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A Heartfelt Portrait for James

A Heartfelt Portrait  for James
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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: 2008-09-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 17-85 IS, @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-20 15:11
Viewed: 4147
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 50
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Some of you may have noticed James' recent photo for me "The Joy of Life" and his indication that I have been unwell. I have not been in a good humour about it and he got to hear more complaints than he deserved... so thanks James for listening.

This was taken on the second day of our vacation along the Highline Trail off from Logan Pass in Glacier Park. We had hiked about 3 miles along this cliffside trail when I began to feel odd.... very short of breath. I thought perhaps it was asthma as I have zero risk factors for heart trouble. As it turned out I was having a heart attack!! ... an arterial spasm brought on by a drug interaction... Whoopie... do I feel special!. I managed to hike back and spent several days in the hospital before driving home. The prognosis for a full recovery is pretty good though the original infection for which I was taking the drugs is still not controlled.... sigh.

On the hike back... during my attack (!), I took this portrait of this sweet lady. I think I must have the photography bug pretty bad, huh? With hindsight I like her expression of "heartfelt" concern.

I really like the Rocky Mountain Goats (Oreamnos americanus) in the fall. She was so clean, and fluffy and white, whereas in the spring they can look so scruffy. I was impressed by her short strong legs and large hooves.

I do check out your posts daily but haven't done any critiquing for a while. We are still hopeful that we will be able to get in a bit of autumn photography in October. I hate missing the whole season!

Happy Shooting! : )

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Hello Evelynn

This ahot is just adorable, it oozes character with the head held just on the side that way, very good eye contact, very sharp detail and exellent white balance too

TFS kind regards Helen

Hi Evelynn,
what you say in your notes is a real bummer or bring down in a less strong vernacular.Your heath is all that matters and I hope you will be strong and carry on.Seeing that even though you were in some distress when you took this wonderful shot,it is just over the top,but so very lovely at the same time.I sometimes think about my heath in terms of heart malaise,but it never really stops me from doing what I want to.This is from a guy now in his late forties.For what you had to go through I am an admirer as most people wouldn't or couldn't be bothered to take any photos under the conditions you speak of.There is nothing as far as this photo is concerned I can really critique,as it is good all round.I hope you will be Okay and continue on-business as usual.Thanks for sharing your experience. Bob

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-09-20 15:56]

Hello Evelynn..

What can I say it is stunning! Great POV, he's so adorable, you
capture the white very well, great notes too.. Well done


Hi Evelynn,

interseting portrait. Curious goat ... well done. Tfs. Steve

Hello Evelynn.
A fine "portrait"!
Splendid definition with great contrast of tonality.
This BG enricher the first plan.
Thanks for sharing!
José Roberto

Hi Evelynn,

The exposure is especially well handled with hte back lighting. There is good detail on the light and dark side. It really does look as if the goat is asking if you are OK. Hope for a speedy and full recovery

Hello Evelynn,

Sad to hear you you are unwell.
This are a great dedication to James, an adorable picture.
Good pov and lots of details.


Even with all that goes on in personal lives, somehow the best of us...meaning you in this case, are able to see and capture such interesting things and see emotion in it. And besides it is a doggone good clear image....you must have been glad for the good prognosis...

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-09-21 10:33]

Hello Evelynn,
Sorry to hear about the trials you have been dealing with lately. We will surely keep you in our prayers.
Your image is fantastic! These goats are so elusive to humans and you captured her in a great pose and with perfect exposure!!
The sharpness and detail is incredible, and the white in it's fur is outstanding. TFS

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-09-21 13:35]

Hard to believe this was not taken in a zoo! Great close up!Hope you are feeling better soon. Who is going to fix up my photographs for me? Gary

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-21 23:17]

Hi Evelynn

A wonderful shot - thanks for the dedication too - and great pun too.

Excellent pose and wonderful detail, plus very good exposure handling - especially under the circumstances.


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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2008-09-22 12:34]

Hi Evelynn,

Sorry to hear that you have not been in the best health, i do hope that you have a full and speedy recovery.
This is a lovely portrait of a rocky mountain goat, i dont believe that i have seen one before and i was a bit taken aback when i first saw it. I dont know whether its just the angle of its head but its face almost looks like a dogs snout to me!
In any case this is a very endearing image and i do believe i can see a hint of concern in her expression.



