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Goat at Mount Pilatus

September 9th, 2013

Taken on the peak of Mount Pilatus.

At first I just wanted to capture the valley, then I spotted a goat sitting in the grass. The goat must have felt uncomfortable having me so close by. It stood up and walked away. But for a few seconds it was looking down the valley, just the way I wanted it for the picture.

Nikon D600, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR.

Photo Settings: 26mm, f/9, 1/320 second, ISO 200.

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Posted By: bugejakurt
about 10 years, 8 months ago
Very nice! Seems like the goat is really huge and part of the mountain.
Posted By: brizkit
about 10 years, 8 months ago
This is freakin' incredible! Thank you for sharing such a wild photograph. I can't comment on the technical aspects of this image, but my soul certainly appreciates it. Nice work.
Posted By: nordcz
about 10 years, 8 months ago
What an amazing picture! Great capture!
Posted By: Robin Kamp
about 10 years, 8 months ago
Its an Ibex, not a goat, sorry for that :) Its kind of confusing sometimes.

Yeah it was just at the edge of a cliff, and I only had my wide angle lens thats why I had to get really close.
Posted By: DaveSanderling
about 10 years, 8 months ago
Wow! Haha! This is amazing work without the goat, but WITH the goat it's just...!!
(er, ibex. ;))
Posted By: Jayhawk
about 10 years, 8 months ago
Great capture! I noticed the spots of blood in the snow by to Ibex. Hopefully that wasn't yours after getting gored sneaking up on it. :)
Posted By: Robin Kamp
about 10 years, 8 months ago
Thanks :) Haha, yeah I think it was some sort of ferric oxide or lichen which is common in this region.
Posted By: billr
about 10 years, 8 months ago
pretty interesting that a wild animal let you get close enough to photograph it with a 26mm lens
Posted By: Robin Kamp
about 10 years, 8 months ago
@billr, out of the sarcasm your comment reveals I can only say. Yes, it was "interesting" but it also reveals that you have never been out to the nature. Once animals get used to people around them and they realise that we are actually quiet chummy, they are not afraid anymore.

Nevertheless, to comply with my urge to prove you that it is real, here is a link to the original "raw" file.
Posted By: Arne
about 10 years, 8 months ago
I am really astonished by this amazing picture. In particular I am amazed on the post processing. Can you say some words about this? Thanks!
Posted By: Robin Kamp
about 10 years, 8 months ago
Thanks Arne. I was actually just using Camera Raw. Here is a tutorial on youtube which helped me a lot bringing back the sky due to overexposure. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ5Mg1DoZVU

Other than that I was just playing around with light, contrast, and vibrance.
Posted By: billr
about 10 years, 8 months ago
it wasn't a sarcastic statement. I have spent many years in "nature"and being allowed to be that close to a large wild animal is "interesting" (unless it is Yellowstone).
Posted By: CooBreeze
about 10 years, 8 months ago
I love every aspect of this photo, specially the detail added in from post. Amazing shot would make a great print!
Posted By: Robin Kamp
about 10 years, 8 months ago
Sorry billr, but the word "interesting" gets used a lot with sarcastic statements, and referring it to my wide angle lens, well.. my bad then. But in fact I think due to the huge amounts of tourists visiting Mt Pilatus every day, we weren`t the first humans having contact with that ibex I guess :)

You are right. I have been to Yellowstone too. Being close to animals isn't very "special" there, but still awesome.
Posted By: stubulman
about 10 years, 8 months ago
Great shot. Nature at its most pristine. What a tremendous vista.

Perhaps I need a new prescription for my glasses or maybe it's an artifact of HDR or perhaps over-sharpening or wide angel lens distortion, but the cliff walls' vertical rills seem strange to me. It's as if a can't resolve them. Does anyone else notice this?
Posted By: Robin Kamp
about 10 years, 8 months ago
@stubulman, thanks for your comment. I don`t know exactly what you mean by "strange". Could you elaborate that? It looks pretty normal to me. :) Maybe you check out the link I posted in the comment section above and see if it looks the same on the original files.
Posted By: Jay Gandhi
about 10 years, 8 months ago
As soon as I saw this in the loupe, I knew it would be posted. Like Arne said, what's really staggering is the post processing. I like the two little birds you've added in the center, nice touch. :P Was the entirety of the editing done in Camera Raw?

Also I particularly like the first photo on the page you posted above, the one with the ibex lying on the grass. I feel there is more depth to that photo as opposed to this one. Any chance you could upload that one as well?
Posted By: DJKuo629
about 10 years, 8 months ago
This is one of those photos you can look at several times and discover something new. I've had this as my wallpaper for several days and just now noticed the cross and paraglider on top of the mountain on the left side. :)
Posted By: Robin Kamp
about 10 years, 7 months ago
Entirely done in Photoshop Raw. There is a brilliant tutorial on how to get more depth with Photoshop raw, without ruining it.Here`s a link to the video on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ5Mg1DoZVU

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