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Eland Portrait

Eland Portrait
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-20 8:49
Viewed: 5361
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is something I have been trying to do for several years - get a good close shot of an Eland. In my experience theyare extremely skittish and take off quicky - presumably because they have been hunted for thousands of years.

This image has not been cropped - just converted to Jpeg for TN.

The common eland (Taurotragus oryx, also known as the southern eland) is a savannah and plains antelope found in East and Southern Africa.

The common eland stands around two metres at the shoulder and weighs 275 kilograms (600 lb) to a tonne (2,200 lb). Females are sometimes less than half the weight of adult males. They are the world's largest antelopes, together with giant eland which are actually about the same size. Females have a tan coat, while males have a darker tan coat with a blue tinge; there may also be a single white stripe vertically on the sides. Males have dense fur on their foreheads and a large dewlap. Both sexes have horns, about 65 centimetres (26 in) long and almost straight. The female's horns are longer and thinner the male's.

Common eland live on the savannah and eat grass, branches and leaves. They are diurnal but tend to be inactive during the heat of day. Herds usually have 30 to 80 individuals, but are known to exceed 400. The common eland has an unusual social life. They come and go, taking advantage of herd life when they need to without forming close ties.

Predators in the wild are predominantly lions and African wild dogs.
The name "eland" is derived from the Dutch word for moose. When Dutch settlers came to the Cape Province they named the largest wild ruminant herbivore they met with the name of the huge northern herbivore.

In Dutch the animal is called "eland antilope" to distinguish it from the moose, which is found in the northern boreal forests.

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Hello James,
I didn't spot this one during my 20 photographing days in Kruger.
I didn't take off immediately, I see.
Well done

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-20 9:46]

Hi james. It looks as if it was worth the long wait to get your picture. Its a fine close up of this unusual animal. i lik the shape of the horns which you shot shows well with good detail and natural colours . intresting notes too..TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-20 9:49]

Hi James,

Lucky you - I didn't get to see an Eland in Africa. Beautiful portrait with marvelous details. Are those spots on him ticks?


I have so little space on my computer for shooting RAW..that is because I NEVER throw away a picture..I have a 60 gig IPOD, a 250 gig drive and a 150 gig drive and I almost full..Can you tell me the advantage..lets say in this image, of shooting RAW first?

Hello James,
Very fine closeup portrait of the Eland!
good headon pose with superb sharpness, good colour and details!
excellent job well done
best regards

Oh, James! Just look at those eyes!
Did you ever see anything more beseeching!

You have captured this with incredible sharpness and superb colour details!

I never realised before, what interesting patterns they have in their ears!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-04-20 12:09]

Hola James, excelente galeria parece un largo viaje muy interesante, muy buen primer plano del Eland con excelentes detalles y buena luz. Un saludo

Hi my dear friend James,
Very lovely capture of this beautifull eland!
Nice compositon!



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-20 12:35]

Hello James,
Very beautiful portrait of this Eland. Sharpness and details are excellent. The contrasting colours against the dark BG are splendid.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-20 12:57]

Hi James,
Very nice close-up portrait of this Eland with good eye contact. You must be satisfied with this one. Well done and TFS

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-04-20 14:38]

Hello James,
Splendid portrait of this ruminant mammal in all aspects!

hello James

excellent close-up and portrait shot of this Eland,
fine POV and vertical framing like the animal's horns,
excellent DOF, and great sharpness and details of the Eland, TFS


Hi James,

Reading your story about how hard it is to get a decent shot of the Eland Antilope, you've done a great job and were very persistent.
It's a wonderful close-up image at which the Eland does'nt seem to be skittish at all.
More like a relaxed way of posing, but that mistakes I presume.
Beautiful shot and thanks to you we now all know what this lovely animal looks like.
Great work. TFS!!!

Best regards, Harry

Hello James. Your mugshots of wild animals are excellent and this is of no exception. Superb sharpness in pleasant depth of the image. Good job and very well done. Jusni

Hi James,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Eland deer. Excellent composition and sharp details. A wonderful portrait. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Excellent quality, great in camera comp James.
Good sharp detail, exposure, color, & POV here.
Well done,

Hi James,
Wow, you were close! This is an excellent portrait of a beautiful animal. I like the vertical composition a lot and natural colors and exposure. Well seen!

Love the long vertical crop really showing off the horns here. Great stuff!!!!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-21 18:23]

Hello James,
Excellent focus and superb composition. I like the horns on the focus and the eys. WEll done Ganesh

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-22 0:35]

Hi James.
I like wonderful portrait f the cute animal. I am sure it likes the picture too. All is perfect. Great composition and framing, extreme details and exact colours, nice smooth BG. Bravo. Superb work of superb Master.

Hallo James
All the years of waiting paid off well, and you can be very proud of this portrait. This is a great photograph captured in fine style. A top of the range portrait of this eland. This animal surely has a set of lovely and beautifully shaped horns, and I do like the slight curl in them. They look like natural sculptures. What a stare! It really has eye contact with you. Nice pose and composition. Very good detail on the big ears, eyes and not to forget the ticks. Thanks for sharing, and have an enjoyable day.
Best regards

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-23 10:22]

Hola James.
Mucha suerte y paciencia para lograr una eelente foto y tiene su gran merito. Creo que de alguna manera a todos noc pasa igual pero tiene su recompesa.
Hermosa foto Mi buen amigo.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-23 19:56]

Hello James

This is a beautiful portrait shot.I love the bemused look on the face.
Wonderful focus and sharpness.
The colours are natural and well saturated.
Great POV.


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