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Gorilla beringei beringei IV

Gorilla beringei beringei IV
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of Africa I, CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 2, Gorillas on freedom [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-30 14:37
Viewed: 19678
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

In the photo we can see Umurimo (oo-moo-reemo) female of the group Umubano (oo-moo-baano) formed by 9 members, Charles is the big Silver Back.

A very difficult photo by the conditions of light, and by the environmental humidity in a rainy day and a rainy forest.

Other Mountain gorrilla Zirikana and your mother Umurimo

This picture is taken in the Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda. Original format.

Tv 1/80
Av 5.6
ISO 1600
Focal 375.0 mm

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hello Ferran

excellent portrait photography of the Gorilla
with the tight framing (cadrage sérré) i love it,
great sharpness and details, i love his glance
and the colour of his eyes, TFS


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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2009-01-30 15:42]

Hi Ferran

even with a 400mm lens it's not easy to get some details as you did here.. I think you was very close to the monkey :)
good details even if with a crop..
At first time I saw the photo I though that maybe a B&W version could be better, but I really don't know... You could loose the beautiful eyes colors..



Hello Ferran,
Great close up, wonderful details and textures, lovely expressive eyes, nicely done.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-30 16:33]

Hi Ferran,

You must have been right in his face. The eyes are a definite scene stealer. Colors are wonderful. Nice details and textures of the monkey's face. Hairy, isn't he?


Hello Ferran,
Some monkeys do have fascinating eyes or is it 'cause it's a female?:-)
Good focus but depth of field could be a tad less shallow? Easy to mention...
Quite an experience to be so close to such an animal...


What an opportunity! I've read a National Geographic article about the Silver Backs and here you are, posting a picture of one! I am sure this was a thrill to visit one of the groups and share the same space with them. Must be an unforgettable experience. TFS!

Best Regards,


Hi Ferran,
Good capture showing deep expression in those eyes. By your camera settings one appreciates the weather conditions, Well done!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-30 22:38]

Hello Ferran,
A superb close eye-to-eye capture of a female Mountain Gorilla taken with exceptional clarity in the poor light.
Well done and TFS!
Best regards,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-30 23:50]

Hello Ferran,

Impressive portret of the gorrila you have made. The eyes of the animal have such a human look. Despite the difficult lighting condition you have rendered very well the colors of fur, skin and especialy eyes.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-31 0:18]

Hello Ferran,
Great portrait shot , great sharpness and DOF, well captured too. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

wow , impressive portrait of a gorrilla ! I like it very much !
perfect angle , beautiful and fine details , good light and nice colours ,
great POV ,
very well done !

Ciao Ferran,
meraviglioso ritratto di questo Gorilla di montagna, mi piace molto il POV frontale "aggressivo" e il taglio compositivo chiuso, eccellente nitidezza e magnifiche tonalità dei colori con una perfetta leggibilità.
TFS. Buon week end.

Hi Ferran,
A nice abstract of this Gorilla face. Superb eye expression captured. Sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Ferran
Impressive close up on the intensive glance of this gorilla
Very well presented

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-31 7:23]

Hello Ferran,
Great presentation of this special portrait in fantastic details. Impressive eyes. Beautiful natural colours.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-31 11:14]

Hi Ferran,
Beautiful portrait.I liked tight framing,details and his look a lot.
Thanks for posting.

hello Ferran
great picture
good details nice head
greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-31 12:01]

Hi Ferran. Its all in the eyes and you have taken them so well . The detail in the skin is amazing it looks like leather with a shine. The colour in the eyes is beautiful. so very well taken TFS

Hi Ferran

Just a espetacular portrait, right in the eyes. The sharp is impeccable, the expression is inside the catch.

Beste regards


hello Ferran
what a impressive look!!
You have taken this portrait of gorilla with great sharpness with nice details on his face
have a good WE

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-01 13:06]

Hello Ferran !
Wow, what a great picture ! I love the look in this gorilla's eyes, she has a very intense stare. The details and texures of the skin have also be very nicely captured, and I love the tight crop. Even if the conditions were difficult, you bought out a wondeful picture. Mut have been great to be face to face with this gorilla. Very well done !

Hi Ferran, superb capture in all aroun MF! l love her lovely eyes. TFS and cheers,

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-02-07 9:27]

Hi Ferran
great portraid
well done.

Hi Ferran,

also a great monkey portrait picture.

Good of details and beautiful colours.


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