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Gelada Baboon 2

Gelada Baboon 2
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-17 7:39
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Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello dear TN Friends,
A few days ago I placed a photo of a Gelada Baboon male. Now a portrait with a lot of expression.
Most of the time it was very misty, but this photo was taken when it was clear for a moment.
We could come very close to the baboons. They eat their grass and don’t mind our presence at all. They don’t look…, but they are very peaceful. (from a distance).

A summary: Gelada Baboon, theropithecus gelada
Geladas are not actually true baboons, and differ by having nostrils that are a further distance from the tip of the muzzle than other baboons.

Possibly two or three. T.g.gelada (Northern), P.g.obscurus (Southern).

Life span
Gelada baboons have a lifespan of over 19 years.

Body length: 50-74cm, Tail length: 32-40cm, Weight: 11-20kg.

Physical description
Adult male gelada baboons have a long, heavy dark cape. Both genders have an hourglass-shaped area of bright pink skin on the neck and chest, which is indicative of fertility.

Gelada baboons inhabit Ethiopia.

They live on mountain grassland with no tall trees, and are restricted to altitudes of 1400-4400m.

This species feeds almost exclusively on grass.

Gelada baboons live in multi-male, multi-female groups, which can sometimes have as many as 600 members. In these large groups, bands of 50-300 tend to forage together, regrouping at night. They are diurnal and terrestrial. During the night, geladas sleep on treeless cliffs, away from predators.

After a gestation period of 150-180 days, females give birth to one infant.

(Source: www.bbc.co.uk/nature/wildfacts/factfiles)

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hello peter,
fine capture of the Gelada Baboon , this portarit looks great with the good eye contact, sharp focus, natural colors and tight composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

Well done capture of this interesting looking, and posing, baboon... very well composed and nicely detailed. TFS


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-09-17 8:51]

Hola amigo,
perfecto reatrato detalles excelentes,
fenomenal contacto visual y pov.
saludos Peter.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-17 8:53]

Hi Peter. You were able to get very close with this one showing such detail in the face and wild hair. It has a sad look in its eyes. very natural colours. great shot working with the poor lighting. wel ldone TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-17 10:32]

Hi Peter,

I was hoping for a close-up of the Gelada Baboon's face and here it is! What a fantastic face with the mass of fur surrounding it. The eyes, wrinkles, nose and mouth are superb. I think he could use a dentist. Wonderful natural colors, fine details, and a marvelous diagonal position of his face.


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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-09-17 11:15]

Hello Peter,

What an expressive face has this baboon! "he" seems not appreciate to be observed. Excellent sharpness and very nice colours.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-09-17 11:24]

Hola Peter, excelente retrato, buena exposición y un excelente detalle.
Un saludo

  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2008-09-17 12:13]

Peter, How did you make the Baboon pose for you? Great hairstyle. Excellent eye contact.

- Murali

amazing face, amazing haircut, so human and so threatening at the same time, TFS Ori

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-09-17 12:58]

helle peter
you are successfuly presenting of its mood with wonderful capture
i like pose, POV, DOF, colours and sharpness

Hi Peter, another superb capture of this Gelada Baboon with wonderful clarity, nice POV/DOF. Lovely face:)
TFS and Cheers,


hi Peter,
amazing portrait!!!
nice pose with vivid details

best sERGIO


That's a very cool shot. I like the look and facial expression. TFS - it is definitely a different kind of shot, not seen on TN on a daily basis. Great work.

Best Regards,


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-17 22:06]

Hello Peter,

What a nice and interesting portret of the baboon. You have captured in your photo a very interesting expresion of animal's face. Image quality is exquisite showing fine details and good colors.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-18 1:11]

Hi Peter,
This is a great portrait! Expression you captured is amazing. Very well done and TFS
All the best,

Ciao Peter, fantastic portrait with great expression, wonderful details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter.
More a fantastic register of this "exuberant" monkey!
The quality photographic, as always, perfect!
This look humanized is impressive!
Thanks for sharing this great image!
José Roberto

Hi Peter,
A nice portrait capture of this beautiful Baboon. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hallo Peter,

mooi portret opname van deze aap.
Vind vooral de wijze hoe hij zijn gezicht houdt mooi en dan die bek met die paar tanden.
Erg goede details en zoals gewoonlijk een zeer scherpe opname.


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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-09-18 13:23]

I won't say who this looks like, but the resemblance is considerable. Great shot. You already know how good it is technically. Gary

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-18 13:47]

Razor-sharp shot of this crazy-looking Baboon :-)
There is a tonne of detail!
Superb eye-contact.
Great composition.
Perfectly exposed.

Well done, Peter!

All the best,

Hello Peter nice portrait capture of thi baboon. Great face:)
TFS and regards,

Hello Peter, great shot. what a beautiful face:) cute.
TFS and regards,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-18 23:11]

Hi Peter

A wonderful shot - the white BG really helps this shot as it focusses attention on the baboon. Stunning pose and detail. Excellent work.


Into my favourites.

Peter, you deserve an award for this amazing portrait of a Gelada Baboon! Goodness gracious, you have captured a very eloquent expression in the eyes of this fellow once again with professional competence.
And what's more, I can count every grey hair (like mine) on the chin of your subject.
Thanks and all the best.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-09-19 1:45]

Lovely portrait capture of this baboon Peter. TFS.

Hallo Peter,
Ik heb deze duidelijk gemist!
Prachtige plaat! Prachtig!!!
Is op zich een reis naar Ethiopië waard.
Expressie troef...de manier waarop ie kijkt en zijn gehele 'smoelwerk'.
Heel goeie crop. Moet niks meer zijn...
Zeer goede focus en scherptediepte. Ben er weg van:-)
Gefeliciteerd en bedankt

  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2008-09-22 2:20]

hi Peter,

a perfect portrait of this Gelada Baboon, details are incredible and the white from he back (probably because of the fog) is just like from a studio photo.
just perfect, a fav.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-22 1:45]

Hello Peter,
I missed this close-up of a male Gelada Baboon. This is a fine sharp portrait in a great pose to show its remarkable face. Strange to think that both we humans and this baboon are primates! Also strange to think that they eat grass with the kind of teeth they have.
TFS this fine and interesting shot,

Fantastic expressive face. Great portrait!

Hello Peter

I can see the sadness in his or her eyes
Maybe they are more aware than us about
the existence.

However, thanks for sharing

Hello Peter !
Wow, what an expression on this strange face - I love his mouth, and his partially opened mouth ! Looks fantastic ! There are also excellent details on the face and the fur around his face, nice natural colors, very nicely composed, and I also like the white BG, nothing is distracting us from the Gelada. Very well done !

Hello Peter

Smiling :) wonderful portrait of this Gelada Baboon,
it is like if he knows he is posing for the photo !
wonderful glance from that beautiful colored eyes, TFS


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