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Photographer Hugo de Wolf  Hugo de Wolf {Karma:185110}
Project #49 Dramatic Portrait Camera Model Nikon D2x
Categories From The Field
Nature
Film Format Digital RAW
Portfolio The Dutch Files
Lens Nikon  12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX
Uploaded 6/26/2006 Film / Memory Type ISO 400
    ISO / Film Speed
Views 3207 Shutter 1/500
Favorites Aperture f/11
Critiques 137 Rating
6.35
/ 32 Ratings
Location City -  Haarlemmerliede
State - 
Country - Netherlands   Netherlands
About Back after a short leave of absence. Haven't forgotten about you, just had to shoot a cow.

Ingredients;
100% pure Cow
A lovely Dutch evening
A muddy ditch
Nikon D2x
Nikon 12-24 f/4
Shutterspeed: 1/640'
Aperture f/11
ISO setting: 200ASA

Reason for shooting a cow: Someone wanted a 2x2 meter print of a cow on their wall, so here it is. Your comments / critiques are as usual very much appreciated.

Cheers,

Hugo
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Femke de Wit   {K:6020} 7/17/2012
All that lovely cows in the meadow. Very nice picture. He kissed you?

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神 風 神 風   {K:10665} 12/28/2009
Hugo,

Now you have blown my cover three or four times with my real name so I have to be on my 'Best Behavior' ... if I want to of course and I will have the last say on that!:))

The Hoya CP was a lie indeed and therefore I thank you for the compliment.

My own 'Photography Turf' is being on this side of the World way out in the Middle of the Pacific to enjoy and relax in so you can keep the Front Page of this Site while I keep on shooting Real Estate Photography continously to make the Front AND Rear Pages of Magazines shooting Multi-Million Dollar Buildings and Residences here in Paradise ... Okay? Anyway, I wouldn't want to 'Burst Your Bubble' nor 'Sink Your Ship' because I don't really know how emotional you might get and then have to seek 'Psycho Social Counseling' ... You know what I mean ... Right?:))

Now that we have all the Bureaucratic Redtape out of the way let us get down to the 'Business' of this image of yours and I do call it 'Business' because of one of your remarks in the 'About' after the 'Ingrediants', but I'll get to that later ... Alright?

Just to keep you in suspense I am going to take a break now because my Brachial Plexis is killing me and I don't want to time out on what I have already written if that is okay with you medically and I'm already up to 1,355 Characters anyway.

I'll be back ...

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 12/28/2009
My apologies, Mr. Douglas Coffey, I won't call you Dougy, or Mate. Just Mr. Douglas Coffey. Won't happen again.

To kindly respond to your concerns:

1. Please do so. Or better, put that hoya CP on Ebay. you don't need it; you're better than a filter on any lens.

2. Sure. Perhaps you could trade in that hoya CP filter for my spot?

I think you forgot to put in a "3.", and forgive me to reply anyway. I'm not a vegetarian, and I'm sure Nr. 5400 isn't alive anymore, But wasn't she a beauty of a cow?

Mr. Douglas Coffey, Please understand, that I don't really mind how you rate this image. I'm just curious what You think the "grand finale" will be :)?

Cheers,

Hugo

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神 風 神 風   {K:10665} 12/28/2009
Second P.S. For some reason I have this feeling that you are going to 'Cop Out' on your side of the deal because you now know you have to 'Flee the Country' over that poor cow ...

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神 風 神 風   {K:10665} 12/28/2009
I am not your 'Mate' because I am very happily married to a most beuatiful 'Well Behaved' Japanese Lady for the longest time now!>)

1. I more than fit the shoe and can fill the whole 'Boot'! Really ... The 'Toning' of my image then I better throw away that $165.00 Hoya Polarizer ... What a waste of funds!((:

2. Don't be surprised by yet another 'Front Page' exposure because that is your 'Home Ground' you purchased long ago with all your 'Kharma Points' ... Right? ;)

So that gets us to real 'Mutual Critiques' ... sounds great, but I wish you were a vegetarian or did you 'just' kill #5400? I hope not of course or that you at least reported it to the Korps Landelijke Politiediensten for God's sake!

P.S. I still haven't rated this image by the way because that is resrved for the 'Grand Finale'! :))

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 12/28/2009
Hey Mate,

1. Do you fit that shoe? I was referring to the toning of your image.

2. Am I on the front page? cool!

Mate, do give me the pleasure of a real critique. I will provide you with one in kind. The cow has already been killed :)

Continue at will, matey!

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神 風 神 風   {K:10665} 12/28/2009
Okay ...

Here I go 'Ole Buddy'

1. Since you have commented on an image of mine just today that wasn't a critique at all in any way, but a 'Warning' of some sorts and because ...

2. You are on the Front Page today with 'PHOTO OF THE DAY' after a tremendously long absence having contributed nothing to this Site for along while, but which I do Congratulate you on.

So, ... are you ready for a real critique in every way? I thought so because you are just that kind of guy knowing that I 'Shoot from Hip' in a B&W way knowing very well that the 'Grey' is not safe, although I promise not too kill the cow ... Alright?:))

May I continue after that most honest 'Intro' ... ?

