Thorro Jones  

Desert Bighorn Sheep by Thorro Jones

November 2020 - Desert Bighorn Sheep

November 2020 - Thorro Jones


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Image photo data: Nikon D7500 camera with NIKKOR 18-140 lens at 140mm; 1/500 sec at f5.6, ISO 800, no filters, no tripod.
This photo was taken September 25, 2020 along State Highway UT-9 in Zion National Park. I had stopped to take pictures of the highway tunnels when I spotted this herd of Desert Mountain Sheep in a ravine below me. It was early in the morning hence the high ISO. I got lucky when a few them heard my footsteps (done on purpose) and looked at the camera. I used Lightroom “Auto” to adjust the Tone along with changing the Clarity to +10, Sharpening amount to 50 and the Masking to 50. I then adjusted the Tone Curve to brighten the colors. In Photoshop I used the Clone Stamp Tool to remove a yellow flowering branch. I hope this is not too obvious. Any suggestions to improve this picture are appreciated.

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8 comments posted

Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Hi Thorro, Nice image and I hope one day I am able to see desert mountain sheep in person. I really like how they are looking at you. I wish you had more room on the left side.
Personally I believe you increased the exposure the image a bit too much. Is it possible to darken the dead tree and the sheep's rear end?
Fine a way for them to POP.. Maybe adjust the saturation of the tree a bit down. I hope this helped.   Posted: 11/04/2020 20:01:30
Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Sophia thanks for the feedback. I like your suggestions. I went back and darkened the dead tree and sheep's rear end in Lightroom. I then reduced the cropping to shown more on the left side of the photo. The photo looks much better now. What do you think?   Posted: 11/05/2020 12:22:56
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Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Absolutely better after the adjustments. Especially the crop.   Posted: 11/08/2020 11:49:15

Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Hi Thorro
I like it.. I hope you don't mind I made couple small changes. I cropped it a bit on the top and I adjusted the contrast a bit. what do you think?   Posted: 11/05/2020 19:11:34
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Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Sophia I like the contrast changes however I think it is cropped a little to much on the right side.   Posted: 11/06/2020 13:16:23

Matthias Haug   Matthias Haug
Hi Thorro,
a real nice picture of a group of mountain sheeps. As Sophia suggested the picture looks a lot better when it is cropped (sse above). It draws the attention towards the sheeps. Moreover you don't have so much plants on the right side.   Posted: 11/08/2020 10:39:32
Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Matthias thanks for reinforcing the need to crop tighter on the sheep as recommended by Sophia. Here is my version of a tighter crop on the Bighorn Mountain sheep.   Posted: 11/09/2020 08:01:56
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Else Seligmann   Else Seligmann
Hi Thorro, like the midway crop: just enough. Also the way the track leads into the subject. It would have been nice if all of the faces were on view, but the problem with wild things is "they be wild things". Like children, they rarely face the camera in the same moment and in the correct pose. One of our passengers recently called out in frustration "Arrest that fish!" as it drifted past a 4 knot sign, spoiling the magical moment.   Posted: 11/17/2020 23:30:26