Moody Cows Preset

I was looking at this photo in Lightroom and clicked on one of the few presets I have. This is a freebie I got years ago from Flixelpix. The preset is designed for Fuji cameras, but it works so I guess it is brand agnostic.

I tweaked the image a bit afterwards by brightening up the moody cows, but it definitely changes the look of the image from the original.

Moody cows – get it?

The thing is that it goes against what I was saying on a photography forum just today – that Fuji cameras produce images that are romantic and that Nikon cameras (I took this with a Nikon D500) are more plain-Jane realistic.

This Flixelpix preset proves the error of my statement.

Nikon D500 On Test

man on bicycle navigating his way around a cow on Midsummer Common in Cambridge

Tamara and I have a trip planned where we hope to photograph some animals. According to the reviews, the Nikon D500 has ‘an uncanny ability to track moving subjects’. Not only that but it can track moving subjects that are obscured by other objects and then reappear. Clever stuff.

So I have to get some practise time in to see whether it works and how I can work with it.

Cows and cyclists are the nearest I can get to ‘field work’, and here are a couple of many shots – all bang on target and in focus. These cyclists are navigating cows that are straddling the path on Midsummer Common here in Cambridge.

Woman on bicycle navigating her way around a cow on Midsummer Common in Cambridge


I didn’t notice the flies until I put this photo into Lightroom. How does it manage not to go crazy when constantly assailed by flies?

head and shoulders of a brown cow with flies buzzing around its head.
cow grazing by a footpath

Five Cows

five cows in a line with backs to camera and leaning against a tall lamppost that is askew.

It looked like the cows could have been responsible for knocking the lamppost / street lamp askew. Maybe they did.

As I was writing the ‘Five Cows’ title, a book came into my mind – The Hawkline Monster by Richard Brautigan. It’s a kind of Western where the two cowboys are hired to find a monster that has ‘disappeared’ someone.

One of the cowboys has a habit of saying a number whenever they come across things.

So if it’s cows on the horizon he would say ‘five’. His partner got tired of it and then accepted it, then got sucked into trying to figure out what the number would relate to each time – something like that.

It’s a long time since I read the book, and that bit is just incidental to it. I recommend Richard Brautigan’s books – he wrote quite a few and there is lots to like.

Chinese Lantern Fruit

Chinese lantern fruit

I forgot I had an account with Photobox. Or rather, I forgot I had any photos stored there. Photobox reminded me today. They wrote to tell me that because it was such a long time since I last logged in, I needed to do so or I would lose my photos.

What photos? It turns out I had four photos stored there. I can’t think how long it is since I last logged in – maybe ten years.

Among the photos is this one of the fruit inside a Winter cherry, otherwise known as a Chinese lantern, otherwise known as a Japanese lantern, otherwise known as a ground cherry.

I like Chinese lanterns. I like the shape and the red colour, and especially the way the sides of the lantern disintegrate in the late summer and autumn, leaving a delicate filigree.

physalis with fruit inside

Now I have to look for one, buy it, and watch it dry out and the filigree appear.

Meanwhile, here is a Wikipedia image – although I have never seen a Chinese lantern so well preserved.

The image is creative commons subject to attributing the author who is thought to be User:TeunSpaans