Baby Sheep

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post “Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep”, the large group of sheep I found near the top of Mount Evans had some newborn (~ a month old) lambs. In 2012, when I traveled to this area, I it was almost a month, to the day, that I visited and the lambs I saw then were so “newborn” that most still had umbilical cords attached! This year’s crop of lambs, being a month later, were sans umbilical cords … and already growing! Here are a few of my favorite images of the 2013 lambs:

Bighorn Sheep Lamb

Bighorn Sheep Lamb

Bighorn Sheep Lamb

Bighorn Sheep Lamb

Bighorn Sheep Lambs

 

By the way, the first 3 images were made “the correct way”, using a large aperture so that the background was not in sharp focus. According to most circles, this is the correct way to photograph wildlife. I agree that this is usually the best technique, as the out-of-focus background places more emphasis on the sharply focused subject, the lambs. However, I also subscribe to the “rule” to “break the rule”. In this instance, the background was so awesome that I wanted to keep it in good focus, also. I don’t think the last 2 images, with sharper backgrounds (by using a smaller aperture of f/18), really detract from the subject that much. But what do you think? Do you prefer the sharper background, or the more out-of-focus background?

 

 

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