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Don't Even Think About It!

Don't Even Think About It!
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Copyright: Steph Sayre (Sayre) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 30] (164)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-04-26
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D100, 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Tamron
Exposure: f/6.0, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gorillas, Apenheul in Apeldoorn, Netherlands [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-09 11:55
Viewed: 3994
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another of the shots from the Gorilla section at Apenheul. This is the Silverback in charge. They had all just gotten thrown some food and, as you can see, he's making it known that what he has is definitely his. There's nothing like a stare from a Silverback Gorilla :-).

The Silverback's are called that, not because they are a different species (because they aren't), but rather because the dominant male develops a silver coat of hair/fur on it's back to let the other gorillas know he's in charge. If there are two dominants in a group then one ends up taking off to find a new group. At this facility, this guy's brother was also a dominant male, so he ended up with a small island of his own with two females. In some of my other pictures, you can actually tell that the females have a little more brown to their black coloring and that some of the young might end up as dominants because of the way their coloring is starting to develop.

Focal length was at 155mm for this shot and ISO at 320.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-09 12:11]

Interesting pose and interesting animal.

  • Great 
  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-10-09 13:27]

yeah, what a look! :-) i would not mess around with the godfather of the gorilla-gang.
excellent capture with a good pov, nice tight crop, terrific details and well framed.
well done & best wishes, thor.

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