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Don't Stray

Don't Stray
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 300mm f2.8 + 2.xII extender, @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/11, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Intimate Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-21 16:13
Viewed: 3793
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In July the mountain goats of Glacier Park make their way down to areas rich with minerals that they need. These areas are called "goat licks". I worry that they are vulnerable to bear attack when they have left the safety of the high, rocky mountain ledges. I would think that bears would lie in wait for a wayward kid. However think that mom's horns would be a deterrent.

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To BillyGoat: Thanks for the critiqueEvelynn 1 02-22 16:49
To manyee: Thanks for the critiqueEvelynn 1 02-22 07:38
To cjcampbell: Thanks for the critiqueEvelynn 1 02-22 07:34
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hello Evelynn

i love animal (or bird) this kind photos
when there is the parent and the child,

superb shot with a excellent luminosity and a great contrast,
excellent eye contact of the parent, lovely image, TFS


Hello Evelynn,
A beautiful family portrait.I love the composition and the perfect expousure.



Hello Evelynn,
Wonderful image.
For instance I do like your 1/3...
Both animals are well displayed. I almost have the feeling they just knew you were there..
Intimate portrait
Well done

Hi Evelynn,
there is little that is as charming as a photo of a young animal with it's mom.This photo looks like it gave you a challenge as it must of been hard to get the exposure with the white of these goats and the darkness of the background,you have done well and this is the sort of thing I love seeing.Thanks for these two lovelies. Bob

Hello Evelynn,
Oh! this is a real good shot!
very good pov to view and enjoy the mountain goasts!
the exposure and focus is just perfect here with awesome sharpness, natural colour and details in the shot
very well done
many thanks for sharing

I had some friends how were separated on Amtrak...just east of here because the husband was an illegal...interesting...but....it is a great place to be in summer, I guess unless you're a goat!!..not in winter!

Hi Evelynn,
Wonderful capture of a Mother and Kid (no pun intended) in there natural surroundings, excellent detail and taken from a good POV, the exposure is spot on considering the whites of the goats fur, and the detail of the rocks and the pines, just beautiful, well done all the best Cheers Rick :)

hello evelynn,
nice capture of the two of them, the mother looks quite protective about the baby and her attention towards you is the proof of that, liked the pov and the composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

Superb composition to one of my favourite animals, lovely overall composition with excellent colouration and details...TFS

nice pic, but the grey frame do not fit it, tFS Ori

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-21 22:10]

Hi Evelynn

A lovely pose - good detail and exposure under difficult conditions.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-02-21 22:28]
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Wow, Evelynn, what a shot!
Beautiful family portrait.
Both mom and kid seem weary, which is good.
Great details. How far away were you?
Excellent view of both faces.
TFS. : )

I like where they are placed in the composition. I would not worry much about bears with these goats. They can spring away and be back on an inaccessible ledge in no time.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-22 2:05]
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Superb shot of these Moutain Goats!
I'm sure the mother and her horns could deter a Bear and I don't think such a big animal would chase these agile Goats across rocky cliffs!
Sharp with good detail and clarity.
Excellent composition.
I see you use the dream lens! Lucky thing! :-)

Thanks for sharing this Evelynn,


Hi Evelyne,
Very good composition and focus, an excellent photo
Well done

Hi Evelynn,

Lovely family composition.
Good lightning giving beautiful natural colours.
Well done!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-22 10:23]

Hi Evelynn.
Very touching scene and amazing quality of its reproduction. I like the double scenery grey stone ground and poor vegetation. Image of the animal family is great as well as the poses of the animal, reproduction of the hair and their colours. I also like impressive lights and darks and superb composition.
My best wishes and TFS.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-02-22 10:54]

Hello Evelynn , A very lovely photo from mother and child ,great sharpnes details compositie colours pov and bg ,fantastic shot ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

Hi Evelynn,
A beautiful capture showing these gorgeous animals in their rugged environment. I wouldn't worry too much for jr, they seem more agile in their surroundings rather than a bumbly bear, although I personally wouldn't under estimate the bears physical abilities. :)

Ohhh goats! Nicely exposed with plenty of detail in the whites.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-24 5:04]

Hello Evelyn, well composed scene of wildlife, very nice moment captured by your talented eyes, well done, thanks!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-24 20:40]

Hello Evelynn

Just marking the post for now.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-25 6:47]

Hi Evelynn,
What a wonderful image of shaggy Mom and beautiful offspring. I too worry for the goats as alot of salt licks are near roadways with lots of traffic. Great details in the white fur and a wonderful composition, thanks Evelynn.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-26 11:17]

Hello Evelynn
Excellent POV .Very sharp image with great detail.Excellent composition.You had manage the details inth e withe fur perfectely.
TFS Michel

Nice pose capture of mountain goats in their natural habitat. Well composed.

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