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Nose Job
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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon 400 5.6L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My photos @ Burgers' Zoo & Noorder Dierenpark [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-22 14:15
Viewed: 9482
Points: 39
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My third photo from my test day with the 400mm lens at Burgers' Zoo. As my previous, this one is taken at the safari section of Burgers' Zoo. This Rhinoceros was eating its breakfast but still found some time to pose for me.

I am certain this is a Ceratotherium simum (White Rhinoceros or Square-lipped rhinoceros) but I am not sure which subspecies. It is either the Southern White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum simum)or the Northern White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni). I am sure somebody will tell me.

The information I found interesting to read is that: The name White Rhino originated in South Africa where the Afrikaans language developed from the Dutch language. The Afrikaans word "wyd" (derived from the Dutch word "wijd"), which means "wide", referred to the width of the Rhinoceros mouth. Early English settlers in South Africa misinterpreted the "wyd" for "white"........Aint my language a difficult one? :)

Can anybody tell me why its upper horn is shaped in this strange way?

Tech talk: Shot on a heavy cloudy day. Monopod in RAW. Adjustment in white balance. Tweaked the levels and USM

loot, dew77, Evelynn, PDP, pablominto, Alex99, ellis49, scottevers7, Signal-Womb, SkyF has marked this note useful
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To Greenie: useful infoSunToucher 1 03-07 07:47
To ellis49: AGGGHH! I don't get itEvelynn 3 11-25 12:10
To Fisher: SettingsSunToucher 5 11-23 14:04
To ellis49: That's what I thoughtSunToucher 1 11-23 12:45
To loot: unknown territorySunToucher 1 11-23 03:26
To Evelynn: Full FrameSunToucher 1 11-23 02:10
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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-11-22 15:41]
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Hi Niek

So, now the landscape artist have become a big game hunter with that rapid firing Canon of yours. Great stuff, I like it. As you said in one of your earlier postings, you decided to seize your opportunity with the borrowed lens and for that you chose to shoot the animals in the zoo since they can not run away. By now I am sure you realise that it is still not a walk in the park as there still are many hiding places for the animals or they just donít want to stand where you want them to be. Anyway, you seem to have managed rather well and are now entertaining us with these lovely trophies you captured.

Your question about which sub-species this might be is not so easy, but I would risk my reputation (whatever) that it is probably a southern white rhino. The differences between the two sub-species are minimal and I doubt that anybody would be able to identify which is which by just looking at this photo. However, the northern sub-species are extremely rare and in 2000 it was estimated that there might be only 36 of these animals left. At least 30 of these were located in Garamba National Park located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The sad news is that over the last 2Ĺ years rampant poaching amid civil disorder has reduced the northern white rhino to between 5 and 10 animals. The remainder is surviving in the Sudan, but they are no longer a viable population either.

The crooked-horn phenomena are not so unfamiliar with rhinos, Iíve seen quite a number of rhinos that sport such twisters, but Iím not sure what the cause of it is. I will see if I can find anything on that and let you know. Rhino horn is made of keratin (just like our fingernails and hair) and has no healing properties. Maybe if one can answer the question why some people have ingrown toenails you might be close to answer why some rhinos have these odd shaped horns (chuckle).

Anyway, back to your photo. I like this tight cropped in-your-face vertical composition and the darkish disposition as it gives the photo a little bit of a temperamental quality. The details and colours are great.

Good work and TFS.

good shot

hi mario

That is a sharp lens Niek....and you are using it at full extension. I like the tight composition. Was this a full frame shot or did you crop it afterwards? Good color saturation,exposure, and nice DOF.

Evelynn : )

Hi Niek,
I have made a Workshop but the function is not activated.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-11-22 19:20]

Hi Niek,

It's well detailed and the composition is good. I think it would be nice with some sunlight, it all looks a little flat. For the conditions it's great! Well done.

I like the composition on this one, Niek. Good job with the face and the DoF works to isolate it pretty well. I'm a fan of fast shutter speeds at the zoo -- it looks like they're just standing around, but they're surprisingly active -- looking up, looking down...

