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Majestic horns

Majestic horns
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Copyright: Willem Botha (whjb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus E-300, Sigma 55-200mm 1:4-5.6 DC, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): !Horns; big, long or otherwise, Mammals of Southern Africa II, !!! STOLEN PHOTOS !!! I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-27 8:16
Viewed: 8569
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) one of the most striking and beautiful of the antelopes, the greater kudu lives in central and southern Africa, in rocky hill country or on brush-covered plains. Farmers in areas inhabited by the kudu must take into account, when building their fences, the animal’s ability to easily leap obstacles 2.5 m in height.

The male's magnificent spiral horns can reach up to 168 cm in length and are highly prized trophies. Kudus frequently use their horns in “wrestling” matches, locking them together and then trying to push or wrestle the opponent into submission. They have also been observed in a form of play, tossing broken branches into the air with their horns and catching them as they fall.

In addition to man, kudus are preyed upon by lions, leopards, and wild dogs.

This photo was taken in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

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Hello Willem,
Normally I don't give 1 point. 2 or nothing in my policy:-).
But here I make an exception: good pic but you have to clone that distracting tree in the BG IMO.
It will be an excellent photograph. All the rest is excellent.

Hi Willem,
a very nice picture of this shy animal. Agree with Annic, the tree in the BG is a bit distracting and maybe the branches to the right too, but thats nature.
The antler is great. Good POV and details.
Well done.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-10-27 9:56]

Hola Willem
Hermosa fotografía en la que se destaca de forma especial la imponente cornamenta del gran kudú. Muy buen enfoque, composición, punto de vista y luminosidad. Me gusta mucho.

Nice photo and nice kudu, well captured.

The pic is nice and sharp and the exposure very good. The twigs on the right might be slightly distracting.


amazing, these animals are always surprising and so beautiful, TFS Ori

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-27 11:46]

Hi Willem,

well captured this kudu,good POV and sharpness,a pity the tree was there,but a perfect composition,


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-27 14:39]

Great POV and you are right they are majestic horns



Hello Willem,
Perfect close up, I like the symmetry of the face and horns. Beautiful warm tones and composition. A great job

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-27 23:11]

Hello Willem

A lovely shot of this very alert kudu.Those horns are very impressive.Good job on the DOF and POV.You must have been able to get fairly close to your subject.He stands out well against the wonderful BG.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-28 3:37]

Wow, a magnificent portrait of this kudu.
They are such gorgeous animals...
And those horns are really amazing.
You showed the beauty of this head in perfect symmetry.
TFS. : )

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-10-29 10:21]

Hello Willem , A Great portret from this antilope beauty horns colours pov details i like it , Greetings Teunie .

Hi Willem,
How could I miss this photo before, perhaps It was posted on the day I did not check TN.
Excellent shot. Great DoF, superb sharpness, very neat image, and nice natural colors. Very nicely composed picture.

Ben Lakitan

Wow...now that's what I call a set of horns! Aren't they spectacular? Having a straight on pose really showcases them. It is such a great shot that if it were mine I would clone out the tree and twigs and frame this one. it is just fun to look at.

Evelynn : )

Nice portrait, Willem.
Beautifully sharp, and I'm happy you didn't apply the rule of thirds here ;-). The almost symmetrically view suits the picture very well. Just a tad more light on the left would've been welcome, but it is not that easy to talk kudus into doing what you want ;-), I know.

Hello Willem,
Very nice shot you've captured great!!!
Outstanding composition with amazing Kudu, delicate details,nice POV and DOF.
Well done, Willem.
Regards and TFS,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-14 3:30]

Hello Willem,
Really wonderful close-up of this beautiful antelope. The light coming from the side is very effective and the sharpness superb! Beautiful colours all over but the tree and the branch on the right spoil a bit - they can easily be cloned away.
TFS, Ulla

Hello Willem,
A fine portrait with great details!
Good DOF gives fine isolation of the subject, beautiful colours and pleasant sharpness in the animal...
Good attentive pose from your model!
Pablo -

Thank you Paul Kruger; thank you Willem Botha!

What beautiful symmetry in this shot.

Kudos for the kudu!

Greetings, ;j.

PS1 The tree in the B/G adds depth.

PS2 I have recently added Themes ...
I have included your antelope! Can you find it?

PS3 I am still using this shot as the background screen photo on my laptop computer.
IF you find a Toilet Seat Buck's Backend, I will put that on my desktop computer... ;)

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