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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Date Submitted: 2008-10-25 10:44
Viewed: 3562
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Steenbok are typically solitary, except for when a pair come together to mate. However, it has been suggested that pairs occupy consistent territories while living independently, staying in contact through scent markings, so that they know where their mate is most of the time. Scent marking is primarily through dung middens. Territories range from 4 hectares to one square kilometre. The male is aggressive during the female's oestrus, engaging in "bluff-and-bluster" type displays with rival males—prolonged contests invariably involve well-matched individuals, usually in their prime.
Breeding occurs throughout the year, although more fawns are born November to December in the southern spring–summer; some females may breed twice a year. Gestation period is about 170 days, and usually a single precocious fawn is produced. The fawn is kept hidden in vegetation for 2 weeks, but they suckle for 3 months. Females become sexually mature at 6–8 months and males at 9 months.
Steenbok are known to live for 7 years or more.

Capture time: 10:00
ISO 250
Digital darkroom: LR..CR..PS.

Have a good Saterday!

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Hi Annick,
What a cute Steenbok shot my friend! Its posture is great too. TFS.
Have a nice Sunday and greetings from Cyprus,


Oh look at this little darling. Such a tiny and dainty little thing. Excellent colour, composition and DOF. Well captured Annick.
TFS Janice

This is precious Annick. He/she looks so small and vulnerable within the larger landscape. I love the wonderful soft texture and colors of the background with the tiny steenbok so amazingly sharp in front. beautiful work.

Evelynn : )

very delicate and beautiful, TFS Ori

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2008-10-25 13:07]

I really like good composed pictures where the main object is not full frame.
very nice compo, great sharpness (incredible 400 mm 2.8! ), very good focus with blurred and nice bg
like it!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-25 13:20]

Hi Annick

Great shot of this lovely antelope. I think the way you have surrounded it with green is very, very effective.


hi Annick,
well captured this African Bambi in the
Kruger national park

greetings sERGIO

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2008-10-25 20:09]

DOF is perfect. Exposre is very nice and details on the Steenbok. Very nice natural colors.

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2008-10-25 20:27]

Hi Annick,

What amaze my, beside the quality of your pictures, is haw many species of animals and birds you photographed in the wild, in a relative short trip. About this cute antelope I just find out from your posting that it exist – hard to comment. It embarrass me a bit when I post pictures of little birds from the Park across the street of my house.

Thanks, Mario

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-26 1:26]

hi annick,
very pleasent and soft image, composition is strong point here and the pose of the steenbok. contrast could have been better. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-26 1:36]

Hallo Annick,
Door dit steenbokje in een groter perspectief te plaatsen, komt de kwetsbaarheid nog eens extra goed over. Prachtig gedaan, grote klasse. De foto is scherp en heeft een mooie compositie. Ik heb alleen de indruk dat in je laatste foto's iets meer contrast mag ingevoerd worden. Maar op een laptop is dat soms wat moeilijk te beoordelen.
Nog een goed weekend,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-26 2:23]

Hi Anncik

What a cure fellow here! What happened to it? He looks a bit lost... :(
An exceptional close-up again from you, my friend!
I love the shallow DOF here that isolates the little Steenbok so well here! Also, the composition - with plenty of room in the direction it is looking in - is gorgeous and also maintains the delicate feeling of the scene (not having any other big or distracting elements in it).
Other than that, the standard for you: impeccable sharpness and spot-on exposure! ;)


Hi Annick,
very poetic, the image of this shy Steenbok and the subdued colors. The picture has a high artistic value.

Best regards from cool and foggy Switzerland

Hello Annick
Great pose that shows very well the delicate tiny legs of this beautiful antilope,super Bg
Kind regards

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-10-26 8:19]

Hello Annick,

This is a lovely capture of the Steenbok, lovely details, POV and composition. The young Steenbok seems so playful and jolly. Very nice shot indeed. TFS.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-26 8:57]

Hello Annick,

Your photo has a very fine composition showing the steenbok in great sharpness anainst the blurry background. There are very fine and deklicate color tones in your photo and a pleasent contrast between animal's fur color and the background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-26 15:22]

Hi Annick,
this is a wonderful photo.
The wide crop has made this cute little Steenbok look so vulnerable and small :-)
Very sharp and crisp.
Excellent light.

Well done,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-27 1:01]

Bonjour Annick,
Quelle belle image! La petite antilope est plus qu'adorable et nous paraît encore bien fragile. Tu as très bien constuit ton image en décentrant le sujet principal et en nous montrant son environnement. Image très douce.
Un grand merci

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