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Mom and I

Mom and I
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park 1, Family Matters 3, Full of tenderness / Pleine de tendresse [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-19 5:43
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Nyala / Tragelaphus angasii

I am still very preoccupied with our pending Kruger National Park trip during October month. It's so close I can almost "taste" & "smell" it and I just-about can not wait anymore. Oh, I'm so impatient to maintain patience.

I have posted images of this beautiful buck with its prominent features on two occasions before and therefore thought if would be unnecessary to repeat all the information given at the previous postings.

I do however want to share with you this image taken at the Bhejani hide in the iMfolozi Game Park. Personally, I feel that the atmosphere captured here is one of innocence and tranquillity, and that of a special bond between the Nyala ewe and her youngster while drinking water. I thought that these two where the perfect models and was just being themselves and part of nature just as it should be. Everything in this image seemed just right and they both appeared to be very relaxed and at ease.

This is one of my personal favourite photos which I have captured thus far.

I hope you enjoy looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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Beautifull immage of this nice family.Interesting colours.I like verry much this photo.Friendly regards.Alin.

Hello Anna,

An outstanding close-up indeed with beautiful coloration, sharpness & very nice details. Those stripes, Large ears & eyes are just wild superb. Great POV, pose & composition.

Very nicely done & TFS.

Best wishes


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-19 6:01]

Hello Anna,
Wow.... this is superb! I can imagine this is one of your favourites. The colours are so clear and well saturated. The sharpness is more than excellent with lovely details. Great fontal POV with eye-contact, DOF and a fantastic composition. High quality!

Anna, you have already articulated my feelings in your note.
How fortunate you are to be living in a country that is a legend unto itself as a wild life paradise!
I love this pair of Mom and daughter.
They look so innocent. Wish I could coddle them!
Don't get too frantic in your preparations for the forthcoming visit to KNP.

great shot for a wonderful specie.
Good composition and scene

Hi Anna
great compo and very vivid colors, good eyecatch
great tfs

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-19 7:51]

Hi Anna. Firstly thanks for your kind comments. I can see why this is one of your favorite pictures . I just love the pose with the pair looking over to you. Dont the stripes and large eras stand out. Taken with fine detail and rich colours. Well done TFS.

I love "family" type nature photos, if they include water and reflections so much the better. This is a very pleasing photo, perfect sharpness, great point of view, everything just right. Well done, Anna!

Hello Anna,

What a fine shot of mother and child.
I just love that thety are looking at the camera, as if posing, so we can clearly see the details of their face markings as well as those on the body.
The images are sharply focussed and beautifully presented in this fine composition.

Have a good w/e,
Bev :-)

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2009-09-19 10:09]

This is an amazing "two shot" Anna. I like the details and positioning. Great work capturing the image. I wish you could have captured their complete reflection, though ( reflections are on my mind lately).

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-09-19 10:15]

Wonderful family!!!
Great sharpness details, lovely colors.

Hello Anna,
This creature has fascinated me through out. I like the eye contact, POV, details & sharpness. TFS
Regards Subhash Ranjan

Mom...I understand...but I???
Great capture, very sharp, lovely colors.

Hy Anna
I imagine your impatience considering your trip. And I am wandering how blessed you should be to leave quite closer to that park and not to have the opportunity to see great wild life. A very good portret of this mother with her cub,a calm moment photographed here.
Kind regards, Oana

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-09-19 12:13]

Hello Anna.
This is really a peaceful image.
Nice timing and poses.
Well done.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-09-19 12:37]

Hello Anna
Very well capture, I like colors and excellent details

Hi Anna,

Great capture of the Happy Family :) Both of them look so cute and adorable. They can be influential models in the animal world :)

Wonderful details. The colors are so awesome and the sharpness is very done. The water adds another piece of beauty to the picture.

Well done, my friend.

Have a nice weekend!
best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-09-19 13:16]

Hello Anna.
This is an absolutely lovely image. Beautiful animals, beautiful capture. Sharp details, gorgeous colors, fantastic composition.
Best regards Siggi

Hallo Anna,
Great capture, composition & POV, beautiful colours, excellent sharpness and nice details. Interesting especies.
TFS & best regards. Happy weekend.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-09-19 16:37]

Hi Anna,

Mom and Baby are absolutely beautiful. They are posing together so nicely at the water's edge. It's amazing how alike their faces are. The colors and stripes are wonderful and I love the white outlines of their ears. The reflections of their legs in the water is a bonus. Clarity and composition are excellent. How I wish I was going to Kruger with you!


