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Gelada portrait

Gelada portrait
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): TN Classics, Anna's Favourites 1, Mammals of Africa I, Animals' Behavior, part one [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-07 11:25
Viewed: 20689
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 104
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello dear TN Friends,

A portrait of this male with a lot of expression.
I always like the expression in mammals faces. You can imagine what you like. Is he angry? Am I looking too much to his girl friends? Does he need a dentist?
Find a proper title: Who's the greatest humorist of TrekNature?

The Gelada (Theropithecus gelada), sometimes called the Gelada Baboon, is a species of Old World monkey found only in the Ethiopian Highlands, with large populations in the Semien Mountains. Theropithecus is derived from the Greek root words for "beast-ape." Like its close relatives the baboons (genus Papio), it is largely terrestrial, spending much of its time foraging in grasslands. Since 1979 it has been customary to place the Gelada in its own particular genus (Theropithecus), though some genetic research suggests that this monkey should, in fact, be grouped with its papionine kin; other researchers have classified this species even farther distant from Papio. While Theropithecus gelada is the only living species of its genus, at least two separate larger species are known from the fossil record: T. brumpti and T. oswaldi, formerly classified under the generic name of Simopithecus. Theropithecus, while restricted at present to Ethiopia, is also known from fossil specimens found in Africa and the Mediterranean into Asia, including South Africa, Malawi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Algeria, Morocco, Spain, and India.

Theropithecus gelada can be physically distinguished from baboons by the bright patch of skin on its chest. This patch is hourglass-shaped, and on males, bright red and surrounded by white hair. On females the patch is far less pronounced. However, when in oestrus, the female's patch will brighten, and a "necklace" of fluid-filled blisters forms on the patch. This is thought to be analogous to the swollen buttocks common to most baboons experiencing oestrus. This modification likely came about due to the Gelada's unique mode of feeding - it spends most of its waking hours grazing from an upright sitting position, rump hidden beneath and so unavailable for display. The male Gelada's tail is about as long as the body and densely tufted at the tip; it also has a long and flowing mantle and mane.

The Gelada lives in small harems consisting of one male, several females, and their offspring. These smaller bands often join together to feed, forming groups of upwards of 350 individual monkeys. At especially good feeding spots, groups in excess of 670 individuals have been observed.

The Gelada is exclusively herbivorous but is specialised as a grass-eater, consuming every part of the plant (but favouring one part over the others depending upon season), from green blades (in the wet season) to seeds to rhizomes (in the dry season) to stalks, flowers, and fruits. It has the most opposable thumb of any of the catarrhine primates (not including humans), allowing it to pick apart grasses with great dexterity to select the most nourishing meal. It is one of the only true grazing monkeys.

Although not listed as endangered, only 50,000-60,000 Geladas are known to exist. Hunting and habitat destruction have forced the Gelada into areas formerly inhabited only by the Olive Baboon, and hybridisation between the two species has been observed.
There are two subspecies of Gelada:
Theropithecus gelada gelada
Eastern Gelada, Theropithecus gelada obscurus

(Source: Wikipedia)

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To sranjan: Not activePeterZ 2 09-21 09:49
To Miss_Piggy: Gelada portraitPeterZ 2 01-07 22:12
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Hallo Peter
Absolutely stunning photography! The expression captured is priceless. You do not only deserve a smiley with this image, but the winners cup as well. Bravo, bravo. Outstanding focus, precisely captured details and true representation of natural colours. I can find no fault, but only sing you praises. This guy is beautiful because of his uglyness. He looks like the chief of some kind of tribal nation. This is indeed a very special moment captured. Thanks for all your wonderful contributions to the site, this being one of them.
Best regards.

Hallo Peter,
't Is altijd weer lachen geblazen als deze jongeheer verschijnt. Wat een bakkes:-). En karakter heeft ie hoor...
Kijk naar die tanden..koffie of roken?
De expressie is gewoon te gek. Een te gekke kerel gewoonweg!
Bedankt en groeten,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-07 11:45]
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Hi Peter. " You think im ugly take a look in the mirror. " Hows that for a title.

Anyway this is a fine close up of this fine looking animal. even if not looking to happy with you. i love the way you have captured the stare and the long flowing hair. with such detail. well done TFS.

hallo Peter

JOH ,waar haal je die vandaan

zo mooi en scherp kom je niet vaak tegen

groetjes lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-07 12:08]

Hello Peter,
A great portait with an expression reflecting his emotion after being told that he has to make an appointment with the dental hygenist!

