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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon F100, AF-S VR Zoom-NikkorED 70-200mm f/2.8G IF, Fuji Velvia 50
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Natural stripes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-05 1:18
Viewed: 5720
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Equidae
Genus: Equus
Subgenus: Hippotigris
Equus zebra

Zebras (members of the Horse family), are native to central and southern Africa. All are white with vivid black stripes (hence the zebra crossing named after it) on the forequarters, often tending towards the horizontal at the rear of the animal. Originally, most zoologists assumed that the stripes acted as a camouflage mechanism, while others believed them to play a role in social interactions, with slight variations of the pattern allowing the animals to distinguish between individuals. A more recent theory, supported by experiment, posits that the disruptive coloration is an effective means of confusing the visual system of the blood-sucking tsetse fly.

A zebra can travel at a top speed of fifty-five kilometres per hour, slower than a horse. However, it has much greater stamina. During the course of a day the plains zebra can walk around forty kilometres (from its herd, and back again in the evening)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-05 2:57]

Hello Andrea,
Beautiful capture.I liked moment you caught,lighting and composition a lot.

Hello Andrea,
Exceptional view into the thorny plains of Africa and the beautiful form of the Zebra. Great lighting and strong image with the Zebras placed near the middle of the scene.

Hi Andrea,
A superb zebra image!
Great pose...
Pablo -

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-06-05 3:46]

Hello Andrea,

Very nice picture. Good contrast,which isn't easy, when combining black and white and colours this close!

Again, well done..


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-06-05 4:22]

Hi andrea,

The moment you caught here is tender and great. A real safariphoto. The background is a bit grainy but not really disturbing.
Great shot.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-05 4:43]

Hi Andrea,
Perfect! A great moment to capture, nicely framed, exposure and DOF are good. Beautiful natural light, and I like the two matching red bushes in the background. Excellent shot.

Hello Andrea,
Great composition and POV. Perfect light and contrast. Very well done. TFS

What a delightful composition you have created with these zebras sizing each other up, Andrea!
The POV is just fantastic.
The light has been used extremely judiciously and the details are perfect.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-05 7:28]

Hello Andrea,
what a lovely pose you captured. Very nice colors and lovely light. Nice sharpness and great details. Wonderful composition.

Hello Andrea, perefct capture. Great Job, on the colors, BG, POV, DOF, Just perfect TFS Kyle

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2006-06-05 11:00]


A great pose that you captured very well here. The Composition, POV and detail are all good. TFS,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-05 12:15]

Hi Andrea,
I like the moment to have captured! Good color, composition and pose!
TFS, José M.

ciao andrea.
E' proprio una bellissima scena di safari. sarebbe ancora più interesssante se, oltre all'asettica descrizione, tu che sei stato in quei posti raccontassi di più del momento. le zebre sono in una fase di corteggiamento? E' un semplice rapportarsi tra elementi dello stesso branco? oppure nient'altro che reciproca pulizia?

ciao Mario

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-05 16:59]

Hi Andrea,

Fantastic moment captured with excellent lighting and composition, very well done and TFS.


Hello Andrea
Beautiful lighting.

Very nice composition with good framing and lighting. I did a quick workshop to reduce the noise in the background - I hope you like it.

Hi friend!
Great moment, note, POV and colours!
Thanks Ana:)

Your zebras are doing a little mutual grooming, I'll scratch your back if you'll scratch my back. Domestic horses also do the same thing. It's really great to watch. It looks like they are taking a little break.

Nice shot Andrea, Colours, composition and detail are great....as usual. :) Janice

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-06-08 5:02]

Hi Andrea, I do like to see Zebra, but especially in the wild. Super capture of this pair resting on each other's back. Nice and sharp too. Well done,

What a wonderful moment you captured, I love the colors of the background and the pose of the Zebras, well done.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-06-20 3:33]

Andrea bonjour, belle attitude de ces deux zebres et couleurs trés chaudes qui evoquent la savane africaine. Bien composé , mes félicitations, Didier.

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