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Copyright: Stephane Ra (Watershed) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 43 W: 2 N: 61] (291)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikon AF VR 80-400 ED, Hoya HMC Super UV (0) 77mm
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of Southern Africa II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-13 12:28
Viewed: 5149
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this photograph in the Kruger Park. I really like the patterns (black and white) of the zebra. It's a beautiful animal to see :D

Name: Burchell's Zebra
Equus burchelli

Burchell's zebra are diurnal animals favouring open woodland and savannah, but avoiding desert and forest. They are very dependent upon readily available water and can't utilise even optimum grazing conditions if water isn't available. They are often found in close association with blue wildebeest. It has been shown that their main predator, the lion, has a preference for wildebeest and will take the wildebesst from a mixed herd, an association of distinct advantage for the zebra.
They are gregarious animals, existing in small family groups of rarly more than niine animals, comprising a stallion, with one or more mares and their foals. Surplus males are ejected from the herd and form bachelor groups.

Mass: 320kg
Shoulder height: 135cm
Young: one, rarely two
Kife expectancy: 20 years in the wild

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-02-13 12:51]

Hi Stephane

Another excellent shot. Main subject nicely sharp - especially muzzle and brow hairs. Good compostion - I like the way that the animal behind mirrors the subject - balancing the picture.

Hi Stephane,
Good sharpness displayed...
A beautiful animal as you mentioned in your note.
One could be puzzled about other unsharp animals in the background.
Well done

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-02-13 14:03]

Hi Stephane,
Very nice composition you have got here. Very nice pattern with great black and with colours, but I see some brown parts to. Very good focus.
TFS Paula

Bonjour Stephane,
I like so much this capture!
It's very interesting to me the composition chosen to make this presentation, with the left animal being part of the main image, creating a continuos b/w pattern all wide long of the picture.
I like the side light on the neck and head of the first plane zebra.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-02-13 15:19]

Hi Stephane,

Again a wonderfull capture from Africa,I like the eye contact and the B&W color tone,well done and TFS


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-13 23:13]

Hello Stephane

A lovely shot,excellent sharp details,and well focused.The composition and framing look great.Postcard quality.TFS


Hi Stephane

Lovely close portrait. Nice eye contact and excellent DoF. :-)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-14 7:24]

Hi Stephane,
Outstanding details and sharp colors make this an excellent capture. The other Zebras in the background are a little distracting, but this are a herd animal.
Thanks Rick
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