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John's Cows

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 5 February 2012 in Animal & Insect.

These are some of our neighbor's pasture grazed cattle. John raises them for meat and sells they by the whole, half or quarter steer. Not organic, but meat from animals that are treated well. John and his family are making it, barely, as a full-time farmers on a small farm that has been in John's family for several generations.

NIKON D300 1/200 second F/6.3 ISO 200 200 mm


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Marcie from United States

Oh...I love these cows!!! There is something about their faces - so soft..so gentle..so very sweet. And - I especially like the composition with the hay bales (are they hay bales?) filling the frame and adding context and balance.

5 Feb 2012 12:44pm

@Marcie: Thanks, Marcie. :-) Yes, they are hay bales--big round ones seem to be popular around here--they can easily be moved with a tractor.

Lydia.Dd from de partout et de nulle part, France

Looks like a painting , very beautiful !!

5 Feb 2012 1:05pm

@Lydia.Dd: Thank you for visiting and commenting. :-)

Lokesh from Hyderabad, India

i really love you processing of the images...... they create a different mood altogether.... and this one is very well framed.....

5 Feb 2012 1:52pm

@Lokesh: Thank you. Textures are fun to play with. :-)

Vert Pomme from Montreuil Sous Bois, France

Très jolies ces vaches j'adore ces nimaux. Très jolie composition.

5 Feb 2012 2:11pm

@Vert Pomme: Thank you! I enjoy seeing the cows every day.

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Marcia and I love all things flowers, rabbits, and cows. A lovely portrait Anita and a great use of texture.

5 Feb 2012 2:18pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

What a beautifully composed shot, Anita. You caught the cows in a perfect pose. Great feel to this. The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is going on now and yesterday the kids auctioned off their prize steers to earn money for scholarships. Times are hard for ranchers everywhere, but it is so wonderful to see the public support these kids and their families. The Stock Show here is one of the tops in the country in raising money for kids to go to school.

5 Feb 2012 3:47pm

Anita Pena from Bretagne, France

Magnific ! j'adore

5 Feb 2012 4:34pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

i just love the clarity of this image you captured here.. even more so with the textured look.. :)

5 Feb 2012 6:25pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Excellent image and great photoshop work.

5 Feb 2012 7:45pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

Nice image

5 Feb 2012 9:07pm

@Paul: Thank you for visiting and commenting!

RBL from Oxford, United States

This is fantastic ~ beautiful colors, textures and composition. A great mood of the farm!

6 Feb 2012 12:13am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

The texture becomes so much part of the scene y'd think it was there on the day - and certified organic !

6 Feb 2012 7:23am

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

A beautiful and really well composed rural scene. Light and tones are splendid, and so is your post-processing!

6 Feb 2012 7:59am

janina from Melbourne, Australia

They're beautiful cattle. The work you've done brings the cow on the left right out to meet us, almost 3D, and the overall effect is one of an old painting, which I like. 4stars. ;OD

6 Feb 2012 8:12am

@janina: Thank you for commenting. I'm glad you like it.

Chantal from Terheijden, Netherlands

love the natural tones Anita

6 Feb 2012 9:28am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

A wonderful depiction of a pastoral scene that many of us do not see in person anymore.

6 Feb 2012 10:57am

@Julie L. Brown: Thank you, Julie. I am fortunate to see this scene every day. :-)

oncho from granada, Spain

Great portfolio, excellent work

6 Feb 2012 12:28pm

@oncho: Thank you for visiting and commenting. :-)

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Nice image and processing

7 Feb 2012 12:35pm

Jim Wilson from Malvern, Pennsylvania, United States

Nicely done, Anita. You just keep getting better with these textures.

7 Feb 2012 9:51pm

Michelle from Elverson, United States

Oh, I like this one very much! The processing is terrific!

8 Feb 2012 5:26pm

Brenda from Canton, Ohio, United States

Fantastic post processing. I love the cow's expression and the way you have composed this shot.

9 Feb 2012 1:27am

Trina from Pennsylvania, United States

Fantastic! Love the texture and processing.

9 Feb 2012 12:06pm

Jim from Fort Worth, United States

The post processing is superb. One has to love the life of farming and ranching to do it. There's not a lot of financial gain but a lot of satisfaction. There's something to be said for that.

10 Feb 2012 9:51pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

magnifique post traitement.

20 Feb 2012 10:09pm

1/200 second
ISO 200
200 mm