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Blue Wildebeest


Blue Wildebeest
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1370 W: 17 N: 1996] (13306)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-09
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-03 22:21
Viewed: 5920
Points: 11
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I had captured this picture of "Blue Wildbeest" at Lower Sabie, Kruger National Park. When we(me and my wife) were returning from Kruger Park to Marloth Park saw this species.

*Blue wildbeests are famous for their long distance Migration. The Wildbeest,also called the "Gnu" is an antelope of the genus Connochaetes. It is hooved mamal.Gnus belong to the family Bovidae, which includes cattle, goats and other ever-toed horned Ungulates.

*A full grown Blue Wildbeest can be 150cm at the shoulder and weigh 180kg. They inhabit the plains and open woodlands of Africa,especially the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Masai Mara in Kenya, and Kruger National Park in South Africa. Blue Wildbeests migrate over long distance in the winter. Wildbeests are killed for food, especially for"BILTONG" in South Africa. In Kruger National Park I wanted to capture a single Wildbeest and I did. It was a cloudy day. Among thousand Wildbeest it is very tough to capture a single one. It was a remarkable time to watch them.

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Hi Srikumar,

Lovely scene. Technically everything seems OK on it - except for the composition. In cases like this, if you place the main compositional element to the centre, it becomes too static, even boring to the viewer. Try to place the subject to any of the thirds of the pic (left or right). Here's a little help of what I'm talking about.

In case of living creatures, also including animals, it's better to allow more space in front of than behind them, in the direction of their look - and voilá, you already solved the problem of thirds! Another, also important item is composing a complementary element on the photo, if possible, and never in a direct (horizontal or vertical) line with the main subject. Unfortunately, on your shot, the dried tree is in direct line with the gnu.

In the case of this photo, you should release the shutter a couple seconds sooner, to use both the gnu and the spectacular dried tree as important elements, or wait some more seconds while the gnu walks away from the tree and they don't make a disturbing vertical line together. So, the main problem of the photo imho is the bad timing. Something to be alert of, but something may be learned with practice.

Good luck to your future captures, I'm looking forward to see new shots of you. Have a prosperous new year, best regards, László

Hello Srikumar

Our friend László has written a very useful
critique for beginners on photography,
here a beautiful environmental photo
of this "Gnu" but as László written :
« it's better to allow more space
in front of than behind them » TFS

Asbed
p.s. but sometimes like I do in bird in-flight
photos there is more space behind them than
in front it is because the time to obtain
the focus and the shutter lags of some cameras
so the bird in his flight was faster and like
that sometimes less space in front of birds
in-flight than behind them.

Hello srikumar.
Nice wildebeest and details are good in this shot. Good setting in natural habitat.
Regards,
Jusni

Dear Srikumar Da,
Excellent shot boss... Like the composition and the colors.. Superb image quality too.. Darun chobi, South Africa te erokm chobi na tulle mojai nei.. Kbe gechile South Africa??
Good morning and have a nice sunday..
Warm regards,
Indrasish..

Srikumar,
Great tip from László. László does know his stuff though at times he "may appear" negative. In fact he is quite a POSITIVE fellow. He is a born TEACHER & a very good teacher at that.
Now here is my point of view ... the frame ... FAR TOO THICK ... very disturbing/distracting ... a lighter colour could have done wonders for this highly IMPRESSIVE image.
Your notes are always a delight to follow.
Best and most kind regards,
Mario from COLD COLD Canada.

Ciao Srikumar, great capture of superb creature in a beautiful ambientation, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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