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Copyright: Albert Herbigneaux (albert) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 421 W: 12 N: 670] (2971)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-26
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D200 with MB-200, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gorillas on freedom [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-29 5:48
Viewed: 5765
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Guhonda 3rd posting

A silverback is an adult male gorilla, typically more than 12 years of age and named for the distinctive patch of silver hair on his back. A silverback gorilla has large canine teeth that come with maturity. Black backs are sexually mature males of up to 11 years of age.
Silverbacks are the strong, dominant troop leaders. Each typically leads a troop of 5 to 30 gorillas and is the center of the troop's attention, making all the decisions, mediating conflicts, determining the movements of the group, leading the others to feeding sites and taking responsibility for the safety and well-being of the troop. Younger males called blackbacks may serve as backup protection.
Males will slowly begin to leave their original troop when they are about 11 years old, traveling alone or with a group of other males for 2–5 years before being able to attract females to form a new group and start breeding. While infant gorillas normally stay with their mother for 3–4 years, silverbacks will care for weaned young orphans, though never to the extent of carrying the little gorillas.
Gorillas are omnivores, eating fruits, leaves, shoots, and sometimes insects which makeuponly 1–2% of their diet. Gorilla spend most of the day eating. Their large sagittal crest and long canines allow them to crush hard plants like bamboo. Lowland gorillas feed mainly on fruit while Mountain gorillas feed mostly on herbs, stems and roots.

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Hi Albert,

in my opinion this is a really great picture and portrait of the mountain gorilla. Congratulations!


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-29 15:08]

Hi Albert

Wonderful POV with superb detail and colour. Well seen and captured.


Hhi albert,

Great portrait of this silverback.
good of sharpness and nicely composition.
Looks if he has overexposed by his nose.

Regards Gert

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-03-01 13:55]

Hi Albert,
Seems as you did photograph this gorillain the wild. How does this feel? Good sharp details of the hair and good composition. I guess it is difficult to have a clear view with all the foliage around. Maybee I would reduce light just a bit to have less shinny parts on his nose, but of course very good shot!
Well done and TFS
Hey where have the points gone? Maybee I'm over my cuota for today :-) Ok points added

Hello Albert. Excellent capture with interesting title. Good sharpness and details under well managed light and shadow. Good job in capturing the inside of the mouth. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day. Regards. Jusni

bonjour Albert

belle image de portrait de ce gorille, j'aimes ton POV
et la pose de la tête du sujet, excellent DOF, belle luminosité
de l'image avec de superbes netteté et détails du gorille, TFS


Missed this one, Albert.
Superb portrait.

Wowww... poor silverback! but his face realy great. i can feel his pain from his facial expresion MF! Perfecty fixed by you.
TFS this fine image!
Have a nice new week!

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