with long hair and even longer horns. In Florida, all the cows I’ve seen had very short hair and small horns. I’m going to assume it’s the cold weather that causes the hair to grow, but I’m no cow expert so don’t take that as fact. Most likely it’s a certain type of cow that grows long hair. Kind of like the Rapunzel of cows.

This photo was merged using Photomatix to create an HDR image. Most HDR photos produce very dramatic detail. This one was no exception. I decided to do something a little more artistic to make it more visually interesting. I felt all the detail created from Photomatix was a little too distracting so I applied Topaz Simplify to lessen the details. I also reduced the color range and desaturated the tones.

There is something about this image that I don’t like, but I can’t seem to point my finger at it. It could just be the cow.

Software Used for Processing Photo:
Photomatix
– Used for creating high dynamic range.
Topaz Adjust
– Photoshop plugin used to enhance details.
Topaz DeNoise
– Photoshop plugin used to eliminate noise.
Topaz Simplify
Photoshop plugin for artistic effect.

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Photography Style: High Dynamic Range
Digital Camera Used: Canon 5D Mark2
Lens Used: Canon 17-35mm f/2.8L USM
Photo Location: Palm Beach Island, West Palm Beach, Florida

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