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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Kruger National Park 1, Intimate Portraits, Vanderschelden's Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-03 3:05
Viewed: 4076
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
..maybe time to post one of 'the big 5'.
Maasai people call em 'Black death' and if they spot this fellow, they walk in a big circle around him.
Day 9 (9/20)in Kruger National Park.

In the evening after downloading images, I wrote down most of the days a few notes indicating the followed route, weather, special meetings,...
So reading this now, I figured out this image is taken on my way back on the S141 as I couldn't get through as there was too much water on that road at one spot. Thus it was the area close to the Mingerhoutdam and Nwanedzi river.
Weather was hot and there were more insects than in the previous days; probably due to the hot weather after the rain...
Average rainfall there: between 500-600mm which is a bit above average in KNP.
Geology: normally Kruger's geology is relatively straightforward; western half mostly granite and eastern half basalt, seperated by a thin strip of sedimentary rock. Guess it must be situated more or less on that strip maybe already granite.

Buffalo in image looks a bit like he's been to long in Woodstock; the grasses are still there; but seriously, these fellows can charge unexpectedly.

And I had to put the engine off and hold my six kg lens through the car opening, so it was always a little 'pfff...' when finished.

When you are on a gravel road and you meet a few of these fellows standing a bit further away in the middle of the road and their only reaction is lifting their head and looking and keep on looking at you the way this one does and if you have the knowledge you just met a few of these fellows 100 meter or so backwards along the road, happy you got safely through...then it is really "ohoooh..."!

Known as one of the "big five" in Africa, the African Buffalo is widely regarded as a very dangerous animal, as it gores and kills several people every year. Buffalo are sometimes reported to kill more people in Africa than any other animal, although the same claim is sometimes made of Hippopotami or Crocodiles. Buffalo are notorious among big game hunters as very dangerous animals, with wounded animals reported to ambush and attack pursuers.

Hope you like my Buffalo; he's all yours;-)
Have a nice day.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
12/10/2007 09:33:54
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EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
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Tone Curve : Standard
Sharpness level : -
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Sharpness : 3
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-03 4:29]

Hello Annick,
Nice peaceful view of one of the most dangerous animals in the world!
Great frontal view portrait with excellent sharpness and lighting against a pleasing blurred natural BG.
TFS and have a good weekend,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-03 4:46]

Hi again Annick

Another splendid shot from you and that huge but impeccable lens of yours...i think your trip there was quite a workout: lifting that 6 kg lens up and down all day...beats going to the gym :))
Anyway, the close-up here is formidable presenting this apparently calm animal, but very dangerous for the ones how know it and, worse, meet it.
The pose you captured this one in is again outstanding and that pile of grass in his mounth makes it look a bit funny.
However, there's nothing funny when examining his horns - big and old, they look like some impressive weapons when dealing with big cats, hyenas or of course humans.
Splendid work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

what a cool buffalo! :-) excellent close portrait with wonderful details and great sharpness.
the horns are very impressive and the ears too, looks like someone took a bite out of them.
well done & best wishes, thor.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-03 6:01]

A perfect timing choice to take the pic,perfect details and sharpness,best whishes,Luciano

Hello Annick!

An excellent photo of this big "Black death", in composition, POV, DOF light and colour! TFS.

great pic, no need for a frame, TFS Ori

Hi Annick
great portrait of this old bull

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-11-03 8:03]

It's wonderful... I like grass in its mouth - it looks so peaceful like a cow in the field... Amazing sharp and detail - as usual in your photo. Good background and light.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-03 8:13]

Hallo Annick,
Erg indrukwekkende foto. Of hij zo je auto binnenstapt. Fantastische natuurlijke kleuren em perfecte scherpte. Prachtige achtergrond en compositie.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-11-03 9:59]

Bonjour Annick,

Beau portrait de ce spécimen.Bravo pour la netteté et l'éclairage.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-03 10:20]
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Hi Annick.
Very impressive portrait of this guy. Especially I like the quality of the texture reproduction. You managed to create a true three-dimensional picture of high quality. Bravo and TFS.

Hi Annick,
No need to ask if you had a good holiday as I have been looking at your postings from Africa.
I am looking forward to some more as they are superb.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-03 10:29]

Hi Annick
Beautiful portrait of that buffalo.Lovely natural colors .Very sharp image whit excellent details.Very nice eye's contact.
TFS Michel

Hello Annick
Wonderful portrait of this Buffalo :o)
Perfect composition,pose and exposure,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-03 12:45]

Hi Annick,
very impressive clarity and detail in this one, you get a real sense of the texture of each of the different surfaces. Fascinating to study, excellent work.

Hello Annick,
A splendid portrait shot you bring here!!
Wow! An amazing details and sharpness with very good compostion and POV!
Lovely natural colors are also great!
Well done and TFs,
Best wishes,

Thank you for the gift... I'm not too sure I'd really want him... too close... The photo however is fantastic. You always seem to get more than just a portrait. There is always more "life" in your shots. The turn of the head, the expression and the mouthful of grass makes it a great shot... along with the technical excellence.

Evelynn ; )

Hi Annick, superb portrait with splendid details, great colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-04 1:17]

Hi Annick,
a superb shot of this buffalo.
Those horns look very formidable!
+++ The clarity s top-class, conserving a tonne of detail and keeping the edges crisp. A striking head-on POV that has excellent eye-contact.
An effective central composition.
--- Nothing :D
Well done,

Hi Annick,
You have obtained a wonderful picture of the most dangerous animal of Africa, very good photo
Salutacions cordials

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-04 10:19]

Hello Annick

A wonderful portrait of this buffalo.I did not realize they were so dangerous.
The focus is spot on with exquisite details.
The lighting is excellent and the colours are natural.
I really like the composition,and OOF BG.
The capture of this grazing buffalo gives it a nonchalant look.
Well done.


Once again the detail is superb. A bonus to catch him eating and staring at your camera.

Seems to say: "Don't mess with me!". Great to see an animal like that upclose and personal. Especially from the comfort of your own home... ;)
As always excellent detail, light and pose! Keep 'em coming!
Cheers, Klaus

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-11-06 10:45]

Hallo Annick , Een prachtige foto ,wat een inposante kop ,mooi beest , volgens mij stoorde je hem bij zijn ontbijt , maar hij ging graag op de foto , heel mooi ,Groeten Teunie .

Hi Annick,
Fine image of this guy.
The beat up horns tell the story.
Great composition of this close view.
TFS and the note

Ha Annick,

Schitterend portret van deze Buffel
ik zou hier ook met een grote boog omheen lopen maar u legt hem eerst vast op foto om hem vervolgens rustig verder te laten grazen.

TFS Thijs

Hi Annick,
Wonderful picture, hope to see this as two page spread in some magazines soon :) You have captured this wild animal in a deceiving calm mood. The green grass adds the needed colour to the great texture.
TFS, Regards, Anil

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