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Little King

Little King
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Copyright: Pieter van der Horst (sAner) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon 70-200mm f/4 L USM, RAW @ ISO 200, B+W 67mm UV-HAZE
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Whipsnade & Soutwest England
Theme(s): Baby Animals 6 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-12 15:18
Viewed: 5381
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It was one of the last days of our excellent holiday in the South-West of England (one day before my 31st birthday) and we went to Paignton as our friend Flagman had told us (and showed us with his pictures) this little town had a great zoo. It was a lovely zoo and when we came to the King Colobus monkeys we saw this adorable little creature. :)

The conditions to capture the image of this little king were challenging at best! We had to shoot this monkey through a wirefence and we were standing about one metre from that fence, so it was extremely difficult to avoid the wires. The mother was also shielding the baby with her body all the time. The light was also pretty poor in this enclosure because of shade. One second the baby looked at the camera and that's when I pressed the shutterbutton.

General info from Wikipedia.org:

The King Colobus (Colobus polykomos), also known as the Western Black-and-white Colobus, is a species of Old World monkey, found in lowland and mountain rain forests in a region stretching between Gambia and Côte d'Ivoire within Africa. It eats mainly leaves, but also fruits and flowers. Though it is arboreal, it eats primarily on the ground. It lives in small groups consisting of 3 to 4 females and 1 to 3 males, plus their young. These groups maintain distance from one another through territorial calling.

The King Colobus can be distinguished from other members of the Colobus genus by the placement of its white markings. The King Colobus has white only on its whiskers, chest, and tail, and its tail is not tufted.
Exif data-

Shutter Speed: 1/200
F-stop: f/4.0
Focal length: 184mm
ISO Speed: 200
White Balance Mode: Auto
Exposure Compensation: 0
AF Mode: AI Focus AF
Weather Condition: Partly clouded/sunny
Time: 13:26:01
Tripod: no
Flash: no
Filters: B&W UV Filter
Image Quality: RAW
PP software: PS CS2

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Hi Pieter,
excellent photo, very sharp great compo and beautiful colors.


Hi Pieter,
Original POV and very good composition.
To picture the youngster in this particular way you are perfectly succeeding in producing a nice portrait with a very high "cuteness" factor.
Well done Pieter,
Regards, Ruud

Hi Pieter,
he is soooo cute with the big black eyes and the lightreflection inside.
I love it, lovely, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hoi Pieter,
Wat een prachtige foto. Zo'n lief koppie, met van die mooie grote ogen. Prachtige 'over de schouder' opname, met perfect kleuren en super scherpte.
Nog gefeliciteerd met je 31st verjaardag.
Welk lettertype gebruik je voor je tekst?

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-10-12 15:56]

Bravo pour cette prise pleine d'émotion.
Merci Pieter!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-10-12 17:24]

A very sweet portrait of this baby. I love the context of its mother's fur and the composition works very well, making the little one seem smaller still. TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-13 0:41]

A cute little guy indeed, Pieter.
You managed to catch him in perfect timing.
The eye contact is fantastic.
Sharp details and good exposure.
TFS. : )

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-13 0:44]

Bright eyes shining our from under mama's chin. He's a little darling, Pieter and Sandra, and your composition is very good. Good shot,

Hi Pieter,
it's a nice shot with good details.
The expression and look are beautiful. Good POV and compo.
Very well done, my friend.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-13 6:02]

Hello Pieter,
Wonderful capture.Well seen and composed.I liked expression on babies face,sharpness,clear eyes and framing a lot.

Hi Pieter,
OK the cuteness factor is really high here. How can you not love a face like that. A nice exposure has the colors and detail looking great. I would also like to see this in the portrait framing mode to tighten the composition even more. Looks great. What an expressive face.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-13 7:38]

Una conmovedora captura Pieter con la expresión más bella que podías captar allí.
Me encanta el encuadre elegido de acuerdo al POV, con buena agudeza y DOF.
El fondo es algo confuso y creo que es posible optimizarlo con Neat Image.
Una interesante presentación... gracias por compartirla.
Un gran saludo... Ricardo

A stirring capture Pieter with the most beautiful expression that you could capture there.
I love the elected framing according to POV, with good sharpness and DOF.
The bottom is something confused and I believe that it is possible to optimize it with Neat Image.
An interesting presentation... thank you for sharing.
Best regards... Ricardo

Hi Pieter,
High + cute factor. Well composed, sharp & detailed, excellent POV..
Your DOF puts all the attention right where it should be..on the babe's face. It's called wide-eyed innocence :)

Hello Pieter, I really like this. Great expression and thoughtful composition in frame. This is great, very well done.

