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Copyright: Yukiko Aramaki (Violetteddy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 52 W: 1 N: 53] (160)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax MZ-3, Sigma 70-300 DLMacro, 35mm negative
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-05-04 8:34
Viewed: 8548
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this photo during my stay in Sir Bani Yas Island.
Some of the animals on this small island (8x11km), like giraffes, are in the specific enclosures, but most of them like gazelles, hyraxes, arabian hares, etc. are roaming around freely. Most of the animals here are native to the UAE or close relatives to the local species which brought from Africa or India. If you like to know more about this island, you might want to visit this site.

Eland (Taurotragus oryx) is the world largest antelope.
Usually fawn or tawny-coloured, but as they get older their coat turn to gray or bluish-gray; the oldest animals become almost black. They have vertical white stripes on their franks, and various black marking occur on their legs. Adult males have a mat or brush of brown hair on their forehead that grows longer and denser as they get older. The elands' horns are thick and tightly spiraled, growing up to 65cm in females and to over 1m in males. Males can grow to a shoulder height of 1.7m and weigh about 900kg. Females are smaller than males and weighing about 450kg. Their life span is usually 15-20 years. The habitat is varies from semi-deserts, grasslands, acacia savannah, to mountains in East Africa to South Afria. This is the animal most often depicted in the early rock art of East Africa.

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To Jax: question about noise removal....Violetteddy 1 05-05 06:29
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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-05-04 9:59]

Stunning picture,Yukiko. Strong visual impact. Good details and great composition. A warm welcome to TN. : )

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  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2005-05-04 10:11]
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This is a great composition with an amazing amount of detail and your eye is drawn to the faces of the animals. I think the image just needs to have a little of the noise removed.

Very interesting shot Yukiko!
The idea was very good. There's a feeling of mess in this shot, but it looks great.
I like it very much.
Well done!

An interesting and well composed photo, Yukiko!
The front one seems to be smiling at you. I think this is because he knows you are doing a great job. Thank you for sharing this fine posting with us, and a belated welcome to TN!

Very nice shot, great details. But a bit messy, and the main subject is too centered IMO.
Well done.
Welcome to TN

Its a good one Yukiko, its a busy shot but the main subject catches the eye. Good job.

Beautiful image, the composition is really nice. I don't think its messy at all.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-01 15:16]

This is really nice Yukiko, the persective is very pleasing and gives lots of depth to the shot. I like the arrangement of heads, very well done.

Nice "bouquet". Good composition.

Please allow me to comment on two previous critiques. First, the main subject being framed in a square format, I don't think the fact that it is centered is a problem.
Second, a bit of noise in the background does not disturb me. However, the flat look resulting from a noise reducing treatment destroys the feel of a photo, which ends up looking artificial, as you can see in the workshop someone did.

Your photo is great as it is, Yukiko. Smile.

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