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Mother's Day Cow Hunting

This mother's day it was decided that mom needed a large printed portrait of a particularly interesting cow for her new house. So we set out in to the Applegate Valley in search of bovine beauty. Loaded with my 5D MK2 and my 70mm - 200mm F2.8 IS we began our search for a cow or ideally set of cows that there relatively close to the fence. This didn't prove to be an easy task as I struggled to fill the frame at 200mm.

I wanted to get much closer than this and knowing these would eventually be a full size print, I didn't want to have to crop in post. 200mm f/4.5 1/2500 sec

I wanted to get much closer than this and knowing these would eventually be a full size print, I didn't want to have to crop in post. 200mm f/4.5 1/2500 sec

With nothing longer than 200mm in my arsenal, it became clear to mom and I that we needed to find some cows that were much closer to the road side fence. Either that or we would have to bait them. Yes you read that correctly... bait...

Luckily we eventually found some happy cows on a beautiful farm just a little further down the road. To my great surprise, even though they were standing next to a perfectly lush pasture they ambled over to our location greedily for some "other side of the fence" hay and I was finally able to fill my frame with cow face. 

While this little girl was definitely attractive, we were after a charismatic adult.  200mm  f/3.5  1/800 sec

While this little girl was definitely attractive, we were after a charismatic adult.  200mm  f/3.5  1/800 sec

Notice the bits of cow bait flying in the air in this shot!  70 mm  f/4.5  1/1600 sec

Notice the bits of cow bait flying in the air in this shot!  70 mm  f/4.5  1/1600 sec

This ones furled brow made her look a bit upset.   70mm  f/4.5  1/1000 sec

This ones furled brow made her look a bit upset.  70mm  f/4.5  1/1000 sec

This girl moved one of her ears back for a brief moment and I let the shutter fly. Any expression from a cow is a good expression!  85mm  f/11  1/200 sec

This girl moved one of her ears back for a brief moment and I let the shutter fly. Any expression from a cow is a good expression!  85mm  f/11  1/200 sec

We've named her Miss Punkie C and she was our favorite of the bunch. She will soon be hanging in mom's house.  110 mm  f/11  1/125 sec

We've named her Miss Punkie C and she was our favorite of the bunch. She will soon be hanging in mom's house.  110 mm  f/11  1/125 sec

It was a fun day to hunt cows with the camera and we had a great time trying to capture the shot. It was a first for me and there's no doubt I will soon be targeting cows with my camera. In post processing I was after a color saturated sharp and fun treatment, borderline surreal treatment. In all honesty, I spent a lot of time cloning out various bits of snot, slobber and flies but considering the subject matter I did so guilt free. 

Photographically, I find them to be every bit as interesting and charismatic as shooting dogs. As well an added benefit is that they tend to move a lot slower and stare at you intently without much effort. When the project was all said and done I was amazed at how expressive their faces were. They all seem to have perfected the thousand mile stare and in looking at the photos, it's easy to think there is more going on behind those eyes then you would think.