WIRR 2017, May Week 4

We spent the weekend visiting family in Oklahoma.  They live on a farm, and I often spend hours walking or driving a Gator around the fields and forests.  On this particular day, I went in search of images along a picturesque hedgerow.  I didn’t find anything, but tracked down their herd of cattle instead.  Turning off the Gator, I waited for the cows to relax and come introduce themselves.  As curiosity overrode anxiety, they came over to investigate, and I made a collection of bovine portraits.  When we both got bored with each other, I started up the Gator again and headed for home.  They climbed the hill ahead of me, directly into the sun.  The rule is that you shouldn’t overexpose your images, but for this image I did so intentionally.  I wanted this image to evoke the feeling of a hot summer day.  You can hear the cicadas, feel the hot humid air, watch as the cattle kick up the dust (flies?) as they hasten up the hillside.  This was my favorite image of the week.

 

 

Cattle Drive

 

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at  55mm, f/11 at 1/125; ISO 800.

 

Digital Darkroom.   Was the light really this golden?  Yes, because I said it was.  I used Lightroom’s split toning tools to supercharge the yellows.  I warmed the image further by playing with the white balance.  The intentional overexposure was shot in-camera. 

 

WIRR stands for Weekly Image Rich Ruh.  This regular feature on Das Has von Ruh will show and describe my favorite photo created during this weekly period. My weeks start on Mondays, as does the WIRR. I’m hoping to include commentary on the story, the setting, the specs, or the sentiments, depending on the circumstances.