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A Smith A Smith   {K:851} 12/6/2007
great facial expression !

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Chris Boivin Chris Boivin   {K:9030} 11/12/2007
haha, great angle and compostion for this picture I'm sure they will be happy with their print. Nice work Hugo.
Chris

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Shirley D. Cross-Taylor Shirley D. Cross-Taylor   {K:166666} 8/17/2007
Hilarious...great job, Hugo...Congratulations!:)

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Alejandro Vicente Fassio   {K:342} 8/17/2007
A great picture. Thank You

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Shane Finnigan Shane Finnigan   {K:1990} 8/16/2007
Great perspective!

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emiliano chionaky   {K:3135} 4/5/2007
what a crazy point of view!
fantastic (as usual) image, incredible perspective and awesome colors.
why to shot a cow? if this is the result, I think I could continue... and perhaps she's more quiet than a human model!
congratulations
emiliano

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John Melskens John Melskens   {K:-5433} 4/5/2007
Yes, Hugo, some people want cows on the wall. And what do you do then, when you are a photographer? Right, you ley down in a muddy ditch and hope that the cow will not step on you... They are very curious animals!

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Patrick Crowther Patrick Crowther   {K:13393} 4/5/2007
If Pink Floyd ever release a remastered version of 'Atom Heart Mother' (they shouldn't, it's pants) this would make an excellent alternative cover. MOOOOOOOOOO!

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Roberto Arcari Farinetti Roberto Arcari Farinetti   {K:209486} 4/5/2007
new congrats and happy easter.. ciao
roby

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Morgan Estill Morgan Estill   {K:3786} 3/20/2007
I freakin' love the lens distortion this shot has! This photo wouldn't be anywhere near as good with out it. Awesome. 7/7

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biljana mitrovic biljana mitrovic   {K:48110} 3/19/2007
Hi Hugo,thank you for your very nice words...Don't be sorry...I heard more beautiful words about B:)iljana and it's honner to me to be compered with her :))))
warm regards
Biljana

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 3/19/2007
Hi Biljana,

Sorry for the mix-up. You sure sound a lot like her! Welcome to Usefilm, then!

Cheers,

Hugo

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biljana mitrovic biljana mitrovic   {K:48110} 3/14/2007
hi Hugo....I'm sorry,but I must tell that I'm not Biljana wich you know....I'm new:-)but I would be like to be your friend
Hugs
Biljana

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 3/14/2007
Hi Biljana, nice to see you're back, thanks for your comment,

Cheers,

Hugo

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biljana mitrovic biljana mitrovic   {K:48110} 3/13/2007
This is great picture!!!i like the point of view
Warm regards
biljana

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Sam Andre Sam Andre   {K:12484} 3/13/2007
sjonge, jonge, jonge :))) hollands glorie.. en wat een lens

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Ako Salemi Ako Salemi   {K:415} 1/20/2007
thats amazing thanks

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Michael de Wijn Michael de Wijn   {K:1648} 1/8/2007
Well they sure got their cow and a very emotional one at that. Great work and congrats on PoD. MdW

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Aivar Mikko   {K:573} 11/26/2006
Excellent POV and exposure.

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delete my account   {K:3679} 11/6/2006
wicked, your point of view is nice and everything but im going to try to be a little critical this time!
The cows stupid expression is cool, but maybe you should've let the cow come a little closer (hehe I know its a little scary)to get more detail on his slimey mouth, I love those dreads of slime.

JOE!
abel

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Alejandro Gómez Alejandro Gómez   {K:4270} 11/5/2006
Funny photo :) Excellent perspective.

Thanks for your comments on my photo "Arnold #2".

Regards,

Alejandro.

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Anastasia R. Anastasia R.   {K:778} 11/2/2006
Awesome, looks like the cow is about to step on you!

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Chelsea Burke   {K:5750} 11/2/2006
This is hilarious...I love it! Somehow the overall image seems a bit dark, though. As others have said, wonderful POV. And I gotta ask: just what kind of ... um...."mud" were you kneeling in in that ditch out in the cow pasture? ;-)

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jessie voigts   {K:6772} 11/2/2006
hugo! i am laughing so hard! it looks like you're abt to get stepped on - what a GREAT shot. MOOOOVE over, eh?

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Mark Mahar Mark Mahar   {K:3233} 11/1/2006
Hugo,

Much deserved award here, congrats! It was fun to read the whole thread, sorry I missed it initially. I think the print is fantastic at that size, it looks amazing. How does it look on the canvas? Any loss of fine detail? Just curious on the cost to print that size? Well done and a great story that should inspire all of us to jump in with both feet! (Pun intended)

-Cheers, -mm

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Luc Bouwens Luc Bouwens   {K:6460} 11/1/2006
Hele mooie shot Hugo.
Proficiat met je nominatie.

mvg

luc

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Joggie van Staden Joggie van Staden   {K:41700} 11/1/2006
COngratulations with the PoD Hugo - Well deserved!
Joggie

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The Pilgrim The Pilgrim   {K:62388} 11/1/2006
Great effect Hugo! I like the angel and colors are great! Also like the added touch of the grass in the foreground! I was out shooting cows this morning myself and working on a series of photos on the oklahoma cattle. I nice wide angel lens would surely come in handy!
Wonderful work my friend and welcome back!!