Seriouly Peter, technically this is great and the timing to get the expression of this male Gelada baboon superb.
Well done ans thanks for sharing this delight with us,
Best regards,

amazing face, TFS Ori

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-07 12:16]
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"You think I'm funny? What about Feyenoord losing with Lech Poznan?'

Funny photo Peter, great expression on face of our close relative. It isn't easy to live when you look like hairy skull :-)

It is totally classic Peter..Absolutely one of my favs...take my word as my favs list is full...Wonderful!

impressive portrait Peter!
seems to mask the expression of this species of monkey, native of Ethiopia, with details and composition managed so perfect...also note is very interesting:

best sERGIO

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-07 12:48]

Hello Peter,
What an expression! What have you done to him? Really amzing, this portrait. Excellent animal portrait which we will not forget so rapidely.
A great and vivid picture. Bravo

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-07 13:47]

Hi Peter,

I hope you have a portrait gallery of these Baboons with different expressions on their faces! I want to see them all. This is magnificent. The features are excellent, that mass of hair is amazing, and the wrinkles on his face are priceless. His eyes are beautiful - his teeth not. Is there a dentist in the house?


Hello Peter,
Superb & excellent portrait!!! nice expression. Add Favorite!!
Best regards.

Hello Peter

"What? Isn't this the line up for the Motley Crue concert?"
A super capture of this Gelada baboon that has real character in the look.
Excellent focus and detail.
The eye contact is wonderful.
Lovely light and natural colours.
Great job.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-07 21:14]

Hallo Peter,

The protret you have made is very expresive. Image is very nice being sarp and having delicate color tones. You have made the photo in a good moment catching a fine expresion on animals face.

Thank you for sharing,

Striking portrait of the male Gelada, Peter.
The expression on his face is unscrutable indeed.
Superb sharpness and details on the face.
Thanks and regards.

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2009-01-07 21:44]

Hi peter,
Fantastic capture1 What a funny expression. Now what can he be thinking..... Oh1 he is taking pictures???Do I look alright? Will he capture me from the right angle to show off my beautiful hairdo, flawless skin and perfect teeth...
Seriously peter,he really looks worried.:)
Anyway this one gos straight to my favourites. You have done an excellent job of portraying his expression in a picture taken with excellent quality.
Thanks for the share,

Hello Peter, superb shot of this gelada. Great face.
TFS and regards,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-08 0:51]

Excellent portrait Peter,
Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice colours. TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-08 2:01]

Hello Peter,
Very amusing! 'Give me that camera or else...! I don't like having my portrait taken!!'
Excellent close-up of this male with a terrific hair style! Great details and colours and well framed.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Ciao Peter,
fantastico ritratto di questa scimmia catturata con una spettacolare espressione, eccellenti POV, DOF e composizione, ottima definizione, bellissimi colori.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-01-08 5:04]

great portraid
very good sharp and detail
very well done.

Hi Peter
What a good looking guy you have captured and presented here! This is really powerful and interesting expression of this Gelada Baboon.
Well done and TFS

Hi my friend, A great portrait capture of a Gelada. Wonderful facial expression you captured here. But i think he should be brush his teeth:)
TFS this perfect and beautiful image MF!


WOW Peter, fantastic portrait with great expression, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter,
A lovely portrait of this strange looking baboon. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

very beautiful portrait , great details and expresive , good light and sharp,

Mother in law's having a bad hair day!
Sorry - on a more serious note, this is quality. what an expression! Well captured, with really good detail and colour tones.

Hello Peter, a realy great shot of a Galeda with nicely details, lovely facial ecpression and POV. TFS.
Regards, Deniz

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-08 18:09]

Hello Peter,
"Face Lift Gone Wrong" thats my title on this amazing portrait with superb quality. Great work Peter, thank you.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-09 13:00]

Hi Peter,
what an ugly Gelada :-D
Look at those teeth!
Excellent clarity and sharpness.
Well composed.

Superb work!


