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Magnificent Bighorn

Magnificent Bighorn
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Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon CP 8800, Nikkor 8.9-89mm 2.8
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-04-30 6:05
Viewed: 3614
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A carefully protected animal in the Santa Rosa Mountains National Monument, south of Coachella Valley this animal is the desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) a superb animal, hard to forget, regardless the fact that here encounters are quite common. This is probably one of the best looking and healthiest i've seen, also pretty young but very strong and fit as you can see from his magnificent stance, he embodies "ram perfection" : young, strong, muscular and butch; lets not forget the chipped left horn, likely a "battle scar" ...
Also I must admit luckily enough I spotted him in 90% shade which only added to the quality of this photo as everywhere else in open desert, the sun is beaming way too strong for great exposures...

Tech specs:

Nikon CP 8800
Len: f89.0 mm(digital)
Res: 8 mpg.
Fil: TIF (original, then jpeg)
Spd: 1/85
Apt: f 7.4
EV : 0.0
ISO: 50
Met: matrix
Xtr: Nikon VR stabilizer on
Lgt: no flash
Hakuba carbon tripod, Velbon ball head

PDP, dew77, Comandante, Lesley, marhowie, Fisher, TAZ, slrnovice2 has marked this note useful
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-30 6:21]

Hi Radu, very tough looking beast. I love the tones and the nose just poking into the sunlight. It's a good composition but maybe a little less on the right and a little more on the left would have been good. Thanks for posting.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-30 6:47]

Hello Radu!
Very nice shot.Lighting,DOF,harmonious colors are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Wonderful composition Radu!
Lighting,details and pastel colors are perfect.
Thanks for sharing.

Well done, Radu. This Big Horn is giving you quite the hard stare! He is a handsome one.

Hello Radu, Grand shot of your majestically "butch" Bighorn and some good luck that you caught it mostly shaded..I like it very much, well done!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-04-30 11:21]

Excelent shot, Radu.
A beautiful composition and beast. Well done on this one.


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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-04-30 13:56]

Fantatyczne zdjêcie, ¶wietne kolory, dobra ostro¶æ.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-04-30 16:19]

Very good composition Radu, excellent tone harmony with the sheep and the rocks.
Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-01 4:23]

Magnifique et intéressante composition photographique pour cette superbe animal. Très jolies couleurs et bonne netteté grâce à la profondeur de champ bien adaptée.
Wonderful & Very Well Done Radu !

Wonderful composition Radu with beautiful tones. I'm glad you caught him in shadow, it really works. He matches his background so well and the background shows his habitat perfectly. I agree he does look like a young Ram full of hormones *grin*. Beautifully done, thank you for posting :)

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-05-05 8:30]

parca totul e din piatra! inclusiv animalul. nice pov and composition.

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-04-10 9:20]

Well observed and well taken ..

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