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Black-backed jackal

Black-backed jackal
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon 500mm f4 L IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-01-25 5:13
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Black-backed Jackal
close to our camp in Seronera region of Serengeti (Medium-camp)
There was a family of Black-backed Jackals close to the camp (about 100 meters) but you never saw them at noon when coming back to the tented lodge. This picture was taken in the very early morning, just after sunrise, but the sun was still hidden behind the mountains of Ngorongoro, thus the f/4.0 stop and 1/50 exposure time. Of 6 pictures, only 2 were sharp. The colors and contrast could have easily been improved with photoshop, but I only did minor changes to keep the darkish ambiance of very early morning. Tomorrow I will post a picture of three puppies of Black-backed Jackals taken at the same spot but in the evening, just after sunset.

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Interesting animal and fantastic portrait Tom! The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent!

Awesome capture from a man with the mysterious username pirate ;) Good day Tom! What else can I say except a loudly ... WOW! Fantastic portrait of this curious Black-backed Jackal. Not the easiest creature to approach ....! Brilliant natural colors, superb clarity and depth ( f/4 ..fantastic )...after all your current camera set up was build to deliver the ultimate in picture quality! Bravo again!
George Veltchev

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-25 8:28]

Hello Tom,
A photo in very high quality! Taken from a perfect low POV in splendid natural colours and amazing sharp details. Fantastic DOF. Pleasing pose of the Jackal.
Couldn't be better.

so beautiful animal, with the sharp result a great performance!
regards Tom

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-25 13:25]

Hi Tom,magnificent capture despite the distance and the difficult light,a very professional work and a great portrait of this rare guest of TN.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Tom

Only one word Very Beautiful Portrait
of the Black-backed jackal , WOW !
i love the expression of his glance, TFS


Hallo Tom
One great portrait with sharp focus on its prominent features. Just love the "stare" and rigid ears. Thanks for sharing a super image. Best regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-01-30 4:18]

Hello Tom,
this is another fabulous composition from you. Exciting and artistic scenery.
Very well done with the details and smoothness of the colors.
Congrats for such an excellent work.
Very stylish shot.


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  • fapple (38)
  • [2012-01-31 6:36]

Stunning image Tom. Lovely subtle colours and sharpness. If any criticism is to be given, I find the blade of grass slightly distracting. Beautiful animal captured so well. Tfs.

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