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-01-09 13:39]

Hello Peter
Nice colors and details. The sharpness is excellent, the expression of this gelada is very interesting and funny.The composition is amazing

Very funny Peter..Did I give you a release to use this one??
And how did you sneak in and snap this when I got out of bed this morning? ;-}}
Excellent expression, technically well done also..
Thanx for the comic relief mf,

Hallo Peter,

terwijl ik dode Ganzen laat zien kom jij met dit erg mooie portret foto van een aap die zijn tanden laat zien.
Er is maar een klein min puntje en dat is waarom niet als staande foto?
Denk met de snelheid van reageren dat je hem liggend hebt genomen.
Verder prima plaat.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-10 3:50]

Hi Peter,
a very special shot of this gelada. Well depicted emotion and gestures.
Great sharpness and clarity. it is one of the many types of apes U havent seen yet. thanks for sharing this excellent presentation.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-10 11:58]

Hi Peter.
Fantastic portrait. I am amazed a lot. Brilliant reflection of all thinnest shades of animal mood and state of soul. Quality of the image also is outstanding in all respects. My congratulations and TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-11 7:28]

Hello Peter,
This is a great portrait!
Superb capture of this Gelada Baboon with wonderful clarity.Very well composed with sharp details. Superb eye-contact. Great composition. Perfectly exposed.
Best regards Siggi

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2009-01-11 11:35]

Hi Peter

You certainly caught a wonderful expression! I think he is angry at being caught on a bad hair day :) Nice POV, good focus and a wonderful moment



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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-01-11 23:00]

Dear Peter!

I had to verify that I'm not sitting in front of mirror... and I'm so glad I'm not!


Nevertheless I can imagine that in the world of the Geladas this one is among the beautiful ones. He also looks so powerful! You have realized a perfect portrait and accompanied it with notes of great interest.

Kind regards


Hi Peter,

A proper title? hmmm. Let me think.
- "face of death"
- "the un-dead"
- "my mother in law". (If you think he's too manly to look like my mother in law, you haven't seen my mother in law)

Excelent shot. Very detailed. Perfect light and colors. Not so common animal on TN. And indeed, what an expression on his face. Terrific.
I might have uncentered him slightly more to the left, but it is also good as it is.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-15 1:31]

Hi Peter

How's "I am a 1960' rock star...guess my name" for a title :)
Indeed such terrific close-ups with mammal's facial expression are always special and if taken properly, they can inspire many people.
I think this is the case here, with this big Gelada male and his very impressive portrait.
Wonderful and very exact sharpness here in all aspects, very good DOF, too and spot-on exposure...these elements give a bit more drama to the scene and enhance the look of your subject.
Wonderful work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-01-15 23:06]

What a happy chap he is. I love his expression - his teeth look very dangerous,as if he'd like to bite you.
It is a super portrait Peter - well done

Excellent shot. The half opened mouth looks interesting. Sharply focussed, and the eyes look lively.

Beautiful Baboon Peter. You got a wonderful portrait. Very clear detail in the expression. TFS Trevor

Hello Peter.

Excellent portrait. nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

Jose Luis.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-01-25 23:38]

Ha Peter,

Een fraai portret van deze TN gast,idd vele ideeen kome bij je op bij zo'n expressie,fraai vasgelegd met goede scherpte,kleuren en details,


Fantastic portrait, really captures the individual personality of this male. It seems that the skin coloration surrounding the eye on this male is darker/diminished in comparison with the obscurus subgenus (the ones I became quite familiar with at Guassa). Thanks for sharing, the ancillary description is very informative.

Hi Peter,
Excellent detail so very sharp, filling the frame like a pro.Reminds me of someyone who has just missed the national lottery by one number.Great shot and TFS.

Hi Peter

Super shot! What an expression ... excellent portrait for the moment and details and unusual subject!


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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-11-30 14:39]

Simply incredible Peter. I was looking for some details on TN and I found this amazing image. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2010-08-28 10:55]

Dag Peter,

Apen zijn net mensen, dat blijkt nu wel weer. Ik had deze nog niet gezien en ben onder de indruk van de geweldige expressie op het gezicht van deze baviaan. Schitterende foto!


Hello Peter,
I think, I have the honor to make it point 100. Beautiful capture of this Gelada. TFS

Hello Peter

WOW ! amazing and great portrait of this Gelada Baboon,
you superbly captured his expressive eye-contact to you,
with great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • Diya Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 25] (190)
  • [2013-09-11 21:03]

Lovely portrait and also this type of baboon is new to me. Didnt see it in Nat Geo or animals Planet. TFS

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