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"The Thinker"

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Copyright: Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1020 W: 58 N: 2904] (11094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon 75-300mm ISUSM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Monkeys, miscellaneous monkey, Great Portraits Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-06 8:01
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While passing the monkey encloser at Belfast zoo this Chimpanzees pose reminded me of Auguste Rodin's work "The Thinker". I think this chimp was an older male and seemed to be in charge of things.

Chimpanzees are very familiar to us humans, perhaps because so much of their behavior reminds us of ourselves. They are considered great apes, just like gorillas, orangutans, and bonobos. Their distinctive mode of travel—walking on the soles of their feet and the knuckles of their hands—have earned them the title of knuckle-walkers.

Range: western and central Africa
Habitat: tropical rain forest, lowland and mountain forests

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Great pose. A little catch light in the eyes would have been nice.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-06 8:15]

Excelente autorretrato Stephen... puedes cambiar la foto de tu profile por esta, aunque en la otra al menos estás sonriente... jejeje.
Conmovedora imagen, que se repite en muchos zoos cuando se aprecia la tristeza de estos grandes simios en cautiverio.
Buena agudeza y presentacion.

Excellent self-portrait Stephen... you can change the photo of your profile out by this, although in the other you are smiling at least... jejeje.
Stirring image, that is repeated in many zoos when the sadness of these great simian in captivity is appraised.
Good sharpness and presentation.

Stephen, A great pose, almost introspective. This guy is either deep in thought or mining for fleas? ;-)) A great catch, thanx for posting!

Great Stephen.
Very good pose and good details
Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-06 12:59]
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Very good, made me smile. He does look pensive, I wonder what is going through his mind. Well done.

What a lovly thoughtful pose you have captured here. it could do with a little more light to highlight the face and especially the eyes.

Stephen, it's a nice pose you captured. I does look as if he tried his hand calculus. There is a bit of noise in the photo. I could not remove it however. Nice one.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-07 1:41]

This is going to my favorites!!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-07 12:37]

...and after 3 or so million years of thinking, he became homo sapiens sapiens :-) Great conceptional shot.

Great pose ! Some classic subjects never exhaust their charm, one of them is the apes postures, always humorous or melancholic like a mirror of a charicatural human.

A great capture of this chimp. It does remind me of Rodin's sculpture, LOL! There seems to be a lot of noise, I'm not sure what it is from.

Nice post, TFS!


P.S. I'll be in Belfast next July. Any recommendations on things to do?

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