10 | June
"Supper Time!"
General: 7:14 PM on 6/9/05 | Canon 300D
Technical: 1/80sec | f/7.1 | 100mm (160mm) | ISO-100
Exposure Mode: Av (Aperture Priority)
Exposure Bias: +2/3
Flash: No

I went out shooting last night and didn't come back with very many shots, even less of which are any good. I originally intended this photo to be in color but since there isn't much color I went b&w. I'm not sure if I like it or not, but I didn't have anything else to post and thought I might as well post something recent.

Farms like this one can be found inbetween residential areas in the southern Phoenix suburbs. It is not an uncommon site. The area is just growing too fast and the farmers who have been here for so long are suddenly inundated with housing developers and people moving in from all over the country. The famers are not easily giving up the only way of life they have ever known, but with the land becoming worth more and more every day, many times it is economically foolish not to sell. Ok, enough about the local housing market.

Also congrats to Mark Henspeter of Northern Exposure on his new photoblog. Some great nature shots; be sure to check them out.

categories: architecture monochrome

Thoughts of: Ian
June 10th, 2005 at 2:52 AM

Took me a while before I realised what it is - a whole row of cows munching - looks great in B&W

Thoughts of: philip
June 10th, 2005 at 3:51 AM

lol ive never seen so many cows.... exellent photo. Nice perspective, and i like the shade of the sky.

Thoughts of: Chantal
June 10th, 2005 at 4:06 AM

The perspective is great indeed..... I like the idea and the shooting angle is very good.

Thoughts of: jens
June 10th, 2005 at 4:10 AM

very nice shot. like it! It transports perfectly the image of so many cows...

Thoughts of: Chet
June 10th, 2005 at 5:43 AM

Interesting title. You can either think "Mmm, hay" or "Mmm, hamburgers".

Thoughts of: Houser
June 10th, 2005 at 5:52 AM

Interesting. I never knew cows raced the track.

Thoughts of: zerosun
June 10th, 2005 at 8:09 AM

i thougth this was a race track at first. then i looked closer and noticed they were cows. man that would be one slow race.

Thoughts of: frisky?
June 10th, 2005 at 8:46 AM

looks like there are getting ready for a cow race!!! aaand there're off.

Thoughts of: zac
June 10th, 2005 at 9:22 AM

like houser and frisky, when i saw the thumb in your feed i thought it was a race track! it's nice of the farmers to provide some shade for a pleasurable dining experience! what, no candles?

it's amazing how far the line goes. nice job accentuating that with perspective.

Thoughts of: yungyaw
June 10th, 2005 at 9:26 AM

Very nice perspective and I like the angle you took this shot. Feel closer to the cows. There were easily over hundred of cows. They sure make a lot of noise. :P

The birds in front of the cows makes the photo even more interesting.

Ha! This time you used +2/3 exposure bias. ;)

Thoughts of: Bekah
June 10th, 2005 at 9:31 AM

Hmm... unlike the last few commenters, I did not think that this was a race track! :-) I love the lines in this pic - very nicely done. A different kind of cattle feed lot than what the average is around here.

Thoughts of: Michael Czeiszperger
June 10th, 2005 at 9:34 AM

Hey, in my book ya can't go wrong with a shot full cows!

Thoughts of: Nik
June 10th, 2005 at 9:47 AM

The black and white really makes the photo look like something from the early twenties... although farmers did not have that kind of technology in the early twenties... it still looks aged... I like it... You, know we have tons of cows in SD... you should come up and take pictures sometime

Thoughts of: Darren
June 10th, 2005 at 10:23 AM

I agree with Nik; it does sort of look like a scene from the early 20th Century. BTW, I think two of the cows spotted you taking their picture. ;)

Thoughts of: Jamie
June 10th, 2005 at 12:55 PM

This is nice. It took me a bit to figure out the cows - but that's probably just city girl eyes not used to seeing cows :) It's quite the juxtaposition between the city / farms in Phoenix - I've seen it myself, several times while visiting there, and I always thought it was sad.

I think the B&W is nice. Sepia tones would have worked well too, IMHO. I can't imagine shooting in that blinding sun down in AZ . . . it hurts my eyes just thinking about it.

Thoughts of: Mark
June 10th, 2005 at 1:13 PM

At first I thought this was some sort of funny looking hedge. . .then I saw the cows. haha

I like it, Ryan.

Thoughts of: abe
June 10th, 2005 at 2:36 PM

Mooh yah! I like this one alot. I think it would be better if you cropped the bottom a bit more.

Thoughts of: Matt
June 10th, 2005 at 6:25 PM

As the image loaded, the LAST thing I was expecting to be under those tarps was a million cow heads! Quite a shock! :)

I like this because it's something I've never seen before and the concept of "cows as far as the eye can see" is crazy.

With b/w it almost looks like they're eating dirt or sand, but I think it looks good as is. :)

Thoughts of: n.smile
June 10th, 2005 at 9:48 PM

i like it. everyone's pretty much said everything before me, i just wanted to let you know i like it a lot. i'd like to see it in color, if you ever have the time.

Thoughts of: Ed Little, Jr.
June 11th, 2005 at 1:31 AM

I remember the 'farms' when I was a kid...I was a foster kid in Southern California. I remember traveling in a mobile home to Florence to visit another foster brother that had just moved there. I remember traveling from Mesa to Phoenix through farming communities...I even remember the Fiesta Mall when it was first built on farming land. Interesting how things change...

Thoughts of: pilgrim
June 11th, 2005 at 5:12 PM

It's really an odd looking subject, kind of a Pink Floyd album sleeve...A great composition, much better in B/W.

Thoughts of: ViSuaLLyMiNDeD
June 12th, 2005 at 9:20 AM

great shot, I like the perspective and the tones, especially the tone of the tarp with the light coming through it.

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