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Copyright: Simon Biffen (simon182) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Nikkor 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 IF-ED
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gorillas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-22 12:41
Viewed: 11523
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Evening all.

This shot is very lucky to still be alive! I accidentally formatted the memory card twice before I realised I got my cards mixed up! Fortunately I found some software that recovered 50 files, a real life saver!

This chap is Nico, one of the oldest Silverbacks in Europe at over 90 years old in human years. He lives on gorilla island at Longleat. Apparently he has a great time guarding his pad from the noisy seals who roam the lake by throwing sticks at them! Here is some info on the silverback.

He has a great expression on his face and there is another favourite of him I may add at a later date. Shot at ISO 400 and at 300mm. PP involved a crop, levels and highlight tool, followed by a sharpening pass.

I still have 3000 words to write for my assignment and under 20 hours time (with no sleep) to do it! So I best crack on with it, my critiques will follow on Monday.


ramthakur, jaycee, Necipp, nglen, coasties, horia, Alex99, nainnain, hookery has marked this note useful
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Hi Simon nice shot in the zoo sharp and full of expression well composed tfs rgds Necip.

Nico looks absolutely smashing in this portrait picture, Simon!
I am amazed at that almost human expression on its aged face [like mine :-)!].
The Yeti skull I saw many years ago in a monastery at Pangboche (Everest region) in Nepal bears strong resemblance to Nico's!
Great image, my friend.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-22 13:20]

Hi Simon,

Wow - what a fantastic close-up. His expression is fantastic. Actually, looks pretty human. Wonderful colors and details and a beautiful setting.


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-22 13:34]

Hi Simon,
ça c'est un vrai garçon à qui il ne faut pas venir chercher des poux :)
J'en ai pris un une fois, et ce qui est génial, c'est l'expression qu'ils ont. Superbe posture, détails fins.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-22 14:13]

Hi Simon. Great shot good pose from the Silverback. good detail and colour. well done.TFS.

Great shot Simon! this ones got lots of character to it, Gorrillas are amazing looking and you did excellent capturing this wonderful picture. :)

Hey Thats my dad, only joking! Good portrait but the head looks like its a coconut! nothing to do with the photography.
Nice to see you put him off centre

Hi Simon,
excelent shot. The human expresion is so evident.
Beautiful colours and details too.



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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-04-22 20:46]

Mais é folgado cheio de pose,uma captura exelente no momento certo está de parabéns por esta imagem.

The natural color and the sharp details make this image excellent. I love the pose and the expression.

Evelynn : )

amazing, and so human, TFS Ori

Hi Simon

An impressive shot of this guy with a big attitude. I like his expression. Well composed, clear and sharp. Nice POV with very good DoF. :-)

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-04-23 5:17]

Hi Simon,

ah, so it's not a self portrait then?! ;o) Just kidding, great shot, that pose speaks a thousand words. Very well done..


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-23 6:16]

Hi Simon

Firstly, good luch on that assignment! I know it's monday, so i'm guessing by now that deadline has expired, but i'm sure eveything gone allright :) Get some sleep now and don't worry about TN for a good time...rest...you've earned it!
Nowfor this shot: it's terrific!
The expression on his face is indeed fantastic and the pose you captured him in is excellent! One can also easily see that he's pretty old.
The composition here is realyl good and the details throughtout the entire frame are amazing for a f/5.6.
...Thanks God for that recovery software! ;)

Cheers and TFS

Nice shot. The facial expression is great.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-23 11:50]

Bravo, my friend.
Terrific shot by subject and quality. I like everything: charming photo model and its mood, amazing composition. POV and DOF, excellent exposure and details. I only could not find silver back tough I trust you : )). Perfect job. My compliments and best regards.

EH BIEN je ne voudrai pas l' avoir devant moi!!!!
superbe capture, details parfaits, tres bon travail
merci du partage

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-24 14:21]

Hi Simon

That was a very lucky save! I live in fear of doing something similar. This is a great shot. Excellent expression. Lovely sharp shot and great framing



Que foto impresionante!!, gran foto... gran animal!!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-11 22:58]

Hello Simon

Excellent capture of this big fellow.Nice pointy head,I have seen that expression many times at last call.Very good focus and sharp details.Well done.TFS


Hello Simon,
Yes almost human expression on its aged face.


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