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waterbuck in kruger

waterbuck in kruger
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-02-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-03-18 11:16
Viewed: 2756
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In South Africa it is distributed along the major drainage systems of Mpumalanga, Northern Province and northern KwaZulu-Natal. Recently re-introduced at St Lucia and Itala game reserves in KwaZulu-Natal.
Inhabits only well watered areas, with a strong predilection for dense woody vegetation and good quality medium to tall grasses. The Waterbuck will on occasion venture into open woodlands and floodplains.
This is a gregarious antelope. Dominant bulls occupy territories which they defend by aggressive posturing and even fights. Cows, calves and young bachelors congregate in herds. The composition of such herds can vary daily as individuals freely leave or join these. They are strong swimmers and when seriously threatened, will take refuge in deep water. They are found in herds of up to 30 strong.

Image taken in RAW, ISO400

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Hello Mr.George,
Excellent picture of this Water buck.Nice details on body.During my trip to Kruger National Park and Marloth Park I had noticed this specie in the bank of Crocodile river.I like the way you have presented it with its natural habitat.
Thanks for sharing such beautiful picture,
Kind regards,

Wow George. Is that ever wonderful lighting. That Waterbuck looks majestic. Very well shot and framed. I love the rich colours and perfect focus. Can you ever see the detail in the fur. A very rich photograph to be proud of. Well done! TFS Trevor

Ciao George, great capture of superb creature, beautifulambientation, wonderful natural colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello George

As always great photo of an African wild animal,
with always a magical light, great POV at the
subject's level obtaining his wonderful glance,
great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-03-18 19:15]
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Hello George,
Hope all is well with you these days. Things are starting to warm up a little more each day here in Ohio and I can't wait for the Spring migration to begin. Warblers..Warblers and more beautiful Warblers!!
This is such a majestic looking animal with very attractive body features. I have to wonder how often that vivid white circle on it's rump gives it away to either hunters or large predators?
I like the warm horizontal lighting that seems to illuminate the hairs around it's neck and nap of it's collar. White balance looks perfect and sharpness speaks for itself.
I always compare animals like this to our White-tailed Deer and am always amazed at how dense and long the coats seem to be on many of your deer like animals. Great work!!

Hi George,
beautiful photo. What a portrait this is! Perfect eye contact. Excellent sharpness.
Have a nice day,

Hi George,
a wonderful picture of this beautiful waterbuck. I like the light and the almost 3D vision!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-03-19 7:04]

Beautiful species and image. tfs.

Hello George
Nice capture of this female. It's perhaps a little dark, but it gives a good ambiance to the photo.
The attitude is beautiful and the natural environment is really perfect.
Tfs, Philippe.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-03-19 23:44]

a wonderful wildlife image. good clarity and excellent background. tfs.

Hello George,
MASTERPIECE photograph of Waterbuck, excellent sharpness and details, excellent composition, excellent background and excellent lighting.

Bonjour George,
Une belle attitude du sujet saisie à l'instant décisif dans une belle lumière et sous une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

it's so wonderful George.. that your subject was so close to it's surroundings but you still managed a 3D effect.. by isolating it from the rest. good one, indeed. the mood, the natural environment and colours.. as always, perfect.
keep posting, George.. i see Africa through your lenses.
take care

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