Max Burke, APSA  


Great Pyranese Guarding the Flock by Max Burke, APSA

September 2021 - Great Pyranese Guarding the Flock

About the Image(s)

Each Fall the Sun Valley area, a four or five day event in mid-October, celebrates Sheep practices of, in our area the Basque Culture and others as well. Dancing, Sheep/dog trials, and much more. This image is prior to the big event and that is the Running of the Sheep in downtown Ketchum Idaho. Before the event we attempted to photograph the flock and Perevian Herders with their dogs. The sheep were taken by truck into a mountain top near the main highway a mile or so out of town. I attempted to locate this flock and their Great Pyrenese dogs in their natural habitat before the parade. I took the dogs from a different photo and placed them in this image to show the dogs actually guarding the sheep, but were out range in this image. This picture shows them resting until taking their trip down the road through town with thousands of people and a parade showing different cultures who traditionally are herders.

I took two photos and used Photomatix Pro 6, giving them a three- image adjustment with one stop between the base measurement of 1/200, Nikon D600, focal length of 200 with a 70-200 f/4 Nikon lens. The setting was f/13 with iso of 40


5 comments posted




Rick Cloran   Rick Cloran
Interesting image. Great work on blending in the dogs. They look completely natural. It takes a moment to realize you are looking at a major flock of sheep, but it is fun checking the different areas out once you realize that is what they are. Nice work on the blend for the exposures. Everything is smooth and feels like it fits.   Posted: 09/08/2021 18:47:59



Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
The image goes together well and looks very natural including the dogs, well done.
Would be interesting to witness a bunch of sheep on Main Street.   Posted: 09/15/2021 12:53:10



Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
The image goes together well and looks very natural including the dogs, well done.
Would be interesting to witness a bunch of sheep on Main Street.   Posted: 09/15/2021 12:54:07



Max Burke   Max Burke
Two images. Both wide-angle. the first shows the end of the parade. Before there were many dancers wearing their countries regalia, dancing, music, and formations.
The second image shows them waiting to cross the highway to a field where trucks were ready to take them to their home range, wherever that was.   Posted: 09/22/2021 16:41:33
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Max Burke   Max Burke
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