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"Aw, go ahead...Shoot me"

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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-06
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 300mm f2.8 + 1.4 extender
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-08-03 10:10
Viewed: 3797
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm assuming that this is a male. It was explained to me by a national forester friend of mine, that the male pronghorn who have not mated and/or have little prospect of doing so, have a sort of defeatist attitude. While generally one thinks of pronghorn as being skittish and running at the slightest provocation, these young males (even in the spring) will just sort of stand there as if to say, "Aw, go ahead... shoot me"... therefore the title. See workshop photo.
The Pronghorn is built for maximum predator evasion through running; its speed is surpassed only by that of the cheetah. It can sustain high speeds longer than cheetahs, however. The top recorded speed was 61 mph (98 km/h). The Pronghorn, although built for speed with an oversized heart and lungs, is a very poor jumper. Their ranges are often affected by sheep ranchers' fence. However, they can be seen going under fences. For this reason the Arizona Antelope Foundation and others are in the process of removing the bottom barbed wire from the fences, and/or installing a barbless bottom wire. The Pronghorn also sports a very large set of eyes that are said to be the equivalent of 8X binoculars, and have a 270 degree field of vision.

By 1908, hunting pressure had reduced the Pronghorn population to about 20,000. Protection of habitat and hunting restrictions have allowed them to recover to 500,000 Pronghorns.


These animals are the "antelope" known from western movies and songs, but they are not true antelope.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2007-08-03 10:19]

lovely shot Evelynn,
fantastic capture, great point of view, fantastic dof exelent photojob, congratiolation.
gr. jaap

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-08-03 10:31]

hi Evelynn,
a superb picture,good pov and nice details...

Nice portrait and good nnote.

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-08-03 10:44]

Great photo and a very interesting note! The photo is beautiful even though the biologist in me would have liked to see more of the animal. I like the reflection on the wet nose a lot!
Best regards/Bengt

Hello Evelynn, one more a freat shot, I like his ose, very nice naturel colours, great sharpness and good composition, well done,

A magnificent portrait, Evelynn. Great use of the 300 * 1.4 here. But in terms of the composition, great lighting and use of limited DoF to isolate this guy. It is really well done. OK, I have one suggestion -- I think that his face may be a bit too centered. If you crop a bit from the top and right, it throws his a bit more face off center, but will provide a nice balance with the rest of his body).
P.S. The pronghorn is the mascot of my university. Maybe they'll want to license your image!
P.P.S. The story of the mating reminded me of an obit in the paper today about a guy who studied the last Shakers, and how they resigned themselves to extinction through a lack of sex. I suppose this guy is looking at the opposite direction -- a lack of sex left him resigned to extinction!

nice portrait, TFS Ori

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-08-03 13:32]

Hi Evelynn,
I remember pronghorns from when I lived in Wyoming...Beautiful animals but very wary of humans...They seem more like something one would see in Africa, not the US...Anyway, a fantastic portrait with outstanding color and exposure against a great BG...Very well captured...


Hi Evelynn,
A wonderful portrait with excellent details. The cathlight in its left eye is very beautiful. I like the color of the OOF BG, it has almost the same color as the Pronghorn, but because it is blurred it isolates the subject perfectly. I know how skitterish these animals are so the fact that you can Jerry got this close is impressive.

Sweet shot of this Pronghorn, Evelynn.
Lovely light,color,focused detail, BG, as well as the composition. Neat photo in WS.

Hello Evelynn,
This is one interesting animal. Those horns are very unusal. A well presented photo and clear to see.
Good Shot,
Smiley tomorrow.

Lol the pronghorn reminds me of some guys I knew in highschool. You got some good light on this fella Evelynn.

Hi Evelynn!
What a funny pose of very interesting creature.
I like POV, colours and an interesting note.
Bravo and TFS.
Best withes from Lodz,

Hello Evelynn,
Very sharp and detailed image here. Perfect exposure, natural looking colors. Nice eye contact wih this handsome fella too :)
Very well done.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-04 5:08]

Hi Evelynn,
Splendid portrait shot of the Pronghorn. Very neat and sharp image with lovely natural colour tones and spot-on focus. Wonderful eye contact and you have captured a fine expression and pose. Excellent POV to portray it against the smooth BG and a marvellous composition. Kudos.

The world has changed. Just a few years ago we had no digital..now we are blessed with new opportunities and a few times we are lucky to have someone talented already in art world. A teacher no less. So you continue on with your gift...this product comes "pre-talented". Very nice, almost relaxing picture.


Hi Evelynn,
An excellent portrait shot on this Pronghorn. Very well composed and framed with great eye contact. Colors and detailare superb. Well controled DOF has a nice OOF backround. Very cool workshop photo. Amazing they let you get that close!

Hello Evelynn nice portrait and good focus good background seperation fine details in the fur nice contrast tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Evelynn,
I'm new member of TN. and uploaded first photo on today,I Admire to your photos in wild life
The portrait of pronghorn is excellant.TFS.
Best Regards...

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-08-06 3:31]

Wow... You sure caught that one as a "deer in the headlight"!
Great POV... and probably the closest shot I've seen of a pronghorn.
Another timely capture of an animal that is usually averse to the spotlight. A beautiful specimen!

Hi Evelynn
What an admirable portrait of this guy! It smiles us and its look seems very nice. You are succesful for taking this photo. I like whole photo. All details are faultless and excellent. Bravo and TFS.

Hi Evelynn,
Well I finally got around to visit your images, and I must say that this is a really nice portrait shot of this beautiful pronghorn, the symetry from this POV works out Fantastically. :)

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