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Burchell's zebra

Burchell's zebra
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's Burchell's zebra [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-22 5:39
Viewed: 6076
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Burchell's zebra photographed in Kruger National Park.

Taxonomy and evolution

Zebras were the second species to diverge from the earliest proto-horses, after the asses, around 4 million years ago. The Grevy's zebra is believed to have been the first zebra species to emerge. Fossils of an ancient equid were discovered in the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument in Hagerman, Idaho. It was named the Hagerman horse with a scientific name of Equus simplicidens. It is believed to have been similar to the Grevy's zebra. The animals had stocky zebra-like bodies and short, narrow, donkey-like skulls.[1] The Grevy's zebra also has a donkey-like skull. The Hagerman horse is also called the American zebra or Hagerman zebra.

There are three extant species, as well as several subspecies. Zebra populations vary a great deal, and the relationships between and the taxonomic status of several of the subspecies are well known.

The Plains Zebra (Equus quagga, formerly Equus burchelli) is the most common, and has or had about twelve subspecies distributed across much of southern and eastern Africa. It, or particular subspecies of it, have also been known as the Common Zebra, the Dauw, Burchell's Zebra (actually the subspecies Equus quagga burchelli), Chapman's Zebra, Wahlberg's Zebra, Selous' Zebra, Grant's Zebra, Boehm's Zebra and the Quagga (another extinct subspecies, Equus quagga quagga).

The Mountain Zebra (Equus zebra) of southwest Africa tends to have a sleek coat with a white belly and narrower stripes than the Plains Zebra. It has two subspecies and is classified as endangered.

Grevy's Zebra (Equus grevyi) is the largest type, with a long, narrow head making it appear rather mule-like. It is an inhabitant of the semi-arid grasslands of Ethiopia and northern Kenya. The Grevy's Zebra is one of the rarest species of zebra around today, and is classified as endangered.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
14/10/2007 14:14:28
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
Focal Length
560,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

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  • Great 
  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-22 5:53]

Hello Annick,
nice shot. Wonderful DOF and nice background, framing is very good. Amd of course, perfect exposure and great detail

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-22 6:29]

Hello Annick,
Excellent close-up of this Zebra. I like the way it is looking at you and the sharp details are most impressive. Very nicely framed too. I think they're lovely animals!
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Annick,
A portrait with character.
I like the frontal pose of this amazing animal.
They're very good details got and rendered of its fur.
Very nice jog done with DOF and blurred background.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
Muy best regards,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-22 7:24]

Hi Annick
What a great portrait.Perfect POV and very sharp image.The eye's contact is outstanding , I also like that nice OOF BG.
TFS Michel

Hi Annick,

Beautiful, beautiful and again beautiful.
What an amazing close-up!
Great natural colours under a nice light.
This image is so sharp, he seems so real on my screen!
Congratulations for this splendid photo!


Hey Annick,
Nice POV/DOF...beautiful result..

TFS & rgds,

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2008-02-22 9:30]

Hi Annick,
Perfect portrait, Love the creamy background.Seems like he is looking through a window.

Hello Annick,
WOW! that is really a fantastic capture, great comp[osition and point of view, nice eye contact and good pose, excellent sharpness and depth of field, very nice colors and perfect contrast, terrific details and beautfiul blurred background.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-22 14:13]

Hi Annick

Excellent composition with wonderful detail and colours. Well seen and captured.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-02-22 18:54]

Hi Annick, impressive work. Awesome clarityand excellent colours. Congratulations for a composition well done.

Beautiful camera work, once again. The patterns of the zebra are always interesting and the details and sharpness of your image make them even moreso. I suspect you were trying to keep him out of the center but I feel I would like to see just a bit more of him. This would be a fun image to play with frames of differing values. Here to my eye, the high contrast black and white zebra pattern comes forward visually; but so does the white frame. Some might see that as a kind of conflict. A neutral color frame would recede visually and the zebra would advance. At least that is the way my eyes see it.... probably just a personal thing???

Evelynn : )

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-23 1:10]

Hi Annick

Another outstanding and terrific portrait from you, my friend!
I really really like the composition here - with the head just popping from around the frame :) Very ingenious!
That aside, the usual sharpness and colors are "Annick quality" and needless to say they are top class!
Great work in every aspect!

Bravo and TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-23 2:05]

Excellent shot of this Zebra!
The composition is exeptional.
The eye-contact and head-on POV is superb, Annick.
Sharp with great detail and clarity.
Nice lighting.
Great bokeh and BG.
Very well done,


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-02-23 11:39]

Annick, amazing shot. what a close look and expression. Ganesh

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-23 11:48]

Hi Annick,
Outstanding portrait shot again with immaculate sharpness and a great space management. Superb natural lighting and exposure levels. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

You have left enough room on the left side to add a note for a greeting card or some such. I'm sure you already thought of that. Very nice Zebra Annick and best of wishes from tech states...

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-25 7:36]

Hello Annick, great portrait of that Zebra, very well composed with your usual high quality level, well done, thanks!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-11 10:02]

Hello Annick

A beauty!
The POV and DOF are excellent.
Wonderful focus and sharpness.
The colours are excellent.
A wonderful moment captured.


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