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-09-19 17:31]

Hello Anna,
What a beautiful pair you post today, they are truly a gorgeous sight to see. I don't remember ever seeing this particular type of antelope before.
They seem to have such a peaceful look to them as they pose so well for you. Super detail, color and exposure!! Well done!!
PS...After viewing your image I had to see what the Buck looked like compared to the female. I was totally surprised to see that the Buck has a completely different look to him.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-09-19 21:46]
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Hi Anna,
These two are just beautiful.
Nature has bestowed upon them striking markings and lovely colors.
You captured them in a perfect eye contact and sharpness.
They do not seem to be the least bit alarmed by your presence, though they obviously acknowledged you.
Such gorgeous creatures.
I am so excited for you. Can't believe it is that time of year again... for you and Loot to go off on your annual trek through Kruger Park.
Wish I could go with you. : )
Have a wonderful time, my friends.

hello Anna
I am enjoy very much to see this great capture. you nicely captured them. especially eyes contact perfect. they look very lovely. focus, colors, composition and exposure great as like reflection. thanks for sharing this beauty. best regards to you and Loot.

Hello Anna,
Mother and child are good subject for photographing. You did great with these two female Nyalas. The image is sharp and crystal clear. TFS,

Hello Anna!
This is very interesting capture and very nice documentary photo. Living in Central Poland I have not too many possibilities to see African animals, even here in TN gallery. This family picture looks really nice.
Anyway, I think that a little less sharpness would be good :>
All the best,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-09-20 3:25]

Hello Anna, Hope all fine at your end. I tried calling you twice but it went into the voice mail. Never mind I am back and hope all okay at your end. This is a superb shot. The expression on the face shows the feeling. The reflection is very good and much highlighted here. Wonderful shot. Ganesh

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-20 3:27]

Hallo Anna,

This exceptional image.
With some beautiful colors, and a good BG ... simply wonderful. Nice family, mother and child.
Have a beautiful Sunday,

hello Anna
you have made a great vertical composition with good light
and super sharpness with good details
beautiful colours to
thanks for your kind comments

greeting lou

hello Anna
very beautiful scene and moment, you impressed the surprise in their faces, good output in colours, intense and vivid,very fine photo
TFS thanks for sharing

Ciao Anna, beautiful capture of lovely family, wonderful reflections, splendid natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Ciao Anna. An excellent contrast and perfect natural lightning colours. Amazing reflections and DOF.


Hello Anna
a lovely shot of this Nyala und his youngster, i love her pose with great eye contact and the colors of her fur, excellent sharp details and beautiful environment
Have a good night

Hello Anna
I'm amazed a the diversity Africa has to offer. Again you share two beautiful and unique looking Nyala with great detail and colour in their natural habitat. Keep up the great work.
TFS Janice

Hello Anna! Wonderful scene, nice light and bright, good contrast, very good colours. Well done!

Hallo Miss Piggy,
This a a very nice picture of a beautiful animal.
I like the big ears and the white stripes on the fur.
The picture is well composed with a fine pose and nice reflections, pity that we can see all of it.
Good sharpness with lots of details. natural colours and light.
Very fine work, my friend.
I'm very jealous, KNP is still a dream for me.
Send my best greetings to my very good friend Loot.
I got his picture, I thought all Africans animals are wild but now I hesitate and have my doubts. ;-))

Watch out for kroks...good picture. Regards Istvan

Hello Anna, excellent and lovely shot of a mom and her cute baby buck. Great eye contact. Nice composition, details and colours.
TFS and regards,

Hi Anna, Another great and lovely capture from you. Wonderful scene! their poses are in harmony:) cute!
TFS and cheers,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-09-21 10:24]

Beautiful Anna, really. This pair have been caught in fine details and a very endearing pose! . I wish i had access to the sheer variety of wildlife you have over there, thanks for sharing it with us!

Hi Anna,
It is wonderful to read that you are planning yet another trip to Kruger. I hope that you and Loot will return with wondeful photos. we are ofcourse expecting many photos of this trip in the near future. And I hope that some of them will be taken with early morning light.
You've captured mom and youngster most wonderfully. The eye contact is great and their reflection makes the photo special. The details in both are excellent and the exposure control is good.

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2009-09-21 12:31]

Hi Anna,
Excellent photo, Very nicely done & TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-09-21 15:26]

Hi Anna,this is a very artistic way to show this beautiful couple.A top quality pic in a wonderful composition,the reflections in the water and the impressive sharpness was decisive to create a best result as possible.My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano.

I know I've missed a few shots of yours, Anna>
I was busy with Caroline, she's just not improving!
This is a lovely shot of these Nyala> I feel all mother-offspring shots portray the best of nature and her emotions!
Very well done!

