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Orangutan Humor!

Orangutan Humor!
Photo Information
Copyright: Jen Henrichsen (JennHen) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 111] (429)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-11
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 75-300 IS USM, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-15 10:15
Viewed: 5340
Points: 23
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This young orangutan lives at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, CO with his parents. He seemed to be teasing his father - who was climbing higher - begging for his attention, yet ready to flee if needed! He couldn't sit still, just a bundle of energy! I took this shot through glass, resized and sharpened.

Fun Facts!
In Malay orang means "person" and utan is derived from hutan, which means "forest." Thus, orangutan literally means "person of the forest."
Orangutansí arms stretch out longer than their bodies - over 7 ft. from fingertip to fingertip - and are used to employ a "hookgrip." When on the ground, they walk on all fours, using their palms or their fists.
When male orangutans are about 15 years old, they develop large cheek pads, which female orangutans apparently find attractive.
When males are fighting, they charge at each other and break branches. If that doesnít scare one of them away, they grapple and bite each other.
For the first few years of his/her life, a young orangutan holds tight to his/her motherís body as she moves through the forest in search of fruit. Later, he/she will follow the mother as she moves through the trees.
Like humans, orangutans have opposable thumbs. Their big toes are also opposable.
Orangutans have tremendous strength, which enables them to brachiate (swing from branch to branch) and hang upside-down from branches for long periods of time to retrieve fruit and eat young leaves.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-07-15 10:28]

That's funny, "How long did you say, Mah?"
Excellent capture and well done on the composition.


Very funny :)) Thanks for sharing

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  • allans (163)
  • [2005-07-15 16:37]

Very funny picture! I like this picture very much. Thanks for sharing.

Excellent capture!
Nice pose with funny face, great!

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-07-16 8:58]

very funny and unusual presentation. intresting. good visual impact.

What a funny capture Jennifer. He really looks like he has a lot of fun.
Great sharpness/dof showing lots of details in his fur, Very good light, natural colours and very good cropping/composition. But the expression on his head beats everything - it is so funny and cute.

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  • olger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 138] (744)
  • [2005-07-18 3:56]

Funny shot, too bad it is a bit soft...
I like the pose and composition..!



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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-07-19 4:37]

That is a hilarious photo, Jennifer. Sharp details, good light and composition, and the darnest expression. TFS. : )

Hi Jen. This is lovely, it is a bit soft I think but wow, what an image. It's beautifully timed, exposed and composed. The expression you've caught and the impression of huge stretch for small arms is priceless. Wish it were mine ;). Nicely done :)

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-10-29 23:02]

Hi Jen,
I love Orangutans,
what a lovely timed shot you have here :D
baby Orangutans and Human babies are soo much alike, both intelligent, highly cute and mischievous ;)
thanks for sharing this lovely moment :D
Vishal Sabharwal

Super shot. Like he was posing for you. Thanks for the photo.

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  • gail Gold Star Critiquer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-18 18:41]

HI Jennifer,
Nice capture. What a face!

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