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Staring from the Abyss…

by on Aug.06, 2016, under Life, Photography

I was really hoping to get a shot of one or more cows staring at me through the fog.

Staring from the Abyss

Staring from the Abyss

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 210 mm, 1/40 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

It was actually quite a difficult thing to do. It was very cold and frosty so I don’t think the cows were all that interested in moving around. However they were even less interested in having some photographer stalk them through the long grass. Flight mode kicked in and they’d scatter and wander away (and thus be facing away from me). The secret was to use a long lens and just ever so slowly sneak up without spooking them :).

I have to say the frozen spiderwebs this morning were amazing. All sorts of patterns and shapes. I’m not sure what type of spider weaves this complex mess but it really stands out with frozen dew on the fine web lines.

String Theory

String Theory

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, 1/13 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images below.

I’d recce’d this little section of track the day before. I was hoping if it did freeze up overnight that I might be able to use it for a composition like this. The compo looked ok but it was missing something. Thankfully I didn’t have to wait long before one of my fellow photographers came ambling by. It wasn’t planned but I’ll take it – tho I did eventually direct her to walk down the centre of the track – thanks Deb :).

Deb definitely wasn’t staring but she was lost in thought as she walked along the lovely country lane. I just kept taking frames until I got the one I wanted.

Frozen in Thought

Frozen in Thought

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135 mm, 1/8 sec at f/13, ISO 100

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