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Why Pull Faces???

Why Pull Faces???
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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-20
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.4, Digital ISO 200, Skylight
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): AnYtHiNg ExTrEmElY hUmOrOuS, Mammals of Southern Africa, 40-49 Points (Chapter 5) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-04 3:21
Viewed: 6151
Points: 59
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Why pull faces at me

I am becoming increasingly aware that living creatures are pulling faces at me and I find this worrying! This is not limited to the animal kingdom, but also humans. I have been experiencing this for a while now and have even posted some shots here before I realised the tendency.

At this point I now ask the question, is it me, as in my looks or my personality or are they trying to tell me something? I do not make these allegations lightly and will support my feelings with evidence in this post.

Firstly the image that is featured in this post; this arrogant Kudu bull could not resist sticking its tongue out at me. Then there is the “Party Animal”
and “Naughty by Nature”,
not to forget the “Corporate player” ,
who I think was trying to insult me, but also attached to this post is a workshop
of some more faces being pulled at me – One being of an esteemed member (the one on the right) of this site! Names withheld for obvious reasons, but guesses are welcome.

Please tell me; am I being too sensitive, or do I have reason to worry?

Jokes aside, some more on the Kudu:

Kudu show strong sexual dimorphism in that bulls bear massive, long, spiral horns which reach record lengths of up to 1.8 m. Horns grow to their full length at the age of six years. Bulls also attain much larger sizes than cows. Bulls can weigh as much as 300 Kg with a shoulder height of 1.4m and cows weigh 210 Kg with a shoulder height of 1.25m.

Tawny-brown to grey-brown coat, marked with white stripes on flanks which vary greatly in shape, size and pattern. V-shaped band on forehead and white spots on cheeks. Manes of long hair extend from the back of the head along the back to the tail, as well as on the lower neck to the belly.

As a browser this species feeds on a wide variety of tree and shrub leaves, favouring fruits, pods, forbs and creepers when available. Succulents such as Spekboom and Aloes are also eaten.

B>Latin name
Tragelaphus strepsiceros
Kudu prefers dense bush, wooded foot hills of mountain areas, open Knobthorn woodlands

The camera settings:

Program Setting: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 500mm
F Stop: F/16
Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec
ISO: 200
Tripod: No
Flash: Off Camera TTL.
Reflective Panel: No
Cable release: No
White Balance: AWB

chiliu, wallhalla15, AndyB, red45, dew77, TAZ, thistle, christophe, Luc, marhowie, PDP, liquidsunshine, sAner, dsidwell, gerhardt, scottevers7, halki, puffy, extramundi has marked this note useful
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Hi Japie,
I like the composotion, the FG and BG, Showing us that wildlife. Very good colour and details.

Hello Japie, very good moment you captured! Nice composition! Very well done!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-08-04 3:49]

Hello Japie,
This is a great way to start my day,a broad smile turned into laughter when I got round to opening the workshop :-))
I think I know who that stange dude is but I'll say nothing. ;-))...It looks like the English countryside thats all I'll say.
You've certainly got a way with animals but it doesnt work too well with rhinos.
The shot is very good with the animal in its natural surroundings,a nice clear view with good detail.


Hello Japie!
We miss you here with your amazing photos!

This shot is super - very funny and so cute!
Good job!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-04 4:03]

Hello Japie!
It's an funny and excellent capture.He looks like a part of tree.I'm afraid, this tongue is for the photographer;)Large DOF,POV,details and composition are excellent.

This is great - the photo, the note and the WS, of course ;)
It made my day - it's very rainy and gloomy today, so thanks for that.
As for your suspicions, few more such experiences and you will have your answer ;)
Thanks for sharing :)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-04 4:19]

Very funny story Japie ;-))) Loooong tongue, heavy insult ;-) And your workshop...;-)))) I capture mostly insects and they've got faces like poker players but maybe they try to insult me, too ;-))) ? Great post Japie!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-04 4:21]

Hahaha, Japie, I would not take it personally. : )
Great shot of this very regal buck... and then you see the tongue.
The contrast is hilarious.
Your picture is well framed and a great portrait of this beautiful animal. Well done and TFS. : )

Very Very Nice shot ! Very funny...;-)
I really like it, good capture !

Hi Japie
Excellent funny capture
In a friendly way Christophe

Hello Japie!
Funy composition and excellent shot.Thanks for sharing.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-04 8:59]

Dear Japie,
Instead of pitying you of the reaction of animals and human beings to your respect you should jump up with enjoyment. Their reaction proves that they are not indifferent at your presence ;-) My father often makes me grimaces and I am proud of his attitude.

Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Strong visual impact.
A not so easy shot.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.

Great capture Japie! Something tells me this guy doesn't like his picture taken! ;-)) Great moment, great timing. I wouldn't get too paranoid..It's more a paparazzi thing. Even us humans get annoyed when those pesky photographers are always sneaking up on us ;-)
Great work!!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-04 10:13]

Ahem, very nice shot Japie. Excellent capture and good composition. I like the intimacy of this moment It could have been a little sharper and the bushes are encroaching a little. But it's a good wildlife shot.

The WS is absolutely amazing, just who is that good looking chap.

I'm still laughing.

Hehehe, Japie, die jongerige bulletjie steek sy blou tong vir jou uit. Miskien dink hy "we, kyk my groot horing!" Baie nice foto, geluk Japie! :))

Very funny capture Japie,
Well composed and nicely framed. The notes make an amusing read, as for the workshop, highly amusing.
Thanks for posting.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-08-04 14:59]
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*POV:5, You were on the same hight as the Kudu.

*DOF:4, The leaves in the right corner are a little disturbing and because of the branch partly blocking the left ear, that ear seems to be a wee bit oof.

*Composition:3, I would have considered a slightly tighter crop to get the Kudu a little more out of the centre.

*Details:4, There are quite a lot of details visible; catchlight in both eyes, furdetail and details on the horns. Thge face itself looks rather flat though.

*Exposure:5, Excellent. The Subject is partly in the shade and there are a few whites; you handled it all perfectly.

*Colors:4, all colors look very natural.

*Note:5, Perfect! Informative about both the Kudu and the camera settings & there is some humor aswell. A fantastic note!

*X-factor:5, The tongue, the title and the note makes this perfect. Very funny! :)

Scale 1-5, 5 is the best.

Hello Japie,
In case you missed the recent chit-chat on the forum (I believe it was just repeating old words, which have been said earlier on the forum before I joined as a member): since yesterday I have a new way of writing critiques and awarding points. I hope you like my new way of writing critiques. If you don't, just tell me.

I really think this is a very nice picture, but I think the face looks a little flat. Also the portrait-composition doesn't really appeal to me this time. I do think it is a very funny picture and combined with the great note & title, I decided to give a 2-pointer. But I was in doubt. ;)


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-08-04 23:28]

Encore une belle prise nature Japie !

Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-05 3:35]

What a superb portrait that you have well done ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good ! Thanks for sharing Japie.

Yes, it seems that many of God's creatures on this earth are rude. Oh well. We'll have to live with that while enjoying your lovely photos of them. Nice composition and capture, Japie, and super use of framing around the animal.

Hulle is so moeilik om te kry.

What a funny post, Japie. Along with the WS I am going to need medical help to stop me from laughing.

Technically there are some minor imperfections but the idea behind this made it all the more enjoyable. TFS.

Hi Japie,
Sorry I am in so late....This is an excellent shot. Your timing to get the facial expressions you do must be magic. I'll wait forever and not get this type of shot. This one is superb.. Love It!

Hi Japie. A good shot but nowhere near your best. With all the foliage in focus things are a bit cluttered, I might have cropped a bit. It is strange that the face is not quite sharp and I think this could be the classic case of the digital sensor finding the contrast it was looking for way back in the bush. The tongue is comical and a good moment caught. Kind regards, Rob. PS - Go bokke

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-10 3:47]

Hello Japie!
Very nice capture.Great colours,light and composition.
Thanks for posting.

hahahahahaahah! what a moment! This guy is giving you the face Japie! TFS!

beau sujet derrière ces buissons. Bonne lumière et nettet. Merci et bravo. Samuel

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-08-11 15:23]

LOL.... Japie... what a funny shot! He look so serious and yet pulling a face on you. What a great captured! I like the composition very much. :) Thanks for sharing,

Hi Japie. Maybe you should try to give a response to this attitudes and try to answer with some faces too. I dont know if it works, but shure it is relaxing and funny :D
I liked very much to see not only his face but his beautiful horns, and enjoyed very much remembering your old shots. Thanks my friend. ;-b

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-08-14 16:55]

He Japie,

What did you tell him?
You took the right moment, very well done.

Mooie prent Jaap,



Hi Japie

It is now 1131 a.m 1st January 2006 here in New Zealand. I just popped in to say.... HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I hope you have a safe and prosperous 2006. Look forward to some more brilliant work from you.

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