Hi Anna,
I notice that you use your compact camera to full effect here. The Zeiss lens is certainly part of your secret weapon for such a powerful portrait of the Nyala. The animals obviously noticed you, but you seem to be experienced for this kind of photography. Niiice!
My best regards

Excelente captura de animales muy bellos en una acertada composición...saludos

Hello Anna,

you show us the one after one very nice pictures from mammals.
This one also very cute with mother and child.
I like the white stripes on the fur.
Good pov and details with beautiful warm colours.


Hello Anna,

Wow! What a lovely scene! You did a great composition including the legs reflection. Personnally it is the first time I see such an antilope! The word Nyala saying nothing to me, I verified the french name for Tragelaphus angasii and guess what? It is also Nyala in french! So for me it is a new mammal species on earth ;-)

Great job and TFS!


Gracias por tus amables comentarios Anna. Normalmente aprovecho estos para contestar si no tengo ganas ese dia de ir viendo fotografías.
Tu toma, tal como indican las votaciones, es una captura excepcional por la vida que emana, por la luz, los reflejos, los colores y la actitud de esos dos mamíferos. Precioso trabajo.
Un abrazo desde España: Josep Ignasi.

hello Anna

how come i miss this photo !
this is the kind of photos that i love and i have a special theme for that,
another of your wonderful photos, fine frontal POV, a wonderful
eye-contact of both Mommy and baby, fine focus excellent sharpness and details,



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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-09-24 20:42]

Hi Anna,
lovely shot of these two. I like the details especially the white stripe.
The reflection too is very complemntary to the composition.
well composed with their faces looking at you.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-24 22:43]

Hello Anna,
What a beautiful species of antelope the Nyala is! This is a great capture of a female and her kid, the POV being superb to show their colours and pattern with excellent sharpness and lighting against a natural contrasting BG.
This is a delight to view and thanks for sharing it.
Best regards,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-09-25 15:25]

Hola Anna.
Como es costumbre en Tus trabajos aqui otra bella imagen lograda en sus viajes al Parque natural Kruger. Desde siempre he querido visitar esos lugares y admirar la riqueza en flora y fauna de este bello pais que es Africa.
Saludos Y gracias por compartir.

great family pic, TFS Ori

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-09-30 7:46]

Hello Anna,
This is indeed a fabulous capture of these beautiful animals! They look so elegant standing there together and watching you. Excellent timing and very fine details of their markings and colours. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Anna,
a fantastic picture, i like the intense eye contact in a very charming scene, superb sharpness and marvellous natural colours, very well composed.
Best regards

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2009-10-02 13:56]

Hi Anna
A lovely candid shot...Well captured...TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-10-22 9:32]

Hi Anna.
Wonderful three-dimensional picture of an amazing pair of charming animals. Transparency of the image is exceptional, colours are awesome. Composition of the shot is stunning and details are ultimate. Bravo. Once more terrific shot from you. My compliments and best regards.

Bonjour Anna
Ces mammifères sont splendides ! je ne les connaissais pas...
Leurs teintes, et leurs postures sont vraiment naturelles.
Merci amicalement

Hello Anna,

This is a lovely family scene!
Several good qualities, eye-catching is the apparently coordinated pose and the partial reflection in the pond...
The animals are beautiful, lovely colours and of course the distinct stripes pattern!

Pablo -

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-10-30 5:00]

Hello Anna,
Somehow I missed this wonderful and charming picture. It is true that in this picture everything seems to be jusr right, like nature should be. And these animals seem to be very elegant creatures. I have to go once down there..I'm dreaming :-)
Have a nice afternoon
Kind regards

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2009-10-30 17:40]

Hello Anna,
What a lovely couple here of mother and child. Even in nature we can find that tender moment between the love of a mother and a child trust completely. You are right there to witness the moment. They are a little shy and timit it seem, but not disturb by your presence. Beautifully composed with good sharpness, good clarity, lovely colors of the their fur of golden brown. Very nice reflection too. Thanks Anna. Have a wonderful weekend.

Hi Anna,

The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the nyalas at the water point. The subject is well framed. The afternoon light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2009-11-11 13:19]

Te agradezco la crítica y comparto contigo la admiración por las maravillas de la naturaleza, Anna. Desde Argentina, mis felicitaciones por esta hermosa captura de estos antílopes Nyala, retratados con una nitidez extraordinaria -parecen recortarse del fondo de la fotografía... Me causa risa pensar que nosotros, Paula -mi mujer- y yo, en general retratamos distintos aspectos de nuestro minúsculo jardín de ciudad, que se especializa en cáctus, mientras "vos" (los argentinos decimos "vos" en vez de "tu") tenés por jardín a Africa del Sur... ¡Guauuu! Ya haremos una expedición nosotros a nuestra Argentina salvaje y te mostraremos algo más que nuestro humilde pero amado jardín de plantas del desierto. Besos. HERNAN (nanreh)

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