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"Horny Wild Beast"

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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 200, Hoya UV-Guard (77mm)
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Savannah Africa
Theme(s): Mammals of Southern Africa, 50 - 60 points (chapter two), Great Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-15 4:18
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 51
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Southern White Rhino
Ceratotherium simum

The common name derives from the Afrikaans word describing its mouth: “wyd”, meaning "wide"; early English settlers in South Africa misinterpreted the "wyd" for "white". Its also known as Square-lipped Rhinoceros.

Ceratotherium: from the Greek cerato, meaning "horn" and therium, meaning "wild beast"
simum: from the Greek simus, meaning "flat nosed"

The White Rhino, along with the roughly equal-sized Indian Rhino, is the largest species of land mammal after the elephant. There are five species of Rhino worldwide: The White -, Black -, Indian - , Javan - and Sumatran Rhino. As a species, the White Rhino is the least endangered of the living kinds of rhino. However, there are two distinct subspecies: They differ greatly in their current status: the Northern White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) and the Southern White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum simum).

Status in the wild
There are currently approximately 11,100 White Rhinos surviving. The Northern White Rhino is critically endangered in ironic contrast to the status of its relative the Southern White Rhino, which is the most abundant of all rhino taxa known today. Once ranging in large numbers throughout north-central Africa south of the Sahara, wild Northern White Rhino populations have been again reduced to only about 15 individuals located in Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). There has been much concern about the status of this last surviving population because of the recent civil wars and attendant disruptions.

Information from International Rhino Foundation.

On a lighter side, follow this link.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Luc: Thanx for the WS.gerhardt 1 02-16 14:46
To mogens-j: Thanx for the wordgerhardt 1 02-16 14:45
To Andrieux: Follow up...gerhardt 1 02-16 14:43
To riaanm: Thanx for the word...gerhardt 4 02-16 14:41
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  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-15 4:28]

Very sad face of this Rhino and even more sad story :-( Only 15... It's terrible that in time of our life hundreds of species will vanish forever. Maybe this one can be saved?
It is one of most horrible things to see - few poachers with modern machine guns killing dozens of animals for ivory, furrs or just for fun...

Why is he so sad? I can't look at his unhappy face. Well done!

  • Good 
  • riaanm (53)
  • [2005-02-15 4:48]
  • [+]

Hello Gerhard,

This is a good composition of an awesome animal. Maybe a little fill flash would have lighted up the dark areas underneath the horn and mouth, it would also have put some catchlight in the eye.

  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-15 5:00]

Interesting note, I have often wondered why the white Rhino was called white, I never thought to ask! Thanks for clearing that up :-). Very nice picture, the backlighting is great and the pose is terrific. Very well done Gerhard.

Hi Gerhard
Het jy my mail oor 'nKorro gekry - ek en philip het bevestig vir Aug. Net Jy en Willie moet nog. Sorry, nmy tyd is beperk
Very nice horny fellow with a wide lip, as you put it so succintly. Good stance and POV, colour well exposed here and room to breath as well. IMO, maybe a little bit more contrast, but this is SO dificult thith this colour.

Great shot, very good POV and sharpness. Not a nit!
Well done.

  • Great 
  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-15 6:23]

Wonderful photo Gerhard! This is a great portrait. You captured the sad look on his face very well. How close were you? A fillflash could have been a good idea. Not sure though. TFS

As usual...great image, Gerhard. Very informative note as well and to the "lighter side" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

I like this. He does look sad, and they wide mouth just adds to that. How far away were you from him ??

Ek word meer en meer jaloers. Ek kom kuier sommer!!


15 individuals! Very sad. So, your shot brings us another signification here, showing sometimes men are walking on their heads (we say that in french for mankind stupidities). I like your shot, and even if your flash didn't work here, you've managed to show the essence of this great mammal. Your note helps also to understand about the color confusion :-). Thanks for posting and explaining, Gerhard.
The lighter side has been already trasnferred to some of my friends :-)))

Thanks for all this information, i hope they have a chance to survive the man.
Its a shame we kill our animals.
And for what? Fun? What Fun?
Dont you agree?!?
Congrats this is a beautiful Photo.

Fantasic portrait of this wild beast Gerhard. Excellent handling of the techniques in such a situation - you must have been pretty close. It must be truth that they have bad eye sight;-).

I love this shot Gerhard....truly. Its a brilliant portrait of the Rhino. The composition and details are marvelous. I love the soft BG to...Excellent post.

  • Great 
  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-02-15 16:52]

Hi Gerhard, great shot. It is very sad to hear that only 15 left, I can't imagine what future will hold for our young one, they might have to look into the book to see this animal instead of the live one, sad... maybe that is why your Rhino look so sad? Thank you for your note, it make me realize how little they are now.

Superbe portrait Gerhard, cadrage réussi et rhinocéros en pleine pose pour toi.
Bravo !

Nice shot Gerhard,
He does look very sad, but I wouldn't tell him that!
Nicely captured, good details and sharpness
Thanks for posting

Excellent work Gerhard! It always helps to have a catchy title..sort of like seed to the bird - helps to reel-em' in! ;-) Very sharp & detailed with a great POV. Great exposure with perfect light IMO..Very nice!!

I dared a WS, Gerhard. You are so far as you cannot bang me on fingers or to pull me an ear. Then I take advantage of it ;-).
Seriously, I make WS on the photos which I like and this one I like it enormously.

  • Great 
  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-02-15 22:41]

Bravo, pas facile de donner vie avec un gros sujet incolore. Je crois que vous avez réusi avec un bon éclairage et un bon cadrage. FÉLICITATIONS !

Nice portrait of this magnificent animal. You could lighten up just the rhino in software very easily, lol, and add a catchlight!


Great portrait of a "white" Gerhard.
Very good composition, details, POV and colours.
TFN and the explain for the name of this great animal.
Great work.

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-16 8:18]

Gerhard, I have never seen of these. Great impact, excellent composition as well as perfect sharpness.

Great job.

Magnificent post. I dont know how you did it, but I would not do it. You managed a perfect angle to outstand perfectly the contour. I like the moody and natural atmosphere. Thanks, a privilege to see this.

Super Gerhard, Lovely pose and well taken. No nits. Good work

Looks like a wild beast idd :)he could use a horn clean up!!
good shot with a good compo and nice colours.well done!

  • Great 
  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-04 12:47]

Belle et intéressante photo pour ce superbe Rhinocéros. Il semble puissant mais tout triste...
Well done.

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