04 Nov 13. Continuing west along the Road to the Sun Highway, and having passed the Visitors Center where I encountered my first ever wild Black Tailed Weasel, which three Rangers were convinced was a large squirrel (we really do need to do something about our educational system!), we began the drive down hill towards the lakes area when we noticed a group of folks parked alongside the road in a location in which there was no pullout. That could mean only one thing, some kind of animal, so we pulled over also and began looking. Nothing obvious was in sight until I glanced way up high to a point where the vegetation stopped, and as there were no trees, I'll call it the vegetation line. There, all by himself, probably enjoying the solitude, was one adult Mountain Goat just meandering along and grazing as he went. To get the shot, I needed my longest lens, my 12 year old and very first VR lens, and Nikon's as well, the 80 - 400mm, which on my D300s body is the equivalent of a 600mm lens on a film body. That however wasn't quite enough, so I added a 1.4 tel-extender to further increase my reach which now gave me the equivalent of an 840mm lens. With that combination I was able to fill about 2.5% of the frame with him. He was that far away. So I haven't cropped the original at all as doing so would result in a very soft image which is already soft enough. The composition as you have it can be criticized from several aspects among which are the animal is too close to the right side of the frame, he is too small, and the shot is divided almost in half between rock and grass. The last of these I could easily correct, but didn't as you would loose some of the perspective. If you can recall the majesty of the mountains from Friday's image (if not look here, and recall the perspective is provided by the cars), this goat is walking on a mountain side of equal height!! I created what you are seeing by starting with the base image, adding a bit of detail enhancement, painting it over just the rocks, then a layer for a relative contrast adjustment, and the lightened up the goat to return it to its original white, some of which got lost in the corrections. I then added a layer of water color look which I applied disproportionately throughout the image to alter different areas selectively. Then the normal conversion for web and monitor. Nikon D300s; 80 - 400 with 1.4 tel-extender; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/200 sec @ f / 6.3.