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the saffron-colored one

the saffron-colored one
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Spotted Hyena [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-21 17:19
Viewed: 3988
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the "the saffron-colored one". It is the Spotted Hyena, or Laughing Hyena, (Crocuta crocuta).

Crocuta crocuta?
The term is derived from crocus, commonly used in the ancient world as a yellow dye. Literally, it means "the saffron-colored one".
The name of the genus is derived from the Greek κρόκος, krokos (attested in Homer's Iliad, Book XIV, verse 347), this in turn being a Semitic loanword (Hebrew karkom, Aramaic kurkama, Persian and Arabic kurkum, all meaning saffron or saffron yellow). In Greek, the word is also used for the similarly colored egg yolk.

About the image…
It was definitely a close encounter. Car-wise:-).
There were five animals or so and their vocalizations were absolutely ‘on’. An unreal experience. No idea about the content of their communication.:-)
I was in the car just a few meters away and the animals weren't really paying attention to me.:-) I changed the position of the car several times, each time turning the engine on and off, opening and closing the (left and right)windows manually. Taking into account that when the car engine is turned off, there’s no air conditioning anymore…and thus my hypothalamus was sending a message to my body, telling it to sweat, sweat,…
in South Africa, the saffron-colored one. No matter what color.

Thanks for looking and a nice weekend...

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One of these days, I must visit there! I like the closeness represented here. The texture is there, the POV is terrific, and they seem curious. I frequently watch shows on the Animal Planet channel here about the wildlife in Africa - these guys can hunt with the best of them.

This one seems either curious about your or intent on finding out whether or not you'd make a suitable meal...

The composition is beautiful, but what really helps this fellow stand out is your DOF. Thanks for taking the time to get this photo and sharing it. I am learning so much about the world around me by such wonderful photos and excellent notes.

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2008-06-21 18:17]

Hi Annick,
Perfect picture, incredible experience.
Your pictures from South Sfrica are a real treasure.
Regards, Mario

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-22 2:37]

Hello Annick, superb captured a facial expression of this spotted hyaena. TFS. Regards,

Hi Annick,
Nature cannot be tricked or cheated. She will give up to you the object of your struggles only after you have paid her price. (In sweat & perserverance it seems) ;}
~Napoleon Hill

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-22 8:52]

Hi Annick,
Magnificent portrait.POV,expression on face,clear details,exposure,BG and DOF you managed are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-22 9:13]

Hi Annick

Wonderful portrait - really great detail and lighting. Great framing too.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-22 22:05]

Hello Annick

This is terrific.
Excellent sharp details.
The lighting is awesome.
Wonderful rich,well saturated colours.
Excellent OOF BG.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-23 14:47]

Excellent close-up of this Hyena!
Superb lighting and natural colours.
Brilliant DOF too.
Great sharpness and detail.

Well done, Annick!


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  • yasin Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 1 N: 43] (129)
  • [2008-06-24 22:41]

Very good composition, Annick. Good timing (exclusive expression) and good DOF. Worth chasing with sweating...:))

Best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-27 12:22]

Hello Annick,
Superb close-up of this Hyena showing very sharp details. I like the light and the fine colours. Pleasant background too and an excellent composition. I like it very much!
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2008-07-11 13:57]

Hello Annick,

Fantastic capture.
Amazing sharpness and details.
Natural colours.
Very well done!


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