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The Zebra Family

The Zebra Family
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Copyright: Paul Lees (PaulLees) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 548 W: 0 N: 1647] (9004)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 55 - 300mm Zoom, UV filters
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-25 1:42
Viewed: 3051
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

No animal has a more distinctive coat than the zebra. Each animal's stripes are as unique as fingerprints—no two are exactly alike—although each of the three species has its own general pattern.

Why do zebras have stripes at all? Scientists aren't sure, but many theories center on their utility as some form of camouflage. The patterns may make it difficult for predators to identify a single animal from a running herd and distort distance at dawn and dusk. Or they may dissuade insects that recognize only large areas of single-colored fur or act as a kind of natural sunscreen. Because of their uniqueness, stripes may also help zebras recognize one another.

Zebras are social animals that spend time in herds. They graze together, primarily on grass, and even groom one another.

Plains (Burchell's) zebras are the most common species. They live in small family groups consisting of a male (stallion), several females, and their young. These units may combine with others to form awe-inspiring herds thousands of head strong, but family members will remain close within the herd.


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Hi Paul,

in my opinion you get a great light in this picture.Warm and suitable for the surrounding environment and for the zebras' coat.I believe these zebras are the same of another your photo with a title that caused an uproar, for reasons unknown to me.As you write in the note the camouflage works well both for the stripes and for the coat's colour, but the subjects in the photo stand out well from the BG anyway.Excellent composition and sharpness.



Very nice of the zebras to pose like this for you. The colours are good reflectors of the location. You are an artist as well as a nature photographer.

Hi Paul,
Impressive and eloquent shot, and with these light is more eloquent!... Well done!
Regards, TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-25 7:09]

Hello Pauly,
Very nice photo of these Zebras in beautiful warm evening light. Good sharpness. Excellent DOF, POV, eye contact and composition.

Ciao Paul, great capture of lovely family, fantastic light, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
PS don't miss the butterfly that I'll post this evening

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-08-25 7:31]

One of the best images of the Zebra, wonderful image, may be some more brightness is needed. tfs.

Hello Paul
A beautiful capture of these zebra families, great colors and light, I see you like to take pictures near or at sunsets to give them the beautiful golden hour colors. Well done!
Regards Hedesan

Hi Paul,
another great shot.
Really sharp and detailed.
Nice compo, too.

Beautiful scene Pauly! Excellent photo. Very good composition fantastic lighting and very good sharpness, Interesting note too.

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-08-25 10:24]

Bonjour Paul,
Très belle photo de ces zèbres à la lumière du soir. Bonne netteté.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-25 11:44]

Hello Paul.
Great shot. Very nice composition whith good colours and sharpness. I like the point of view.
Best regards Siggi

hello Paul
very good picture of this Family
great details and good sharpness
the colours are very good
thanks greeting lou

Hello Pauly,
They look to be a happy family. I like especially the lighting, colours, details, composition and eye contact. Well done!

Hello Paul,
Here is a typical picture of African zebras.
The colors are fantastic.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful image!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-25 14:13]

Hi Paul,
magical atmosphere in this fantastic picture!!
Fantastic light, excellent POV, composition and sharpness.
Great time taken.
Thanks for sharing

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-25 15:28]

Hi Paul,a magnificent trio in the fantastic light of sunset,the colors so warm are a great spectacle,very impressive sharpness too.My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Pauly,
Very nice capture of these zebras. I like that they are all neat in a row from biggest to smallest. Very interesting light and nice heads up by the big one. Well done.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-08-26 4:28]

Hello Pauly,
On your last pictures you had this marvellous late afternoon sun which illuminated in a very fine way the natural scenes you have photographed. The Trio of Zebras here is so well taken too, love the way the first one at left looks to the photographer. Very well composed too.
Kind regards

Bonjour Pauly,
Très belle réunion de famille didèlement restituée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-08-26 11:44]

Hi Paul,
Beautiful photo of this zebras,from family album. Gorgeous light and colours.Good composition.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Paul,
Another perfect capture from you taken from a very good low POV with eye contact. Beautiful natural colours, outstanding sharpness and details. Well done!

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