Sheep on the way to Paradise

Two to the Third

Sometimes, when I am out with people, talking about shooting landscapes, I talk about the light possibilities on partly-cloudy days. In today’s photo, you can see it is a partly cloudy day, which means the light changes every 5-10 minutes or so. Usually, it is so gradual, that it is hard to tell.

I find that most of my landscapes have three distinct areas. The foreground, the middle ground, and the background. If you think about it, each of these 3 places can have 2 lighting conditions: sun or shadow. So, you may have the middle in sun with the fore and back in shadow, or all three in shadow, or… you get the point. There are eight possibilities (two cubed). So, I run through in my head WHICH of those eight combinations I want. In this case, I wanted the combination where the foreground and the middle ground are well lit while the background was in shadow. So I had to wait about 15 minutes or so for this combination… [EDIT – thanks to commenters who corrected my math from three squared!]

Daily Photo – Sheep on the way to Paradise

This title makes it sounds a bit like they are about to be slaughtered… or maybe they are suicide-sheep, about to meet some sweet sweet virgin sheep in paradise. But no, this is not what I mean. There is a little town past Glenorchy, New Zealand called “Paradise”. I passed these sheep while on the way there.

I never made it to Paradise, truthfully. I turned around. It felt like such a long way to get here, and I had to turn around to get back to Queenstown before it got too late.

I took this photo with my new Nikon 28-300 lens. I love it so far! This one was shot at f/5.6, 70mm, and ISO 100.

Nikon 28-300 Review

  • casusan

    Oh wow! This is beautiful – lovely clouds and scene – and sooo many sheep! Funny title Trey!I can tell you are having fun in NZ!

  • Nice photo!! But I have to argue with you about the number of possibilities. I think you’ll find that it’s 8 = 2 cubed rather than 3 squared.

  • Stephen

    You missed out not going all the way ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Steve

    Another great shot as always, but I have to agree with Karl. It is 8 rather than 9 as a simple statistics problem.

  • Rimmer

    Seems like nice depth of field for f/5.6.

  • Simon Morris

    Nice composition Trey with classic Kiwi scenery… love the contrast of greens, excellent. I’m impressed with the 28-300mm lens DOF @ f/5.6… photo has the quality of f/11 or higher!
    Now then, I make it 264 sheep… do we have any other takers? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The name os ‘Paradise’ speaks for itself, priceless country landscape…
    I shot a decent HDR on a whim on my way home last night:

  • Thanks all… ANd yes – made the correction… I reversed the two thanks… For Light/Dark the possibilities are:

  • Gail in Montana

    Nice photo, Trey, just beautiful. So now I have sheep on my desktop!! I agree with Susan, you are having entirely too much fun in New Zealand, but that’s a good thing since you plan to live there. It sure is beautiful!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Just being a nitpicker here, the article still states “…of those nine combinations I want.” It should state “eight” and then your article will be perfect. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Awesome shot Trey the clouds and mountains in the distance are great!

  • This is a beautiful shot Trey…absolutely perfectly captured. A image must speak to the eyes and heart and this one does compelling one to desire a visit to this place!

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