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Pajama Donkey?

Pajama Donkey?
Photo Information
Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Skylight
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Mammals of Southern Africa, Photographer's favourite [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-21 3:19
Viewed: 6944
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The red undertones in this shot is caused by the red soil in the area that this was taken. This soil has the ability to color/stain anything (Clothes, builidings, kids etc.) to a reddish color. This shot was taken in the Lion and Rhino reserve at Muldersdrift.

Vital statistics

Hartman's Mountain Zebra

There is no significant difference between the sexes, except that the stallions are heavier at and average of 298 kg, compared to the 276 kg of mares. Adult stallions over seven years of age, can weigh as much as 343 kg. Adult stallions are 1.5 m at the shoulders, with a tail length of 500 mm and ears 280 mm long. In order to cope with the attrition of rocky terrain, the hooves of this species grows extremely fast. The difference between this specie and the Cape Mountain Zebra is mainly only in size, the latter being slightly smaller. There is a trend for the light stripes of the Hartmann’s zebra to be wider than that of the Cape Mountain species.

Like all equids, this is a grazer which spends the best part of a day feeding. The grazing pattern tends to follow the contours of the terrain, along which the grazing progression tends to be in a zigzag forward pattern.

This is not a seasonal breeder since foals can be born the year round, although there tends to be a peak during the rainy season. Mares foal for the first time at the age of three years. Foals weigh about 25 kg at birth. Gestation period is about 12 months. Foals have a high survival rate, probably since adults in the herd actively defend them against predators. Stallions become sexually active at about three years of age.

As intoned by the vernacular name, the Hartman’s mountain zebra is adapted to rugged, broken mountain escarpments, where herds rely on areas with permanent water sources and sufficient variety and quantities of grass fodder to sustain breeding populations.

Life span: At least 25 years

The photo details are:

Shutter speed: 1/200
Aperture: f/8
Focal length: 425mm
ISO: 200

elizemeijer, CaptiveLight, marhowie, RAP, PDP, TAZ, ljsugarnspice, gbac, Oldtree, gerhardt, Lourens, extramundi, elroyie has marked this note useful
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He is really RED.. I dont miss all the red soil, it used to be EVERYWHERE..

I like the way he looks at you. How far were you from him ??

Good well framed shot, well done.

Japie, Catchy title! At 1st glance it looks like somebody was asleep at the photoshop wheel! But your supporting note explained well. One could say the red undertones make this unique, lending to it a nice touch..Great job on your portrait!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-21 10:31]

Hermoso retrato con el agregado del color que mencionas.
Buena perspectiva y encuadre, con excelente presentacion.
Humorístico título y gran nota.

Beautiful portrait with the aggregate of the color that you mention.
Good perspective and frame, with excellent presentation.
Humoristic title and great note.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-21 10:54]

Great shot Japie, we've seen a few on here now with this red mud. I like the warth it gives to the images, this is no exception, very warm. Great portrait, I like it alot.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-09-21 11:29]

C'est dépaysant de voir ces beaux animaux sauvages... Beau portrait de zèbre aux couleurs chaudes et agréables.
Well done !

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  • gbac Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 8] (76)
  • [2004-09-21 12:52]

Beau portait de ce zèbre, on a l'impression qu'il pose juste pour le photographe.
La lumière est très particulière, très chaude, de plus la note est très instructive.
Merci de partager Japie

I find it interesting that even that they look so similar to horses it is not possible to domesticate this species (at least what I've heard).
Nice african like light again, good detail and a nice composition.
Thanks for posting.

Stofbad? The colour tones are almost "serpia". The details are tack sharp. Informative note. Great compo. This is a unique shot Japie, I love it.

Great photo, Japie. Nice sharp details and lovely colour. Thanks a lot for the note too!!

Amazing, before reading your notes, I thought it had a hard PP or something. Great shot overall. Thanks for posting!

Great note, great picture.
This portrait is very good with good sharpness and very good quality, I think that you once again have to much red in the picture.

A very good light on a wonderful composition, great work, Japie !

Anything entitled Pjama Donkey deserves a critique :)
The tones from the red earth has certainly given this image a nice warm tone. I like the vertical crop, as it suits the subject very well.

Beautiful zebra, maybe it is embarassed, and blushing, as you tell it's most intimate details???

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  • Mazer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
  • [2004-11-03 19:26]

Nice capture and composition, thanks also for the useful note.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-11-28 7:55]

Wonderfull zebra ! Great color and light i like it!
Well done !

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