Backlight – New Zealand



Sheep are everywhere in New Zealand. There were a few on the bus that would yell, SHEEP every time we saw some. Josh Cripps, our guide and generally great person, is a pure landscape guy and did not understand how important it was to stop at some point to photograph the sheep. Well at least not until there was a mutiny, verbal threats and lots of screaming from a few unnamed (Lola, Terry) participants on the bus! All in good fun of course. This stop seemed like the perfect place with the distant hill in the background still in shadow, the light behind the trees creating beautiful backlight and SHEEP!

I’m selling my Nikon AF-S 70-200 2.8 VR. This is VERSION 1 of this lens which means on a full frame sensor you will see some vignetting in the corners. On a cropped sensor which it was designed for, it works perfectly! It has be used but is in great shape. A steal for $800.00 plus shipping. Box, hood, and carry bag it came with included.

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  1. Bruce Sorrell August 28, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    That is one beautiful pastoral image, John ! The backlighting you’ve captured so well imparts a wonderful three-dimensional look to the major elements in the shot. Sometimes it seems that the quality of the light can even trump the importance of the subject. In any case, this one is a beaut ! Slainte !

    • JB August 28, 2015 at 9:31 am #

      There is a saying Bruce… “In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary” Aaron Rose

  2. Rona Schwarz August 28, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    This is very lovely, JB! Yes, I photographed a lot of sheep when I was in New Zealand but none that were in such exquisite light! Gorgeous!

    • JB August 28, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

      Thanks Rona.

  3. Stephan Dietrich September 3, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    Baa-baaeutiful baacklit and well composed image JB! Reminds me of the good ol’ days of slide film and watching slide shows on the portable big screen! Also reminds me of the gold found in the CA Eastern Sierra region! Fall is upon us! All the best!

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