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A Family Portrait

A Family Portrait
Photo Information
Copyright: Way Lim (waylim) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03
Categories: Mammals
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Family Matters 2, CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-17 9:47
Viewed: 6854
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A family of chimpanzees in Sweet Waters Reserve is a 24,000-acre Game Reserve.
These chimpanzees are rescued from poachers and placed here in the sanctuary.

Wikipedia: Chimpanzee, often shortened to chimp, is the common name for the two extant species of apes in the genus Pan. The better known chimpanzee is Pan troglodytes, the Common Chimpanzee, living primarily in West, and Central Africa. Its cousin, the Bonobo or "Pygmy Chimpanzee" as it is known archaically, Pan paniscus, is found in the forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Congo River forms the boundary between the two species. Chimpanzees are members of the Hominidae family, along with gorillas, humans, and orangutans, and the two chimpanzee species are the closest living relatives to humans.
A full grown adult male chimpanzee can weigh from 35-70 kilograms (75-155 pounds) and stand 0.9-1.2 meters (3-4 feet) tall, while females usually weigh 26-50 kg (57-110 pounds) and stand 0.66-1 meters (2-3˝ feet) tall.

Cropped to focus more on the chimps.
Brighten and sharpen slightly.
10 % saturation.

vanderschelden, earthtraveler, NinaM, Luis52, CeltickRanger, JPlumb, kmr13777, Adanac, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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Hi Way,
One could be puzzled about the tight cropping.
No, not really. Very sharp image; excellent depth of field. Technically not easy.
Well done

Hi Way,
What a hoot this Chimp family is! Wonderful clarity, comp and light. Crop is a bit close for me but I don't know what the surrounding were. Well done Tfs Richard

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-17 10:48]

A great, bright and sunny picture, filled with joy and natural poses, Way. I like it, it is so clear and sharp, with natural colours and those chimpanzees posing for you, god they look like us! Thanks a lot,


Hi Way.
Excellent pic with the baby on mamas back and checking out the food. Great sharp image with good composition. TFS

amazingly human family, TFS Ori

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-17 13:28]

Hi Way,
this is so precious, what a wonderful composition on this family portrait.
Sharpness is great and the details are great.
Very well done.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-17 19:37]

Hi Way.
Great image here My friend. High quality lavels. The family in vacations. I like it.

Hello Way,
Excellent portrait of a Chimp family!
the exposure and focus is spot on with good sharpness, colour and details
well done
best regards

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-03-17 23:49]

Hi Way, very good sharp image of this family of chimps. The colour is very natural looking, the composition with the two parents looking towards you works well. Good control of your lighting, though it looks as if it might have been harsh, and all of it nicely wrapped up and presented in that very neutral frame.

Thanks, John

hello Way

what a lovely shot of th family portrait, excellent POV,
lovely luminosity of the image, excellent sharpness and details,
the baby is so cute and i love the eye-contact of the parents, TFS


Hi Way,
Great composition, detail and perfect light. They are infact posing for you :)


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-19 5:35]

Hello Way,
The detail you have captured in this wonderful portrait are incredible. The watchful eyes of the parents are glued to you as they accept the food offering. The sweet baby clinging to its' mom for safety, the whole composition is wonderful, thank you Way.

Exelente foto meus parabéns por esta magnifica foto.

Incredible sharpness... What lens are you using? ... must be a prime??? 300mm or 400mm f/2.8 or maybe the 70-200 f2.8???? Those are my guesses. Beautiful work...

Evelynn : )

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-27 7:23]

Hello Way

Wow this is wonderful.
It looks like they are not sure how they should pose for you.
The focus is spot on with excellent detail.
Very good use of the natural lighting.


Hello Way,
iconically well presented, emotionally touching portrait of a family of chimpanzees. Perfectly clear, perfectly well focussed and framed to achieve a presentation of great density. Thank you!
With best regards,

Hi Way,lovely photo, well done, the timing is just great
very well managed

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