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Wildlife Biology Hybrid Vigor
Wildlife Biology Hybrid Vigor

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Challenge: Science III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
Location: Big Thompson Canyon, Larimer County, Colorado
Date: Nov 21, 2009
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1600s
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Nov 24, 2009

A bighorn ram of about 8 years of age in the Big Thompson Canyon. This ram sports a green ear tag (not visible in the image). That means he has been introduced to the area by the Division of Wildlife. The purpose of his introduction is to provide hybrid vigor to an inbred bighorn sheep herd.

After the challenge: I see there are a lot of low votes. Those must be DNMC votes. That is very odd, as there is more "science" in the photo than most. Guess it needed to be a staged scene with props to be considered "science" by some.

Place: 51 out of 69
Avg (all users): 5.1643
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2353
Avg (non-participants): 5.1508
Views since voting: 901
Views during voting: 360
Votes: 213
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/30/2009 09:47:27 PM
Sorry, I don't think "science" when I see a picture of an animal... although it's definitely a cool picture.
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11/29/2009 11:53:52 PM
the contrast could be higher :/
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11/29/2009 03:06:16 PM
would have liked to see curves applied to this...the ram seems quite dull in tone/color
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11/26/2009 08:49:19 PM
Excellent crisp capture with much detail. The colours of the rock match the colours of the animal providing a nice blend-in. The strength is evident in the body stance and the interplay of shadows is a nice plus as well.
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11/26/2009 05:39:20 AM
It is a form of science and a good photo, well done! It's a shame the color of the background and the big "sheep" are almost similar. Some difference there would enhance the photo, but that's not your fault. A very beautifull animal and a splendig capture!
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11/25/2009 08:24:22 PM
great shot- top 5
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11/25/2009 12:51:46 PM
Congrats on shooting such a perfect shot of a beautiful animal!
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11/25/2009 12:06:02 PM
Well, it's a science...Great picture, but I think you will get a lot of DNMC, I think people are waiting for something different, sorry.
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11/25/2009 11:45:01 AM
and a big pair of... horns.

Great shot but not a sciency enough photo.
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11/25/2009 10:51:43 AM
Don't know if this is truly hybrid by genetic mutation - but still a great capture, focus and light is right on! 8
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