One walk in the New Forest on an autumn morning, and a variety of lighting opportunities and a variety of backgrounds as I captured the free roaming highland cattle. I have my 28-300mm lens, an off camera flash which I use for the first time with wildlife and my 5D mark iii.
These are the highlights….
Highland cows in the distance … using the zoom lens to focus in on the cow walking across the New Forest in the early morning sunshine.
I was stood in the shade, the cow was in the shade too – so it was important to expose for the cow and over expose the background… you can see how the sun is blowing out the highlights on the cow in the background… the only other way to capture the detail in the foreground would have been to add flash. I have not tried it with wild animals!
A side view … the cow stayed roughly in the same position and I moved my feet, his eyes are following me as I have the photobuddy, I am still shooting in the shade and with such a long focal length it is important that the shutter speed is not too slow.
Moving in on the details … what a lovely shaggy hair do .. and a challenge to get both eyes in the shot… he is a lovely cow.. but those horns could certainly do some damage.
Further on on my walk, it was about 4 km later on a circular walk I came across the cows again, this time beside a forest stream, the light is a little brighter but still low in the sky so capturing the detail on their faces is a challenge and I am desperate to add light, but dare I?
Moving around the cows, my favorite has to be the one paddling … we were then joined by a New Forest pony – both these are animals are free roaming in the New Forest! I still want to add more light to the cow .. it calls for off camera flash…
My first attempt, I am not sure the cows was too comfortable with the idea as he created a wave … did I mention those horns look scary!! I love the pony in the background framed by his horns.
Another attempt – the sun is lighting the cow on the left hand side on the image and then I am lighting the right with my flash off camera resting on the gravel path, it is not quite in the right position and I wish I had someone to move it, but it is the best I have…
Changing angles and getting remarkably close to the water and I love this shot the edge of the path creates a great leading line and the cow is still putting up with me!
My final shot … curiosity got the cow and he decided to have a closer look at my flash just as it went off… so this is a behind the scenes glimpse ….
More Highland Cow images are available in my galleries with a commercial license so suitable to be used in your New Forest marketing.