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Gemsbuck - Oryx gazella

Gemsbuck - Oryx gazella
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Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Anna's Favourites 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-11-27 11:23
Viewed: 9936
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tribute to Miss Piggy
Anna (Miss Piggy) once commented on my first posting of a Gemsbok that it reminds her of a warrior donned in war paint. Well Anna, here is your warrior complete with battle scars. The previous afternoon we saw two Gemsbuck in a serious battle. It was horn clashing and a lot of dust, but unfortunately too far except for the binoculars. The next morning we found this Bull with his herd.
Enjoy and comments are welcome.

The gemsbok or gemsbuck (Oryx gazella) is a large antelope in the Oryx genus. It is native to the arid regions (for example the Kalahari Desert) of southern Africa, but formerly some authorities included the East African Oryx as a subspecies. Its current population in South Africa is 373,000.

The name "gemsbok" in English is derived from Afrikaans gemsbock, itself derived from the Dutch name of the male chamois, gemsbok. Although there are some superficial similarities in appearance (especially in the facial pattern), the chamois and the oryx are not closely related.

Gemsbok are light brownish-grey to tan in colour, with lighter patches to the bottom rear of the rump. Their tails are long and black in colour. A blackish stripe extends from the chin down the bottom edge of the neck through the join of the shoulder and leg along the lower flank of each side to the blackish section of the rear leg. They have muscular necks and shoulders and their legs have white 'socks' with a black patch on the front of both the front legs and both genders have long straight horns. Comparably, the East African Oryx lacks a dark patch at the base of the tail, has less blackish on the legs (none on the hindlegs), and less blackish on the lower flanks.
Gemsbok are about 1.2 metres (3 ft 11 in) at the shoulder, and males can weigh between 220–250 kilograms (490–550 lb) while females weigh 180–210 kilograms (400–460 lb).

Gemsbok are widely hunted for their spectacular horns that average 85 centimetres (33 in) in length. The only outward difference between males and females is their horns, and many hunters mistake females for males each year. In males, these horns are perfectly straight, extending from the base of the skull to a slight outward and rearward angle. Females have longer thinner horns that have a slight outward and rearward curve in addition to their angle.
Female Gemsbok use their horns to defend themselves and their offspring from predators while male Gemsbok primarily use their horns to defend their territory from other males.
Gemsbok are one of the few antelope species where female trophies are sometimes more desirable than male ones. A gemsbok horn can be fashioned into a natural trumpet and, according to some authorities, can be used as a shofar.

Gemsbok live in herds of about 10-40 animals, which consist of a dominant male, a few non-dominant males, and females.
Gemsbok are mainly desert-dwelling and do not depend on drinking to supply their physiological water needs.
They can reach running speeds of up to 56 kilometres per hour (35 mph).

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Hello Carl,
A beautiful capture from all aspects- fine details, excellent sharpness, nice colours, ideal POV and eye contact. Well done!

Hallo Carl
Before I read your note I thought that somewhere in my critique I will mention that I wish this image was mine, and to my surprise this beautiful image was dedicated to me. Thank you very much for this special image that has my name on it. It is appreciated. I also managed to capture some images of this magestic buck with its lovely horns, but not closely as beautiful as yours. Everything in this image is beautifully seen and the prominent features of this Gemsbuck especially the horns and the "warrior" markings on its face is stunning. I like the centralized composition and the close point of view. Looking at it this way creates a feeling as if I am right beside it. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-27 12:19]

Hallo Carl,
Erg mooie foto van deze Gemsbok. Uitstekende scherpte, fijne details en hij staat in prachtig licht. Goede diepte in de foto.

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  • tree Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 14] (8)
  • [2011-11-27 12:53]

Hi Carl
I like your picture. The color is really good and in good focus. He looks proud and welcomes any challenger. Good POV. Thanks for sharing this photo.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-11-27 13:10]

Hello Carl,
splendid image of this gemsbok in a perfect position with great sharpness and detail; excellent POV and light; beautiful ambientation. Very well done!
Thanks for sharing

Lovely, simple, classical shot with great precision we have here from you Carl. Good day. Still busy at work I can only dream about a trip to Namibia! Judging from the shadow of this gorgeous Gemsbok, I can see that the sun was already quite high above the heads, not the ideal light in my opinion but what can we do ..sometimes we can not change the circumstances for good. The contrast as a result seems quite strong if we have to analyze the image, but still the shadows and the highlights has been nicely recorded. Great choice of f/4.5 comparatively wide aperture settings. The white balance seems on the warmer site and that is giving us an impression of the immense heat from that part of the world. Good capture Carl ...simple and lovely indeed! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hello Carl
Beautiful animal in a great pose and a beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

Hi Carl

Indeed a great shot of this fine looking antelope. Great sharpness and composition.


wonderful image, your performance is very fine!
regards, Nasos

Excellent photo of this magnificent animal. Good composition and nice pose with eye contact. The light is very good, with excellent detail.
regards yiannis

Ciao Carl, great capture of superb creature, wonderful natural colors, splendid light and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-11-28 4:28]

Hello Carl,
On your shot this impressive big antilope seems very tame. However the scars on its body show another "wilder" side of this creature. I suppose that you made your shot out of a car. As usual a natural presentation and a good light-management. May be I would have chosen a little bit lower point of view to avoid the bicolor background or a higher to make the sky bigger.
Thanks so much too to have appreciated my last posting:-)
Kind regards

Hi Carl,
A very nice picture of this Oryx, very well exposure, good composition, excellent details sharpness and lovely natural colours, very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a great week,
Best Regards,

Hello Carl,
Impressive capture with very nice details and exceptional sharpness.
I love the excellent clarity and perfect focus.
Wonderful composition and perfect shoot as usual.
It is a splendid gazella with amazing horns.

hallo Carl
super picture with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-11-28 8:51]

Hello Carl,
An impressive species of Oryx, well captured in a fine pose and from an ideal POV with excellent sharpness and natural colours against the natural habitat bG that is blurred enough to allow him to stand out well.
Great to view!
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Carl,
what a nice and interesting animal. Great sharpness and details. Perfect point of view. Also nice background,
thanks for sharing,

Hi Carl,
What a superb portrait with v.good detail and composition.

Ciao Carl. Perfect details and sharp with impressive light's managment. Intrigant blurry lightning BG.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-28 16:16]

HI Carl,magnificent pic,i like the very brilliant sharpness and the magnficent position,colors and background,very well done!!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Hi Carl,
Great picture of this Gemsbuck with very good details & sharpness against the beautiful BG.
A great gift to Anna. Well done & TFS.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-11-29 10:32]

Hi Carl,
very nice portrait of a beautiful gazella.Gorgeous light and colours.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Carl, Terrific capture of this fine beast my good friend, splendid pose and looking very alert, well exposed under the harsh lighting conditions, superb sharpness with fine clarity, excellent image here Carl and very well done,
Best Regards,


Bonjour Carl,
Agréable valorisation du sujet, dans une belle attitude, permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Carl, what a great shot of this Gemsbok. You did an excellent job capturing it. Thanks for commenting on my gull. Have a great week, Bill

If you have time, check out my new website:
Bill Houghton Photography

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-02-12 19:18]

Hello Carl,
This awesome looking beast is one of the first animals that comes to mind when I think of Africa. Their long spiraling horns are a stunning sight to behold. You managed to capture this particular one perfectly, allowing us to see it's unique and beautiful features in fine detail. Colors are true and natural and the exposure is right on the money. Great work!!

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