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Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep
Photo Information
Copyright: Bill Houghton (poppygan59) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 344] (2516)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF300mm 4/L IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-19 11:42
Viewed: 2153
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis)[3] is a species of sheep in North America[4] named for its large horns. These horns can weigh up to 30 pounds (14 kg), while the sheep themselves weigh up to 300 pounds (140 kg).[5] Recent genetic testing indicates that there are three distinct subspecies of Ovis canadensis, one of which is endangered: Ovis canadensis sierrae. Sheep originally crossed to North America over the Bering land bridge from Siberia: the population in North America peaked in the millions, and the bighorn sheep entered into the mythology of Native Americans. However, by 1900 the population had crashed to several thousand. Conservation efforts (in part by the Boy Scouts) have restored the population.

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Hello Bill,
This is a very nice portrait of a bighorn sheep. Fine details and excellent focus. I love the superb contrast against the background.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Bill,
very nice photo of this interesting animal. Perfect point of view and composition. Really nice portrait.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Bill,
great portrait of this Bighorn Sheep with excellent sharpness and lovely details. I especially like the beautiful colours and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-19 12:40]

Hello Bill,
How nice to see a new photo from you. A portrait in superb sharpness and details. Taken from a good frontal POV in beautiful natural colours.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-06-19 12:50]

Hello Bill.
Great portrait at natural environment. I like the POV and close distance very much. Perfect detailed and sharpened image of the Bighorn Sheep. Very nice BG.
Best regards Siggi

Very nice portrait, good symmetry


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  • tree Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 14] (8)
  • [2012-06-19 17:36]

I am glad that you decided to enter this picture to TN. I really like this picture. It is a excellent example of your good work. I enjoyed our photo shoot this morning.
Your friend Gary

Hello Bill
Beautiful portrait with very good composition and good sharpness!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-20 1:52]

Hi Bill,fantastic portrait,what a quality,details,colors and light management! Very nice to see this rare specie on this gallery,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hallo Bill
What a fantastic portrait of this Bighorn sheep. The details you captured is brilliant. Everything in this image is just right and praiseworthy. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2012-06-20 7:00]

Hello Bill
Impressive quality of details and clarity ! TFS Tina

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-06-20 19:30]

Hello Bill,
You can't improve on a shot like this..it is simply awesome by all means. I feel as though I could reach into my computer and touch his rough wooly coat. Great job!!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-06-20 22:09]

Hi Bill.
Portrait of the cute animal is wonderful and looks like studio work. Amazing eye-contact, great details of the whole image and lovely green smooth BG as a canvas at Nature-studio :). Well done and TFS.

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