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Male Nilgai

Male Nilgai
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Copyright: Benyamin Lakitan (blakitan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-10
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/5.2, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-21 22:13
Viewed: 3899
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Nilgai (Boselaphus tragocameus)

A large antelope with short, smooth horns in males. Horns average only 18 cm in length, with lengths of only 23-30 cm the maximum. Females usually do not grow horns, but may occasionally.

Nilgai stand 119-150 cm at the shoulder, with prominent withers giving them a backline that slopes to the rump. In bulls, powerful shoulders and a thick neck tend to accentuate this sloping profile.

Overall coloration is gray to brownish gray in males; females and young are brown to orangish brown. Patches of white on the face and below the chin, extending into a broad, white "bib" on the throat, break up the ground coloration. A narrow white band along the brisket area broadens over the abdomen and spreads between the hind legs to form a narrow rump patch that is edged with darker hair. Below the white bib hangs a tuft of hair, or "beard," which may be as long as 13 cm in males.

Bulls weigh 109-288 kg, with the maximum about 306 kg. Females weigh 109-213 kg.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-21 22:59]

Hello Benyamin

Good capture of this Nilgai.I am unfamiliar with this type of antelope,so I find the photo and notes most interesting and useful.You have a very good POV to get so close.TFS


Hi Ben,
Beautiful shot, its a really nice composition and beautiful lights.
Best regards.


Hello Ben,
Interesting image, well captured in a lighting situation that is outlining the animal!
Well composed and with good details!
Pablo -

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-22 3:50]

Hi Ben

This is a very interesting shot of an animal i think i didn't get to see until now. Thanks for the opportunity :)
I really like the exposure in this one. Although some might say it's under-exposed, i like it just the way it is - gives a much more natural feeling to everything.
Also the surroundings are very natural, the colors are lovely and the details nice.
Well done!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Ben,
A beautiful guy that you've captured. Very interesting POV. I like it. With my best wishes,sincere greetings.

Big fan of this island and its fauna! I will also post some antelopes as well soon from the region! I have sambars and kijangs!

Hi Ben,
I like this lightning and the game of shadow and light, it gives a very nice result. This is a rare animal that I don't see often and I like this composition. Well done with interesting notes. Thanks,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2006-09-22 11:37]

Hi Benyamin!

I love dark mood of this picture. Great POV and composition, animal looks like emerging from darkness to light. Really good work!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-09-23 6:32]

hi benyamin
i think it is beautiful nature portrait photo. point of view, colours, contrast, focus and using of light are great. your note is informative also.
thanks for sharing

Would love to Green Star it; dont know how. Please
teach me.
Your notes too are remarkable.
Warm regards,

The light and shadow play on this makes it all the more intriguing. This along with the rest of your work is amazing, and beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Lit like a Caravaggio painting, this is a spectacular image of a powerful animal in rich colors and well framed pov.
Nice work, Benyamin.

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