Congrat Hugo

Paul E Brumit

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rebecca claassen rebecca claassen   {K:12904} 10/26/2006
sorry...am taking a few minutes to laugh at your 'about'...kekekekekekke...there we go...shoot a cow...lol.
Just love this shot Hugo, the perspective is A-1, glad you weren;t trying to get a shot of the back end whilst lying on the ground, could be dangerous!! Great colour and light, perfect crop, oh look....to cut a long story short I think everything about this is great and can well imagine it huge on someone's wall (tho' not sure why you would want a...) anyway, great work!!
cheers, Bek:)

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Eligiusz Langner  (ennio)    {K:3006} 9/13/2006
great shot!!!

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Roberto Arcari Farinetti Roberto Arcari Farinetti   {K:209486} 9/8/2006
and congrats also for the FC.. hugo..
but what is C... no ecc..
roby

have a nice week end

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Jimmy  Piper Jimmy  Piper   {K:5742} 9/8/2006
hugo, it's all been said, but great work man. a true talent, very inspiring portfolio.

how on earth do you print 2m? that's massive...! I recently got a few orders for a few prints on my new site, and am really nervous because i haven't printed before!!

i was hoping to ask you a few basics before i attempt this scary new venture?

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Mark Sherman   {K:15637} 9/8/2006
this is quite the story to go along with the print.

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Mark Sherman   {K:15637} 9/8/2006
this is cool strange.

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Phillip  Minnis    Phillip  Minnis    {K:13131} 9/7/2006
Aaaaah, my favourite image! Hugo, I just love this one! It's great to see it on the front page! Well done, mate!

Cheers

Phil

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Dave Holland Dave Holland   {K:13074} 9/3/2006
Great wide angle, Hugo.

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Bradley Prue Bradley Prue   {K:30678} 8/31/2006
Imageopolis Featured Photo Critique Holy c.... no! I won't say it!
I'm not sure what I enjoy more.. the incredibly fun perspective, or the thought of you lying in the grass among the herd! That says everything about your passion, Hugo. You consistently seek out the unusual, and then NAIL the composition. I smile when admire your work...

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kksksksk . kksksksk .   {K:701} 8/30/2006
Wow..i just love cows. So peaceful model..nice perspective here..and good shot..;)
well done
-ave-

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Antonia BauerleinSehnert   {K:30599} 8/28/2006
Great story, Hugo! Thanks for it, I've got a big smile. This is an aspect of photography that is endearing to me -- the wonderful times like these. Antonia

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 8/27/2006
Hi Antonia,

thanks for your thumbs up, it's great to hear from you every now and then.... I had a great time shooting these creatures - so patient and curious!

I got a real laugh when I was shooting another group of cows and a car appeared - my 1973 classic Citroen car was blocking the very narrow road. It turned out to be a ranger, more curious in what on earth I was doing there than anything else. They just came checking up on that guy who seemed to be struggling in a ditch somewhere out in the fields after having an accident with a really old car....:) Ended up in a great chat - they showed me all the good spots in that area.

Cheers,

hugo

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Antonia BauerleinSehnert   {K:30599} 8/25/2006
Mooooo! Hugo, this is a scream. It happens that I love cows and have spent some time capturing them on digital and so I appreciate it oh so much that you got in the position to take this one. Also, it IS an excellent shot. I love the perspective and my delight over that is heighted by the humor in knowing where you were when you captured it!!!!!! Thanks for the inspiration. Antonia

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Linda Livingston Linda Livingston   {K:73346} 8/23/2006
Hahaha...a great dramatic portrait, love the perspective and the distortion...excellent light and clarity...love that blade of grass in his mouth and oh my what a big nose he has. A great through the grass shot...in the muddy ditch. It's great to have those that go before us...I do agree with you a catch light in the eye would be better, but when you do this kind of shot you sometimes have to get what you can...it's enjoyable for sure...well done:)

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Quix Photography Quix Photography   {K:20204} 8/20/2006
A fantastic perspective of a cow you've caught here & I think this must be the most humane way to shoot one.. lol.

7/7 deserved for the bravery behind this one (hope you didn't get stepped on!) I've always had this fear of cows (they used to gang up on me as a child believe it or not) but this photo... well.. can't help but like it... you can even see the moisture on the nose of this beast.

Excellent shot, only amazed this one has not been hung in your awards section x

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Giulio Rotelli Giulio Rotelli   {K:28441} 8/16/2006
i always loved this kind of picture: it would be a perfect smiling postvard from a travel...
Great point of view, she seems to be thinking: "What the hell he's doing on the ground with his camera?"
:)

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cessy karina   {K:14205} 8/15/2006
howw.. nice angle, he almost kiss you
excellent ant's perspective
no critique from me, I just too like this picture

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 8/15/2006
Hi Carolyn, That's quite a change from Alaska to Ohio! I can imagine that takes some time to adapt to. Good to have you back on Usefilm, and thanks for your email!

