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King of the Mountain

King of the Mountain
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Copyright: John Stewart (jstewart) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 0 N: 125] (609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon CP 8800
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-21 22:38
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 24
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This is a Bighorn Mountain Sheep (Ovis Canadensis). Other names are California Bighorn Sheep and Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. Their range is the alpine meadows and foothills in the Rockies (Rocky Mountains) in the Western part of Canada and the USA. Their fantastic horns are prized by hunters as trophies but fortunately that's a dying breed - the hunters, I mean! This guy has a ratty looking coat because this shot was ijn June and he's moulting - losing his thick, warm winter coat so as to keep cool in the summer. He was having a pee at the top of this ledge and I was lucky to catch him motionless in this commanding pose.
Don't confuse the mountain sheep with mountain goats. They also inhabit the Rockies, but are usually higher up the mountains, are shy, and are white with pointed and straight, smaller horns.
There's a bit of Photoshop touching up here: Levels, hues, dodge and burn, sharpening.

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Amazing POV, really I mean it.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-09-21 23:57]

Hi John
DOF is amazing, you must have been very close!
lovely compo and of course BG

Hi John,
This is a wonderful composition. Fore- and background are beautiful.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-22 1:14]

Hello John,
Great capture of a Mountain Sheep ram beautifully composed in its natural environment. Superb pose and POV to give us a fine view of the mountainous BG and despite that both the sheep and the mountains are sharp, the sheep stands out well in this lighting and composition.
Well done and TFS!

Very good one, John
Wonderful environment.
A pee, the Rockies and a good photographer:-)

Hello John,
This is a fine composition with an impressive fellow!
In spite he is in the process of throwing the winter fur he looks great, and stands out in an almost 3D effect on the background!
Pablo -

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-22 3:12]

Hello John,
Fantastic photo. The DOF is perfect. Great composition and environment.

Hi John
Oh yes! Fantastic. Great scenery, fantastic light and cloud and sky mosaic in buckground. Very good composition.
Very very good job
Best wishes

Wonderful John.
Another National Geographic shot here.
Just wonderful composition and colour.
POV,DOF,exposure are all perfect.
Excellent job!

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-09-22 11:30]

Hi John,
A excellent point of view. Beautiful picture of Canadian's beauties. Great colors and excellent depth of field. Les montagnes sont vraiement impressionnantes :-)
Thanks for sharing,


Hi John,a very nice capture,very good exposure and focus on the mountain sheep.Coloration,details,clarity excellent,well done.


That's a nice shot. I like the low contrast levels. Nice look all around!

Hello John

this is a great image of the mountain sheep
with his natural environment.

the sheeps pose and the angle from
you took your photo are excellent

i like the high mountain atmosphere of your image
with the excellent details of the background with the clouds



Very appropriate title: such a majestic pose.
Not using too big a telelens comes up with a nice view of the mountain. Moulting usually make them a little ugly but not that one.

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