Cambodian Workhorses
by: © Bob Costall (20+y expr.)
9.3
Overall
Rating
9
General
impression
9
Subject
of photo
8
Composition
& Perspective
10
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
10
Depth
of field
9
Color &
Lighting
10
Focus
General
impression
Bob, I like this image. Its a wonderful travel photo that provides, I'm sure, a real flavor of the country and the moment. Here's a few things you may wish to consider or employ in regards to this image.
9/10
Subject
of photo
This photo is a very good 'story telling' image. It has interest because it is both a travel image and one that implies movement an activity that is moving towards the viewer.
9/10
Composition
& perspective
I think this image is composed pretty well. The motion and lines of the water buffalo are diagonal and suggest dynamic action. I think the point of view from the normal standing point is not particularly powerful but effective nonetheless. I like that there is space in front of the herd for them to move into.
8/10
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
I always contend that any exposure settings or combination thereof, that result in a good photo, are just perfect. I think everything worked well here. The relatively low ISO ensures a good quality image and since the light was apparently bright enough it allowed for a sufficiently fast shutter speed and good aperture to ensure focus and resolution from foreground to back.
10/10
Depth
of field
Fine
10/10
Color &
Lighting
I like that you chose to render this image as a black and white. The color image is compelling (thank you for providing it) but the colors of the water buffalo and the surrounding countryside make it difficult to obtain separation of your subject. The black and white helps in that but doesn't eliminate the issue entirely as the background is very complex and contains a lot of distracting shapes and lines. Nonetheless the image is very compelling and the treatment here is appropriate. I'm guessing that there is a bit of a subtle red or magenta color cast photo filter applied to the black and white image.
9/10
Focus
good and sharp
10/10
Description
Near the end of my Cambodian trip I hadn't had a chance to photograph water buffaloes. Then, near the end of the day on an unrelated expedition, this herd was being urged  see all >
Near the end of my Cambodian trip I hadn't had a chance to photograph water buffaloes. Then, near the end of the day on an unrelated expedition, this herd was being urged toward their evening corral. I quickly took several photos while the buffaloes were on the move in the hope of capturing a typical late evening Cambodian event.
Technical Details

X-E1

Lens: XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Exposure time: 1/320 sec ,Auto ,Auto
F-stop: F7.1
ISO: 200
Focal length: 44.4 mm
White balance: Custom
Exposure program: Aperture-priority AE
Metering mode: Multi-segment
Date and time: 31 Mar 2017 03:33
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Original size: 3784px X 2523px
Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6.9 (Windows)
Reviewed by GuruShots Pro
Don Mace
20+ Years
United States
Nature
344 Jobs
How to improve your photo
1.
I think the photo works just fine, nonetheless I'll put some ideas out for you to consider in the presentation of your image. One of the issues that a photo with this much scenic and background detail has, is the difficulty in separating your subject from the background. Yours are not subsumed by it but they do blend pretty well with it. Consider changing your point of view when shooting a scene like this to perhaps a lower, more personal point of view by squatting and getting down lower. This will have the effect of putting the cattle more on an eye to eye level with the viewer and give a more powerful sense of their presence.
2.
Also, since the tonal values of the cattle are very close to the background, consider using the technique that we discussed in your previous submission using the radial tool and lighting the cattle differently by darkening the surrounding area somewhat in relation to the subject. You can do this as lightly or dramatically as you wish but its worth playing around with to pop them out of the scene a bit.
3.
Also you can try dodging the highlights and burning (subtly) the water buffalo to further separate them from the background. Either of these suggestions make sure to do on a separate layer if you can.
4.
I like the story telling aspect of this image. You mentioned in your details that the cattle were being herded. I assume someone was herding the cattle. Perhaps inclusion of a person herding them (if one was indeed present) would add another dimension to the story telling aspect of this image. Not critical, but simply another added interest item that viewers generally resonate with.
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Don Mace
Experience: 20+ Years
I have been happily capturing images for over 35 years. My formative years were spent shooting 35mm film and/or slide transparencies. My workflow is now totally digital. I primarily shoot nature, scenic, landscapes, architectural, macro and, now and then, people. I am viscerally drawn to simpl...
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