Cheers,

Hugo

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a b a b   {K:360} 8/15/2006
Dag Hugo!
Love it! Have seen a lot of cows on my recent travels but none quite like this! I've been trying to respond in the last couple of days, but I think our computer is on it's last legs. Sometimes I can get on, usually not. After 36 yrs. in Alaska, we ended up in Ohio, of all places! It's been quite a ride. Thank you for responding to my photo.
My best to you!

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 8/15/2006
Thanks Elisa,

If you scroll down through the comments, you'll see that I already took care of the eyes, following Phil's advice. I've also included a photo of the full size canvas print... Thanks for your comment, always a pleasure to hear from you.

Cheers,

Hugo

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NN  NN     {K:26787} 8/14/2006
Hi Hugo! I like the angle here, and the background as well ~ just wish I could see the eyes a bit better. The wet mouth is a bonus :)

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Phillip  Minnis    Phillip  Minnis    {K:13131} 8/9/2006
Oh, my mate, Hugo!!!!! How great to hear from you!!!

It looks absolutely wonderful! I can't believe you took notice of my suggestion! I am very flattered!

Mate, are you taking orders?

When will you be back on?

Thanks for notifying me - again, it looks great!

Cheers

Phil

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 8/9/2006
To all cow lovers, per attached an update of the print, which due to production limitations "only" could be printed at 2 x 1.4m...

Cheers,

Hugo

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Cow and owner of the print.


Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 8/9/2006
Hey Phil,

Just a short update: Per attached the final result of the print, freshly mounted and put on the wall.

Cheers,

Hugo

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Life size cow


Craig Hanson   {K:7836} 8/7/2006
Very humorous shot Hugo! Love it!

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Tim  Schumm Tim  Schumm   {K:29196} 8/3/2006
love this one, i have been shooting similar stuff with the same lens...it is great for this type of stuff.

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 7/26/2006
Thanks for all your feedback. I followed your advices, or at least most of them. Per attached the final version. It's currently being printed at 2m x 1.40m, and I hope to see the result somewhere next week.

Cheers,

Hugo

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The Printed Cow, or the cow being printed


Meldijana Omerbegovic   {K:4079} 7/16/2006
Quite interesting perspective from the grass "view"..and quite an interesting cow with earings and without horns...of course when I remember all that white fortune that they produce..people should be reminded on that more often..It's nice to see your work again.
Kind regards
Meldijana

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Mohsen Bayramnejad Mohsen Bayramnejad   {K:21377} 7/14/2006
WoW!...this is truly FANTASTIC work !!
you have a great point of view dear Hugo!...I also really like this composition...A very nice and so funny work!
Bravo!7++++
Cheers!

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Thilo Bayer Thilo Bayer   {K:50358} 7/13/2006
Hi Hugo,

what a great perspective and what a great moment to see your new stuff here =)

While I love the angle and the beautiful sky, I would love to see more detail in the darker parts. Maybe a fill in flash would have increased the detail. But just a small idea from me.

best wishes, Thilo

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Dubravko Grakalic   {K:25235} 7/12/2006
Oh, this is nice wallpaper! Cow portrait is great!

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 7/11/2006
PS: I gather a Mooooh II is in the works?

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 7/11/2006
Hugo:

This is a great POV and a wonderful composition. Excuse me if I repeat some commentary already made but with 69 critiques by some VERY good photographers you likely don't need my amateur two cents worth anyway and I really haven't the time to read them. Never-the-less, here it is.

Your 'about' section is freakin' hilarious! Somebody wants a 2x2 meter print? (And I thought I was bizarre)!

I like the sky, clouds, Perspective, and look of serious introspection on this proud, bovine face! I would pull out the whites on the eyes a tad bit more and likely increase the grass saturation as well. A reflector to add some upward light to the underside would be a good touch (if possible).

All in all, this is a very Moooooh-ving portrait!! Doesn't seem like your kind of thing . . . but very cool.

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Mary Sue Hayward   {K:17558} 7/9/2006
Rockin' POV, Hugo! I like the cow's expression too.

Phillip did a nice job with the PS edit of the two wayward grass stalks, but I like the eyes in the original a bit better. The PS'd eyes are a little bit scary, lol!

Very creative work that shows this cow's 'personality!'

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Mireille Heirendt Mireille Heirendt   {K:7258} 7/8/2006
Hi Hugo,
"Milka" would definitely sell more of its chocolate with this/your cow ;)
The angle is absolutely GREAT. Although the shooting circumstances may not have been very comfortable, I guess they were necessary to get this extraordinary photo result.
The lack of detail in the cow's face may be a critique, but to me it's irrelevant because the most important element here in this photo is the angle which I think can NOT be topped.
I'm sure I wouldn't have noticed/mentioned this "problem" if I hadn't read about it in the comments.
Great work, Hugo!
Regards,
Mireille

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Moe Rabie Moe Rabie   {K:4390} 7/7/2006
nice angle and view,and funny as well.

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Paul's Photos Paul's Photos   {K:35235} 7/5/2006
Interesting perspective, I hope you looked where you were laying to take this photo :) the cow does not seem too happy, probably thought you were grazing and trying to steal its food :)

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Piero Somma Piero Somma   {K:13400} 7/4/2006
fantastic image hugo!...we are waiting for 5399 mooooh! (LOL)...
great POV...(in my favorite...)
ciao

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Sheila Carson Sheila Carson   {K:5924} 7/4/2006
GREAT point of view! I can't begin to express how much I love it! Very creative, nice warm sun and a great dramatic sky to top it all off! Great work!

