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Red hartebeest portrait

Red hartebeest portrait
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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: 2011-03-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/676 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-15 2:36
Viewed: 5168
Points: 10
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Found in semi-desert savanna. May occur in open woodland but avoids dense woodland. Prefers open plains such as grassplains, floodplains, grassveld, vleis and strips of grass around pans. Independant of water.

The hartebeest, like many antelope, is primarily diurnal, grazing in the early morning and late afternoon, and resting in a shaded area during the hottest part of the day. During feeding periods, a sentry watches for potential sources of danger, and can often be seen standing on a termite mound in order to increase the range of visibility. When fleeing, the herd runs in single file, and can reach speeds of up to 75 kmph. At 3-4 years of age, males attempt to hold a territory. Marked with dung piles, these defended regions average 31 hectares in area, and are generally taken over by another male after 4-5 years. Females and males alike are generally non-aggressive, although both sexes will fight vigorously in defense of their offspring or territory. Population densities average 1.4 animals per square kilometer.

Image taken in RAW, ISO400, Aperture priority mode and evaluative metering system.

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Bonjour George,
Remarquable portrait pour sa finesse et sa précision.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-15 6:46]

Hello George,
this image, taken from a great POV, is fantastic!
Superb sharpness, fine detail and great light.
Very well done!
Thanks for sharing

Excellent portrait George!!

Hello George,
Splendid portrait of a interesting species.
Splendid horns and very good focus.
Another masterpiece from you.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi George,
really great photo! Perfect contrast and colours. Amazing portrait. Great job.
Have a nice Sunday.

  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-15 13:34]

Bonjour George,
Un portrait très bien réalisé.
Bonne netteté et sujet très bien en valeur.

  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-15 15:15]

Hi George,just my best compliments for this fantastic portrait,one of the best never seen on TN taling about the quality,the sharpness is impressive like the light balance,it's always a pleasure to visit your gallery.Have a nice Sunday and thanks for share,Luciano

  • Great 
  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-10-15 15:51]

Dear Favorite George,
Wow! really a great job! Incroyable monsieur! Many congrats!( But it seems a little sad!...why ??? ^ _^)
Big hug!
YF, aNa

Hi George,
What a fantastic portrait of this beautiful animal. This is the best I've ever seen and the detail is fantastic with beautiful colour and great light. You've out done yourself my friend and tfs.

George - a superb capture of the beast. Sharpness and details are awesome. TFS

  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-10-16 17:54]
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Hello George,
Caught him with his mouth full I see. Superb focus, every single hair is seen in fine detail. I love the different shades of reddish browns, grays and contrasting blacks.
Just wondering, with his ears tucked back like that, is that normal, or is he showing aggression? Great work!!

  • Great 
  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2011-11-15 8:21]

Hi George,

This is a superb portrait...i'm a bit surprised it didn't get more attention.
Firstly, i like your parallel plane with the subject and how that enabled you to capture the whole animal in focus with a very wide apperture. The details are impeccably sharp and i particuularly like two bits here: the texture of the hairs everywhere (but best evident on those brighter ones around hte ear lobe) and the bottom, wavy bit of the horns...those are really terrific!
Finally, i also like how you've composed it and i think this square framing works very nice.
Truly wonderful work!

Bravo and thanks for sharing

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