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Handsome Gorilla


Handsome Gorilla
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Copyright: Jen Henrichsen (JennHen) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 111] (429)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2005-07-11
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 75-300 IS USM, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gorillas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-19 18:15
Viewed: 4445
Points: 3
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This magnificant male gorilla lives at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, CO. I took this handheld shot through glass, adjusted contrast, USM, cropped and re-sized for the web.

From http://www.exzooberance.com/virtual%20zoo/they%20walk/gorilla/gorilla.htm:
Little was known about the life of gorillas in the wild until the publication of The Mountain Gorilla: Ecology and Behavior (1963), a pioneering study by the American zoologist George B. Schaller, who observed the animals for several years. His work was followed by that of another American zoologist, Dian Fossey, who studied and lived among the mountain gorillas from 1963 until her death in 1985 at the Karisoke Research Center, which she had established in Rwanda in 1967. Gorillas, contrary to legend, were found to be shy and amiable creatures, usually living in groups of 5 to 15. A typical band includes a silverback, 1 or 2 subdominant males, several mature females, and young. Most of the young males are driven out at maturity and may form all-male groups or loosely attach themselves to other bands. A silverback defeated by a male challenger thereafter leads a solitary life.

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This is great! Just perfect in B&W.
You can almost feel the testosterone coming off the big guy!
Thanks for sharing!
Take care!

Hi Jennifer, For 633 views this deserves more than 2 points. Funny place is TN sometimes. Anyhow, nice to see a good B&W conversion, which suits the subject well. You have exposed well and have good detail throughout the tonal range of the image.
TFS
Paul

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