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Petal Wijnen Petal Wijnen   {K:50989} 7/2/2006
Booooooooooooooooooooooooohtiful!!! Fantastic POV, superb composition, great colors and DOF, super details... love its number: 5400... ;-DD
Had a look at different comments: the suggestion to 'lighten' the eyes... I'm not too sure... it makes the cow look scared or really amazed (I can imagine that last one... who's that silly guy in the ditch... LOL)!!! I think when you've enlarged it to 2x2 (maybe even on linnen??) it makes a fantastic and 'natural' image, with a few irregularities... but that's life!!! All in all... love it... can see it on a wall but it won't be one of mine... (my place is way too small... LOL)!!!

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Dirk Noort Dirk Noort   {K:9683} 7/2/2006
Prachtig Nederlands landschap!
Dirk

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stingRay part 3 . stingRay part 3 .   {K:248368} 7/1/2006
Fabulous perspective and highly original wide angled look at this animal. I love the great thought that went into this difficult study and I think you have done well considering the light source was dead against you. I love the rich blue sky and the cotton wool clouds for background.

I am sure that if 5400 could speak she would tell you that she enjoyed the experience of seeing a human down on his knees paying homage to her albeit with some strange looking foodstuff that made strange clicking noises:):):) Well done to you dear Hugo a very pleasing piece of work. My very best wishes to you.....Ray.....(Nice to see you back again BTW.)

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Orazio Minnella Orazio Minnella   {K:49408} 7/1/2006
Impressive shot and remarkable capture.Nice the viewpoint.
Hugs....Orazio

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Eb Mueller Eb Mueller   {K:24957} 7/1/2006
Hugo, I had been thinking of doing such a photo - it is a classic! This sets a very high standard! Excellent control of the tonal range! Ultra wide angle lenses tend to blow out the sky and clouds, so you have done well, indeed. Oh yes, I find the image a humerous exaggeration of the essence of cow!
Eb

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Avi  Avi     {K:70138} 6/30/2006
Dear Hugo,

Since you have a 'part I' in the title, I am assuming that there's more to come from you in this series. Good. I will be agog.

One question: How the hell did you get those number tags on the cow's ears ?????

Great humor in this capture guys, in case you missed that out !

cheers!
Avi

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Gayle's Eclectic Photos Gayle's Eclectic Photos   {K:91109} 6/30/2006
hey,Hugo! just came back to share with you what i found....so it is true!...hehehe
cheerios,gayle ..bahhaaaaaa

(waffle shaped...hmmm?)

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UFO Hugo found by gayle


Michael Fox Michael Fox   {K:3180} 6/30/2006
Hey, Hugo, welcome back! Great perspective. Was the grass dry?

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arijit(ratul) talukder arijit(ratul) talukder   {K:6029} 6/29/2006
great image hugo ! keep it up
arijit.

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 6/29/2006
Hi Jacob, thanks for your feedback. Dodging is the way to go, I agree - our esteemed colleagues are always right...

And no, I wouldn't want a 6'x6'image of this one on my wall either, but it seems to be a hit - when discussing the photo with my client, I sold a second one to a passenger-by...:)

Cheers,

Hugo

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Roberto Arcari Farinetti Roberto Arcari Farinetti   {K:209486} 6/28/2006
.hi hugo..
absolutely crazy point ov view and crazy cow you have capture is so curios like a cat!!

:)

is the agent "5400", i remember my old shot.. "spy game.. agent..516.."...

i like it the colors so similar to a scanning film!!!
tjhanks for you support my friend, have all the best
roby

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Jacob French Jacob French   {K:6315} 6/28/2006
Surely one of the best looking bovine's I've seen. I see the point one of my colleagues made above about the darkness in the face. Perhaps some post could brink this out...dodge here and there perhaps?

Remarkable job capturing this creature...sounds like the process was quite an adventure.

Well done,
J (who likes cows but doesn't want a 6'x6' image of one on his wall)

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Walter Scarella Walter Scarella   {K:19671} 6/28/2006
Hi Hugo, great shot with unusual POV, excellent use of wideangle lens and very saturated colours. Congrats....Ciao....Walter

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Robert Kocs Robert Kocs   {K:89085} 6/28/2006
Wooow! This is a moooohhh! Hehe...love the great
point of view, really original idea. The compositon
and details so striking, very eye catcher shot.
Well captured and presented, lovely blue sky is
amazing. Nicely done my friend! Great photo!
Congratulations for this beauty.

