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Chimp behind bars

Chimp behind bars
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Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006-07-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 70-200F/4L + EF 1.4x II, Hoya Super HMC Pro1 67mm Sky1B
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/25 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Zoo animals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-04 9:34
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A chimpanzee in part of the enclosure at whipsnade.

I don't know why, but even though the enclosure has a very large grassy area outside with large climbing apparatus and a smaller play area inside, the chimps tend to spend most of their time in the ugly wire cage. Being underneath a large tree the light is pretty poor so not good for photography and I normally don't bother as it's difficult to get a good shot that's not just 'all cage'. Still, I took this one and I rather like it.
I used a 70-200mm lens and a 1.4x converter at full length, and with a 1/25 shutter speed (aperture priority) it is slightly blurred, even though I was bracing myself on a barrier. I guess I just don't have a steady hand!
Slight crop on the left, quite a bit from the right, sharpen. Converted to monochrome using channel mixer,then added sepia tone. Re-sized and then sharpened again. I have used rather harsh sharpening because of the blur but I also think it adds a suitable 'grain' to the photo.

I hope you like it.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-04 10:26]

Hi Andy,

I think this is a very strong portrait! Of course the wire fence is ugly, but in this picture it adds something extra. The fact you posted it in B/W was a very good choice. The POV and composition is great and the expression in the eyes of the chimp is so human-like. Wonderful shot. TFS!


Ps-The sharpening is indeed a little harsh, but works perfectly on the b/w image and for a full length shot at 1/25 the focus is pretty sharp. I think you got a steady hand alright!

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-08-04 13:53]

Hello Andy , What a details ,een beauty portret from the aap ,pov pose ar very good ,i like it , Good Weekend ,Teunie.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-08-04 14:29]

This is good Andy,
the fence the close shot, the crop, the fantastic scene, the atmosphere, well This is a very good job you did here,
gr. jaap

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-04 18:04]

Hi Andy,

I like this shot a lot, I think the B & W and the cage is very atmospheric and looks like it is telling a story. Great shot well done.

Regards Hilary

Hello Andy,
This is a fantastic image, but I'm sure the people at ZSL wouldn't like it!!
The Chimp has a sad look in those eyes, without the bars, this image would tell a different story.
You know, like I do that the animals at Whipsnade are cared for very well.
I really like the emotion you've captured in this image, excellent work on this one Andy. And B&W works a treat.

Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2006-08-05 17:08]

Hi Andy,

High impact, excellent post! Classic Rule-of-Thirds omposition, b+w, grain, choice of POV whith one eye half-disappearing behing the bar all work together to create a powerful portrait. Excellent!

On the strange preference: maybe the animals were raised in smaller enclosures/cages. Even if then given larger ones they tend to stay within the boundaries that they are used to. I have recently seen an example of brown bears in Olderdissen, Germany, who created a small trampled area within their huge wonderful enclosure about the size of their previous cage. It may well take months or years for cage-animals to adjust.


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-08-06 9:14]

This is a very moving portrait, Andy -- the expression and the bars compliment each other very well as do the dark atmosphere and relative lack of light in the face and eyes.

Hi Andy, I think this is a lovely post. I don't know why but the image of a chimp behind bars really does get to me. It is a little soft but that does not detract from this one for me. The monochrome look is great and those eyes look so soulful. Lovely image :)

Bella e significativa foto. Complimenti ciao gigicacco

Andy, I like how you seemed to be able to capture a bit of mood in the with the chimp. He seems to show much emotion, and I like this. In many of my photographs, this is something that I have a hard time with and end up relying on dumb luck to get anything close to this. You clearly have a knack for this.

I found the blur of the bars distracting on the eyes, although generally I very much like the presence of such artifacts because they often tell a story on their own and go a long ways to describe the scene. If the bars were merely out of focus, and not showing camera shake, you would have yourself a near perfect image.

In this particular photograph, I liked how the noise seemed to add something to the image. Often there is a tricky balance between the noise and image quality, but I think you pulled this off nicely. I think removing the colour helped you out a little here.

Overall, a very nice photograph. I have added it as one of my favourites.

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