Photographing Cattle and Landowner Etiquette
I took a short drive today to find something to shoot. I found some cattle, a creek and some trees. All favorites of mine. No deer though ... which is what I was hoping to see. I can tell you however that cattle are fun to photograph. They usually will pose for you if you don't spook them.
Farmers and ranchers are wary about what you're doing, and will sometimes come and check you out to see if you're up to no good. I think that was the case today. I met Mr. Yadon out near his place. Once I introduced myself and explained my reason for being there he seemed fine with it. He had a little buddy with him that sure was a cute little guy. They were riding around on a 4-wheeler.
When photographing cattle on on someone's ranch use common sense. There are some things that you just should or should not do out of respect to the landowners and the cattle. First, do not trespass on their property. Stay on the road or if you aren't afraid of snakes and that other dreaded varmint ... chiggers .... you can get in the ditch. Don't get too close to the fence though. It might be "hot" and will shock you. Most importantly is that you do not spook the cattle. Walk slowly, be quiet and don't get too close. Talk softly to them if they are close by. If they appear to be wary or nervous it's best that you get back in your truck and leave them alone.
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