The white mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) that are sparsely peppered along the Canadian Rockies are a favourite animal of mine. Yesterday we (okay, John Marriott) spied a large male grazing on an almost vertical cliff a couple hundred feet up from the valley floor west of the Columbia Icefields. A beautiful scene to photograph one of these most beautiful of creatures.
Following up on my post on the mountain goats I photographed along the Icefields Parkway a couple of weeks ago, I worked with one of the images in Nik’s Silver Efex 2 to reinterpret the scene.
I’m a big fan of this plugin for Adobe’s Lightroom 3.0. Since buying the Nik Complete Collection last week, I have integrated several of the applications into my workflow. Including revisiting many of my favourite black and white images – I like the updated versions a lot. I picked up the collection for Lightroom and Aperture for $220 at B&H which was about $80 cheaper than I’ve found it elsewhere.
Starting out on the trip into the Tonquin Valley a couple of weeks ago, we came across a small herd of mountain goats along the Icefields Parkway. When we first photographed them, the nannies had all of the kids hemmed in to graze along the edge of the road. Our group of six photographed them for 15 minutes and then crossed the highway to enjoy the elevated view over the valley and the North Saskatchewan River. When the goats came through the trees heading towards the steep loose gravel slopes above the river, we got pretty excited.
For the next half an hour, the 8 or 9 goats walked onto the hillside, chased one another, peered over the bluffs towards the river and dug into the hill presumably to get at the cool dirt underneath and to stop the insects from biting. A very cool encounter and it was a great way to start the first day of the workshop.