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Zebra in panic

Zebra in panic
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon 70-200 F4 L USM IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-10-28 2:09
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Plains Zebra (Equus quagga) are sometimes called common zebra, because they are the most common and geographically widespread. Plains subspecies include; Grant’s, Burchell’s, and Chapman’s or Damara. Grant’s zebras have a V-shaped pattern of stripes midway on their bodies. Burchell’s stripes are wider and become horizontal toward the rear. The zebra with dark and light stripes is the Damara (also called Damarland).

There are two categories of Mountain Zebra: Hartman Mountain and Cape Mountain. Their stripes are narrow at the front and get wider at the back, while the rear spine and upper tail are marked with a zipper-like pattern. They also have something that no other equine has—a dewlap or wattle of flesh under the throat. These zebras are also good rock climbers.

Grevy’s Zebras are thought to be the oldest zebra type. They have a short, thick neck. Their stripes are narrower than other zebras and have one long stripe that runs along their back, plus they have a white belly. Grevy’s are the biggest zebra, yet they need less water than other types. However, they are endangered by lost of habitat, competition with domestic animals for water, and by poachers killing them for their hides.

Fun Zebra Facts

- In South Africa there is a project to bring back the Quagga, an extinct subspecies of the Plains Zebra.

- Zebras can run up to 40 miles per hour and baby zebras can run an hour after they are born!

- In ancient Rome Grevy’s zebras were called hippotigris and trained to pull carts for the circus.

- On the Serengeti plains, Burchell’s zebras sometimes form migratory herds of tens of thousands!

- Not only can you tell what type of zebra it is by its stripes, but no zebra has exactly the same stripes.

The shot was taken in very late afternoon, in RAW, ISO640 handheld camera.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-10-28 2:17]

Yeap! Another great shot! Excellent presented!
Thanks for sharing

Hi George,
A very good capture of this Zebra. Good light, Good composition and excellent sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-28 2:28]

Hello George,
I thought I'm wearing a 3D glass.
the use of depth of field is stunning.
The zebra stands out excellently against its background. The blurry surroundings make it more effective.
Most of all, you captured the dusts that throw in the wonder of action.
You produced a package of elements and beauty.


hello George
very beautiful action shot
good details and composition with nice sharpness

Hi George,
great action shot. Nice light and colours. fantastic picture.

Ciao George. Best compliments for the masterpiece!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-28 5:25]

hello George,
With this picture you show us what a good photographer you are. Everything here is excellent, a dynamic and interesting shot with a perfecet depth of field and sharpness all over the moving animal. Most beautiful too the view on the surrounding vegetation. And most beautiful fine colors here!
Kind regards

Hello George,

Wow, this are an beauty by you.
Good low pov and sharpness, i like the sand trappling away.
Fine war colours.
Well done1


great capture, TFS Ori

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-10-28 7:05]

Very fine image, I should say, everything here is wonderful, composition, action, colors, lighting and depth. Sure one of the best images of Zebra and yours too. tfs.

Hellow George,
A classical capture with all the components of a great photograph,not a snap shot,this is excellent, well done MF.

Hello George,
another great picture this image of zebra, sharp details and light very beautiful. A nice image. Tanks for sharing. Greetings, Paolo

Very well captured George. Good action and beautiful exposure to bring out the lovely colors in the BG.
One to print and hang.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-28 8:39]

Hello George,
Fantastic photo in superb sharpness and details. Perfect DOF with wonderful and very beautiful colours and OOF BG. Impressive pose. Taken from a very good low POV with a perfect timing. Excellent composition. A beauty in high quality!

Hello George,
Really dynamic this image! ... I can almost hear the zebra neigh! ... It is a very special picture with visual characteristics that convey much of the environment and the attitude of the animal (Really "panic", eh?). But I still like your macros more instead of these huge mammals! ha ha ha ... :) I love bugs!
With respect to the note, I always like it when you include the "Fun facts section ".... That's valuable in a photo!
Thanks for posting and sharing!
Greetings from Venezuela!

George splendid action shot! Zebra is in recovery perfectly in its natural environment with this posture of panic.. perhaps some feline near...
take care sERGIO

Hello George,
Excellent capture with superb details and fantastic focus.
Great image! Congratulation for this exceptional moment!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-28 11:40]

Hello George.
Fantastic moment caught with sharp details and good light.The expressions on this zebra in shot is priceless.Very well composed with a perfect exposure. Details and sharpness perfect, light and colour wonderful. Great compositon all round.Best regards Siggi

Ciao George, wonderful zebra in fantastic action, splendid light, wonderful natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Ralph (28)
  • [2010-10-28 13:20]

Hello George,

I really like the action, nice colors and compo.
Good catch!

Greetz Ralph

Hi George,

Lovely shot of these beautiful Zebra. Good timing to capture the movement.
Thank you!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-28 15:50]

This is perfect for a page of a National Geographic magazine,what a timing and what a quality..the perfect light position to capture this moment!Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

Hola George

Has conseguido una imagen muy buena de esta cebra y su entorno, realmente muy buena. Felicidades.

Un saludo de Antonio

Nature in action, fantastic! It is always better to get some kind of movement or action in wildlife photography, this is a good example

Bonjour George,
Très belle publication très finement détaillée et prise à l'instant décisif grâce à une très bonne maitrise de la profondeur de champ et de la vitesse.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Fantastic action shot George. The zebra stands out against the faded back ground. This was an excellent shot. Very well done indeed. Your notes are also very informative.

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2010-10-30 6:47]

Amazing details and nice capture. To me this is one of your best photos and also one of the best Zebra photos that I've ever seen. TFS George.

good morning George
Since I was in field work in last weekend, I cant write very much on TN posts. I visit newly your last three posts.
This is really excellent of pretty Zebra, with perfect sharpness of focus, light using and exposure. It looks like in three dimension. wonderful action shot. thanks for sharing this beauty. well done my friend

Hi George,

Sorry to see the Zebra frightened by Quad-Bikes. Good Action Photo.



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