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Sumatran Orangutan

Sumatran Orangutan
Photo Information
Copyright: Greg Hume (greghume) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 212 W: 72 N: 575] (2160)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2005-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20
Exposure: f/4, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-07-22 1:38
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Orangutans live in the tree tops of the Southeast Asian tropical rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo. They spend most of their lives in trees and descend from the trees very rarely. The name orangutan means literally "man of the forest" in Malay. The Sumatran subspecies (pongo pygmaeus abelii) is generally lighter in color.
Orangutans are important seed dispersers for many species of tropical fruit trees. Increasingly, they also economically benefit Sumatra and Borneo by attracting "eco-tourism."
P. pygmaeus is listed as "endangered" and p. abelii is "critically endangered" by loss of habitat.
Taken at the Cincinnati Zoo. Shot with a monopod, desaturated and sharpened.

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Fantastic shot! The orang looks to be part of the tree itself. I love the close composition and the B&W.

This photo practically leaps off the screen. I love the black and white effect, it really brings out the textures and shadows so well. I love the look on the orangutang's face, almost like he's kissing the tree branch, gazing off deep in thought, such wise eyes! I really like this photo, well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-22 5:17]

Hello Greg!
Wonderful B&W post.Lighting,details,expression on face,eye contact,details and composition are perfect.Excellent work!TFS...:-)

Superbe photo. On en veut encore et souvent. Merci.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-22 18:47]

Great shot in BW Greg! The textures of the tree and the Orangutan look superb. Dear old fellow sitting under the tree. Great pose, and details. Well done.

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-07-23 18:17]

This is a very beutifull black and white photo.
It worked realy well.

Hi Greg. Great mood shot that somehow reflects the plight of these intersting animals. I would love to have seen the colour version but perhaps you will post that another time. His location and expression give humour to the image. Well done, Rob

Strikingly beautifull B&W Greg! Composition and form in this photo are very nice. The expression of his face is also very well captured with a lot of emotion in it. Great work!

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2005-11-04 17:31]

Hi Greg.
I was folling around the workshops and I became impressed with the impressive face of the orangutan with the snow in his face.
Very good composition and DOF.
Good work.
I made a workshop trying to increse the look of the monkey.

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