The destination that morning was the Cossatot River State Park and Natural Area. The Cossatot River is well known for its scenery and challenges to floaters, canoeists, and kayakers alike. I was anxious to be there, but as I drove by a pasture in a valley along US Highway 71, I saw this scene.
An ordinary morning for many farms, cattle gathered near a pond with misty fog surrounding the area, and backlit by the sun. I drove past it, thinking how nice a little picture it was. Then, about two miles down the road, at the highway 23 junction rest area, I turned around and went back…
Fortunately, there was enough shoulder on the road that I could park the car safely, get my camera and trusty old Minolta 70-210 lens, and look for a vantage point to create a photograph that captured some of the magic of the moment. I shot verticals; I shot horizontals. I moved up and down the road; I moved closer. I set exposure, with the idea of showing the light in the fog, and letting the cows become shadowy silhouettes. The image shown here is actually a horizontal crop from one of the verticals shot.
Tech stuff: Sony Alpha 77, Minolta 70-210 f/4 lens, ISO 200, 1/1500 sec, f/11, focal length 105mm. The date was March 29, 2012 – check back for more photos from that day; I did eventually make it to the Cossatot. 🙂