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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: 2012-01-13
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 7D
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals feeding, part one [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-12-25 12:44
Viewed: 2717
Points: 23
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Unsuccessful hunt as you may already know
would you call this oof, motion blurred or just a good action shot
I tend to a mixture of oof and motion blur but still like it albeit I am also disappointed as I mostly see an untaken opportunity here.
Any comments most welcome

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-12-25 12:48]

Hi Tom,this is a great scoop and isn't important the quality,i see a magnificent scene,caught in the act and whit very good details despite the quick mouvements,i'm happy for the zebra too..hehehe...have a nice evening and a Merry Christmas! Luciano

Ciao Tom, fantastic action shoot, fine details despite movie effect, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, Merry Christmas, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Tom

As i have written before, sometimes less zoom
it is better, for me (selon moi) this would be
excellent action shot if the lion and the zebra
would be smaller in the image and with them
we see their environment, also if I go and view
your first photo of this series, i love much
more the panorama framing, it is more giving
the feel of their environment as of this photo, TFS


Hello Tom,

I agree with CeltickRanger, I would prefer a more panoramic framing to see the action in the environment. For my personal taste, a narrow framing would be nice if the lion had already jumped and catched the zebra : in this last case, it's not the general action which is the most interesting but the technique of the predator.

Anyway, I uess you hadn't a zoom and you couldn't choose your framing.

Hello Tom.
personally i like this picture, due to i fill motion and action is present. very well composed frame.
true colour.
best wishes,

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-12-25 22:10]

really an excellent photograph. very rarely seen photographs like this with this quality from wildlife category. good framing and emotion. good work. tfs.

Hi Tom,
excellent documentary photo. Full of dynamism. Excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Tom,

Seems no one has really tried to answer your question.
Though I see a blur, I wouldn't call it oof nor motion blur:
- no oof: I see nothing in focus more in front nor behind the subjects
- no motion blur: I see nothing moving. Maybe you did catch a slight motion in the tail of the zebra
My best guess is that some trilling of the camera created the blur.
Whatever it is, I like 100 times beter the sharp post of the same scene that you shared a couple of days ago. That one is a pure marvel. Nice try but IMHO the blur is no plus at all in that case.

Best regards,


Hallo Tom
Great action shot right out of natures own film studio! Just as it should be. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Tom

Lot of people including me must envy you this opportunity to film such a sequence. And given the context they are great shots. The first one where the 2 are on the trot uses 1/1250 and the second at almost full gallop uses 1/640. They seem to be taken almost within some seconds of each other.The first one is frozen while second one has motion blur. The thing that puzzles me though is the use of different shutter speeds in both these pictures. If 1250 would have been used here this certainly would have been opportunity taken. So were you on aperture priority , or is that due to exposure bracketing. A question that comes to mind is whether it is better to have shutter priority and exposure bracketing for such sequences.

Questions remaining unanswered would only mean another untaken opportunity for someone else.


Tom, this is a great action capture of this drama. I like the sharpness, detail and POV. Beautiful job.

The great chase: did the the Zebra escape?

The quality of your work must be judged by the reaction of the viewer! All I want is to know the story.

May be there ought to be a section for "Press Photography" . My English is not good enough to find a better expression.

(See also my critique concerning " the kill")

Thank you Tom for the hours you spend watching Wildlife to produce such a magnificent photo.

Warm greetings

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