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Tibetan Yak

Tibetan Yak
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: 2005-04
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EFS 18-55mm, Cokin Circular Polarizer 58mm
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A - Z of Mammals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-20 22:39
Viewed: 33401
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is another shot taken while at Deer Park Heights near Queenstown on the South Island. This beastie was somewhat smaller and less intimidating than the Bison Bull I posted previously, but just about equally magnificant, I think.

I had some difficulty with the exposure here, with the contrast between his dark coat of hair and the strong afternoon sun, and did what I could with some PP work. Due to the haze in the sky, the mountains really DID appear this blue (not a result of my PP).

Wild yaks are much larger than their domesticated counterparts, sometimes as tall as 6 feet at the shoulder. These wild herds will follow one leader in a single file line, stepping in the tracks left by the leader.

There are probably fewer than 400 wild yaks in Tibet and Nepal today. The wild yak (Bos grunniens mutus) is listed as an endangered species. Major threats to wild yaks are hybridization and competition with domestic stock, poaching and habitat disturbance.

Their respiratory systems are well adapted for living in high altitudes. They have a slower rate of respiration and more red blood cells to absorb oxygen in thin air.

Tibetan yaks are native to the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal and Tibet . They were domesticated in Tibet nearly 5,000 years ago. They can survive in rocky, alpine terrain with meadows for grazing. They are highly adaptable to a variety of habitats.

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An impressive animal, but I am happy that you catched his eyes which seem so soft. Beautiful background, well done.

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  • Mazer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
  • [2005-04-20 23:09]

Nice capture, and love the background

Belle vache Jennifer !
C'est imposant comme animal.
Felicitations et merci pour ce portrait.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-21 3:35]

Intéressante photo pour cette superbe Yak. On a pas souvent la chance de voir ce type d'animal, merci pour ce partage.
Well Done !

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-21 4:43]

Interesting shot of the Yak Jennifer. He's very clear and easy to see. Love the BG. Well done.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-04-21 4:45]

Jennifer fantastyczne zdjęcie, ¶wietna perspektywa.

I have been to Queenstown many times but have never been to this Deer Park. I must make a note next time we are there to go visit. He is a great looking beast. Would want to get in his way. I bet those horns can do some damage. Excellent POV to include the stunning glimpse of Lake Wakatipu. Well done. Thanks

Hello Jennifer! Great perspective with a superb BG here. You've managed to fill the frame with this beast and still leave a magnificent view..Very well done!

Halo Jennifer!
This is great shot. I missed it yesterday and I'm really happy to go back to it. Just perfect shot. Thank you for this powerful photo.

Good portrait, just a little underexposed. Good details and DOF.
Well done.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-04-21 13:11]

Very good PoV and composition Jennifer. Yak looks 'great' in front of this beautiful background.
Well done.

Very nice composition with the fjord in the background. Impressive beast, well done.

Hi Jennifer. Lovely shot with beautiful background to go with it. I appreciate the difficulty caused by the exposure. Maybe a little fill-in flash would help? I say that tentatively cos I'm struggling to learn how to use flash properly myself! The BG, spot-on DOF, highlight in the yak's eye and wonderful composition make this shot really stand out. Thanks for posting it for us and for your great notes.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-27 2:54]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent. Very good composition for this huge animal.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Jennifer. Great 'wow' effect!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-11 23:10]

Jennifer, this is a very nice photo.

Excellent, perfect composition. The contrast is great too.


Awsome shot!
Queenstown is great, my girlfriend lives there!

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  • Goca Silver Star Critiquer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 8] (90)
  • [2008-02-12 12:25]

Hello Jennifer,

What a beautiful animal in front of beautiful background!
This is great photo and thank you for it.


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