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The Priest

The Priest
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-28
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z1
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Johannesburg Zoo
Theme(s): Mammals of Southern Africa, Monkeys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-29 13:40
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Old World Monkeys

This is the first post in a series on old world monkeys. I hope I can keep you interested to complete the series. I love the "human-like" postures and facials of this family of animals and are therefore sharing it with you.

There are at least 78 species of Old World monkeys in two subfamilies. (the Cercopithecinae and the Colobinae)

Monkeys in both groups are relatively large, being about the size of small to medium-sized dogs.

Most Old World monkeys are cercopithecines. Included in this subfamily are the baboons, mangabeys, mandrills, guenons, patas monkeys, and macaques. These are all African species with the exception of the macaques which also live in Asia and Gibraltar.

Many species of the Cercopithecinae subfamily sleeps in trees or on cliff faces and spend their days in large groups foraging for food on grasslands. Perhaps, the most familiar of these semi-terrestrial monkeys are the African baboons.
The semi-terrestrial cercopithecines are usually very sexually dimorphic. In these species, adult males are often twice as large as females and much more aggressive. Male savanna baboons grow up to 56 kg and have powerful jaws with long canine teeth. These are useful traits for defense against predators, competition for mates, and occasional hunting.

The cercopithecines share two other identifiable anatomical characteristics--ischial callosities and cheek pouches. The latter are cheeks that expand rather like those of hamsters to allow the secure temporary storage of food. This is a useful trait for these omnivorous monkeys since they compete with each other for desirable foods and are not inclined to share. Fruit and meat are particularly prized. Large male baboons aggressively hunt other monkeys, small chimpanzees, and even flamingos for food.

The females in some of the cercopithecine species develop prominent sexual skins around the time of ovulation. This is a signal to males that they are sexually receptive.

This baboon is a Sacred baboon. I will post a fact sheet with a later post. For more info on the venue please refer to my travelogue.

urban, carper, Callie, AndyB, PDP, pompey, Robbrown, JeanMichel, japie, Riz, ellis49, Lourens, nwoehnl, RAP, DiaAzul, ljsugarnspice, gopi has marked this note useful
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  • urban Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 4 N: 79] (413)
  • [2004-08-29 13:53]

What a great expression. Great photo indeed. Good note too.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-08-29 13:55]

Hij is fantastisch Gerhard,
Very good one, great composition, with good details, very good colours with a fine dof, very good note, very good job.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-29 14:14]

Who's his barber? I want to stay away. Mean eyes, and note too! well done. Much better than the one I have.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-29 14:51]

A great shot.
Excellent details and composition.
A great note too,very well done.

Gerhard, Good registration of this baboon. But it lacks something. It is technically very wel taken but it lacks emotion/feeling or something. This may have to do with the look of the animal or possibly the background which does not contrast very much with the animal.
Nevertheless it is a well recorded portrait.
Greetings, Jan

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-29 15:28]

Thought my monitor had bee replaced by a mirror for a moment!

Great face and that's how I feel some mornings. Lovely job you have done here adn superb note as ever.

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2004-08-29 16:24]

Hasn't this baboon heard of hair straighteners or does he spend hours backcombing it!
Seriously though it is a fantastic picture with an amazing expression. The clarity is exceptional. Great note also. A definite favourite.
Well captured.

He looks like an old grandad sat out side the village cafe sipping a drop of the local hard stuff and a endless cups of black coffee.
No real agreat portart on what sems to have been a day of good ones.

What a beautiful portrait, perfectly framed and photographied. Very good soft light, suits well for a portrait. I like the eyes looking slightly on your right, giving even more personality. He deserves the title you've choosen!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-30 5:42]
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Is this someone we know (maybee someone from parliament!) Excellent capture and I love the textures. Those eyes (that will never tell a lie) are wonderfull. Excellent post

Gerhard, He's got the look alright! Reminds me a bit of Einstein the famous physicist!. Without the IQ of course!! A fascinating animal and very informative note. TN is now my designated "Learning Channel"!!!

Good portrait with nice expression.
Nice colous and good sharpness.
Good note.
Well done Gerhard.

Gerhard, this is very nice! I like the furry halo around his face. Very good note as well.

Well, this sure is a fine character study, Gerhard. Remarkable facial expression, and one-of-a-kind hairdo to boot. Well captured against the contrasting brown background. Wonderful capture, and very good job on the notes.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-30 15:46]

Dónde obtuviste esa foto mia Gerhard?
Tendré que hablar con Adam para que la censure ;-)
Hermosa captura... impresionante detalle y nitidez.
Excelente colorido y encuadre.
Muy buena nota tambien.

Where do you obtained that photo mine Gerhard?
I will have to speak with Adam so that it censures it ;-)
Beautiful capture... impressive detail and clearness.
Excellent colorful and frame.
Very good note also.

Great animal portrait. I love the tones and colours in this picture. The amount of retained detail in the fur is fantastic.

The expression of the baboon, his face and eyes make this a picture to look at over and over again.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-11-27 9:24]

Very nice composition, great color and light i love it, i appreciate the note includes with the picture, well done Gerhard

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  • gopi Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 70] (337)
  • [2005-04-18 16:27]

Such beautiful expression on his face... the more I look at it the more i read into it... the more i read into it the more human it looks to me.
Well done.
Howard's observation of Einstein is indeed true:-)
Very informative note too.
Thanks for sharing

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  • Pieter (12)
  • [2005-11-04 1:10]

Great photo. Good note to. The background could be a bit darker to bring out the priest more.

Just a pity that this photo was taken in a zoo and not in his natrual inviroment.

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