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Pan troglodytes

Pan troglodytes
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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: 2007-01-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: sony A100, Sony 100 mm F2.8 Macro, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-26 0:49
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Chimpanzee [Pan troglodytes]

Common Chimpanzees are found in the tropical forests and wet savannas of Western and Central Africa. They once inhabited most of this region, but their habitat has been dramatically reduced in recent years.

Adults in the wild weigh between 40 and 65 kg (88 and 143 lb); males can measure up to 160 cm (63 inches) and females to 130 cm (51 inches), and although lighter than humans they have a pull five to six times stronger. This is because the muscles of chimpanzees and other primates are far more effective than those of humans. Their bodies are covered by a coarse dark brown hair, except for the face, fingers, toes, palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Both their thumbs and their big toes are opposable, allowing a precision grip.

Their gestation period is eight months. Infants are weaned when they are about three years old, but usually maintain a close relationship with their mother for several more years; they reach puberty at the age of eight to ten, and their lifespan in captivity is about fifty years.

Although omnivores, their diet is mainly vegetarian, consisting of fruits, leaves, nuts, seeds, tubers, and miscellaneous plantlife, supplemented by insects and small prey. There are also instances of organized hunting; in some cases, such as the killing of leopard cubs, this primarily seems to be a protective effort. However, Common Chimpanzees sometimes band together and hunt Western Red Colobus monkeys (Piliocolobus badius) for their meat. Isolated cases of cannibalism have been documented. Chimpanzees have also been known on rare occasions to attack and eat human infants

Source: Wikipedia

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Hi Ben,
What a cool dude relaxing on the cool rocks.A lovely portrait with excelent detail and clarity.I like his pose and the way you have caught him looking slightly away....he looks almost human this way.Well done in handling the low light and difficult colour of black.Have a great day!
Regards, David

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-26 2:02]

Hello Ben!

Something fascinating is in faces of Chimpanzees and you captured it in perfect way. Eyes, face, pose - I like them very much. Quality is also good and black frame made great composition with black animal.

Hi Ben,
you have captured this cool friend very nice.
I like the POV and the pose. Good details even in the dark parts.
Well done.

Hello Benyamin,
This is a great pose you capture!
A very well composed image, excellent details are captured...
Fine composition with good lines!
Pablo -

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-26 3:19]
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Hi Ben

A lovely soulful capture of this beautiful beast. I was just wondering, we always tend to say that certain primates look human-like or their actions seem human-like (anyway we are also classed as primates in zoological terms), but is that correct to say so? Isn’t it rather a case that some humans look or behave worst than primates? I’m sure most primates would see it as an insult to know that they look human-like. After all we are deemed to be ‘the great ape’, but we are also the greedy ape who are slowly-but-surely destroying this wonderful planet of ours all for the sake of financial or monetary gains.

Enough about morals and all those heavy stuff. Let’s talk photography. This guy sure looks bored to tears or maybe he’s just working on a plan and strategy to go and annoy the heck out of one of his fellow cell mates for a little bit of distraction or just to liven up the day. He is very photogenic though and gave you an excellent pose. We all know how difficult it is to photograph such a pitch black subject and still retain good contrasts while also taking care that the subject don’t get lost in such a dark BG, but I really think you did an excellent job here.

Well done and TFS.

PS. To be quite frank with you, I have my doubts about your border though.

Hi dear Benyamin ,
excellent image.
great light and well composition.
nice frame.
great sharpness.
very well cptured.
thanks and regards

hi Benyamin,
very beautiful attitude of this Chimpanzees beautiful colors and good cheer composition


Hello ben,

Excllent capture perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo excllent colors bg POV DOF well done

TFS Kyle

Great shot good quality sharpness and fine detail nice dof and colours tfs rgds Necip.

Belle photo,cet animal est très beau et nous ressemble vraiment dans leurs attitudes. Amitiés Thomas

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-26 13:03]

Hi Ben.
You use your perfect macro lens excellently. I like apply my one as common fixed lens too. Its quality is outstanding. As a result your picture is done excellently. Great sharpness, wonderful natural colours. I also like your cropping, framing and presentation of this nice animal. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-26 13:14]

Hello Ben , What a fantastic shot you came realy great capture from the chimpansee , very nice compositie details colours sharpnes and very nice framing ,Good Weekend Teunie .

Parecía un poco aburrido, ¿tanto tardaste en sacarle la fotografía?.
Un saludo, JL.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2007-01-26 20:58]

Nice zoo shot, Ben. A great job with a natural looking pose. What's even more impressive is the level of detail on his dark face.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-26 22:37]

Hello Ben

A super shot of this chimp.The pose is wonderful.Veryh good POV and DOF.The details are sharp.Very well composed.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-27 3:27]

A wonderful pose of this chimp, Benyamin.
It shows the flexibility of this primate that is so human-like.
Excellent details and exposure on this one.
I like the overall composition too.
TFS. : )

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-27 3:43]

Hola Benyamin, magníficos detalles de este cimpance, excelente foto... saludos

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-01-28 11:35]

Hi Benyamin,
It is very cute pose,
Colors,framing and details are superb,
Good job

bien heureux ce brave gorille!!
bonne prise et couleurs nettes
bravo , merci amitiès

hi ben
wonderful shot

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-02-01 20:20]

Quite a pose! And an excellent composition in all manner! Very nice! Thanks!

Very cute face and an amazing poser! Greatdetais and sharpness. Love this pic. TFS

Hi Ben. Very fine capture of this Chimpanzee, our closest relative genetically. Good clarity and colours. I especially like the unusual pose you caught and presented. TFS. Murray.

Great shot! The relaxed posture of the chimpanzee, the diagonal compsoition, all look very photogenic. Thanks for sharing.

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