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Are you looking at me?
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Copyright: Johan Swanepoel (duckpond) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 29 N: 73] (323)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-12-22 16:23
Viewed: 4490
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red Hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselapus caama).

As you can see with the green grass summer has arived here in South Africa and it is very nice to have some colour in the shots. Winter here gets pretty pale.

Hartebeest, grows roundabout 1.5m tall and weigh in at a 120-200 kg. They feed mostly on grass and are duirnal

A good way to recognise them is the horns. From the side the make what is almost a 90 degree angle.

Shot Details:
Exposure Time: 1/320 sec
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 300/1 mm
Date Taken: 2005-12-03 12:16


Hope you like it. I could not find a lot of information on these animals, maybe someone can shed more light on them?


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-22 19:13]

Hello Johan, welcome to TN from me. This is a nice shot. I love the pose of the hartebeest and it's good it is looking at the camera. The photo is a little soft in focus and taken at around midday which is always a harsh light to deal with. I think your composition could be improved by taking your subject a little off centre - I think with the head in the top left would be nice. A fill flash would work well here as it would give a little catchlight in the eyes and that gives a photo so much more impact.

It's a nice shot, well done and I look forward to seeing more of your work.


A nice pic but I feel the focus could have been sharper. As far as composition is concerned, I think it could have been less centred. A good way to assist the photographer is to set a focus zone or point on the viewfinder to one that is not dead "Centre". Hope this helps. Keep the photos coming.

Hi Johan

Only 12 hours till Christmas day here in New Zealand. No critique this time, just to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe New Year.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-12-26 15:26]

Ha, great capture of the Red Hartebeest Johan. It is a little soft and I agree with Paul's comments, buT it is an interesting shot I think. I like how it is looking straight on at the camera, showing off his unusual face. Well done.
I hope you had a good Christmas,
PS I look up Google for most of my info I post. I also quote the website I get it from too.

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