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Sheep on Hill

By Trevhas
I ventured over into the white peak (limestone country ) and parked the car in Hartington for a mornings hike along the river Dove.....
No sooner as I had walked through the gate I noticed this sheep taking in the view from the top of the hill, luckily I always set up at the car and the camera was on its tripod ready for use.

I hope you're not viewing this on your phone!

Tags: Hartington Landscape and travel

Voters: SlowSong, ColleenA, JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY and 14 more

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ColleenA Plus
5 347 5 Australia
23 Apr 2014 6:57PM
A wonderful capture, love the sheep on the clever to set up in the's so lush and green there...

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Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2014 9:21PM
Lovely to see Trev, the lonely sheep on the hill is a superb touch.
dudler Plus
14 620 1172 England
24 Apr 2014 6:53PM
"Be prepared" is always a good motto. And I'm going to be a hooligan: I think that this would work perfectly well at 1/180 at f/11 and 200 ISO, handheld...

I recognise that with a D800 you need to be heading for perfection in technique to get the absolute maximum quality, and that there are other applications for this precise picture that may need that quality.

My question is: would it be that much less good handheld, with slightly different settings? Would that be OK for this sort of grab shot?

I'm genuinely intrigued by this, and I am always impressed by the quality of your pictures, technically and pictorially.

And it's brilliantly seen! Who said landscape is a slow business?
Trevhas Plus
5 1.2k 3 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2014 4:16PM
Thanks John for your interesting comment , it is true that this pic and others on the walk could easily be hand held but I set off knowing that most of the pics I take would be under a 30th of a second.

So I make a point of setting up at the car because I know that as a bit of a lazy so and so that if I didn't set up at the car I would carry the tripod on my back and then try and justify wether a shot needs the tripod setting up or not. I have seen many togs with tripods strapped to their backpacks , if you're going to carry it you might as well have the camera attached and ready to use.

The D800 is an awesome camera, going up the ISO to maintain a small f stop wouldn't be a problem and the result would be the same..........especially when reproduced on here.....I have no problem handholding this camera and treat it like any other camera but for me the enjoyment is the setting up of the shot using a tripod which slows me down to think things through , helping me to concentrate on the comp. Or maybe it's me, reliving my past life as a commercial photographer for a local newspaper using medium format mostly on a tripod......

I carry the Gitzo explorer 2350 with the camera attached, camera strap around my neck and tripod tucked under my arm, perfect for long hikes and knowing that quality is guaranteed no matter what the light..........perfection !!.
dudler Plus
14 620 1172 England
25 Apr 2014 9:07PM
Well, that marks me down as a lazier so-and-so, definitely!

I get all of this, and it makes perfect sense. And the D800 is definitely the camera for that approach.

Thank you - I suppose I half-thought that would be the reasoning. I was not sure, largely because I work hard at the opposite approach, really: while I know the value of a tripod, I normally go a long way out of my way to avoid carrying one. As my smallest and lightest is a Benbo Trekker, and an Alpha 900 has body-integral IS, I suspect we're both suited to our equipment and approaches...

And, of course, it's fine for everyone to do what they want, the way that they like best/enjoy most/get best results from.

Just that few get such good results as you do!

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