Like a Medicine
- elizabeth (10)
- [2008-08-25 19:45]
Great headshot of this Zebra. The expression really makes the photo! Excellent composition and nicely sharp. Awesome!
- eev (756)
- [2008-08-25 20:17]
I don't know Loot, I think this has stars written all over it. I love the expression you've captured here. It is quite well framed, with a good sharp image and bright colors. Plus the note was both fun to read and informative. Well done.
- gannu (14759)
- [2008-08-25 20:56]
Hello Loot, this is an amazing shot. Long notes and the POV is beautiful. I am not sure it is smiling or laughing. In both the cases this is superb. Ganesh
- jusninasirun (14660)
- [2008-08-25 22:34]
Hello Loot. This super lens from Sigma has amazing quality at such a distance. Brilliant clarity and details and the shallow depth is really pleasing. How do you make the zebra act this way is another story. The capture is so timely and the framing and tight crop work really well with this shot. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni
- Alex99 (23735)
- [2008-08-25 23:30]
I strongly recommend to your patient to use Colgate Toothpaste. With advanced whitening.
In rest aspects shot is simply great. Amazing smile, stunning medical details of the head and its all parts, blameless framing and composition of the image and fantastic BG. Bravo. Superb, extraordinary work. My congratulations.
- PeterZ (49139)
- [2008-08-25 23:49]
From the last weeks I had a lot of photos to work off. This one I enjoy very well. What a great expression and what a beautiful portret in an excellent exposure. Very good quality!
- betsie (0)
- [2008-08-25 23:57]
Fantasties hoe jy selfs die velkke op die tande tot vasvang Loot. Lyk of hierdie ou op ten minste 60 Gunston per dag is!
- Amadeo (3323)
- [2008-08-26 0:27]
Hola Loot, excelente retrato de la Cebra, con muy buen detalle, color natural y excelente luz.
Por cierto, tiene cita para el dentista?.
- Argus (50626)
- [2008-08-26 0:28]
A fine close-up of a Zebra showing the Flehmen response and I thank you for your informative note on the subject.
The image itself is excellent, showing superb details of the muzzle and mouth that would make any veterinary surgeon happy.
Thank you for sharing this one,
- Juyona (16891)
- [2008-08-26 0:37]
nice details and pov...
frame and magnificent bg,
I believe, this zebra should visit a dentist :))
- Janice (18832)
- [2008-08-26 0:47]
So, that's what he thinks of you Loot?
Or did he hear the latest rugby score???
I can hear him from here - he looks a bit like a donkey as it brays!!
Well done - excellent focus and sharp details.
- robindb (1420)
- [2008-08-26 1:18]
Absoluut uitstekend. Ek het al die gesien in leeus ook.
Dankie vir die info en voorbeeld. So leer mens.
- boreocypriensis (9571)
- [2008-08-26 1:38]
Hi my beloved friend Loot!
Nice to see you and your excellent shots again. A great and very nice timely capture of a Zebra! with superbly prepared notes as usual.
Many thanks for sharing this beauty.
- anel (40574)
- [2008-08-26 1:52]
Absolutely amazing portrait, very expressive, stunning. Great! The impact of the picture, just with the haed is surely bigger as if you would have taken the whole animal.
Thanks also for the very instructive note (a little bit long).
Have a nice day
- saeedabbasi (5100)
- [2008-08-26 2:00]
Hi dear Loot ,
Great shot at intersting miment.
Details is excellent and it has nice BG.
- vmukherjee (1472)
- [2008-08-26 2:13]
Wonderful shot! The tight crop along with excellent composition looks amazing.
- Loro (557)
- [2008-08-26 2:49]
- jesst (2441)
- [2008-08-26 2:56]
Interesting shot, tfs.
- janhendrik (2392)
- [2008-08-26 5:56]
Baie mooi skoot Loot, super skerp, mooi agtergrond, baie mooi nota. Sover ek weet het die mens ook die orgaan van Jacobson.
- mala-zaba (1165)
- [2008-08-26 6:21]
Excellent picture. The face of the zebra make a very dynamic photo. Well done,
- albert (2971)
- [2008-08-26 6:23]
I love this shot of hilarious Zebra, excellent composition with fine focus
I had fun for some moment, thanks for sharing
- bobcat08 (1431)
- [2008-08-26 11:52]
A great shot of this Zebra's head. Your lucky one (-: Excellent shot, technically almost perfect (in my opinion)
Long notes makes this photo again a very interesting object. Thanks for that Loot.
