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The Corporate Player

The Corporate Player
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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Digital ISO 200, Skylight
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): AnYtHiNg ExTrEmElY hUmOrOuS, Mammals of Southern Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-21 4:45
Viewed: 5914
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well, now I too have reached my 100th post and would like to post my “Corporate player”, a Blesbok, for this post, demonstrating one of the ways up the corporate ladder. I hope this will bring a smile to your face as it is still bringing to mine!

Technically, this is not the greatest shot and I ask you to look past that, but when seeing this moment I knew I had to take it. It only lasted a 3 maybe 4 seconds and only had time for one shot, and this is it. I don’t know what to classify it as, Action, humorous, candid camera, but tender it is not!

Physically, rams and ewes are remarkably similar. Their mass can be as much as 85 kg. A characteristic of the Blesbok is the prominent white blaze on the face and a horizontal brown strip which divides this blaze above the eyes. Body colour is brown with a lighter coloured saddle on the back, and the rump an even lighter shade. The legs are brown with a white patch behind the top part of the front legs. Lower legs whitish. Both sexes carry horns, ringed almost to the tip. Female horns are slightly more slender.

The Blesbok is a grazing species, showing preference for short grass, and particularly favours fresh green grass appearing after a veld burn.

The Blesbok is a seasonal breeder. Rutting occurs during March to May. Births peak during November and December after a gestation period of about 240 days. Females give birth to single calves.

The Blesbok is closely related to the Bontebok. Historically, the distributions of these two species did not overlap. Interbreeding on lands where both subspecies are now located has been recorded. Prefered habitat is open grasslands with water.

Where they are found
The Blesbok’s distribution is restricted to the Republic of South Africa. Its historic range includes the Eastern Cape, Free State, southern parts of the former Transvaal, marginally in KwaZulu-Natal along the upper reaches of the Tugela River and into Lesotho, west of the Maluti Mountains. It was once one of the most abundant antelope species of the African plains, but Blesbok have become scarce since 1893 due to relentless hunting for their skins and meat.

Recently, population numbers have recovered dramatically due to vigorous conservation in game reserves and farms. Unfortunately, Blesbok have been introduced to areas far beyond their original range. Today they are commonly found on enclosed land in smaller herds, and numbers are estimated at 120 000.

The camera settings:

Focal Length: 400mm
F Stop: F/8
Shutter Speed: 1/200
ISO: 200
Tripod: No
Flash: Yes
Reflective Panel: No
Cable release: No

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Hi Japie.
Congrats to your 100th.
You have post very good pictures that I like very much.
It is a pleasure to watch your work, keep on like that.
Great picture , with nice colours and good composition.
Greta note like always.
Very well done.

Congratulations for your 100th post,
Great shot with nice colors and movement.
Well done

I confirm to you, he is more flexible than I, very great sharpness, very well done

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-21 5:57]

It is sure candidate for SA Gymnastic Team for Olympic Games :-) Congrats for your 100th! Funny and very good picture.

A taste of the "sweet spot" :) to post one's 100th shot. Excellent moment you got. This one is at the top of the ladder I presume, the only @ss he kisses is his own. "Senior management" ? Congratulations Japie, it been only a pleasure watching you work and getting to know you on TN and in real life. Now lay off the @ss kissing and get to work on the next 100. :)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-21 7:12]

Congratulations on your 100th post Japie. I love the title it reall made me laugh, however, licking ones own ass don't get you nowhere! Maybe he is practising? Great shot!

  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-21 7:25]

Congratulations on your 100th. Also as good as any that youv'e posted. Nice capture.
Look forward to some great shots in your next 100.

Points tomorrow

Japie, Did this guy bite-off more than he can chew? ;-) You really hit the "funny" bone with this one! This one's all about perspective?? ;_)) I love these impromtu shots & would love to see more of them here on TN. Congratulations my friend!

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2004-11-21 10:27]

Great picture, interesting moment.Very natural colors of animals and grassland.Super note.

Dude, thats worst than my fomer dog ! Congrats on your centenial image !

Excellent image, Japie!! Uitstekend. Baie geluk met jou 100ste foto - mag daar nog baie wees!!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-11-21 13:23]

hello Japie,
Cograts on your 100th,keep 'em coming.
A tasty capture,well done :-)

nice shot, funny :o)
good colours,compo. and congrats on your 100th post, now on to the 200th haha ;o)


Fantastic! Reminds me of when I was in Africa! Beautiful.

Congratulations for your 100th post.
As you say maybe is not one of your technical best, but it is one of your best poses.
Keep them coming, glad to enjoy your work Japie.

One worthy of being your 100th posted image Japiewe see in clear detail his wash and brush-up. and a good thougher note to boot as well.

I agree with 'gerhardt', a very humerous work for your 100th post. I know all about the corporate ladder...I don't kiss that area very well.

You do good work and have provided us with a lot of viewing pleasure. Excellent note and a fine composition, well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-11-22 0:39]

I shall not make this comment on the tail of your Blesbok, Japie, although I am tempted. :)
However scatological it can appear, this pose (which is a great one well captured) is most normal and natural.
He contributes to grow the food which he eats, what we do not make.

I wish you to live more than hundred other moments of intense happiness, and I thank you for the enjoyment and the knowledge which you bring us.

"You will see that man look far from him for the possessions of which he possess the source."
(Lao Tseu)

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-23 3:43]

Excelente... por muchos motivos.
Gran captura, por su oportunismo, por su nitidez, por un adecuado DOF y POV para captar una imagen realmente grandiosa.
Ufff!... lo había olvidado... FELICES 100 PRESENTACIONES!!!

Excellent... by many reasons.
Great capture, by its opportunism, its clearness, a suitable DOF and POV to catch a real huge image.
Ufff... I had forgotten it... HAPPY 100 POST!!!


Flippen snaasks.

Nice shot. You captured the moment beautifully (Hoop dit is reg gespel :-) )

I learn a lot from looking at your shots.


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