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Take a break
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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/7.1, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Silpa's "Unforgettable" Favourites !!!, CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-12 8:52
Viewed: 6105
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear TN friends,

Not only this Gelada got to take a break, I also do. The next week Iím going to ski in Austria. So thanks for all your comments and critiques the last weeks. Iíll be back at the end of this month.

A summary: Gelada baboon, Theropithecus gelada
Geladas are not actually true baboons, and differ by having nostrils that are a further distance from the tip of the muzzle than other baboons.

Possibly two or three. T.g.gelada (Northern), P.g.obscurus (Southern).

Life span
Gelada baboons have a lifespan of over 19 years.

Body length: 50-74cm, Tail length: 32-40cm, Weight: 11-20kg.

Physical description
Adult male gelada baboons have a long, heavy dark cape. Both genders have an hourglass-shaped area of bright pink skin on the neck and chest, which is indicative of fertility.

Gelada baboons inhabit Ethiopia.

They live on mountain grassland with no tall trees, and are restricted to altitudes of 1400-4400m.

This species feeds almost exclusively on grass.

Gelada baboons live in multi-male, multi-female groups, which can sometimes have as many as 600 members. In these large groups, bands of 50-300 tend to forage together, regrouping at night. They are diurnal and terrestrial. During the night, geladas sleep on treeless cliffs, away from predators.

After a gestation period of 150-180 days, females give birth to one infant.

(Source: www.bbc.co.uk/nature/wildfacts/factfiles)

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To iris: Have fun on skiiPeterZ 2 02-16 09:18
To crs: Nice holidayPeterZ 2 02-14 23:46
To marhowie: Slopes of AustriaPeterZ 1 02-14 10:49
To boreocypriensis: Have a nice winter holidayPeterZ 2 02-14 03:24
To jaycee: Skiing in AustriaPeterZ 1 02-14 02:36
To Argus: Skiing holidayPeterZ 1 02-14 02:33
To CeltickRanger: Excellent vacationPeterZ 1 02-14 02:29
To MartinL: Have a great holidayPeterZ 1 02-14 02:24
To albert: enjoy your ski holidayPeterZ 1 02-14 02:23
To Gert-Paassen: Skieen is dat niet zonde?PeterZ 1 02-14 01:53
To vanderschelden: Veel glijplezierPeterZ 1 02-14 01:49
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wow , I like very much this shot Peter !
you choose a perfect moment to take this photo !
wonderful colours , perfect sharp and details , great POV ,
well done !

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-02-12 9:24]

Hello Peter, lovely and excellent shot of this gelada.
TFS and G's,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-12 9:44]

Hello Peter,
What a nice and interesting portret of the baboon, with great expression, wonderful details. Stunning pose and detail. Excellent work.Best regards Siggi

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-02-12 9:50]

Hi Peter!

Haha, great shot. Totally stoned Gelada captured in great way :-) Perfectly detailed shot with interesting composition. Moment is excellent.

Hi Peter,

I love this picture!! A marvelous close-up of the resting Gelada. The expression on his face is priceless. The heavy lidded eyes are wonderful. Excellent details of the face, wrinkles and hair. His nice natural colors against the green is superb. Have a great time skiing in Austria. Enjoy yourself and have a safe trip.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-02-12 9:58]
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Hello Peter,
Now that is a capture i have enjoyed very much looking at after i saw the thumbnail and opened the page.I think this is one of he mos impressive shot i have seen of an animal of this species,especially because of the PoV you have used.

The timing was perfect as you clicked to capture those sleep pair of eyes.The tight framing showing the slight bit of grass in the left BG and the FG contrasting with fantastic amount of details on your suject makes the composition both intimate and endearing.
I am delighted to add this outstanding composition to my "unforgettable theme".
TFS & Cheers
p.s:have fun on skii

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-12 10:15]

Hi Peter,
Wonderful capture.I liked clear details,sharpness,expression on face and composition a lot.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

hallo Peter
super schot
een zeer mooi en scherpe opname
goede details te zien
great picture
goetjes lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-12 11:09]
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Hello Peter,
A great capture of a male Gelada having a rest in a fine pose taken from a great POV to show the head with superb sharpness.
Thanks and have a good skiing holiday!

