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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: 2007-10-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's Africa, Vanderschelden's Impalas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-12 7:57
Viewed: 4401
Favorites: 2 [view]
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Social structure and reproduction

Females and young form herds of up to two hundred individuals. When food is plentiful, adult males will establish territories and round up any female herd that enter their grounds and will chase away bachelor males that follow. They will even chase away recently weaned males. A male impala tries to prevent any female from leaving is territory. During the dry seasons, territories are abandoned as herds must travel farther to find food. Large, mixed tranquil herds of females and males form.

Young male impala who have been made to leave their previous herd form bachelor herds of around thirty individuals. Males that are able to dominate their herd are contenders for assuming control of their territory.

The breeding season of impala, also called rutting, begins toward the end of the wet season in May. The entire affair typically lasts approximately three weeks. While young are born after seven months, the mother has the ability to prolong giving birth for an additional month if conditions are harsh. When giving birth a female impala will isolate herself from the herd despite numerous attempts by the male to keep her in his territory. The impala mother will keep the fawn in an isolated spot for a few days or even leave it lying out in hiding for a couple days, weeks, or more before returning to the herd. There the fawn will join a nursery group and will go to its mother only to nurse and when predators are near. Fawns are suckled for 4 to 6 months. Males who mature are forced out of the group and will join bachelor herds.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
7/10/2007 06:26:37
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
+1 1/3
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

rakeshgupta, gerbilratz, eqshannon, uleko, rundive, MMM, nglen, Adanac, marhowie, mariki, Alex99, nirmalroberts, hester, SelenE, smurali has marked this note useful
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Hi Annick,
This is a great portrait! Composition is so original with superb lightning and very nice background. It looks like being taken from a fairy tale or a Walt Disney’s movie. I wouldn't be surprised if this animal started to speak :)! Thanks,

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-01-12 8:08]

Hi Annick,
Prachtige scherpe details van de pels door een perfecte focus.
Heel mooi licht dat een driedimensionaal effect geeft. Goede compositie.
Een buitengewone opname!
Light gives it a wonderful depht. Outstanding photograph.

Hi Annick,
Beautiful composition. I specially like how she is watching you like she is not frightened with your appearance. Great play with the light here specially at the edges of her body.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-01-12 8:36]

Hi Annick,

I really like the light in this photo. Its very subtile and the atmosphere in this shot is superb.


fabulous portrait and nice lighting....excellent notes as well.

A fine creation in the diagonal Annick. the Impala is a very beautiful beast. It's soft looking fir hide is so clearly documented. They are a graceful animal yes? Very good sir..I hope you have another journey soon..

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-01-12 9:26]

hi annick,
very nice portrait..good shot,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-12 9:54]

Hello Annick,
This is sooo beautiful and an unusual view of the Impala. The backlight is fabulous and details very sharp. A beautiful background too in this lovely composition!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2008-01-12 10:02]

Ja Annick leuk je werk weer eens te zien.
prachtig man. heel puik stukje fotowerk. mooie pov, uitstekend fotowerk.
prettige avond.
groet Jaap

Bjr Annick,

Voici une photo très réussie, avec un cadrage original et très plaisant. La profondeur de champ est très bien maitrisée, le fond harmonieux et flou met en valeur ce portrait. L'éclairage apporte aussi beaucoup au dynamisme de la photo.
Merci et bravo,


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-12 12:30]

Hello Annick
Beautiful portrait.Very sharp image whit good details in the fur.Lovely light also.
TFS Michel

beautiful light and great composition, greetings Ori

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-12 13:14]

Hi Annick. What a nice light you have captured in this one. A beautiful animal and you have taken a fine picture of the head. the detail is first class. very well done TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-12 14:40]

Hello Annick,
Beautiful lighting used superbly here. This is an exceptional image, thanks for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-12 16:20]

Hi Annick,great portrait ans fantastic light position,very good work,thanks for share,Luciano

Hello Annick,
Fascinating scene of the tense gaze of the graceful antelope. In this unique posture, all the senses seem to be alert. Very good sharpness and beautiful effect of the BG. Thanks for the note.
Best regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-13 1:59]

Incredibly good shot Annick!
The lighting in this photo is really very good!
Top-class composition placing the mouth perfectly in the frame.
Very, very sharp with a heap of detail and superb clarity.
Once again your DOF is excellent and blurs the BG perfectly while keeping the subject tack sharp.
Nice colours, great lighting and exceptional exposure.
Very well done.

Superb impala portrait
Congratulations, Albert

Hi Annick. What marvelous and subtle use of light. The gentle halo around the head for me accentuates the vulnerability of these elegant creatures.Lovely, alert eyes. The beads of green add to the mood.bravo. Klaudio.

Hi Annick,
Beautiful profile portrait, the lights direction here makes the shot something very special :)

Hello Annick,

Beautiful composition. You could capture the grace of this female impala, with her stretched neck. Beautiful eye also. Great sharpness. Nice light and natural colours.
Well done,

bonjour Annick,
vous avez su trouvé ici un angle de vue original, avec une très bonne gestion de la lumière, comme toujours une très bonne netteté, et un bg magnifique.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-13 9:52]

Hello Annick, you have so much great pictures it's fabulous, you are a great photographer, you're certainly an inspiration for me and for many others here. Congratulations ! That one is a true masterpiece of subtle tones and great sharpness, well done again !


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-13 10:08]

Hi Annick.
Perfect use large aperture value. Very impressive combination of superbly sharpened image of the animal and wonderful well blurred and at the same time detailed BG. Composition and framing are spot on. Refined (as usual) charming picture.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-13 12:22]

Hallo Annick,
Aparte en mooie compositie. Behalve de perfecte scherpte vind ik ook de diepte in de foto en de schitterende kleuren in de achtergrond heel bijzonder.

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2008-01-13 15:14]

Hoi Annick

Wat een schatje heb je hier. Heel mooie compositie met goede kleuren en details. Wat een geweldig grote ogen hebben die dieren he? Ik vind de achtergrond leuk door de felgroene knoppen aan de takken. Goed gedaan!

TFS, Thijs

Hello Annick,
Excellent !
That's all I can say.
Thanks a lot for sharing.
- Nirmal

Hello Annick,
This gracious animal has such amazing eye... big, dark!
I like how the light makes this fine outline, making the animal stand well out with a 3-D feeling...
A well composed presentation, colours and details are top class!
Pablo -

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-01-14 6:46]

Interesting framing. I like diagonal neck of Impala, composition is very good, background is quiet. Natural colors and wonderful sharpness.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-14 11:11]

wow Annick this is so beautiful. I love the light here, the way the impala is reaching into the frame and the soft attractive BG. Beautiful!



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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-14 22:56]

Hi Annick,
Lovely portrait. Composition, lighting, color tones, pose you captured and those green little leaves in the bg look so nice. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Annick, I think you specialize in back-lit pictures. Excellent lighting. A bit lower and you would have got rim lighting too. Reflection in the eye is also good.
- Murali Santhanam

Molto bella e delicata questa immagine; mi piace particolarmente l'atmosfera e l'inquadratura! Molte grazie e complimenti!

Ciao, Emanuele

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