Regards and TFS BOB
- Miss_Piggy (18714)
- [2008-08-27 0:56]
I gladly add 2 points to this wonderful portrait. Humour is definitely the best medicine, and this is one of those images that "speak" to the heart. It certainly made me smile! I do not like it, I LOVE it. It is captures like these that I describe as dynamic and lively and that one would not mind to see more often. A fantastic shot, with good quality and a terrific moment caught. The humorous expression is priceless. The colours of the zebra are displayed well and the whole image is a feast to the eye. What else could I say? A favourite of course! Thanks for sharing. As always your notes was a pleasure to read.
- wuta (2142)
- [2008-08-27 11:02]
Hello Loot , Another great portret with great details and perfect expose and great point of vieuw , thanks ,Greetings teunie .
- zahoor_salmi (5538)
- [2008-08-27 13:28]
Excellent shot, technically perfect!
- saguzar (7202)
- [2008-08-27 17:53]
Despite the extreme close up because zebra distance you´ve done a marvelous portrait, in the right moment during flehming. Details and zebra expresion are the best in your pic
- MartinL (0)
- [2008-08-28 18:24]
What an awesome write up! You've provided us with another excellent shot and a very informative note. I can honestly say that I just learned something :) Thanks!
Your shot is excellent - don't worry about not being able to change the lens. You've managed the situation very well I'd say. DOF, detail and overall composition is excellent. Thanks for both the picture and the awesome note. Say hi to Anna.
I think he was showing his pleasure at being photographed by you. :)He has definitely given you a good pose. I too agree with you that the picture would have been priceless if it had been shot with a wide angle lens. But still it is a remarkable shot. Excellent POV, sharpness, exposure and lighting.Beautiful background too. Thanks for the share,
How are you and Anna?
I am on my toes nowadays.
Looking forward to Oct 30th when I can go back to my photography.:)
Miss you all a lot....:(
- haraprasan (20403)
- [2008-08-29 1:49]
A nice captured portrait of this zebra making faces. I have also seen this phenomena with some domestic animals such as cows and dogs. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.
I rather like it that you did not catch the whole head.
I think this frame is very effective, especially in exposing the "Flehman response".
(Sorry, I just had to show off and let you know that I learned a new biological term.) The details are quite astounding, plaque on the teeth and all.
I have to ask... What is that "thread" coming out of his mouth?
A fantastic close-up.
TFS. : )
You are right, lauging is like a medicine. Take it often and take it unconditionaly. That I have learned in my circumstances. I have learned something new from your interesting and useful notes. I have seen domestic cats perform this action and never knew what or why they were doing it. The close cropping is not a problem as it actually allowed very good focus with sharp details on the zebra's face. Thanks for showing.
- Jamesp (18906)
- [2008-08-30 23:51]
Lovely action shot of this zebra - expert timing and great detail. Well seen and captured.
I have been trying to capture a hippo with open mouth without success for many years. I have to say that this is even better! I would love to see the whole photo to see why you cropped it like this. Well done, a winner!
- soccer (2557)
- [2008-09-03 4:27]
Very nice, tight composure. the detail and sharpness of the subject is excellent again. The POV, DOF, BG and clarity are all excellent.
- demeve (6165)
- [2008-09-03 20:33]
Fantastic capture with great timing. You composed very well
and image is sharp and clean, it looks like some individuals that I have seem in the rural areas.. haha.. Well done!
Ps.. Nice to see your photos again after being gone for a
- Aaltjie (0)
- [2008-09-04 5:50]
Hello my friend Loot
This is great stuff, I really mean great stuff. And if medicine is like this, I don't mind taking it daily. Bowling over, excellent presentation as always. You have captured this striped "donkey" with great skill and neatness. Really a pleasure to look at, and being away so long from the site it was a pleasant surprise that opened in front of my eyes. Both Hettie and I had a good laugh and enjoyed it tremendously. The contents of your notes is top of the pops.
Thanks for sharing.
