Learning The Ropes
welcome back from your adventure in KNP, it's great to see you again, my friend.
This is a great family picture with a nice moment of learning.
Well composed with good pose and POV, the details and exposure are spot on. And I like the simple colour tones.
Very well done.
Kia ora my friend - I hear that South Africa won the Rugby World Cup!!
I am pleased a Southern Hemisphere team won - and once the ABs went out with a BANG, we did start to barrack for SA. And actually, reading those 'visual communications' I get the feeling that the AB's HAKA is a bit like behaving like these baboons.
But, I love the interaction here of Mama holding onto the vine to steady it while Babe climbs it.
It's a super image Loot, and Welcome Back!
hi loot, nice to see you back again! :-) i hope all is well.
terrific family-shot of mom and baby baboon, amazing to see that
she is holding the branch for the little one to climb on.
so, this is not just a technically perfect shot, but even very
interesting and educational. well done & hope to see more of KNP, thor.
- wishnugaruda (19365)
- [2007-11-11 2:35]
that's soooo cute, I'm so happy to see shots like this in free nature which we are only able to see in a zoo. But I think the behavior there is different. This scene is so lovely, to see how the baby is trainig and the mother takes care, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda
- darwin (1401)
- [2007-11-11 2:38]
Wonderful moment you captured
Excellent presentation and detail
- Kathleen (232)
- [2007-11-11 3:33]
Welcome back and wow, what a shot. Great composition with stunning sharpness, exposure, colour and detail.
350D or not, a wonderful shot. The Sony did well.
- Silke (5458)
- [2007-11-11 3:53]
So our favourite writer-photographer is finally back! Welcome home, Loot!
Superb posting with the perfect title here. I love the obvious attention being given to the infant by its mother -- perfectly captured by you.
- peter_stoeckl (11530)
- [2007-11-11 4:53]
catching the very right moment of an interaction between those quick and alert baboons in such a precisely detailed, impressingly clear, well composed high quality result like here is really something special that needs a master of animal observation and perfect command of the camera. Great work, Loot.
That charming image is leading into very well written notes that are combining highly condensed well researched facts with a good deal of entertainment. I love the paragraph on our close cousin the baboon's behaviour.
A joyful pleasure to see that you have mastered some of your computer problems and have managed to be back to TN.
Thank you! My best regards,
- vanderschelden (30441)
- [2007-11-11 5:47]
How are you?
I was on my way from Berg en Dal to Skukuza that day. And yes, my Berg and Dal night, was a THUNDER night....wow!
Good image; funny guys these little baboons. They are always busy and hardly sit still and look up for a portrait:-). They are busy discovering their new world, trying out the little branches and so...
Very visible in your image.
- joey (24909)
- [2007-11-11 6:16]
Loot! Welcome back!
A superb shot from Kruger Parl.
+++ The affection between the two baboons and the concentration from the little one is brought across so well in this shot.
I love the pose of the little monkey on the vine. They are suprisingly good at climbing from such a young age.
Superb sharpness throughout and a shower of detail.
--- Nothing at all :)
Well done my friend.
- Alex99 (23735)
- [2007-11-11 8:34]
It is pleased to me to see you here again and watch your nice picture.
You have pictured a lovely scene on first day visit to the park. And I am impresses with quality of the shot. Amazing coours, DOF and sharpness, perfect impressive composition and, as usual< fantastic note. My best wishes and TFS.
- fiftysomething (657)
- [2007-11-11 22:56]
A superb photo of baboon play-making. Composition and focus are excellent.
- Aaltjie (0)
- [2007-11-11 23:46]
Welcome back! I really longed for your contributions to the site, and I am sure many other members missed you as well. WOW what a brilliant photo use for your comeback. I just love this pick and so does Maryke and the rest of the family.
This little baboon which I am sure is just a few week old, is really very adorable. It has got a face like the baboons that starred in the movie “The Planet of the Apes”. The detail of the little one is very clear. The eyes, the ears, the baby fluff, and just look at the strong leg muscle’s even at his/her young age. It is a very interesting photo with a lesson of life. Don’t we all look up to our mamma at some stage in our life’s to also learn us the ropes. You deserve a round of applause.
