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AdirahsEyes July 30, 2017
What a powerhouse!! Well captured. Adira
sweetpea72 January 08, 2018
this is a gorgeous shot, ❤ this..Congrats! シ
Capture-Life January 08, 2018
LOOVE this ..!! Simply perfect :):):)
LacPhoto January 15, 2018
Powerful image congrats

Portrait of a Highlander





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Behind The Lens

I took this foto at the Deelerwoud, which is situated between two national parks in The Netherlands. Since it's a combination of forest and moor, and has a lot of wildlife, it's an idyllic place for photography.
I always go out early in the morning before sunrise. For me it's the best time of the day where you have the best light conditions and are able to see a lot of wildlife. This shot was taken early in the morning when it just rained a bit.
As said, for me sunrise brings the best light conditions. The moment I took this shot the weather wasn't that good, it just stopped raining and the sky was clearing up. But the little bit of fog that was formed created a perfect background for the Highland Cow to stand out.
I handheld my Canon 5D Mark III with the 70-200mm f2.8 lens wide open at f2.8 with a shutter speed of 1/400 sec.
The Deelerwoud for me is place where I love to shoot some wildlife since there is 99% chance you run into them at certain times. That morning I went out with a friend in search for some deer and Highland cattle. I always wanted to make a good portrait shot of this black Highland Cow which is one of the few black ones in a mainly brown herd. One where you can feel the power and muscularity of this animal. On our way home we ran into him and I was able to come in front of him at a safe distance to get the shot.
I process all my shots in Lightroom and this one too. I always start with minor tweaking through some of my presets which I developed during the years. In this shot I adjusted the basic colors a bit to a more cool setting and added a vignet and some basic sharpening.
In my camera bag
I own a Canon 5D Mark III full-frame camera with a the following lenses;16-35mm f4, 24-105mm f4 and 70-200mm f2.8. The last one is my favorite lens for wildlife and shooting in the forest.
I always keep an eye on the weather forecast since I like to shoot in 'moody' weather where it's partially cloudy, fog is formed or with a high humidity. These for me are the key ingredients for a nice setting and good mood at sunrise. When shooting Highland cattle always be aware that they're 'wild' animals so keep a safe distance, especially when there are calfs involved!

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