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Impala


Impala
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 2, Soap Bubble+ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-03-13 7:48
Viewed: 3306
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Impalas are medium-sized antelopes that roam the savanna and light woodlands of eastern and southern Africa. In the rainy season, when food is plentiful, they may gather in large herds of several hundred animals to browse on grasses and herbs, bushes, shrubs, and shoots.

Herds offer protection from predators, such as lions. An alert impala will bark out an alarm that puts the entire herd to flight—and a fleeing impala is no easy prey.

Impalas are fleet runners who are able to leap distances of up to 33 feet (10 meters). They use this technique to escape predators and sometimes, apparently, simply to amuse themselves. The impala can also clear bushes and other obstacles by soaring some 10 feet (3 meters) in the air. Typically, a running impala will simply jump over anything in its path.

This graceful antelope is known for its long, spiral horns, which males use to challenge each other in tests of strength. Older impala males stake out mating territories and herd groups of females that they jealously guard against any rivals. During this exhausting mating period, the male must fight off challengers, herd his females, and mate with them. Unsuccessful bids to take over a male's territory usually end with the loser retreating to join a bachelor herd.
Females typically give birth about seven months after they mate, usually to a single impala. Both mother and baby join a herd of females and offspring within a few days.

Image taken in RAW, ISO200, Aperture priority mode and Evaluative metering system.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-03-13 8:03]

Hello George,
Lovely scene, almost like in paradise. Love the attitude of the Impalas, always very attentive and ready to escape. Very beautiful vegetation too, interesting to see the different green tints. Ideal square framing here too.
Thanks and kind regards
Anne

Ciao George, wonderful group of lovely Impala in a fantastic ambientation, beautiful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello George,
Excellent image of these alert impala. You have isolated them well fom the bush but you did not separate them from their environment. They still appear to belong there. A very good image indeed.
Neels

Hi George,
wonderful colours and a bunch of Impalas in alert. Very nice shot.
have a nice sunday
Pierre

Hallo George,
what a fantastic scene, simple and fascinating image, very well done
TFS
Best regards
Maurizio

Hi George,

Nice picture of these impalas in a lovely landscape. It must be wonderful just to sit there and watch them. As always the exposure and detail is excellent.
Good capture and TFS

Sion

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-13 8:58]

Hello George,
The colours in this photo as a whole are splendid. Not only the colours in the Impalas but the greens in the trees are splendid too. Three of them are looking to the photographer. Great sharpness and DOF.
Regards,
Peter

Hi George,
Africa is a Fantastic place...
This scene is wonderful.
Colours and sharpness very very impressive.
Thanks for sharing
Manuel

Hello George
Beautiful scene with excellent composition, fantastic colours and very good sharpness.
Regards,
Christodoulos

Ciao Goerge. Magnifciente lightning wild capture. Top details and sharp, Very good colours results.

Roberto

Hi George,

Lovely George, and congratulations on a well seen and executed impala picture, this has all the qualities of the usual high standards you have set, well done and TFS.
Regards.

Pauly.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-13 13:15]

Hi George,it seems that you call the impalas before take the pic..ehhe..beautiful composition and the usual impressive quality,top sharpness and natural colors.Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano.

Hi George,
really artistic. Perfect sharpness and point of view! Colours - amazing.
Have a nice week,
Maciek

Hi George,
Yes, this is the quality we (at least I) are / am waiting for when clicking one of your images. Incredible clearness, fantastic compo and crop, optimal DoF, wonderful natural colors... too many positive aspects to be listed (most important are the pleasant overall view and my feelings when seeing the pic - as always)! The "stunner of the day" for me, no doubt. Huge tfs.
Friendly regards, László

A typical Kruger National Park scene, makes me want to pack the cameras and head for the park!

beautiful scene George and moment, your composition, I like the quality in your photo!
regards Nasos

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-03-14 2:29]

Hi,
Usually we see these Impala in open grass lands, good to see here with the trees as beautiful background, excellent one. tfs.
nagraj.v

Hello friend George, a beautiful shot of these cautious impala, very interesting shooting features on the image and the time that you took the life of these animals. All the best, Paul

Dear friend George,
Hello! How are you?
I love those antelopes! Amazing and cute animals! Your pic brings me away in to the heart of africa...Like a dream.Lovely! TFS
Nice week!
aNa

George - excellent eye contact. Great Sharpness and fantastic composition. TFS

A beautiful grouping within a very impressive, natural environment, all in natural colours George, in short a perfect capture my friend!
Mehmet

Hello George

A very beautiful photo of these Impalas, fine POV,
i love the glances of some of them, excellent contrast
between the beautiful color tones, TFS

Asbed

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-03-15 5:02]

Hello George,
A wonderful view of these Impalas gathered around the tree. They're so elegant and I like the way some are watching you. Great details and beautiful colours in this fine composition.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-04-25 17:13]

Hi George,

Nice sharp image of these impalas. The green is lush, vivid & contrasts well the antelope hair color. The composition is well appreciated with their undivided attention & symmetry under the balanced branches. Well done.

Regards,

Derek

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