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Thomson’s gazelle

Thomson’s gazelle
Photo Information
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: 2006-03-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT 350D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Natural stripes, Best wildlife shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-20 14:15
Viewed: 9450
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Thomson’s gazelle is the most common gazelle in East Africa. It is most active at dawn and sundown, preferring to rest in the hottest part of the day. It lives in herds of up to 60 females and young, with a single adult male - but the structure of these herds is loose and varies from hour to hour.

It feeds on grass, and to a lesser extent on leaves and shoots. When alarmed, it has a characteristic leap called "stotting," in which it keeps all four legs and head stiff and it springs up and down in a wooden manner. Thomson's gazelle is relatively silent, and has well-developed senses of sight and smell. It is preyed on by most of the large carnivores.

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
Exposure Time: 1/400 sec
F-Stop: f/10.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 400/1 mm

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perfect portrait with very niice background's colour and sharpness...

Veramente uno scatto eccezionale Stephen.

Hi Steve,
Wonderful profile portrait. I luv the textured OOF flowered BG, very colorful and a great effect. DOF, POV, color, exposure, sharpness, and detail are purrrfect :)
Very well done mf!!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-04-20 15:20]

Hi steve,

A very good portrait,excellent DOF,POV,sharp and detailed,I like the BG with the blurred yellow flowers a lot,well done and TFS


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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-04-20 15:47]

fantastic portrait - the bg is wonderful, and the sharpness of the gazelle is excellent. You have handled the lighting really well, with the shadows being against you in this instance.


Very nice portrait! The details and the colours are really good!
Bye Tom

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-20 15:56]

Hi Stephen,
A lovely portrait, beautiful details and textures, lovely saturated colours. Exposure is spot-on too, great work.

hi stephen
bonne lumiere,la netteté est parfaite et les couleurs du BG sont tres belles.
beau portrait.

Hi Stephen,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV, notes and framing. I like the BG.

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

Hi Stephen,
A superb portrait on this Thomson's Gazelle. I love the frame filling composition. Colors and detail are amazing. I love the OOF backround of yellow flowers. This one really stands out. AWESOME!

Hi Stephen,
excellent capture, pefect pose, delightful soft colours, perfectly focussed and well set of from a charmingly colourful background.
Thank you, and best regards,

Hello Stephen,
Lovely shot! Very nice POV and great details. The framing looks good though I have feeling a little more space from below could have look better. I'm not sure though. The BG has great colours. Maybe it takes a little to much attention from the main subject, but still it looks great. I just think it should've been blurred a little more in PP because it seems to be kind of noisy. I don't know how to describe it.
Anyway, it's a lovely shot!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-04-21 5:18]

Wow, Steven! Very different from your landscapes work, but also perfect! One of the best shots of gazelle. Lovely details and amazing BG with blurred flowers.

Hi Stephen

A fantastic side on portrait. You have captured the detail perfectly. Nice markings. I love the OOF BG too.

Beautiful portrait, Stephen!!!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-04-21 9:17]

Well caught Stephen, this is an excellent capture of Thomson's gazelle. Composition ,sharpness and colors are perfect. I like the blurred BG with yellow flowers. Very well done, congratulations, Didier.

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  • samos Gold Star Critiquer [C: 79 W: 4 N: 2] (39)
  • [2006-04-21 13:15]

Hello stephen the portrait of this gazelle is so beautiful very nice warm colours good work Stephen thanks for this nice view have a good weekand regards Stavros

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-04-21 13:51]

Privet Stephen
High quality for such big distance. Pleasant colors, it has successfully turned out.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-04-22 3:08]

Bonjour Stephen!

Excellent portrait de ce spécimen. La prise de vue est parfaite et les détails excellents. Bravo pour le bg coloré et très lumineux.

Merci pour l'envoie.


Excellent profile. It seems that we could touch the gazelle as we stretch out. Great DOF, POV, color, sharpness and details. TFS.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-04-24 18:33]

Hi Stephen!

Nice portrait of this gazelle. Well exposed and sharp. Tight cropping and composition looks good. I kind of amazed by somekind of texture in the BG !!! I have seen that before in others member photo before. To me it look like a side effect of Image Stabilization on distant out of focus subject. It is more obvious in the vertical white lines between the two horns. It looks like double sideways, not the same as outfocus object. Have you ever seen that in some of your others pictures? I am asking because I don't own an IS lens, but I'd like to know if it's a side effect of that technology.

Not considering my technical curiosity, it's an excellent portrait, TFS.

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