Hello Niek,
Interesting portrait!
Very good details in this capture, fine skin texture...
The animal is well framed, nicely presented in tight cropping!
Pablo -

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-23 6:58]

Hi Niek.
I like your perfect portrait very much. Especially great colour palette and level of brightness. I think the workshop is well done too. But for your model, its soul and character more suites your colour decision. Cropping and details are also outstanding. Superb done and TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-23 10:32]

Hello Niek,
Very nice portrait.Well caught,framed and composed.POV,details,sharpness and lighting are wonderful.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2006-11-23 10:57]

Hi Neik

Great details in the skin,DOF and perfect sharpness too. His expression is a bit forlorn but then thats to be expected considering his plight. i don't really care for zoo's as i find them to be sad places mostly, despite some of thems best intentions.

Lovely portrait though, thanks.


Hi Niek,
it's a a very good portrait of the rhino.
I like the tight drop, good POV and pose,
Maybe a bit dark maybe 1/60sec has been the right here
And I think Mike had done some miscalculation,
if you count with the rule Sunny f16, the settings would be F5.6 and 1/60sec with 200 ISO on a dull day.
Very nice work,

Hi Niek,

Well done on the composition of the portrait. Interesting view of the horns.
On a Dull cloudy day your chosen ISO setting was 200, which would start at ISO 200= 1/250 at F16. Your chosen ap. therefore was 5.6 the widest opening for your lens. Your settings should have been ISO 200 as viewed and your settings would be 1/125 At F5.6, updated, i goofed the first time through, sorry.
On sunny day, the sunny rule for ISO 200 is
ISO 200 1/250 at F16
on a dull day the rule is
ISO 200 1/250 at F4
therefore, your setting is 1/125 at 5.6 it's a one stop closing.

This may help on the exposure of the rhino


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-11-23 15:48]

Hello Niek,
Greetings from Southern California!
My family and I came down for the Thanksgiving holiday and we got a chance to go to the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park. I saw many rhinos of both species roaming at the Wild Animal Park, but they were way too far for me to take any shots.
I really like your portrait of this amazing beast. Very sharp details and excellent POV. You did a good job of showing the features on his face really close-up. TFS. : )
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. : )

What a great capture.
Cannot tell you about its horn, sorry.
Most pleasant to see your "new" type of work.
You are good at this too.

Hi Niek,
I love your composition and tight framing on this shot. I think your settings were ok here. Colors and detail look great to me. The cloudy day allowed for some nice shadowless light which helped keep the contrast in check here.

Love the close composition on this Niek, good details and relief on the thick skin. I would increase the levels to brighten the image some. well done.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-11-24 11:30]

Hi Niek
Good Śportrait shot. Good colours, sharpnes, details, BG and POV.
Well done mf.


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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2006-11-26 11:42]

Hoi Niek,

Toepasselijke titel bij dit portret :-)
Wat ik een heel goed portret vind, erg mooi gedetaileerd en heel scherp, je ziet elke plooi in zijn huid.
Goeie achtergrond ook en een mooi subtiel frame.

Groetjes, Nel

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-28 7:00]

Hi Niek,
great portrait of this big fellow. Interesting all the texture in the rhinos skin. Great POV, and very well cropped.

Hi Niek

Just a couple of comments on the rhino. I also think that the shot is a bit dark but the composition is good. Ferran's workshop has done a good job in my mind.

A couple of comments in addition to those from loot about the species and the shape of the horn. I am 99.9% certain that this is a southern white rhino Cerototherium simum simum as the northern subspecies are in dire straits at the moment. With CITES regulations at present I imagine that a very good case would have to be made to relocate any individuals of the northern subspecies.

With regards to the horn shape. I have a possible explanation that might account for this. As Loot mentioned the horn is made of keratin (same as our fingernails). You will notice on the posterior horn that there is a small notch on the front of the horn where it beginds to bend.

As is often the case with rhino in captivity they tend to rub against various objects in their immediate surroundings. You woudl be able to confirm this but I am pretty sure that there are some heavy duty wire cables making up part of the rhino enclosure at the zoo. What has potentially happened is that the rhino has been rubbing his horn against one of these wires to such an extent that it has worn away the horn at this point. I imagine that although the horn is continually abraded here the part of the horn to the rear of this point still continues to grow effectively pushing the horn up and over in a forward angle.

I hope this helps.


Hello Niek,

Excellent shot! Looks like the rhino is coming right out of the frame. Sharply focussed and good composition. I like the bg too.

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