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2006-10-13 18:06]

Hoi Pieter,

Wat een koppie, echt heel leuk, en die ogen........!
Wat een prachtig moment om deze foto te nemen, echt schitterend. De kleuren en scherpte zien er heel goed uit.
TFS en nog gefeliciteerd met je 31-ste verjaardag.

Groetjes, Nel

Hi Pieter,
What a great expression you caught there. I like this composition very much and those very good details. The lightning in his eyes is just wonderful. Well seen and well done. Thanks,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-15 8:03]

Hello Pieter,
excellent shot and I do like the crop with leaving the focus on the little king. He is making very nice eye contact. Very well composed with good sharpness and nice colors.

Hello Pieter,

excellent capture perfct details, very crisp, nicly composed and captured photo,

TFS Kyle

Hi, Pieter.
Looks like somebodys is a little bit afraid of cameraman. Good expression, nice colors.

Happy belated birthday, Pieter! How is it being 31, I've forgotten!!??!!

Fantastic capture under extremely difficult conditions. What a cute baby!

Have a good rest of your week,


Hi Pieter,
Cute image but also good in compo and DOF...

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-10-29 21:19]

Pieter, maybe what I like the most in this image is the fact that although we don't see all of the guy's parent, we know it's there. It's not obvious, but it's there.

Besides, great sharpness pov and composition. I enjoy saturation too.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-11-03 7:30]

Hello Pieter,
Too busy with my home work, I was a bit inactive on TN, so I am happy to discover your new superb photo.
31 year old, lucky young guy ;-) But this cute monkey is younger ;-) It is a tender composition. Technicaly it is very good.
Bravo my friend and thanks for sharing.

Hi Pieter
I don't know why I didn't critique this one already!
I know you had a lot of problems sharpening this one, and I think the result is just about right. The noise and artefacts on the grass have gone as well, probably due to the reduction to TN size.
Normally I'm not a big fan of filling half a photo with dead space but in this case it works because it's almost like the baby is peeking into the photo from the left corner.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-11-16 15:35]

Hello Pieter, very nice shot. I love the expression on the baby's face and the focus on the eyes is as it should be. I'm not sure about all the space but I guess it works. Well done.

Hij is prachtig pieter,
de titel is mooi. de kwaliteit is fantastisc, mooie pov goede details en het oogcontact met de camera is daar, prachtig werk.
gr. jaap

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  • james (74)
  • [2006-11-19 16:32]

Great shot. Focus on the little fellow is perfect, composition is just right. DOF could not be any better.
Well done. TFS. James
p.s. I appologize for the delay in responding to your comment on my photo. I have little free time lately.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-11-20 10:45]

Hoi Pieter , Een practige foto , wat een lief aapje ,van die mooie oogjes ,heel aparte foto mooie kleuren en scherpte en pov ,bedankt , Fijne Avond , groeten teunie .

Hi Pieter

The face looks sad but look at those big eyes! You couldn't help but get a catchlight in those! Very cute! TFS.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-05 2:59]

Hello Pieter,
Lovely composition and POV. very nice colours and a lot of excellent details.Very well done.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-12-13 14:24]

Very cool photo, nice POV and composition. Sharpness and details are great, as well as DOF. Your exposure is spot on.

Hi Pieter, great portrait, wonderful colors, well done, ciao Silvio

Pieter,( & company.),
Long time no see.!!!
Simply put & after reading your notes:

Best regards from a friend who is indebted to your kindness .... many many moons ago.

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  • tigra Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 1 N: 24] (93)
  • [2006-12-21 20:56]

Hello Pieter
I wanted to see a colobus since I'd read a book "Catch Me a Colobus".. now my wish came true:)
Thank you! Wonderful capture of a baby colobus.

Hello Pieter.

What a truly beautiful photo.
This little King is so appealing and his eyes really have that - tug at your heart strings - quality to them.
You have captured so much in this one shot.
I think this is an excellent photo.



very little anbd very cute, TFS Ori

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