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Nyala female

Nyala female
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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: 2007-10-11
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Mammals of Africa, Intimate Portraits, A - Z of Mammals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-02 5:21
Viewed: 7450
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the jeep? Okay, here we go:-)

Day 8 (8/20) in the 'Nasionale Krugerwildtuin'....
Restcamp Mopani
Photographed at 2327'S (Tropic of Capricorn) more or less...:-)
Along the S142 gravel road.
Ecozone: still in the Mopane and Red Bushwillow Woodlands.
Geology: Basement complex

The Nyala (Tragelaphus angasii)looks a lot like the Kudu at first sight but is distinguished in that the male's horns are shorter and twisted and the white bar between the eyes is broken in the middle.
Beautiful animals!

Thanks a lot for looking and see you tomorrow (day 9);-)

Through open car window. No beanbag...

PP in CS2
a little crop
some touching up
usual workflow...

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
11/10/2007 11:09:51
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
Focal Length
560,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style
Tone Curve : Standard
Sharpness level : -
Pattern Sharpness : -
Contrast : 0
Sharpness : 3
Color saturation : 0
Color tone : 0
Highlight tone priority : No
Color matrix
Color Space

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  • Great 
  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-11-02 5:29]

Wonderful work - as usual. Wonderful animal - looks like brown zebra. Detail and color are great, DOF is great too

Hello Annick.
Very beautiful. Awesome capture. Great sharpness and detail. Lovely colour and DOF. Very well done.
Best regards, Steve.

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-11-02 5:54]

Hi Annick ,
Wonderful shot of an animal we don't see often. Lovely colours and sharpness, great eye contact.
Well done and TFS

This is a fantastic capture Annick with superb eye contact! Tones of colors are beautiful in a good composition and perfect exposure. This is a great animal that you photographed at 2327'S (Tropic of Capricorn) more or less :) :) :) I like this colorful blurred background too. Thanks!

Hello Annick,
Very beautiful portrait of this chaming Nyala, with excellent details and vivid natural colours.
Very nice composition & POV, well focused and presented!!
Very very well done and TFS! :)
Best wishes, Kevin

Hi Annick,
It's so good the definition and colour saturation of the nyala.
Details on its fur are amazing, the white stripes on the body and the head makes of this animal a true beauty.
I like very much this composition and the blurred background.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Absolutely stunning. When I see such perfect photos I want to throw my camera away.

Beautiful animal and great picture. Very sharp. Good composition and DOF... just great

TFS Greetz Kristy

Hello Annick!

Great shot, very good POV, DOF and colours, imposing animal's expression, superb composition and sharpness! TFS.

Well, let's hear it for image stabilization! The sharpness is great. ... as are the colors and that gorgeous background. It is a very strong photo with perfect white balance and range of values. Ahhhh.... you "raise the bar" for all of us.

Evelynn : )

Hello Annick,
A lovely portrait with silky crisp details!
The attentive animal seems like happy to be photographed, and the result is presented in this fine composition...
Pablo -

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-11-02 10:12]

Wow Annick!
wonderful shot, so clear and so sharp


Dear Annick
Wonderful shot of this Nyala,
Perfect details,colors and composition,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-02 11:28]

Hi Annick,
Just marking this wonderful post from you for now and will come back later with a proper critique. Sorry tied up with an urgent assignment.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-02 12:11]

Hallo Annick,
Bij dit soort foto's bekruipt me een enorm gevoel van heimwee naar het Krugerpark. Ik fotografeerde toen nog niet digitaal. En als ik deze foto zie heb ik daar ontzettend spijt van. Wat een kanjer! Deze nadert de algehele perfectie!

Ha Annick,

Wat een beauty
ik ben het met peter eens over de PERFECTIE
en verder kan ik hier niets anders van maken

TFS Thijs

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-02 19:57]

Hi annick
Excellent portrait.Very sharp whit lovely details.Excellent eye's contact.
TFS Michel

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-03 1:31]

Hi Annick

Another outstanding portrait you present us here!
This is indeed a splendid animal - similar to the kudu, but i would say this one is more beautiful, or at least more photogenic with all that natural contrast given by the stripes on its body.
The pose you managed to get here is impeccable, with it facing right to you! Due to that, you also have a sort of symertic here - on the face of the nyala. It even has a funny white mustach and another white line between the eyes :))
The patterns on its body and the colors that they have really make this a very beautiful animal.
You capture is simply flawless! Impeccable sharpness, perfect POV and a terrific DOF, all completed by excceptional exposure values.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-11-03 2:16]

Hello Annick,
Wooow ! Talented photographer with great equipment in a nice place give superb photos !
The "+++" : composition, lovely subject, face expression, POV, sharpness, DOF, neutral blurred BG, colors, exposure, useful note...
The "-" : nothing...
Bravo and thanks for sharing your trip,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-03 5:53]

Hello Annick,
really an admirable wildlife picture - very clear and very sharp and it's just
the right point of view --
the Nyala looks at you!
So, you obtained a beautiful portrait!
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Annick
very nice compo, great colours and just perfect dof with nice blurred bg

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-11-04 19:09]

Gorgeous capture, Annick. There is another contender for similarity - one that I just saw a few hours ago in the wild - the american white tail deer. Not in color and markings - but in shape - same long ears and neck, same huge eyes. Though you did much better than I did in capturing it with all the detail you managed to show us in a perfect light and perfectly balanced exposure. Bravo! Cheers, Klaus

Excellent Annick!
What a beauty.

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