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White Rhino

White Rhino
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Copyright: Paul Lees (PaulLees) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 548 W: 0 N: 1647] (9004)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 55 - 300mm Zoom
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-11 13:42
Viewed: 2656
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The White Rhino: The white rhino's name derives from the Dutch "weit," meaning wide, a reference to its wide, square muzzle adapted for grazing. The white rhino, which is actually grey, has a pronounced hump on the neck and a long face.

The rhinoceros is a large, primitive looking mammal that in fact dates from the Miocene era millions of years ago. In recent decades rhinos have been relentlessly hunted to the point of near extinction. Since 1970 the world rhino population has declined by 90 percent, with five species remaining in the world today, all of which are endangered.

The white or square-lipped rhino is one of two rhino species in Africa. It in turn occurs as two subspecies, the southern and the northern. The southern dwindled almost to extinction in the early 20th century, but was protected on farms and reserves, enabling it to increase enough to be reintroduced. The northern white rhino has recovered in Democratic Republic of Congo from about 15 in 1984 to about 30 in the late 1990s. This population has been threatened by political conflict and instability.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-03-11 13:50]

Hi Paul,the light of sunset is decisive to create this fantastic effect on the white rhinos,spectacular light balance and warm colors,super details too,not easy in moments like that.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Paul, fantastic light on lovely couple, great capture in a beautiful natural ambientation, wonderful warm colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-03-11 15:00]

Hello Pauly!
Wow!Wow!Wow! Really nice!!! What a shot!!!So,so well done!!!
Great atmosphere and lovely colors.Wonderful to see the two rhinos together.Amazing work!Congrats and thanks for sharing!
Nice week!

Hello Pauly

I love the back-light effect with one side
the beautiful warm light and the other side
the shadows, excellent focus sharpness details, TFS


Amazing scene Pauly! Excellent photo with very good composition and fantastic lighting

Hi Paul,
superbe light and nice rhinos. wish you a nice day

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-03-12 3:13]

Excellent picture Paul, I like it. The gold light in the animals and in the background with the shadow is wonderful, plus the composition and action is super. A Great picture Paul. Congratulation and thank you for sharing it. Un saludo.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-12 3:34]

Hello Pauly,
Very beautiful atmosphere in this sunset. Fascinating colours. Excellent sharpness, details and taken from the best POV in fine composition.

Hello Paul
What a wonderful capture. The light is very impressive,warm colors and great sharpness,fine composition.A beauty..
Best regards

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2012-03-12 5:53]

Hi Paul

What a great photo! You've had some lovely soft light. I lie the way it wraps around their heads. nicely isolated from their surroundings.


fantastic lighting and subject. very nice picture in all aspect.

hello Paul
very nice composition with lovely light and super colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Pauly,
interesting light. Is it sunrise or sunset? Nice composiiton.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-03-12 8:28]

Fantastic atmosphere in this image, Paul!
Excellent sharpness and beautiful lightness; splendid warm colours and ambientation; great composition! Very well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-12 11:34]

Hello Paul.
What a great image ,you got to see it with your own eyes.Lovely colour tones, very good sharpness on this two of White Rhino. It must have been wonderful seeing them in their natural place.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Paul. One of your best, absolutely MF! Fascinating playing of light/shjadows and impressive DOF. very well done indeed.


Bonjour Pauly,
Superbe rencontre !!! et bien sur très belle publication bien composée dans une lumière originale.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello friend Pauly.
Why do you always have beautiful golden light in Africa :-) This is a nice family outing captured in perfect natural setting. Nice work with the management of light and shade.

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