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Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep
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Copyright: Alain Thibodeau (Athila) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/4000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-25 20:29
Viewed: 3546
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis)[3] is a species of sheep in North America[4] with large horns. These horns can weigh up to 30 pounds (14 kg), while the sheep themselves weigh up to 300 pounds (140 kg).[5] Bighorn Sheep are often confused with Mountain Goats, another mammal that occupies mountainous regions. Recent genetic testing indicates that there are three distinct subspecies of Ovis canadensis, one of which is endangered: Ovis canadensis sierrae.

The bighorn sheep originally crossed 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.

More at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bighorn_Sheep

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-09-25 23:12]

Hi Alain

Wonderful shot of this lovely Bighorn sheep !
Great details and colors!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-26 1:12]

Hello Alain,
Excellent photo of this Bighorn Sheep in a very beautiful environment photographed against the blue sky. Good sharpness and details and taken from an attractive low POV.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-09-26 3:38]

Hello Alain,
such a special shot of this sheep. well taken from an effective low point. The beast look very strong and tough. Very well lighted and superbs blue sky as the background.
What a view and to me this is really something exciting and well presented.


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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2010-09-26 4:35]

Hi Alain , great photograph of this bighorn sheep , with nice light, a good composition and rich color , I think the large amount of blue sky from this low point of view adds a lot with the warmer colors set against it , good job , thanks for sharing

Ciao Alain, great portrait of fantastic sheep, excellent clarity, splendid colors, wonderful natural ambientation, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

Hi Alain,
nice colours and a beautiful sheep. Good work.TFS

Hi Alain,
You chose a very nice perspective for this picture. The colours are wonderfully vivid (a nice blue sky can do so much for a picture) and the light is very beautiful. Well done.
Kind regards,

Interesting light and a well managed exposure Alain.
I enjoy the setting and BG, great details/POV :)
Have a great weekend!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-04-13 12:14]

Bonjour Alain,
The low POV makes this Bighorn ram look even more impressive against the blue sky. Excellent lighting, sharpness and composition.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2011-04-26 17:21]

Hi Alain,
Very good shot of this impressive male big horn sheep. I have seen them at Glacier National and Bnaff. I was just in awe with their impressive horn and yet very elegant.

Great quality shot, rich colors and tone, but not overly saturated, just right. and wonderful low POV and composition.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-04-27 3:00]

Bonjour Alain,
Une image intéressante de ce mouflon canadien que tu nous montres se reposant sur une hauteur sans trop se soucier du photographe. L'angle de vue est très bien choisi. Le ciel bleu ajoute une note colorée et la silhouette des arbres ajoute au charme de l'image. Intéressant!
Bonne journée

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