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Idaho Traffic Jam



A classic Idaho traffic jam unfolds as recently sheared sheep pass through the colorful streets of Ketchum, Idaho.

A classic Idaho traffic jam unfolds as recently sheared sheep pass through the colorful streets of Ketchum, Idaho.
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AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta November 26, 2014
Great shot. Congratulations on being Featured.
marilenavaccarini PRO
 
marilenavaccarini November 26, 2014
great capture
sasi_cyborg
 
sasi_cyborg November 26, 2014
very nice capture...dop was great
Bonnie_D PRO
 
Bonnie_D November 26, 2014
Cool shot
catini
 
catini November 26, 2014
Great capture, congrats on your feature!
mbugua
 
mbugua November 26, 2014
super image! i lack words here. you deserved to win and you did
iceman2
 
iceman2 November 26, 2014
Excellent capture.Congratulation on your feature!
chuckrickman
 
chuckrickman November 26, 2014
Congrats and this excellent capture and feature.
zoomstudio
 
zoomstudio November 26, 2014
super
Irma53
 
Irma53 November 26, 2014
Terrific shot! Congratulations!!
Marjoriesmithphotography PRO+
 
Marjoriesmithphotography November 26, 2014
This image is so perfect... I was on the floor laughing with my cup of coffee (^: what ever happened to the Boarder Collie?
barbarabrock PRO+
 
barbarabrock November 26, 2014
What an amazing sight. Great shot!
Joanna101
 
Joanna101 November 26, 2014
I can't help wondering where you were standing when you took this shot;
kudos for the magnificent capture and for your bravery.
scottnmandy
 
scottnmandy November 26, 2014
That is a lot of sheep. Great shot and congrats on the feature!
deancw PRO+
 
deancw November 26, 2014
Awesome Capture!
GusGregory
 
GusGregory November 26, 2014
Great capture....
Hattie
 
Hattie November 26, 2014
What a scene. Congratulations.
fotogalmexican PRO
 
fotogalmexican November 26, 2014
superb shot nice clarity
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi November 26, 2014
wonderful shot !
oldgal
 
oldgal November 26, 2014
Wonderful capture !!!
WileKyK PRO+
 
WileKyK November 26, 2014
Fantastic composition. Congratulations on your Feature!
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 November 26, 2014
This is awesome... Congrats ")
Anba
 
Anba November 26, 2014
Wow! Congratulations! A truly wonderful capture!!!!
arielnadler PRO
 
arielnadler November 26, 2014
AMAZING PHOTO
Shahid_S
 
Shahid_S November 27, 2014
Awesome caption!!!
Alicja
 
Alicja November 29, 2014
Amazing!
Chrissimpson01
 
Chrissimpson01 December 04, 2014
Lovely moment caught on camera, rising steam adds atmosphere
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 December 08, 2014
Cool shot! Congrats!
Nikonover
 
Nikonover January 14, 2015
Well taken,like the steam coming off the wet road,great composition.
AKPhotoGirl
 
AKPhotoGirl March 05, 2015
Wonderful pov! The combination of the rain covered road, the curve of the yellow line and the matching Fall colors. The steam rising off of the sheep is the perfect touch. In entirety, the image expresses the transition of seasons.
vojce PRO+
 
vojce March 15, 2015
fantastic shot congrats
sydneyosbourne
 
sydneyosbourne April 17, 2015
Kudos!
garynunn
 
garynunn April 22, 2015
That is beautiful. Well done.
vojce PRO+
 
vojce May 11, 2015
excellent,bravo
lanie_walsh
 
lanie_walsh May 14, 2015
Terrific shot!
mcjadick
 
mcjadick July 14, 2015
Great capture! You have us all in the moment!
FeiwanHo
 
FeiwanHo August 25, 2015
wonderful
trexkamal PRO+
 
trexkamal January 15, 2017
That was a big gang and nice capture
takeoneshotatatime PRO+
 
takeoneshotatatime January 17, 2017
This brings to mind the great song Photo finish by Chris Ledoux. Great capture.
RamyDelariarte
 
RamyDelariarte October 25, 2017
Awesome composition, colors and subjects
jschoeneck PRO
 
jschoeneck January 03, 2018
I love this shot! I grew up owning sheep. So any thing sheep I love! This is not only sheep but awesome sheep!
Julia_137
 
Julia_137 July 30, 2018
Great picture ! Come and check out a few of mine sometime 😃😄
Snapshooter
 
Snapshooter Jan 04
A beautiful shot, I had to look loser, such brilliant color!
sdondero PRO+
sdondero Jan 05
Thanks, glad you enjoy!
Cookies4U PRO+
 
Cookies4U Mar 11
excellent!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo opportunity literally walked into me on my way to work. Living in Sun Valley, Idaho, has a distinct advantage in that not only is the wilderness right in our backyard, but the daily commute to work is typically short and traffic free. This day was a rare exception.
Time
A rainstorm had just passed through on this chilly fall morning as I drove to work. Steam from the sheep can be seen against the colorful autumn backdrop.
Lighting
Since this was taken early in the morning on an overcast day, I didn't have to content with harsh light or shadows, but I did have to account for the dim light with a quickly approaching subject in order to avoid blurring the subjects. The overcast skies allowed me to expose in a way that rendered the steam off the sheep while naturally boosting the saturation in the autumn trees.
Equipment
I shot this handheld from my car with a Canon 5D MK II and a 70-200 f/2.8 L II lens at 165mm, 1/160 of a second, f/6.3, ISO 640.
Inspiration
Autumn is by far my favorite season for photography, as we enjoy incredibly colorful landscapes out here in Sun Valley, Idaho. Fortunately, my camera was sitting in my passenger seat from a photoshoot the evening before as I drove to work this chilly morning. While I've seen sheep pass through our town countless times, I was nevertheless caught off guard while coming around a blind corner and seeing a wall of wool occupying the entire road. I just barely had time to skid to a stop, roll down my window, and compose this shot before my vehicle was entirely surrounded by these freshly sheered mountain critters. My composition was based on leaving some foreground open to allow the sheep to move into the frame, trying to integrate the curve of the center line of the road, and enough headroom above the sheep to set off the steam from the colorful trees in the background. This was one of three frames that I was able to knock off before the moment was gone.
Editing
I process all of my RAW files in Lightroom, where I do basic adjustments to exposure, contrast, noise reduction, etc. I further polished this image in Photoshop to deepen midtone contrast and add sharpening.
In my camera bag
As a Canon shooter, I typically run with the following: One Canon 5DS, two 5D MKIII bodies, an assortment of lenses (Zeiss 15mm f/2.8, Canon 16-35mm f/4 L, 24-70mm f/2.8 L II, 35mm f/1.4, 70-200mm f/2.8mm L II, Tamron 85mm f/1.8 100mm f/2.8 L, 135mm f/2 L, 200-400mm f/4 w/ 1.4X built-in extender), Manfrotto tripods, a variety of filters (ND, Graduated ND, Polarizers), tele-extenders (1.4X & 2X), Canon SpeedLights, and PocketWizard remote triggers, or Elinchrom Ranger/Quadras power packs.
Feedback
This capture is a perfect example of how photographic opportunities can present themselves at the least expected moments, and unless you have your gear ready and are familiar with how it works, you won't be able to act fast enough and you'll miss the shot. I've learned to always keep a camera in my car--after all, you never know when even traffic can become interesting!

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