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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-23 8:23]

Firstly, i must apologise for not seeing this sooner Evelynn. I am truly sad to hear you have been through such a bad and no doubt scary time recently - out there is not the best place to go having a heart attack!! I wish you the very best for a full recovery.
As for this...well, you it's a beauty don;t you?? The tilit of the head, the white fluffy fur...great stuff.
tfs and again, i hope you feel stronger by the day.

Hi Evelynn,
Great shot, a really happy shooting.
Well done. Congratulation.
Cheers from the south of France.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-23 18:28]
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Hello Evelynn,
First you need your butt kicked for scaring me here, then for not having help getting off the trail. There is people trained to help. OK now that I have that of my chest, please get well soon, damn I miss your fall images. We were just can not seem to get together this year, well there is next year. This beautiful image does show a touch of addiction to photography under the circumstances. Yellowstone is being good to us, but we are headed out tomorrow. Stay well my friend and tell your husband to take care of you for us.

Dear Evelynn,

I sincerely hope your on the road to recovery, that must be a frighting experience to go though, I'm still shocked and amazed you were still taking photographs during the events, and your right this Rocky Mountain Goats does look somewhat concerned, but somehow that doesn’t surprise me I really think animals have a great sixth sense, stay safe and rest up. :)

Kind Regards Rick

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-23 22:30]

Hello Evelynn,
I'm so sorry to hear that you've been so unwell and sincerely hope that you will soon be fully recovered. I miss you here and was so pleased to see this post! The goat looks lovely and very sympathetic and perhaps it gave you that extra strength to get back home!
I love the closeness and the light. Many thanks for showing this!
All the best and take care, Ulla

Hello Evelynn

I hope you are feeling better.
The expression on this goat is wonderful.
Very cute.
The pov is excellent with sharp detail.
Super eye contact.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-25 21:06]
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Hello Evelynn
I donot remember visiting your gallery earlier ...strange...i have been around here for a while now...it is the look in those eyes that made me click on the thumbnail.I went back a bit to look at some of your images and found some wonderful shots warm,endearing and more...
And then i came back to notes here...i realise this is not one of the great times you are going through but as there is good news to be, surely ahead...here are some more wishes for Godspeed from miles away...

The capture is all the more interesting ..the tilt of the head must be a question asking "U ok?" while you busied clicking...Beautiful expression and lighting that highlights the profile of your subject.

Thanks for Sharing
Take Care

Hi Evelynn
The expressions of this Mountains Goats face, is just priceless. So sweet. An excellent portrait. I can see by his sturdy looking legs why he is able to climb so well.

A nice dedication for James too.

TFS Janice

Geez, Evelynn. So you are having a virtual heart attack, and not only get off some shots, but a damn good one? Hmmm, I'd say that has to qualify for some kind of a Trek medal. That also may explain the expression on the old goat's face! [Damn these two-leged types are strange!]

Anyway, it's good to hear you're doing well (figured out the drug interaction). So I guess you'll be getting around to posting some of that backlog of shots that you have been shooting over the last couple of years? :-)

Stay well,

Hi Evelynn,
I totally missed this photo. I though about posting a photo for you and explaining what happend, but I felt that it is not my decision to explain it to the world. I am glad you did it. Isn't there a saying of mind over matter? It looks like you photography brain is more powerful and was still able to capture this wonderful moment. I am amazed that you got this close. You can really tell by its expression that you were only meters away.

I hope all is well and that you are feeling better. Maybe you and Jerry have to go out on a drive by photography shoot so that you do not have to make long hikes.

TFS and take care....


Hello Evelynn,
Hope you'll be okay soon and I'm sure you'll be okay.
But let's talk about the Rocky Mountain Goat.
It's a bit weird it's taken at that specific moment and the strange thing is that it looks a bit weird as well.
I'll miss your images. The archive could help you a bit?:)
I'm sure you'll still have some grizzlies somewhere...:-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-10-12 10:05]

I do love the expression of concern on the face of this mountain goat.
I can't believe that you were able to take this shot so close up,
and while you were experiencing symptoms of a heart attack!
This has to go down in the annals of TN Notes as one of the most amazing stories ever.
A great moment captured.
Great notes! : P

Hi Evelynn,
I have missed many things lately on TN and I'm so sorry to hear that you have been sick... I hope that you feel better now and that you are having fast recovery! It has been quite a long time since I didn't visit your gallery and my attention was immediately attired to this sweet animal without knowing about this story. She is looking at you with so much tenderness and compassion, like she knew what was going on! Despite this incident, you are a healthy lady for sure and very talented photographer! I wish you the best!

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