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Old Soldier

Old Soldier
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Copyright: Phil Cannings (PhilC) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 25 N: 117] (551)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds, 100-400L is
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-12 16:44
Viewed: 4995
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This old soldier was photographed in Nairobi National Park in Kenya. He allowed a close approach and we were within about 20 metres of him.

We were told that at one stage he had to be rescued and taken into the verterinary facility because of injuries he had received fighting, and after that he had always remained in one particular area.

His face and body was scarred and although he seemed well fed the drool from his mouth made me wonder what he was thinking.

Regards - Phil . C.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-11-12 17:00]

Hello Phil,
I like this portrait a lot. Especially that you made it in the national park and not in the ZOO. It seems to me a bit overshapened/pixelised but the framing is perfect. Great POV!
Best greetings,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-11-13 2:41]

Hi Phil, I think he might have been drooling over your fresh blood!!
What a super portrait of this fellow, and more so because he is living in the wild. It must be so good seeing these animals in their natural habitat. Not like us who have to go visit a zoo to be able to see them.
I like your close cropping here, and his details and scars show up well. Thank you for sharing,

Hi Phiml,
An older guy..
Good compo.
Well done

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-11-13 13:42]

Hi Phil,
Nice portrait, I like the tight crop. Good sharpness and details visible (scars etc)
tfs paula

Hi Phil:

I am a big fan of the tight cropping on animal faces. I feel the colors of this picture are really well done (not washed out given the sun in late afternoon.) Your details and sharpness are also superb. I love the drool…ads character.

Great shot Phil, I like the tight crop, it clearly shows the scars and the drool. Well done, Rob

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