Mike Patterson  

Down the Ridge by Mike Patterson

November 2019 - Down the Ridge

About the Image(s)

We were in Idaho this fall and captured this image of shepherds moving a band of sheep down a steep hillside. It was late afternoon and very dusty. What intrigued me about this composition was how the sheep, horses, dogs, shepherds and even the dust was backlit by the sitting sun and how the rays filtered through the entire image.

Taken with a Canon 7D, 70-300 mm lens at 288 mm. We were a bit of a distance away. Minimal processing in Lightroom.

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7 comments posted

Theresa Rice   Theresa Rice
I love everything about this image.   Posted: 11/05/2019 21:06:39

John Zhu   John Zhu
I love everything in this presentation. It brings me to the spot of dynamic nature. The front grass and back hilltop frame the middle action, that lead my eye to the main story. The dust enhances the action.   Posted: 11/05/2019 21:48:07

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67 & 89)
This just leaves me speechless. I love the rim lighting on the sheep and the dust makes it simply over the top.

If you have to crop this to make a print---I suggest cropping from the right.   Posted: 11/06/2019 20:29:48

What a great image.   Posted: 11/11/2019 15:50:35

Marla Henry   Marla Henry
I really like this. With the dogs in the front of the image, you can easily understand what is happening. It does a great job of telling a story.   Posted: 11/13/2019 07:48:53

Gordon Saperia   Gordon Saperia
I also like this photo--the composition is terrific. I might darken the grasses on the right bottom and the distance in the top left a little to focus the viewer on the "action".   Posted: 11/18/2019 14:00:56

Trinda Love   Trinda Love
How wonderful to get to see this in person! Cool. I too love back lighting and dust. I would like to see the lower right corner darkened down as it is very lovely but not the story of herding the sheep in late afternoon. Gordon said darken the top left, and you could do that also a bit though I like it fine myself. I thought you could crop just a smidge off the right and a small bit off the left side to really capture the animals and the men working the scene.
It might be nice to add some contrast or sharpening to the men, dogs and horses. This is a fabulous capture, Mike!!   Posted: 11/29/2019 19:04:15