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Spotted Hyena

Spotted Hyena
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Kruger National Park 1, Where They Really Live, Spotted Hyena [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-31 1:30
Viewed: 4963
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Image taken in Olifants environment. Olifants is a Restcamp.
Day 6 (6/20) in Kruger National Park.

I was leaving the Camp gate early in the morning with two rangers and an English couple for a three hours walk in the wilderness. It was quite chilly...
After 20 minutes we stepped out of the jeep.

The day before at the reception I asked if I could take my 400 for the walk...
The answer was no 'of course'
So my 70-200mm was mounted on the MarkIII...

One of the rangers was a girl, a beautiful girl.
I remember she said I had a big lens. As I'm a bit shy(hmm) and forgot to mention I had even a bigger one (400). Could be an interpretation issue also. So I kept my mouth shut. Also 'cause her boyfriend was the other ranger and he had the gun after all; I mean if there was lion, he had to protect me;-).
The latter did a little safety briefing before the walk
and said "...if there is a problem and I say go with ******* then you have to go with *******". So I could't wait to see lion and go with ******. ****** is the girl.

No kidding, sorry for all the blabla...and thanks for looking, critiquing and commenting my previous Kruger images. Much appreciated.

This image is taken at the end of the above bush walk. We spotted at Jackal.
Got closer and saw some Hyena too. After a while 3 were running away, keeping an eye on us 50 meters or so further away. 2 were still asleep. We got really close. This is one of these sleeping fellows, the moment he got up. We surprised him a bit and somehow we made him feel a bit like a fool, I guess.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
9/10/2007 07:53:42
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EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
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280,0 mm
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3888 x 2592
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cicindela, jcoowanitwong, horia, JoseMiguel, smitha, undoredo, Silke, kjpweb, snowfalken, peter_stoeckl, marhowie, Debz has marked this note useful
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To Evelynn: Thanks Evelynnvanderschelden 1 11-02 02:21
To kjpweb: Don't know...vanderschelden 1 11-01 06:52
To Silke: Good Add!eqshannon 1 10-31 20:11
To horia: Big black eyes like an impalavanderschelden 1 10-31 04:25
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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-10-31 1:39]

Hello Annick,
what a great expression on the face of the hyena. Excaxtly the way I remember them. I like the way you decided to choose a portrait layout.
Regards, Jacob

Hi Annick,
Beautiful shot on this wonderful creature. Nice pose and great timing. Also enjoy reading your note.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-10-31 3:23]

What a look it gave you.
Liked the intence look on his face..
Lovely shot,and interesting note :).

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-31 4:22]
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Hi Annick

Ok...first thing, before i forget: when will we have the chance to see a picture of ****** (perhaps on the other Trek sites)???? You at least made me vry curious :)
Right...now back to this terrific shot of a hyena! I love it!
The animal is very well presented from a frontal POV and the vertical composition you creted here is absolutely wonderful! I really like seeing some vegetation around it and also that gorgeous sky.
The details are great and sharp, the natural colors are also beautiful and the pose you captured it in - still a little sleepy - is great and maybe a bit funny :)
Splendid work, my friend!


Hi Annick.
I'm not sure you captured the look of him thinking he was a fool, more like he is ver-r-r-r-r-ry interested in you, though he does look well fed. That eye-ball contact is fantastic and with teeth showing and the slighlty tilted head to get a better look at you.
Great shot with excellent exposure, colour and detail.


Hi Anninnck,
An scaring close encounter!
Is not supposed to be laughing? :-)
A very good capture from the wild, specially at the wake up.
Just look at these eyes!
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hello Annick,
I see you have come back from South Africa with a collection of superb shots to delight us.:)This is a fantastic shot. Sure he looks surprised and bit foolish. Reminds me of the dumbest one of " Lion king":D
The timing is perfect, so are the composition , POv, DOF ,sharpness and details. Enjoyed reading your notes too.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-31 6:36]

Oh, I like it!
Wonderful composition and well captured animal. Good exposure and POV. Very good work!

Hi Annick,
Thanks for sharing your lovely photos of wild animals from S. africa.
Very nice composition and POV, with excellent details and nice focusing, DOF and OOF are also perfect!
Very well done, Annick
Best wishes,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-31 9:22]
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Now there's a face only a mother could love!
Great eye contact, superb timing, excellent colours, details and composition

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-31 9:46]

Hello Annick,
Another beauty from KNP. The low POV is very special. Fantastic colours and details. Very good composition and DOF. Nice pose.

A great shot of this animal with bushveld background to match. They always seem to be on the move whenever I see them and capturing a portrait shot like this is special.

Funny. Why wouldn't they have you take the 400mm? Well you managed well with the smaller one and got a great pose and portrait out of it! Well done. Cheers, Klaus

Hello Annick,

This is a real wildlife picture: natural environment, difficult lighting conditions and uncontrollable background! You overcame all these disadvantages and captured a great shot. I like the great eye contact and the "smile" on the hyena's face! Thanks for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

Hi Annick!
Beautiful composition and interesting POV. I like also pose of the mammal. You kept a very nice climat of the place and also important details of the animal.
Best withes,

Hi Annick,
very lively capture from a very intense encounter from a dramatically low POV apparently from down on your knees. I also like to see so much environment around the hyena. So it is really pulling me into the scene. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-01 17:40]

Hello Annick

You are making me drool!These images are wonderful.The POV is awesome.
The focus is sharp with excellent details.The eye contact is amazing.
The colours are natural and well saturated.The composition is lovely.
Postcard quality.


It sounds like she made quite an impression on you. I do think it was a wise choice to respect your armed protector rather than follow your first impulse. This hyena doesn't look any too friendly himself. I don't think I've ever seen a straight on photo of one. It is very dramatic. He looks like "one tough cookie" ! ... if you know the expression.

Evelynn : )

Excellent compo and expression of the hyena, my favourite predator!!

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2007-11-14 6:05]

Such a nice in the environment capture... it has a nice 3d look to it. Love this very good work.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-10 2:07]

Hi Annick, here is the one that I missed. Very good pov with those teeth showing, a good head on portrait. I followed your links, thanks.

Bonsoir Annick
On se lasse pas e votre galerie. j'aime beaucoup la position de la hyène sur cette photo, son attitude et son environnement.
Bonne soirée.

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