You surely were very lucky with this one, and I am sure you and Anna enjoyed the scene while it lasted. Thanks for sharing, it is much appreciated. Thanks also for the very interesting, detailed and tutoring note. Once again you did not fail me in part of my daily education.
- betsie (0)
- [2007-11-12 2:00]
Uiteindelik!! Ek kon nie wag om van jou "wildlife" te sien nie. Hierdie een is ongelooflik en wil my laat huil - dit is so perfek. Fantasties hoe afhanklik selfs die uitdrukking op hierdie baba se gesig weerspieel word in hierdie foto. Dis nie elke dag se foto hierdie!! Baie goeie notas ook - ek leer baie deur dit te lees.
- snowfalken (1788)
- [2007-11-12 2:06]
Welcome back my friend! It's great to see new pictures from you again! I'm sorry to hear about your monitor issue but I have the feeling that the pictures you will post are well worth the waiting. A visit to Kruger National Park must be very exciting especially for a nature lover and photographer as you are.
Here's my critique:
The image was nicely composed by following the rule of thirds and using one of the most powerful spots to focus the action into. I love the way you used different guidelines (including the direction the baboons are looking into) to lead the eyes toward this spot. The presence of the baboon in front of the tree trunk is a key element of the composition as the darker tree trunk would otherwise have divided the picture into two halves. Having the eyes of the baby baboon visible in the picture is also a must.
Colors and contrast:
The colors look natural and saturation was well adjusted. They make a great contrast in spite of the rainy conditions. The chosen white balance creates warm color tones.
You adjusted the camera perfectly (including the flash unit) to match the given light conditions. It was only after I had looked at the camera settings when I realized how close you came to the subjects. At the beginning I thought you took the shot from quite a distance.
The accurate focus rendered sharp details especially in the fur of the large baboon. DOF was also well controlled to blur the background!
A great picture to open the new "series" from Kruger. I'm looking forward to see more pictures from you! Thank you!
With Friendly Regards,
- rcrick (68)
- [2007-11-12 4:23]
Hi Loot, What a magic shot just excellent, the detail is superb, the look and the determination in this little fellow’s eye as he ascends into the unknown just beautiful, well seen and well captured, all the best Rick (thanks Aaltjie)
- fyapici (7499)
- [2007-11-12 4:29]
At first thankyou very very much for this longa and explaining note about babuns. Secondly you have very nice pose of baby and adult. It doesn't any word to critize. Just perfect. Bravo!
- marhowie (486)
- [2007-11-12 4:38]
What a gem! The perfect title for the perfect moment captured..The interaction seen is priceless mf.
- uleko (10940)
- [2007-11-12 6:45]
Nice to see you back! It must have been fascinating to see all the babies and youngsters in the park! This one is lovely with Mum showing her little one how to climb, keeping a watchful eye on him. Excellent sharpness and fine natural colours in this very fine composition.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla
- bobcat08 (1431)
- [2007-11-12 13:03]
You are back my friend, at last. I think you are disappeared from TN. But no, there he is.Nice to see you again. a great family picture with a nice moment of learning. A real family composition. Good POV, BG and DOF. Nice details and exposure. I'm looking forward to see more pictures from you. Take a look at my archive. I posted a beautiful cauliflower mushroom no. II on TN. And what a perect notes. Chapeau my friend. Regards and TFS BOB
- manyee (23770)
- [2007-11-12 20:41]
Welcome back, Loot.
Your friends here have missed you terribly.
What a great moment you have captured.
(By the way, very clever title as well!)
I am impressed with the "human" quality of this parent-child interaction, with the adult so thoughtfully holding on to the vine to steady it. You have brilliantly captured the intensity of the youngster's effort, with his back erect and his eyes totally focused .
Light, focus, exposure, and composition are all perfect.
We cannot wait to see more of your pictures and hear about your adventures.
TFS. : )
- Debz (3307)
- [2007-11-13 1:50]
Hi Loot, welcome back. I have been enjoying your pics and tales whilst you were away. This is a cracking shot, it has a lot to say about a mother investing in the rearing of her young. A lovely pov and every element is crisp and sharp with good light. Another wonderful compostion. Look forward to more.
- earthtraveler (3483)
- [2007-11-13 8:01]
Fantastic shot of this little one "learning the ropes" with the help of mom.
Incredible POV, focus details, and lovely composition.
