RPRT Photo is taking a week off to brush up on computer skills and do some shooting out in the field. I’ll return to regular posting by August 10th.
In the meantime, as I have time in between classroom sessions and field work, I’ll throw some thing up. Like this cow that I shot this afternoon. Generally speaking, shooting in dappled light conditions (mixed light and shadow) is a huge no-no, since the exposures are too far apart, and you wind up with either blown-out highlights or detail-less shadows, or even both.
But in this shot, even though the cow is in the sun (enough sun to cast a shadow on the grass), the evening light falling on her, filtered through oak leaves, is soft enough to get plenty of detail in her coat. I generally begin shooting at minus 2/3rds of a stop as a starting point to ensure detail in my light objects, check my thumbnail and my histogram, and adjust accordingly to eliminate unwanted “blinkies.” Minus 2/3rds was perfect for the body of this cow in this soft light.
I love her coloring. (I’m a sucker for animals with “socks.”) And the evening light just made her beautiful orange face glow with golden highlights.
And I also like the way her shadow on the grass accentuates the length and curve of her graceful horns. Rules are made to be broken!