Aaltjie and Hettie
- PaulH (13882)
- [2008-09-04 6:12]
Hi Loot, strange, i was sure i commented on this one! No matter. Althought the timing is great in this shot, the detail and tone in the skin really helps this to be a much more visually powerful image. Your focus and DOF are both excellent too, but you have cuaght the elusive quality that is very hard to put into a wildlife shot...character. Very well done, superb shot!
- Silvio2006 (102020)
- [2008-09-05 6:13]
Ciao Loot, fantastic portrait with great expression, wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio
- Rehanna (18)
- [2008-09-05 21:45]
Medisyne sę jy, dit lyk eerder of hy op baie sterker mirsyne was, ietsie soos Klipdrift of Captain Morgan. Vol grappe die kęrel. Die fokus is wraggies so skerp. Kyk net na all daardie baard waarmee die ou spog. Die agtergrond maak die kopskoot pragtig uitstaan. Uitstekende notas, Rehanna
- reina (2032)
- [2008-09-06 12:56]
Hi Loot, funny and full of action. Very interesting note aside. Good to see the both of you take so much out of photography. Keep up the good work.
- badar (785)
- [2008-09-07 2:19]
Expressive, the drama is heightened by the darker background.The framing is just perfect.
- marhowie (486)
- [2008-09-11 6:15]
They say timing is everything..and in photography that's in the strictly literal sense.
Your timing here is perfect, and the animals expression priceless.
I went to a place here in Texas last weekend where there R African animals running around on 400 acres..You can't leave your car, so you're somewhat limited. The zebra there came right up to my window at times. I got one simliar to this..but blew it out.
Forgot to turn off the flash :)
- EOSF1 (23955)
- [2008-09-12 11:01]
Hello Loot! Very funny shot with great technical qualities, fantastic image!
- Wolfpower (1075)
- [2008-09-24 20:12]
This reminds me of a human response to a great joke.
The expression captured is priceless.
Excellent POV and DOF.
The clarity and focus is spot on.
- Shoot_Score (2376)
- [2008-09-24 21:38]
I swear I saw this "fella" at the last Stampede in Calgary,
except for all that war-paint he is wearing in this shot!
I also saw an imitator sucking on a straw and looking like a wanna-be Alberta cowboy...
Thanx for bringing those memories back to live with this hilarious shot!
Yes, indeed pa'dner , laughter is THE best medicine! Too often folks forget THAT truth! ...
Meanwhile: I surely like the haircut on this chappy! Very sharp and totally in focus! My dentist will be disappointed though! Doesn't look like cousin Z... has flossed for a while!
Great shot, it made ME laugh! Flamin' thanx, from the city of the Flames!
- thor68 (5674)
- [2008-10-14 3:33]
what a nice set of teeth! *g* excellent "close"-up of the zebra´s dental zone and head. the details are amazing - the yellow teeth,
the hair on the chin, the pink tongue...never seen it in a way like this. excellent capture, even at 170mm *g*,
and best wishes from cologne,thor.
- Adam73 (2253)
- [2008-10-29 16:16]
this shot is Hilarious!!!!! LOL what a face. the exposure is great, love the DOF and details are very nice. All you need is a creative caption.
- jmp (8415)
- [2008-11-07 16:04]
As usual, a technically perfect portrait where every single parameter is pushed to the limit!
Eye-catching image, brain-feeding note and... a bit bittersweet evocation.
Best regards mf,
- Callie (7555)
- [2009-08-23 22:11]
Uitstekend! Wat 'n gevreet! Laat my dink aan Japie se Party Animal! Wil nog altyd so 'n foto kry, maar kon nog nooit!
- winterpalace (0)
- [2010-12-01 7:30]
This poor guy's face looks really battered, starting with the scar above the eye...
and then YOU shooting him...
The notes are very interesting!
- Ingrid1 (0)
- [2013-09-14 7:36]
At last I come again onto a photo from you during my search of images for my themes. I trawl the gallery to avoid being accused again of nepotism (chuckle, my friend:-))
Your Zebra (who needs a bit of tooth paste) displays definitely behaviour I have seen before in other species (including humans), and I add your excellent Zebra portrait to my theme "Animals' Behaviour, part two"
The Flehmen reflex is very interesting, and you truly researched this to the bottom! How did you find out about this phenomena to start with?
Concerning the image itself I am amazed to see this poor Zebra having an "old woman's" beard. Ought to get tweezers.
Thanks for sharing your work , the photo and the notes
And big hug from the Tzaneen Dam