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Young male Gelada

Young male Gelada
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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
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-30 10:25
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Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends,
This time another photo of a Gelada, a young male. He was willing to pose for my camera.
Too young to collect a harem, too old for the baby youngsters to play with. A problem for all adolescents.

Young males get together in groups from the age when they finally leave their mothers until they are mature enough to become a follower. These various social groups all move and feed together, only occasionally leaving the herd if food supplies demand it. They travel about three miles a day while feeding, and sleep on ledges on the cliff face wherever they happen to be when night falls.

For a young male to acquire a harem of his own is quite a long and difficult process. He starts off when he is about two leaving his mother's harem in favour of play groups of other juveniles. By the age of three he starts playing around with the younger members of the all-male groups, and at four he things of nothing else but joining one (which is not always easy as the groups are very tight and do not readily welcome new members). Having succeeded he settles down to life as a bachelor sub-adult in his group. When he is about five or six, he begins to show an interest in the harems again. He doesn't want to anger the adult male of any harem so he confines his activities to following along, occasionally grooming with the male but mainly amusing himself with the young females - the ones too young to cause jealous feelings in the old male. Should the old male die or become weak, the young one will take his place, but it is more common for the youngster just to gradually withdraw taking with him several of the young females. This is not a sudden break - the one group just spends progressively more time on its own. The male then sets about getting a few more females from other harems - young females belonging to a harem with no follower may join him before their father takes an interest in them.

(Source: Selamta.net)

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To jaycee: Young male GeladaPeterZ 1 01-30 11:02
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Hi Peter,
A nice capture of this beautiful Gelada monkey. A nice pose. Superb details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-30 10:29]

Hi Peter. You have been able to capture a fine close up of this Gelada . with a nice pose of him just sitting looking at you. Good detail and natural looking colours. Its like he is thinking what that man doing. well done TFS. Interesting note too. have a nice weekend

hallo Peter
goed geschoten
mooi zo als hij blijft zitten
en de details !!erg goed
vreemd beest eigenlijk
groetjes lou

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-01-30 10:33]

He's so cute, being a Gelada, I would certainly be part of his harem ;-)) So much is being said in his face, it's incredible. There is loneliness, questions, even curiosity while having its hand in its pants... a real adolescent! Great picture, Peter, I love the background, mi-sky and mi-fluffs of grass. It makes a beautiful background for the GElada. We can see a lot of details in its beautiful fur. Superb work, thank you and thanks for the interesting notes,


Ja Peter,
Een moeilijke tijd voor deze jonge aap:-).
Je zou hem ietsje rebelser verwachten. De outfit is een beetje warm voor Afrika...
Bedankt en groeten,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-30 10:53]
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Hi Peter,

What did you do get him to be such a willing model?? Wonderful shot of this monkey in a fantastic pose. The details of his face and fur are wonderful. The colors are nice and natural. I love the setting.


Hi Peter,

The expression in the eyes and on the face speaks more than many books. Well seen with good detail in the face and fur.


Hi Peter,
what a marvellous picture of Gelada taken from an excellent frontal POV, i like very much the posture and look of this young male, the sharpness is outstanding, splendid natural colours in a very nice composition.
TFS. Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-30 11:04]

Hello Peter,
Great photo, wonderful portrait of this Gelada. Excellent composition, POV, DOF and colours! TFS.Best regards Siggi

very cute and so very human, TFS Ori

Hello Peter,
I like your capture? This is a sympathic close up of this young male gelada with a great pose and with very fine sharp details.
I like your composition, with the low POV.
Best regards

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-30 12:55]

Hi Peter,
Excellent capture.Sharpness,details,eye contact and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

I like very much this portrait of Gelada , It's very expressive ,
light is perfect , colours are beautiful and details are fine ,
very well done !TFS ,

Hi Peter, lovely and perfect capture of this cute young male Gelada.
TFS and cheers,

Hi Peter,
Superb shot! Excellent portrait of this fantastic species, interesting document.
TFS. Regards, Ferran

Hi Peter,

You are lucky to have him ready for the camera. He looks a bit down because of his adolescence :-). Very fine capture with excellent details. TFS and have a nice day.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-30 23:47]

Hello Peter,

This is a fine portret of the young animal. As you say he looks willing to stay for a photo sesion. His pose is very good and very close to humans. The good image shows well the details of the face and fur.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-01-31 1:06]

Merhaba Dostum Peter!
Oturduğu yerden sizi izleyen canlı bakışı ve masum yüz ifadesiyle oldukça etkileyici bir Gelada karesi postalamışsın sevgili dostum. Detaylar ve fotokalitesi herzamanki gibi yüksek olan bu kareyi bizimle paylaştığın için çok teşekkürler. Yeni karelerinde görüşmek dileği ile...


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-01-31 2:36]

Hi Peter,
Nice portrait. Well done.

Hello Peter
Thanks for sharing this very good photo of Gelada, never seen this species before
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-31 9:03]

Hello Peter,
A wonderful capture of a young male Gelada Baboon.
The low frontal POV is great and taken with fine sharpness and lighting to show a surprisingly wrinkled face and great expression.
Thanks for sharing this delightful image and have a good weekend,
Best regards,


Looking at the photographer, teh sharp, color and light are very good, but the best still the expression of the animal, fantástic.

Best regards


hello Peter

excellent phtography of this Gelada monkey,
shot with a fine POV « en contre-plongé »,
excellent sharpness and details and i love
his curious glance on you, TFS


Ciao Peter, fantastic chimp in great pose, wonderful expression, splendid light and colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
very beautiful picture of a Gelada! I like composition, sharpness and colours. Very interesting pose.

Best regards, Leonid


This is a very interesting shot. I like the focus on the eyes and the reflection in them. The expression in his face is very sad.

Thanks for sharing. Bob

Hi Peter,
I like the expression, and matter of fact pose.
Sharp detail with great color, POV, DOF, and exposure..
Well composed - Well done!

Hello Peter !
He is really posing for you, and looking straight into your ayes ! That's wonderful ! He looks a bit sad, though, they have such expressive faces. I also like the composition, the natural colors, the POV. It's really a wonderful picture. Very well done !

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2009-02-25 13:15]

hi peter,
I like very much this singular photo, the primates are vraiments different from the other animals, their glance is very meaning.
The shaving point of view is a good idea to emphasize it.


great picture!
very expressive look and nice pose


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