Have a nice day dear Hugo
Robert

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Jose Ignacio (Nacho) Garcia Barcia Jose Ignacio (Nacho) Garcia Barcia   {K:96391} 6/28/2006
marvelous bucolic pastoral scene.great bacgound. amazing..cong.7

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Massimo Di Maggio Massimo Di Maggio   {K:-53658} 6/28/2006
“Reason for shooting a cow”… maybe she’s more patient than a model ;) I must say she has a very nice expression, I wonder what she’s thinking :) Very well composed and balanced, good angle too, it let you see both the ground and the air, so the photo transmits a sense of calm, purity and cleanliness, a very Dutch shot, if you understand what I mean :) Bye, Max

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 6/28/2006
Hi Egidijan, you're sure you calibarated your monitor correctly? The eyes are just above the flies on her nose. It does need a bit of dodging, but they're quite visible on my screen...:)

Cheers,

Hugo

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Egidija Smilingiene Egidija Smilingiene   {K:3227} 6/28/2006
very nice, but where is her eyes, Hugo?

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 6/28/2006
Thansk Joggie!

I, too, agree with those things, but I'm fairly positive I can resolve those in photoshop. It was already fairly late when I took this photo; around 9pm - so the light was quite favourable, but direct sunlight. An overcast sky would undoubtedly make the exposure more easy, but IMO, the feathers and the blue sky add to the image. I agree with Manu about the saturation too, and I still need to apply the finishing touches.

As to your suggestion, at the time of your comment, I was actually shooting a brown cow - great minds think alike...

Thanks for your feedback, as usual, very much appreciated!

Cheers,

Hugo

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Nilanjan Mitra Nilanjan Mitra   {K:12952} 6/28/2006
Wonderfully executed.. this is really good.. :)
rgrds,
nil

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Amna Al Shamsi   {K:21795} 6/28/2006
This is really cool ;-) Did you try to brighten the eyes a bit?

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Adele McGookin   {K:532} 6/28/2006
I absolutely adore this picture. The perspective gives the cow a really fun expression. The colours are beautiful. Excellent work.

Added to my favourites.

Adele

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Kevin H Kevin H   {K:22502} 6/28/2006
Wjhat a perspective. I'm a big fan of low angle like this, really makes you see the world in a different way. It makes me feel like i'm a bug looking up. Great colors and perfect contrast. Keep up the good work. Love your work.

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Miranda Legg   {K:409} 6/28/2006
This is fabulous Hugo. I really like the wide angle effect. Bravo!

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Don Loseke Don Loseke   {K:32503} 6/27/2006
This one is about to lick your lens. You must have been lying in the grass for this one. Don.

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João F * Photography João F * Photography   {K:41945} 6/27/2006
Yes yes yes a great Vache here my friend i like it a lot hugo !!
jo

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Joggie van Staden Joggie van Staden   {K:41700} 6/27/2006
Welcome back Hugo! Excellent angle producing very interesting results. I like the inclusion of the grass culms in the foreground to add perspective. I agree on the problem of detail in the face - not sure if I agree with the recommendations. The problem here is the great contrast between the white clouds, white parts of the cow and shiny nose against the pitch-black skin over the face and main body. To balance these in full sunlight conditions will always be problematic and the PS shadow/highlight filter can help only to a certain point. My suggestion would be to redo the shot on an overcast day with less contrast or even better - go for a brown cow which would show off the face even better. (I know its not a perfect world and you may not have the time to go back - but sure worth a try! Regards.
Joggie

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Joggie van Staden Joggie van Staden   {K:41700} 6/27/2006
Welcome back Hugo! Excellent angle producing very interesting results. I like the inclusion of the grass culms in the foreground to add perspective. I agree on the problem of detail in the face - not sure if I agree with the recommendations. The problem here is the great contrast between the white clouds, white parts of the cow and shiny nose against the pitch-black skin over the face and main body. To balance these in full sunlight conditions will always be problematic and the PS shadow/highlight filter can help only to a certain point. My suggestion would be to redo the shot on an overcast day with less contrast or even better - go for a brown cow which would show off the face even better. (I know its not a perfect world and you may not have the time to go back - but sure worth a try! Regards.
Joggie

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Riny Koopman Riny Koopman   {K:102879} 6/27/2006
Dg Hugo,Hele mooie compositie,je heb toch niet in de koeie vlaai gelegen he! LOL. Groet,Riny

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Carlen Schmidt Carlen Schmidt   {K:6979} 6/27/2006
Haven't forgotten about you, just had to shoot a cow.

No pun intended, right? :P Just kidding.

I don't have a real critique other than I like the perspective. I'm sure it was tricky to get the lighting right with it being a sunny day. (looks like that anyway)

I also like what Phil changed except I wouldn't lighten the eyes so much.

Sounds like you had fun doing this shoot. No problem mixing it up a little bit. :)

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Ian McIntosh Ian McIntosh   {K:42997} 6/27/2006
Glorious! Would be beautiful at four square metres indeed.

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Dave Arnold Dave Arnold   {K:55680} 6/27/2006
hahaha... Hugo, this gal is looking at you like "are you whacked or something?". Great low angle and I like the wide angle lens on this, hope you looked where you were laying, first.

Best wishes,
Dave

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John-Eric Lemieux John-Eric Lemieux   {K:3045} 6/27/2006
Good point of view like the cow!Nice color, beautiful sky

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Phillip  Minnis    Phillip  Minnis    {K:13131} 6/27/2006
Hugo, I think it would be so rewarding for someone to want one of my photos to use as a print.