Colors are extra fine also
Richard... see you later
- Dyker (170)
- [2007-11-14 7:25]
Welcome back after your extended absence. I love to see one of your photographs on the site again and reading the lengthy / very interesting notes. Once again you did an exemplary job in providing thoughtful background information on your trip and very relevant / topical data on your subject. The photo is worthy of every smiley as you successfully applied the guidelines for composition and the other technical aspects of focus, colour, background, etc.
Good work and greetings.
- anel (40574)
- [2007-11-15 5:01]
Really impressive your baboon picture. You caught such a magnificent moment, where mother and baby are in full concentration. I like the way the little baboon is looking up to measure the effort to make. Excellent composition, perfect sharpness, interesting pose of mother baboon leading our eye to junior. Well seen and photographed
- arfer (0)
- [2007-11-15 20:18]
A wonderful capture that is aptly titled.The timing is magnificent.
The shot is sharply focused with excellent details,the texture of the fur is terrific.
Very good POV,and DOF.
The cute factor is very high here.
- jmp (8415)
- [2007-11-17 0:21]
A really appropriate scene to illustrate the helpless nature of this baby and the mother care. Outstanding pov, composition and moment. One would think that the animals are actors following instruction from a demanding director!
TFS and best regards, José M.
- badar (785)
- [2007-11-24 20:46]
I like this image specially for its portrayal of social behaviour.
- Nephrotome2 (2538)
- [2007-11-25 2:19]
WOW! excellent action shot. Perfect timing. Brilliant POV and composition.
Good choice of F and speed. A tiny lost of sharpness, but best choice in such dark conditions. And the outcome is outstanding.
- Rehanna (18)
- [2007-11-26 2:33]
Hierdie is 'n uitmuntende foto wat direk met enige moeder hart praat en 'n pragtige storie vertel. Ek het jou notas ontsettend geniet en veral die interessante inligting oor die verskillende wyses van kommunikasie. Ek kan selfs somige van die visueele vertone herlei na my honde se gedrag. Die foto is puik. Baie dankie.
- valy67 (9219)
- [2007-12-26 13:35]
Hello Loot !
You have captured a lovely moment with this picture ! The little baboon is so cute, and he looks so serious about climbing. Details, colors, composition, POV, everything is excellent, as usual from you. It must have been great to watch them. And the note is very complete and very instructive. Very well done !
- saguzar (7202)
- [2008-01-02 15:25]
Sorry for the delay in critiuque some of your magnific pics. I congratulate you for the Rugby World Cup, we almost touch the glory :(, wining to France and other big teams.
This one is very funny, you´ve captured the moment perfectly, faces tells all.
My best wishes for you and your family in 2008
- Miss_Piggy (18714)
- [2008-01-06 9:30]
Thanks for being the first to welcome me to the Trek Nature community. I am sure I’ll enjoy every moment and that my knowledge about nature and everything involved will grow daily.
I thought I’ll start by given my critique to this special posting “Learning the ropes”. I am sure you will be learning me the ropes of everything involved with photography when and where necessary, since I have also now joined the “club”.
I just love the look on this little baboons face. The eyes look bright and wide awake. One can see it is full of energy. I am sure it asked his mom: “Can I just show you one more time that I can climb the rope mommy?” This photo has a high cuteness factor, just like all your other postings in the series on babies.
Thanks for sharing the photo, as well as the interesting and enjoyable note.
- carper (8439)
- [2008-01-12 9:56]
Ah Loot, It's always a pleasure to go through your good gallery,
I came out on this one, oh so sweet and what a good capture, realy a piece of quality, very good photojob.
Best wishes Loot for you and your family.
- henrique (483)
- [2008-02-04 7:42]
Olá Loot tudo bem ?
Que imagem maravilhosa que você nos oferece !
Parabéns pelo momento eternizado.
Muito me fascina estes primatas.
Henrique - Brasil
- iris (3088)
- [2008-05-22 22:59]
Such an aptly titled shot.THis is so much on the real side of life, learning to live and teaching to survive....the details on the baby is so well defined despite poor ,ight conditions.I like the intense look on the little one's face as it keenly holds on to make the next move.
Superb capture...into my favourites
very well done.
TFS & Cheers
- Mick_M (64)
- [2008-09-16 22:09]
Excellent capture and story inside.