Anatomy of a photo #8: Morning calf and fence

I really like this picture, but it is not technically perfect

This is not one of the technically best images, as there are highlights in the calves face that are blown out (detail is lost in the white, because it is a little overexposed). Also, the calves face is more centered than what most photographers would recommend. It is however an image that I rather like.

It is the calf, and it’s expression- both of body and face- that make this picture work despite it’s technical flaws. Part of that expression comes from different elements of the image. The strand of barbed wire curling in the image. The low angle of the incoming light striking the side of the calves face, the warm morning color of the light…

I used a 70-200 mm lens on this image. I exposed more for the shadowed parts of the calf, since exposing for the white parts in the sun would have u derexposed the rest of the age so much that it would nearly have been a silhouette.

Yet another early morning picture. You can tell by the low angle of the light, how it is hitting the calf all from one side, and not from above. This helps give warmer colors to the image. There is a hood on the camera lens to keep light from the sun, which was nearly at 90 degrees to me, fr hitting the lens and causing unsightly flares.

About Galen Leeds Photography

Nature and wildlife photographer, exploring the world on his feet and from his kayak. Among other genres, he is one of the leading kayak photographers in Northern California. To learn more about him, visit him on his website-
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1 Response to Anatomy of a photo #8: Morning calf and fence

  1. Vicki says:

    I like it also

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