It must be a great feeling for you that someone has chosen you to capture an image to decorate their home or office. Good on you!

Did you see this one that I uploaded last night (whilst trying to keep awake until 1.00am to watch the soccer)?

http://www.usefilm.com/Image.asp?ID=1135224

I received a real thrill when one of the people, who commented on this image, stated that his wife would like this print hanging in their home.

I wish that I had the confidence to actually look into getting some of my collage images printed. However, I am constantly filled with doubts that anyone would, firstly, want one of my images in their home or office and, secondly, would want to pay for the priviledge!!!! LOL

What do you think of this one?

Cheers

Phil

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 6/27/2006
Hi Phil, this is not the sort of thing I do for a living, that's more product photography and editorials - or better, the combination between product development, marketing and product photography.

I did a few product shoots and brochure stuff with this guy, and we worked closely together for a while - and still are. That's how one thing lead to another... Come to think of it, this is the first time I've ever done anything like this, but I wouldn't mind doing it more often - it's a "I'll see what I can do" kind of deal, so no stress involved. The only preparation it took was to sketch a composition on a whiteboard, so I understood what he wanted. So when I headed out into "the open" last weekend, I drove past a field of cows, and jumped at the opportunity....

Cheers,

Hugo

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Phillip  Minnis    Phillip  Minnis    {K:13131} 6/27/2006
Oh, Hugo, it was a pleasure!

How did you receive this commission? Do you, actually, do this type of thing for a living?

Phil

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 6/27/2006
Hi Phil,

Thanks for your rework, I think you summed it up perfectly, and it includes all points I already discussed with my client - would've derived at an almost identical version to yours if this huge print would be hanging in my living room.

I'll definitely add the highlights in the eye, but they were happy with the tall grass - personally, I would remove it too, exactly as you suggested. I'd even consider a reshoot to reduce the amount of grass, but thankfully, that isn't needed...:)

much appreciated!

Cheers,

hugo

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Manu    Manu     {K:13082} 6/27/2006
Excellent composition and POV...it creates and demands attention. With regards to the shadow or lack of flash why not lift this area in PS...should be quite straightforward.

I feel the whole shot needs a little more saturation especially the sky and the grass....give at a real zing. Its a pretty comic shot so I think it could take some more saturation.

Still like it though and worth the stings and the smell of cow-poo...!

Cheers

Manu

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Ursula Luschnig Ursula Luschnig   {K:21723} 6/27/2006
I don't know if you know the german word "Sommerfrische "...but that's exactly what comes over to me. A very cheerful and relaxed summerfeeling.
Cheers,Ursula

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AJ Miller AJ Miller   {K:49168} 6/27/2006
Your about is hilarious, your point of view unusual. Not surprisingly, there's a very puzzled look on this cow's face, although I can't see her eyes clearly. The blue of the sky is beautiful, the green of the grass a little subdued. This sure would make a striking 2x2m print!

John

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Fadel J Fadel J   {K:13974} 6/27/2006
Excellent angle making this cow look very unusual and funny, I think the exposure was clever in the first place given the black color of the cow, I also like Philip's version a lot with the eyes more visible which I think gives this cow the character. Beautiful work as always Hugo!

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66419} 6/27/2006
Great use of that lens for this perspective Hugo!
The image is bold and well balanced!
I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
The sky looks great in the background. The image is just slightly dreamy looking, but not too far over the edge.
Andre

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Caterina  Berimballi Caterina  Berimballi   {K:27299} 6/27/2006
I know many cows I'd love to shoot. Sadly, not as attractive as this creature, but their chewing style is remarkably similar and that's a good enough reason as any. A 2x2 meter print? Wow, that's some bovine love for you...

Well, looks like most folk have had a go and there's not much I can add except to say I think it's a fantastic shot. And it is.

Sure, you could have used more fill, but do you really want to go full scale? I'm predicting this may lead to a real-life version of Phil's "whites in its eyes". Only, you won't see it or be able to capture it through the cow's hoof, which has come down squarly on your head because the beast is frightened out of its mind after being blinded.

But hey, it's your call...

Seriously, I'm always amazed at how much thought and effort you put into your work. Whether it be re-ordering nature's alchemy or getting right into the thick of it. It's all good and always a pleasure to see what you've been up to.

Cheers
Rina.

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Toshi  Toshi    {K:11924} 6/27/2006
Wonderful portrait of this cow Hugo. I do like the low perspective to this, especially with the wide angle, but perhaps the blades of grass are a bit too long and can distract the eye. Never the less the overall feel of this photo is a winner. Nicely done.

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Paul Lara Paul Lara   {K:88096} 6/27/2006
What a strong perspective the ultra-wide lens gave this shot, Hugo. Mooo to Yooo! ;)

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Phillip  Minnis    Phillip  Minnis    {K:13131} 6/27/2006
A nice image, Hugo, captured from a great perspective!

I made a couple of changes to the image.

Firstly, I removed the small piece of vertical grass that is at the end of the horizontal piece of grass in its mouth.

Secondly, I took the top off of the grass just to the left of the cow's nostril.

And, lastly, I lightened the whites in its eyes. I may have overdone this a little, however, I think this change adds to the image.

