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Portrait of gorilla

Portrait of gorilla
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/90 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Gorillas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-11 15:43
Viewed: 4884
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
This photo was taken at the Gramby zoo in Québec

Gorilla gorilla
The gorilla is a shy and, for the most part, inoffensive vegetarian -- a far cry from the fearsome, aggressive creature depicted in films and comic books. Only when provoked or threatened does it rise to an erect position and beat its cupped hands against its chest in an attempt to intimidate intruders. Gorillas are the largest and most powerful of the apes. Adult males reach an average height of 150-170 cm and weigh from 135 to 230 kg. Females are smaller, but both male and female are tremendously powerful, possessing the ability to tear branches from bushes and uproot small trees. They spend their days quietly, either in a leisurely search for food, or resting in the warm sun.

Unfortunately, these animals, native to the equatorial regions of Africa, are diminishing in number due, in part, to illegal hunting and advancing civilization. Also, laws prohibiting, rather than just controlling, the capture and sale of gorillas need to be passed and enforced in all countries within the species’ range.

Dave, SkyF, blakitan, jcoowanitwong, Alex99, mikou, loot, wallhalla15, livios, izler, RAP, touristdidi has marked this note useful
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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-11-11 16:28]

Looks like something straight out of a movie.
Great capture!
This one has a softness to the focus, but in this case I think it adds to the shot.
Very nice!



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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-11 17:02]

Salut Jean Paul
I have to agree this one looks like right out of the movies. Great portrait work with wonderful focus and lovely colors.

Bonjour Jeanpaul,
Nice potrait of this gorilla. I like his/her facial expression. May need to make some color adjustment, to make it more natural [unless you really want to present it this way]. Is it scanned from your printed photo?

Ben Lakitan

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  • kiwis Silver Star Critiquer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 0] (42)
  • [2006-11-11 18:34]

Bonsoir Jean-Paul,
Très beau portrait de ce gorille. Très belle photo. Merci pour ce partage.

Hello Jean Paul,
Nice showing of its imense size and mean looking. no wonder that we associate gorilla with aggressiveness. Great pov and exposure. TFS.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-11 22:58]

Hello jeanpaul

A lovely portrait of this gorilla.He looks very menacing.Good facial expression and pose.Well composed.There is a quality to the photo that gives it atmosphere.TFS


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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2006-11-12 1:59]

Excellent portrait de gorille J Paul, belle expression
bravo et merci


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-11-12 2:07]

Hi JP, this fellow looks like an old Gorilla and a very serious one too. Maybe King Kong. Good portrait, we can see his features really well. TFS

Hi Jean-Paul.
Great portrait.Very interesting look at,hereof perhaps already older monkey.I like POV,DOF and composition.Very good natural colours.Reach up am with about small edits(sending Workshop).
Thank you for sharing.
Greetings Milos

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-11-12 4:30]
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Hi there big, big monkey man. Sorry JeanPaul I meant the gorilla, not you.
I like the quality of this shot, although maybe a little soft it still show this animal in all its majestic beauty. One always tend to think gorillas are black the silverbacks often tend to display this brownish colour, especially on their heads.
Good work my friend and TFS.

C'est bizarre Jean-Paul la texture de cette photo. On dirait une photo tirée d'un documentaire ou d'archives hisotoriques. Je ne sais pas trop ce qui cause cet effet. J'aime bien l'expression que tu as capturé chez cet impressionnant gorille, la prise de vue et la composition. Merci,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-12 8:03]

Hi Jeanpaul.
Outstanding portrait of this great animal. It looks like portrait of King Kong from old (first) film "King Kong". Very nice captured moment, expression of eyes, cropping and artistic colour palette and contrast. Perfect done and TFS.

bonjour JEAN PAUL
là aussi on aurait presque peur, c' est assez impresionnant mais bien vu cette macro, bonnes couleurs et excellentes notes
merci de ce beau partage

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-11-12 14:15]

Bonjour Jean Paul, quel regard!! et le poing serré!! heureusement que le vitre est épaisse!! le fait qu'il soit vegétarien ne me rassure pas!! superbe cette photo, félicitations, Didier.

Hello Jeanpaul
Great shot of this gorilla. Great portrait.
The face really has expression and life.
It looks like a shot from an old movie.
Great composition, colors and details.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-11-12 18:15]

Jean Paul, what a pittly there aren't many of them anymore.

Lovely composition. A great portrait of this great guy.

The image has an artistic mood.

Hello Jeanpaul,
this ishis is an excellent portrait shot from the Gorilla man. Great sharpness, details and great POV. Very nice colours and bg too. This is a very nice composition and great note too. Thank you for sharing with us.

Il est superbe, plus beau que kingkong,et la description que vous en faite nous le montre beaucoup moins monstrueux. Thomas

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-11-13 11:19]

hello Jean Paul
is it anxious or nervous. i do not decide. composition, point of view, depth of field, frame and note are great. thanks for sharing.

Bonjour Jean-Paul !
Ces grands singes sont vraiment impressionnants, et très beaux. Ce portrait est très réussi, j'aime beaucoup son expression et son regard. Jolie composition et joli point de vue, c'est juste dommage qu'il y ait ce reflet sur la vitre... Cela reste néanmoins une magnifique photo, que j'aime beaucoup. Félicitations !

Great portrait of King Kong. Very well captured. TFS

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-20 14:09]

A strange effect for an interesting image my friend with great POV and framing.

I like it a lot: composition, framing, DOF, focus, POV, sharpness, color, lighting, background, notes.

I don't like it: nothing.

I have read that the bottom is produced by a glass, but it has generated a great composition.
Best wishes... Ricardo

They are awesome! So big!

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