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Chacma Baboon

Chacma Baboon
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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: 2007-09-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): annick vanderschelden's monkeys, Intimate Portraits, Annick Vanderschelden's Chacma Baboons [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-14 10:04
Viewed: 4330
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Chacma Baboon can be spotted throughout the incredible wildlife reserve.
This one is taken in the southern part of Kruger along the Sabie river during sunset light.

Digital darkroom: Lightroom, Camera Raw and Photoshop.



Chacmas inhabit a wide array of habitats, from the grassy alpine slopes of the Drakensberge to the Kalahari desert. The Chacma Baboon is omnivorous with a preference for fruits, while also eating insects, seeds and smaller vertebrate animals. The Chacma Baboon is generally a scavenger when it comes to game meat and rarely engages in hunting large animals. There has been one incident where a Chacma Baboon has killed an infant, however the event is so rare the locals believed it was due to witchcraft. Normally, a Chacma Baboon will not approach humans and/or have much interest in them. This has been changing due to the number of tourists who feed baboons, thereby teaching them that humans are a source of food.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-14 10:42]

Hello Annick,

This is a very good photo with the babon showing it in a natural pose. The image is very good showing sharply the details of the animal. Colors are looking very natural and the vivid green makes a fine contrast with baboon's fur.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-14 10:43]

Hi Annick. You have such detail in the eyes with your use of the light. and also the grey coat. Your use of the light has given natural colours. It looks so relaxed with its food. wel ldone TFS.

Hi Annick,

Typical scene of these baboons as they are usually busy eating or just inspecting something. Good detail especially on the eyes which have so much expression. Glad of your inclusion in your note of tourist behavior which can cause serious problems.


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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-10-14 11:45]

what a funny image :)
nice details and the moment you surprised is very good

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-10-14 11:59]

Hello Annick,
This Baboon is so relaxed he doesn't even pay attention for
you. Great POV, use of light, and sharpness.. Well done


  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-14 12:02]

Hello Annick,
What a brilliant capture of this Baboon in a lovely pose and very sharply in focus. Wonderful light and colours and a very fine composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Ya know....there are pictures and there are pictures....same word..different meaning depending on how one puts it...but this one strikes me at the funny bone...and no pun intended...Super capture...hey...Europe is open minded..the US is so provincially Victorian.....I almost with my 1600's relatives had been the part of the family who split off to Canada..but if wishes were horses, beggars would ride!

Hi Annick,
Very good pose and lighting, adding this to Intimate portraits. TFS

  • Great 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-15 18:52]

Annick My Friend,
You deserve many more points for your subperb work, I wish I could give more.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-15 20:58]

Hello Annick, WoW nice looking monkey in its natural pose. Good composition. Ganesh

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-16 1:12]

Bonjour Annick,
Très belle image de ce babouin rêveur et gourmand. Excellente composition de l'image et arrière-plan très fin. L'ensemble est très harmonieux et d'une grande subtilité dans l'agencement des couleurs.
Image très attachante et naturelle
Un grand merci aussi pour toutes les autres images magnifiques de singes.
Bonne journée

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