The Super Moon on January 1, 2018

The image below is my manipulated version of an ordinary image of an iconic, Longhorn Steer.  The image was shot handheld at the Mariposa Ranch in Sandia, TX. It was a casual shoot with a Canon EOD 70D and an 18-135MM lens.  I incorporated a separate image of the Super Moon of January 1, 2018, into the scene.

Ironically, The Texas Longhorn did not originate inTexas. They are descendants of the first cattle brought into the New World by Christopher Columbus and the Spanish colonists and have a high drought-stress tolerance. Texas Longhorns are known for their diverse coloring and can be any color or mix of colors, but dark red and white color mixes were the most dominant. Early US settlers in Texas obtained feral Mexican cattle from the borderland between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande and mixed them with their own eastern cattle. The result was a tough, rangy animal with long legs and long horns extending up to seven feet. Although this interbreeding was of little consequence to the makeup of a Longhorn, it did alter color. The varieties of color ranged from bluish-grey, and various yellowish hues, to browns, black, ruddy and white, both cleanly bright and dirty-speckled.

Adobe RAW was used to manipulate various image elements to create an image that some peeps might call art!

The video below is a mini tutorial … enjoy!

Tutorial Step by Step


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If you like to learn more about the history of the longhorn, click here to read an article from the Texas State Historical Association.