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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-03-16 4:04
Viewed: 4347
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another shot from Sunday's trip to Lodz's Zoo. Taken about noon in harsh light. We've got quite big colony of baboons in our Zoo, but I saw only 6-8 of them.

Baboons live in hierarchical troops of 5 to 250 animals (50 or so is common), depending on specific circumstances, especially species and time of year. The structure within the troop varies considerably between Hamadryas Baboons and the remaining species, collectively referred to as savannah baboons: individual Hamadryas Baboon males maintain small harems, to which females from elsewhere in the troop are recruited while still too young to breed, while savannah baboons have a more open structure in which females tend to consort in matrilines, and the adult males maintain a loose hierarchy. The Hamadryas Baboon group will typically include a younger male, but he will not attempt to mate with the females unless the older male is removed.

Baboons can determine from vocal exchanges what the dominance relations between individuals are. When a confrontation occurs between different families or where a lower-ranking baboon takes the offensive, baboons show more interest in the exchange than exchanges between members of the same family or when a higher-ranking baboon takes the offensive. This is because confrontations between different families or rank challenges can have a wider impact on the whole troop than an internal conflict in a family or a baboon reinforcing its dominance.

The Hamadryas Baboon was a sacred animal to the ancient Egyptians as the attendant of Thoth, and so, is also called the Sacred Baboon. The English word Baboon is thought to derive from that of the Egyptian baboon-god Babi.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-03-16 4:25]

Hi Greg, a friend of yours? You only saw a few because the rest of them were sitting in front of the heater!
Great capture Greg, his fur looks so real, as if I could touch it. Very well shown. Good job!

Great portrait shot Greg, great sharpness and POV/DOF, well captured too. Great colours an great note too. This is a great compositon. Thank you for posting. Greetings

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-16 4:35]

Hello Greg!
Magnificent portrait.Details,sharpness,POV,framing,expression on face and
composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-03-16 5:01]

Hi Grzegorz,
Good title, he does have that look about him! A nice portrait, the sunlight is perfect to light both eyes. Good exposure/detail and informative note.

another razor sharp canon shot..and the very model i am interested in..
those eyes make me shudder and think back to the time we got mugged by the leader of a baboon pack in tanzania at a rest stop..he came like a bat out of hell from the trees and grabbed all the food he could get..mine..and raced off...he hung around and we had to keep him at bay by throwing rocks..not to hit him...to keep his distance...the food scraps were then put into an underground pit with a heavy concrete lid...lake manyara was the spot...up in the timber area

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-03-16 6:26]

Good morning Greg,
A nice capture.
Very good detail and framing,the eye contact is good.
He has quite a serious look about him,I wouldnt like to double cross this wise guy :-)
A great shot and note.


Hi Greg,
Fantastic capture!
Very good lighting and perfect exposure,
excellent details and nice natural colour.
Very well done!

Hi Greg,
Your frame filling tight crop is excellent for this shot. As you say, not the best light, but you handled the exposure very well. Great colors and detail. He looks pretty mean!

Hi Greg,
14999 Points I thank this will put you over the 15000 point mark, Congratulation on you great work. Now the photo, Of course again is great. The color the details, of each hair on the baboon, Awsome great capture, TFS. Kyle

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-16 10:39]

Fantastic portrait. Greg, of this interesting face.
The details are razor sharp, and I really like the frame filling crop. A shame about those shadows.
The look on those eyes!
TFS. : )

Hi my friend,
It's a busy life around here; now and then I manage to steal 15 min. for a quick look over TN, reward people with a smiley for the good stuff.

Regards, Petru

Hello Greg,
Great shot. Very well done on lighting and details. Picture has very nice POV and good framing. The baboon looks very interesting captured like that.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-03-16 14:16]

very nice portrait,
good zoo shot Greg, a well taken shot with very good ligh, very nice in pov, good job, I like it.
gr. jaap

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-03-17 2:31]

fajny portret,bdb jakość fotografii. Ciekawa nota. Podoba mi się wszystko.
Pozdr. Al.

Hello Greg!
Wonderful shot.Details are crisp clear and tack sharp.I liked 3D effect very much.Thanks for sharing.

Very nice capture! The texture of the hair is nicely defined on this well exposed subject. :)

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