Going out on a photo shoot takes time, concentration and, now and then, a bit of luck. The general idea is to carefully notice everything around me and look for potential angles and light displays that captivate my inner artist. It could be the light of the early morning sun as it hits a bird in just the right way, or the shade of a palm tree protecting a flower from the harshest of the sun’s rays.
But, as hard as I try, sometimes I do not realize what I have captured until I get home and start intensively critiquing and processing my raw work. Such is the case with our new piece of art Striped Cow. The pattern of stripes and color on her head and flanks was simply mesmerizing.
She turned her head in my direction giving me that classical bovine look of curiosity with ears propped up listening to see if I was a threat to her peace and quiet. In the field I noticed she turned her body slightly to get a better view of my approach. She was only interested in what I was going to do. More than likely worried that I meant her or her herd possible harm. I always find it humorous that cattle do not seem to think that the same fence that keeps them from harming you also keeps us from approaching and harming them.
In any case, it wasn’t until the final stages of processing these pictures that my attention caught the unusual. I was working on the edges to give it that classic overexposed vignette when I noticed the anomaly.
It appears out indelible friendly cow only has 3 legs. It’s not true of course. She had four legs when I took the shot, however, the angle of her far right front leg matches up perfectly with her left front leg. Further adding to the illusion is the blackish striping she has at the top of her leg. It makes her shoulder appear to camouflage into the rest of her flank.
A strange illusion indeed and definitely not one that you see everyday. Sometimes it is the hidden illusion in a picture that add that sense of wonder to a piece. I believe this is such a case.
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