Mate, I can assure you, I do not pretend to be some master of this art, just a rank amateur, offing my opinion on how I would adjust the image, if it were mine.

You are welcome to discount everything I have suggested - I will not be offended!

I hope your clients are very happy with this image - they should be!

Cheers

Phil

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Gayle's Eclectic Photos Gayle's Eclectic Photos   {K:91109} 6/27/2006
hahaha...what a fun wide angle shot,Hugo!
The low perspective is inspired and enhances the cow's expression...the earrings are a bit flashy..LOL..but glam shots do require certain accessories!...i do miss the catch-lights in the eyes,but minor issue in the overall capture...great timing to capture the cow chewing the grass and i think the sunny day sweep of clouds provides the perfect backdrop...good work!

i have a fondness for cows/steers and here is a soft portrait of one i did some time back that you may get a kick out of...he was HUGE!!!

http://www.usefilm.com/image/310361.html

regards,gayle

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Michael Kanemoto Michael Kanemoto   {K:22115} 6/26/2006
Smell the Dairy Air!

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 6/26/2006
Moooooohahahahaahaahaaaaaa!

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Shane O'Neill   {K:3054} 6/26/2006
very a-MOO-sing! .. (sorry!)

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Rashed Abdulla Rashed Abdulla   {K:163889} 6/26/2006
Very intersting image , great composition here, wonderful details and colors.

Wishing you all of the best Dear Hugo.

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Jeanette Hägglund Jeanette Hägglund   {K:59855} 6/26/2006
I can hear the cow chew ... i like this low angle. A nice work done here to get a perfect exposed black skin/fur and still have a nice sky as well. So international look of this, at least nordic
Well done Hugo!

Jeanette

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Katia Cutrone Katia Cutrone   {K:12940} 6/26/2006
Impressive...like a comics!

Welcome back.

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Gerhard Hoogterp   {K:4863} 6/26/2006
Wonderful shot and I can see this hanging on a wall..
To bad you can't see his hairdo as I got a soft spot for the hairdo of cows since I spend some time studying the subject while sailing in Fryslan.
Anyhow, nothing to add.. just a wonderful shot!

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RC. Dany RC. Dany   {K:64104} 6/26/2006
Excellent .

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 6/26/2006
Hi Jinggoy,

All very true, bringing out the lot would definitely have produced a better result, showing more of the skin and muscle structures. I think in that case, the long grass would also have to be less of a clutter.

The initial idea I had was to shoot the cow in the middle of the field, also capturing it's paws (feet?) It would also require some assistance to make the cow pose as planned, and I'm not sure if a cow is that docile...:)

I stood half-way in a trench, getting my feet wet, leaning over, not looking through the view finder to get the camera closer, whilst trying to maintain my equilibrium by clutching at nettles... Not the most comfortable position for a good shoot - Guess I have to come better prepared next time.

I appreciate your feedback, I might just go for the full scale attack, and bring out the studio gear. You and Randy pinpointed what bugged me (but couldn't put my finger on) perfectly - thanks!

Cheers,

Hugo

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Jinggoy Montenejo Jinggoy Montenejo   {K:7736} 6/26/2006
Hi Hugo,
Yes, the nose is lighted, but you'll need some more detail under his face and body... Just my thought.
Actually, aside from strobes, I think reflectors would work to get good lighting under his head and lower body, but in your case the light position is a bit difficult (light is behind you, and for this subject easier said than done). I think you've done well considering the situation.

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Karina Brys Karina Brys   {K:16541} 6/26/2006
A classic and very well done!

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Randy Lorance Randy Lorance   {K:24769} 6/26/2006
Yeah, I like cow comps! I think there should be a dedicated project...like "the Incredible, Edible Cow". Actually the world would be such a peaceful place if cows ruled the world. :)
This shot's interest is increased tremendously by the blade of grass in her mouth and the low perspective(watch those cow pies!). I agree with Jinggoy that more even lighting may have been desirable, perhaps fill flash. Don't know how cow might react to flash though. I like the puffy white clouds in blue sky as background.

Randy

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 6/26/2006
Hi Jinggoy,

Thanks for the feedback and the excellent critique... Using a strobe is a good point too, and one I considered, but decided against because I didn't want to scare off the cow, nor the curious farmer approaching me. It does lack the highlights in the eyes, though.

Given the lighting (rather low, but straight behind me, - see also the reflection in her wet nose) a fill flash would've reduced the shadow under her chin, but there's already quite some texture and details on top of the nose - Do you think it needs more?

Cheers,

Hugo

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Jinggoy Montenejo Jinggoy Montenejo   {K:7736} 6/26/2006
Hi,
Excellent perspective on this cow! I wonder though if using a strobe to "lighten" his face up a little bit would work. Will also add at a catch light to his eyes- just my nitpicking. BTW, amazing gallery you have!

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Gorilla  K Gorilla  K   {K:17526} 6/26/2006
a very nice perspective and takes photos so nicely...from because of stupid cow, on that it does not hit...nice model!
very well taken,hugo!!!

winfried

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Paolo Corradini Paolo Corradini   {K:59552} 6/26/2006
wow great point of view i like it and your colors are atrong and perfect well done
Paolo

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