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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
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's Burchell's zebra [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-22 11:11
Viewed: 5062
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Burchell's Zebra is a large land mammal with an off-white coloring, but never pure white. The shadow stripes are usually well marked, and the leg stripes are absent or poor, and almost never complete to hooves.(wiki)

Who's Burchell?

Burchell travelled in South Africa between 1810 and 1815, collecting over 50,000 specimens, and covering over 7000 km, much over unexplored terrain. He described his journey in Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa, a two-volume work appearing in 1822 and 1824, since reprinted in 1967 by C.Struik of Cape Town. There is little doubt that a third volume was planned, since the second volume ends long before completion of his journey. On 25 August 1815 he sailed from Cape Town with 48 crates of specimens aboard the vessel "Kate", calling at St. Helena and arriving back at Fulham on 11 November 1815. He travelled in Brazil between 1825 and 1830, again collecting a large number of specimens, including over 20,000 insects. The journals covering his Brazil expedition are missing, as are his diaries relating to his later travels. His field note books, detailing his plant collections, survive at Kew, and from those the latter part of his trip can be reconstructed.
His collection of plants, skins, skeletons, insects, seeds, bulbs and fish is considered to be the most extensive ever made in Africa, before or since. After his death by suicide, the bulk of his plant specimens went to Kew and the insects to Oxford University Museum. He is known for the copious and accurate notes he made to accompany every collected specimen, detailing habit and habitat, as well as the numerous drawings and paintings of landscapes, portraits, costumes, people, animals and plants.
Burchell was closely questioned in 1819 by a select committee of the British House of Commons about the suitability of South Africa for emigration, given his experience and knowledge of the country. It was no coincidence that the 1820 Settlers followed a year later.
He is commemorated in the monotypic genus Burchellia R. Br., as well as numerous specific names including Burchell's zebra and Burchell's coucal.
The standard author abbreviation Burch. is used to indicate this individual as the author when citing a botanical name.(wiki)

Most of the Kruger 400 mm images were taken without the 1,4 extender. Here the 1,4 was mounted, resulting in a 560 mm focal length..(without the sensor's crop factor)
Editing workflow: Lightroom, CameraRaw, Photoshop.

Thank you for your critiques...

nglen, SelenE, Royaldevon, matatur, Alex99, Jamesp, Pearl, albert, crs, Miss_Piggy has marked this note useful
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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-22 11:26]

Excellent shot Annick, POV is very well chosen and the contrast between those black & white stripes is well exposed. Perfect DOF and first class details - well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-22 11:51]

Hallo Annick,
Gelukkig was ik al enkele malen in Zuid-Afrika geweest voor jij er kwam, anders had ik er niet meer naar toe gehoeven. 320 Foto's van één gebied. Ik zou gefrustreerd thuis gekomen zijn, denk ik, omdat er niet veel origineels meer te bedenken zou zijn. Hoewel ... de vogeltjes kunnen me nog troosten ... misschien.
Ook dit weer een beauty met een uitstekende scherpte en expressie. Het frontale aanzicht is perfect.

Hello Annick!
This zebra looks like waiting for you and your camera! I like this close-up and portrait. You kept head of the mammal in very good DOF and sharpness. I like also a frame which corresponds with white stripes of zebra ;)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-22 11:53]

Hi Annick. Great close up of the head on this Zebra. You have captured the detail and markings so well. As we can see they are not total black and white but they have some brown. well done TFS.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-22 12:49]

Hi Annick,
That's a very nice portrait. I like your frontal POV, lighting and the framing. TFS
All the best,

Hello Annick,

Zebras are those animals that everyone likes! Maybe it is because of childhood jokes about horses in pyjamas, I'm not sure, but they are the most delightful animals to look at.
From this pose, it would appear that they like to look at humans, too!
The shot is perfectly composed, the focus is as sharp as a pin and the details are just excellent!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

A fine frontal portrait indeed Annick, of a curious looking fellow. The contrasty design on its face reminds me of op-art graphics. Your exposure is, as usual, faultless...

Hello Annick

This pose is so matter of fact.Zebras make wonderful subjects.
The focus is sharp with lovely detail.
Excellent lighting and colour.
The POV is terrific.
Great job.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-22 23:26]

Hi Annick.
However, I wish say "Hi" to this charming animal too. Amazing close-up and reproduction of all beautiful details of the zebra and its internal world. I am delighted. Bravo.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-22 23:53]
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Hi Annick

An excellent shot - wonderful detail and superb exposure.

Got back from Namibia yesterday at 4.30am - I think I got some reasonable shots of Hartman's Zebra.


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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-10-23 3:14]

Hello Annick,
Lovely details of the zebra.Good DOF and POV. i like the BG, it brings out the stripes on the zebra. TFS.

Hello Annick,
Great portrait
Who is looking at who should the title of your photo
Well seen and captured

Excellent portrait of this Burchell's zebra, the frame has been filled in nicely where one can just sit back an admire the beautiful stripes of this African resident. Very nice note on Burchell.
Well done Annick. :)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-23 8:43]

Hello Annick! Another superb portrait my friend! Great image of that fantastic Zebra. Good tight crop, perfect sharpness and a very well done exposure, good job!


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-25 10:24]

Hello Annick,

You have made a very fine portret of the Zebra. It is not only the fine pose of the animal but also the excelent way you have captured the light. The skin of the animal is shown in great sharpness and even the fine refelection of the light can be well observed.

Thank you for sharing,

Hallo Annick
If I look at this image it seems as if this guy was playing the perfect model. This is a great close-up with excellent clarity and focus. This is such a simple yet splendid shot. Really well managed and taken. The black and white lines are displayed well and perfect lighting at the right places in this shot really says it al. The hairs on the chin adds that special touch to this already special portrait. Thanks for this contribution.
Kind regards

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