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Antilope cervicarpa

Antilope cervicarpa
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Copyright: philippe hornus (amanengone) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 188 W: 54 N: 412] (2113)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-10-28
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus OM D EM1, Zuiko 50-200mm - 1:2.8-3.5
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2016-11-29 16:16
Viewed: 1954
Points: 2
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Antilope cervicapra (Linnaeus, 1758)

This is the "Blackbuck", native from India, Nepal and Pakistan. His habitat includes grassy plains and thinly forested areas. Perennial sources of water is a “plus”. Blackbuck has been introduced in many countries: here, the photography is taken in the reserve from “Le Château de Sauvage” (Émancé, close to Chartres near Paris in France).

Phyllogenetic classification

Biota / Eucaryotes / Unicontes / Opisthocontes / Choano-organismes / Métazoaires / Eumetazoaires / Bilatériens / Deuterostomiens / Chordata / Craniata / Vertebrata / Gnathostomata / Sarcopterygii / ………. / Amniota / ……… / Synapsida / Therapsida / Mammalia / ………. / ………. / ……….. / Eutheria / Epitheria / ………. / ……….. / ……….. / …………. / ………… / Cetartiodactyla / Ruminantia / Bovidae / Antilopinae / Antilope cervicapra

Brief description

Moderately sized animal, around 80 centimetres at the shoulder, for a length around 120 centimetres. Blackbuck looks like gazelles: nevertheless, the colour of the dorsal part of the blackbuck is dark brown to dark while the same place of the gazelles is brown.

The horn of the male specimens are long (up to 75 centimetres); they are ringed and looks like a corkscrew, as you can observe in the picture. White coloration around the eyes and on the chin.

Blackbuck is a very good runner (maybe the speediest of all the mammals) and is also very resistant. It can run faster than all the predators (up to more than 100 kilometres per hour in certain situations-currently 50 kilometres per hour). It can run for a very long time (40 to 50 kilometres per hour along one to two hours). That’s it’s method of protection against the predators.

IUCN status is “on the red list”, classified “vulnerable” in 1999 and “near threatened” in 2008. The total population at the moment is around 50000 individuals. After a long decline, the population seems to be stabilized now.


• Links

o Antilope cervicarpa in “India Biodiversity Portal” - A comprehensive documentation on this antelope
o Antilope cervicarpa in “An ultimate Ungulate Fact Sheet” from Brent Huffman
o Antilope cervicarpa in “Mammal Species of the World” from the Biology Department of the Bucknell University
o Antiolope cervicarpa in « Tous les mammifères de la planète » from Ch.Boudet (with a comprehensive bibliography on mammals)
o Antilope cervicarpa in Animal Diversity Web from the Museum of Zoology of the Michigan University
o Antilope cervicarpa in Encyclopedia of Life – A comprehensive documentation on this antilope
o Bovidae phylogenetic classification (TolWeb)
o Antilopinae phylogenetic classification (TolWeb)
o Antilope cervicapra phylogenetic classification (TolWeb)
o Tree of life
o Paleontology and biodiversity

• Books

o Précis de Sciences Biologiques - Zoologie / Vertébrés – P.P.Grassé et Ch.Devillers – Masson et Compagnie
o Classification phylogénétique du vivant – G.Lecointre et H.Le Guyader – Tomes 1 et 2 – Belin éditeur
o L’Encyclopédie des animaux – Jenni Bruce, Kareen MacGhee, Luba Vangelova, Richard Vogt – University of California Press (Très bon guide illustré).
o Le monde du vivant – Traité de biologie – W.K.Purves, G.H.Horians, H.C.Heller. – Sciences Flammarion et Sinauer Associates Incorporated – Massachusetts.


• Date of shooting 28/10/2014 11:16:36
• Place of shooting Réserve zoologique du Château de Sauvage (Émancé, close to Chartres – France)
• Latitude 48.585891 N
• Longitude 01.741848 E

• Camera

o Objectif ZUIKO MinFocalLength 50 MaxFocalLength 200 Aperture 1: 2,8 / 3.5

• Picture Specification’s

o ImageWidth 4640
o ImageLength 3472
o BitsPerSample 16
o Compression Uncompressed
o Orientation Horizontal

• Shooting’s conditions

o Light source Fine weather
o Metering mode Center weighted average
o Picture mode Vivid
o Exposure mode Aperture priority AE
o Focus mode Manual
o Focus process AF not used
o Aperture f/3.5
o ExposureTime 1/1000
o ISO Speed Rating 1000
o FocalLength 200
o White Balance Temp 5300°K
o Noise Reduction none
o Shading Compensation off
o Contrast normal
o Saturation normal
o Sharpness normal
o Mode image Vivid

Raw processing

Formation au post-traitement numérique

• Processing of the raw file Olympus (*.orf) with DxO OpticsPro 11

• Colour

o White Balance Temperature 5095°K – Hue -9
o Colours’ Accentuation vibrance 15 saturation 0
o Colour’s rendition Referenced camera - Intensity 100 – Saturated colours protection – 1
o TSL none

• Light

o Compensation exposition High light priority - Strong / correction -0.90
o DxO smart lighting uniform – light – Intensity 25
o Selective ton 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
o DxO clear view intensity 50
o Contrast 0 – 25 – 0 / 0 – 0 – 0)
o Curve of tonnality none
o Vigneting Auto, detected lens based – Intensity 100 – Preservation 50

• Details

o Noise reduction prime luminance 40 – chrominance 100 – Low frequencies 75 – Missing
pixels 25
o Lens sharpness Globale 0.00 – Détails 50 – Bokeh 50
o Aberration chromatique Auto – Lateral – Intensity 100 – Size 6 – Blurr OK

• Geometry

o Horizon 0.00°
o Recroping Manual – Size ratio 4/3
o Recroping area of 1315 x 1753 px from 4608 x 3456 px


• Opening of the created tiff file with corel paint shop pro
• Mappage local hue intensity 2.0 block size 12
• High pass sharpness Intensity 50 radius 15.00
• Treknature compatible resizing (max 800x800 – maximum weight 300)
• Jpg publication – normal compression - intensity 6 – mode YCbCr 1x1 1x1 1x1

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Salut Philippe. Un vis a vis absolument magnifique! Quelle pose et aussi quelle qualite' des details et couleurs,jolie hommage a cette espece qu'on n'a pas vu souvent ici! Belle journee' et merci,Luciano

Hello Philippe,
Excellent close-up of this Black Buck. Common in western India. Very good details and colour. Just if you could remove left side another buck's body part, I think it would have been more eye catching.
Let me try :-)
Thanks for sharing,
Best regards and have a nice WE,

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