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Blue Wildebeest

Blue Wildebeest
Photo Information
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: 2007-10-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Kruger National Park 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-14 15:20
Viewed: 4515
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today’s upload is a Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus).

This male was alone and resting in an open grassland. After a while the gnu stood up and started
scratching itself in a response to an itch. It isn’t tapping its index finger against the head…:-)

file info
Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
8/10/2007 14:34:25
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF

Have a great day, evening, night whatever…

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-14 15:45]

Hi Annick

Great pose - excellent exposure on the wildebeest plus great detail.


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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2008-06-14 17:31]

hi Annick
An uncommon position for the wildebeest but very good, I like the composition you got with this position not centering the object on the image.
good sharpness with the long lens (I think you used a tripod) and nice colors.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-06-14 18:23]

I tried doing it but I hurt my neck ;-) Beautiful picture, Annick, I love those pictures of yours looking like an almost ancient painting. The sepia tones against the blurred background, the beauty of the animal and this "intimate" moment. It is all very beautiful and well done, thank you!


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-14 18:36]

Hi Annick,
Outstanding shot and a great action moment freezed with perfect timing and skill. Very neat and sharp image with with nice colours and details. I like that expressive eye too. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.


Wonderful capture. Hopefully this guy didn't hurt his eye scratching ! Great work. TFS.

Best Regards,


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-14 20:08]

Hello Annick
Excellent capture..Nice natural pose and very sharp image.
TFS Michel

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-15 0:13]

Hola Annick,
excelente foto,
detalles magníficos y pov,
buenos detalles.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-06-15 0:21]

Hi Annick

My grandfather once asked me, "How do you shoot a buck through its foot and in the head?" The simple answer is you wait for it to scratch its ear. Not while it's tapping its index finger against the head (chuckle).

This shot clearly show the after winter dry grassland in the Satara area although there already was some rain, as can be clearly seen by the fresh new green blades of grass just starting to appear. This is a different pose than the usual and a rather interesting view of the gnu. You did well to capture good details and contrasts as this animal's dark coat normally tend to be problematic as it tricks the camera sensors. But that is obviously no handicap for an experienced photographer such as you.

Good work and TFS.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-06-15 0:34]

Merhaba Annick,
Nice natural pose and very sharp image.
Excellent composition and details. TFS

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-06-15 2:21]

Hi Annick,

Een leuke actie vastgelegd,je kan maar ergens jeuk hebben en er niet bij kunnen,fraai vastgelegd,


This is a lovely shot of the Wildebeast doing wildebeast things!
Very well timed and lovely use of the light, Annick!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-15 3:12]

Hello Annick, you have shot this with superb action. Is it doing some exercise or expressing some gratitude. Well done Ganesh

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2008-06-15 3:55]

Hello Annick,
I would imagine this is quite a dangerous situation for a Wildebeest to be alone in the bush. Excellent image, well composed and great depth of field, about perfect I think. I like the dusty background, it really adds some atmosphere to this image.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-15 23:40]

Hi Annick,
Magnificent shot..I liked pose of wildebeest a lot.POV,timing,lighting and composition are also perfect.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Annick,
I like the pose and rear view comedy :)
Everything looks great mf,
Love the bokeh produced by that 400mm F/2.8 magic lens too..

Hmmmmm... Looks like wildebeest pornography. LOL!!!!

Hello Annick, what an unusual pose you've caught - and quite funny scratching it's head like a chicken! The exposure is perfect, and creates a nice contrast between the animal and the bg with a fine pastel colour effect. Very good focus and detail. High quality as always from you. sorry p.t. Best rgds, Necip

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-17 8:31]

Hello Annick

A lovely capture of this wildebeest.He looks a little itchy.
Well focused with very good detail.
Excellent pov.
Well done.


Hello Annick!
This capture is really funny thanks to pose of this male of Blue Wildebeest. A kind of morning toilet? ;>
Very nice work!
Best regards,

Hi Annick,
Good sharp image with great detail to this very different pose.Well timed. TFS.

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