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On a day out with the family and friends at Ripley Castle, North Yorkshire in England, we all went for a walk in the fields surrounding the estate where the cattle roam free. Apart form the herd was this one cow who looked as if he were playing a game of ‘Hide n’ Seek’ with his friends. As soon as they came toward him, he ran away to another tree and was looking back at them. I just managed to capture two shots of him (neither are brilliant) but because it was so dark, I had to really brighten it and take some shadow away. This is the result. I think it is quite funny. I have been a ranch hand for many years and have never seen cattle as playful as this. Enjoy.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll, 28-300mm lens, f/16, shutter 1/60, ISO 200
Cokin graduated grey ND filter 120, post processing done in iPhoto

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Primarily a landscape photographer, my enjoyment of taking photos has developed from a young age. Originally from Texas, I now live in England and am surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery. I enjoy outdoor activities such as climbing, hiking, and camping. I am blessed with a wonderful wife and three terrific children. I am a strong Christian and I believe that my love of photography and any talent I posses in capturing images comes from God.

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  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...about 6 years ago

    Cheeky Cow! :-) great capture!

  • Thanks George. It was just one of those moments you know!

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputabout 6 years ago

    I see you… LOL.. Cool shot Shawn!

  • Thanks Nathalie! I was really pleased that I got it. He didn’t stay long.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltabout 6 years ago

    cool shot

  • Thank you Luda. It is very cool. It was suggested that I send it in to a butter company and have them use it for a half fat advert. lol

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • BigD
    BigDabout 6 years ago

    Well done, Bradley

  • Thank you so much Big D. It was just one of those moments you are glad your camera is around your neck and not in the car.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinabout 6 years ago

    Peek-a-moo! Nice moment captured really well Bradley.

  • LOL Thank you Vikram! I like your title better.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Johanne Brunet
    Johanne Brunetabout 6 years ago

    LOL! Where is the other half??? Nicely done!

  • Thank you Johanne. The rest of the cow is behind the tree. Don’t ask me how! That is why I took the shot, because it looked so funny and strange, like something out of a comedy film.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Appel
    Appelabout 6 years ago

    Fun shot & story but yea, where’s the other half of the cow?

  • Thank you Appel! Like I explained to Johanne, he is behind the tree. It is just so strange to see that. I didn’t alter the photo in that way. Only in brightening it up as I had my camera settings wrong.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Johanne Brunet
    Johanne Brunetabout 6 years ago

    LOL! Right! I can almost hear the piano sound when they tiptoe in animated cartoons and then hide behind a thin pole or tree. :-)

  • Bradley Shawn  Rabon
    Bradley Shawn ...about 6 years ago

    Yep! Me too! After I took the shot, I just had to laugh. My wife was holding back my little boy who wanted to run up to the cow and ruin this wonderful shot. I am so glad she has a strong grip.

  • Antoine Khater
    Antoine Khaterabout 6 years ago

    the type of shot that makes you involuntarily smile when you see them !

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