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I am smelling something...

I am smelling something...
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Copyright: Odette Van Nieuwholtz (OdetteVN) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 59 W: 0 N: 127] (386)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 75-300mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-11-04 12:09
Viewed: 7873
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cape Buffalo

species of short-haired African ungulate, or hoofed mammal, Syncerus caffer. The cape, or African, buffalo may reach 7 ft (2.1 m) in length, weigh more than 1,500 lb (670 kg), and reach a height of 5 ft (1.5 m) at the shoulder. Coat color and horn shape seem to vary with the animal's habitat, which ranges from high grass savanna to equatorial forest and extends from Lake Chad south to the Cape of Good Hope and from Senegal, on the Atlantic coast, to the Horn of Africa, on the Indian Ocean. Cape buffalo gather in herds of up to a thousand animals; they graze and drink in the early morning and evening and rest during the heat of midday and at night. They are aggressive and powerfully built, and can easily fend off the attack of a lion. They mate in January or February; after a gestation period of 11 months the cow gives birth to a single calf. Its life span is about 16 years. They are also one of the BIG FIVE.

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  • Great 
  • Leace Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 0 N: 61] (292)
  • [2005-11-04 15:49]

Very funny picture -good catch.

Hi Odette, I like you pic, you captured a funny moment. I think it can be improved with easy postprocess, so I dared a fast one. Hope you like!

Hi Odette,
It's a nice picture of this powerful animal.
Well composed and good POV.
The focus of the bull are soft but the straws in the FG are sharper.
Well done.

  • Good 
  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-11-05 2:02]

Hi Odette,

Its a nice picture but you have a problem with focus camera, no ?


Felipe, Gert en Ridfa het taktvol probeer hulp verleen met hulle opmerkings. Felipe het met sy WS gewys dat jy hom meer kon "sharpen". Gert het opgemerk dat jou fokus punt op die gras in die voorgrond was en nie op die buffel nie. Ridfa sukkel met Engels en het gewonder of jy sukkel met die fokus van die kamera.

Wat sÍ ek:

The placement of the subject in the frame and the overall composition is fine. The expression on the face adds impact. Alas the focus is not spot on. I know how you shoot in the field and think you should seriously consider to change from "Auto focus points" to selective focal points. This would help to lessen the out of focus shots like this. The shutterspeed is fast enough (with the IS) so it can't be movement blurring. Or where you shaking (scared) too much ... lol!

This type of critiques is what makes this site worthwhile. Take it to heart and learn from it. Don't be shy to post shots like this in the future and ask the members for advice.

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-11-06 17:24]

Odette, the guys above have already mentioned the lack of focus. Apart from that, this is a funny image.

I like pov and composition too.

  • Great 
  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-12-04 14:16]

Wel, almal het hulle advies gegee, hier is myne - Sit die IS af en skud jou kamera saam met die buffel se kop :) Ek hou van die komposisie en die beligting is goed. Die gesig is ook baie snaaks.


  • Great 
  • tinman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
  • [2006-01-20 10:03]

Lovely moment captured, maybe not the sharpest, but that is part of the game. I also got close to one of these the other day and its quite intimidating. Personally, I would have cropped a little differently, but I still like the post.

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