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-02-12 11:12]
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Hello Peter,

Ther is something very human in the image of this Gelada. You have chosen a very good moment to take the photo. Sharpness ofthe image is excelent as well as the way you have used DOF.

Thank you for sharing and Have a nice holliday,

Hi Peter, fantastic portrait of lovely chimp in great pose, wonderful details, perfect focus and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hallo Peter,

Skieen is dat niet zonde?
Kan je beter een mooie trip als deze maken.
Ook dit is weer een mooie plaat met veel detailering e prachtige kleuren.

Veel vakantie plezier.


Hello Peter
Great and lovely shot of this sleepy gelada baboon.
TFS and greetings,

hello Peter

beautiful portrait photography of the Gelada baboon
on his siesta time, shot with a fine POV, very beautiful
luminosity and colour tones, excellent sharpness and details,
i wish you excellent vacation,



Ahhhh... what a lovely capture of this cute fellow in siesta MF. Have a nice winter holiday my friend. we will miss you! Take care!



Enjoy your time off. Have a great holiday.
BTW, that's quite an unusual shot for TN. Nice work. TFS.

Best Regards,


Hi Peter,
Has conseguido un retrato excepcional de ťsta especie tan interesante, la pose es realmente original.
Salutacions cordials. Ferran

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-02-13 0:54]

Hello Peter,
What an original and touching shot! In a way it looks so human. Good idea to show only the head of the Baboon.
Excellent framing and sharpness.
Have a nice day

Hi Peter,
A nice capture capture of this beautiful Gelada baboon having its nap. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Peter,
Good Gelada baboon's portrait in a funny pose, great focus with excellent details
PS/ enjoy your ski holiday , but please come back in one piece!

Hallo Peter,
Haha...wat heb je hem verteld dat ie zo lusteloos lijkt. Toch niet over de Belgische politiek begonnen zeker...
Veel glijplezier.
Bedankt voor deze goede en leuke foto:-)

Hi Peter,
what a wonderful portrait of this Gelada taken from an excellent low POV with great sharpness and lighting, i like the relaxed posture in a very nice composition, the colours are briliant.
TFS. Best regards.
Have a good weekend

Perfect image to say I'm outta here Peter, have a great time on the slopes of Austria..
Excellent quality photo you leave us with, thanx for the :)

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-02-16 1:23]

Ha Peter,

Een lekkere luie opname van deze Gelada,spijtig te lezen dat de skivakantie om gezondheidsperikelen gecancelled is,gelukkig dat het al weer beter gaat,sterkte toegewenst


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-16 7:27]

Hello Peter,
Sorry, I thought I had commented already on this superb portrait of a sleeping beauty! It looks so cosy there in the grass. A great low POV, excellent details and colours and beautifully framed!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

so beautiful and so human, TFS Ori

hello peter!
amazing animal in a great pose!
very nice too see!
good work!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-02-25 19:25]

Hello Peter,
Charming close up Peter, with wonderful details and colors. I to feel lazy and soon will be off to bed. Thank you for sharing Peter.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-02-26 1:27]

Ph Peter, what a lovely photo of the Gelada baboon. I feel quite sad to see it laying down like this. He seems sad and deep in thought
It's an excellent capture

Hi Peter,
a very expressive animal portrait, perfectly approached and framed. Deep natural colours, impressingly wealthy details. Feeling attracted to that image at once, maybe feeling just the same ...
Just read that you spent your holidays in Austria - in hospital instead of skiing. So sorry for you. Hope you were treated well, and are back on your feet in good order again.
With thanks, and best regards,

Hi Peter,

Lovely snap of the Galada and right on the moment. TFS.


Excellent shot with a very interesting subject matter! Good pov, sharpness and details.

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