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King of the Mountain

King of the Mountain
Photo Information
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: 2007-06-25
Categories: Mammals, Mountain
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 300mm f2.8 + 2.xII extender, Digital ISO 640
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Where They Really Live [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-09 9:14
Viewed: 3620
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This image always amazes me on several levels. The first is that we had hiked all day and taken few shots. Back in the campground that evening my husband spotted several goats way up the mountain. See workshop photo to see the distance. I shamed him into attempting the shot. It was evening and pretty dark already. We needed a slow speed, a wide aperture and high ISO. With all those constraints, plus a crop and drastic resizing for TN it still is an amazing shot! There were 4 goats roaming the mountain side. Folks that spend a lot of time in this part of the park said they'd never seen goats in that area... so we were lucky for that too. When this billy posed as "king of the mountain" on that beautiful rock I knew I had a good shot... if I was lucky.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-09 9:21]

Hola Evelynn.
Anyway You have a very nice photo. Great colors and excellente sharpnes. I know how difficult is to take a good photo in this conditions. but You did a great work Evelynn.
Have a nice weekend.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-02-09 9:29]

Hi evelynn,
beautiful picture...great greenery.the goat shown is some what beautiful.

hello Evelynn

this is a great capture and a very beautiful image,
the king of the moutnain on his natural habitat,
excellent density and contrast of the colours, TFS


Hello Evelynn,
Unbelievable how animals can disappear and reappear in a wilderness situation. So well adapted to their habitat.
Very educational work...

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-09 10:34]

Hi Evelynn,
amazing photo. Great colors and composition. Good work!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-02-09 11:42]

Great capture of this Mountain Goat. It looks as if he just came out and purposely posed for you. Love the scenery and the colours are wonderful.
This is a one of a kind photo that I'm sure you will always treasure. TFS

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-09 14:35]

Hi Evelynn

You have really managed to convey the vastness of the habitat in this shot. Great composition and pose.


Hi Evelynn, beautiful colour and textures in this shot of your King, and after looking at the workshop, I am just blown away. You have one awesome lens there. The composition is beautiful as a scenery given the green brush mixing with that rock. Billy is a fine complement to this scene. Awesome!

Thanks, John

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-10 1:14]
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Hi again Evelynn

...and you kept this in your archive for that long??? :))
Wow! It really is a stunning shot!
The contrast here between the goat and pretty much everything else is terrific and one can see it even from the thumbnail!
The details are also great (especially considering the light conditions, focal length and shutter speed...even though you used a tripod). The pose is indeed majestic and you were very luck he kept it long enough for you to set up your equipment.
The colors and exposure are spot-on and another very nice thing is that the high ISO produced hardly any noise...i don't see any anyway :)
Also, jeez that's a huge distance (talking about the WS here)...phew.
All-in-all: magnificent work!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Evelynn,
This is such an original picture! Thanks for the reference in WS, it helps us to situate the action. I like the fact that the animal is far and the title you gave this picture which is most appropriated :) He stands like a mini King all right! Those places where you camp are amazing! I have to visit your part of the country someday. Well done and thanks,

Nice pose, a great capture and technically satisfactory under extreme conditions. Looks like you beat the billy goat's bluff and got the shot anyway. ;)

Hi Evelynn,
This is an amazing crop/shot from the distance seen in the WS!
Deffinately one of those "Where they live shots" with fine composition, and detail considering the distance. The pose really helped make the shot a keeper.
TFS, Richard

Hi Evelynn,
I like these kind of photos, where there is more than only a wild animal in the composition. This just gives a much better impression of the habitat.
I find the photo a bit heavy on the contrast, especially in the shadow areas.

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