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The winner takes it all!


The winner takes it all!
Photo Information
Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-28
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 80-400 OS
Exposure: f/8.6, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): some blood, but it's nature, African Canines, Canidae, BEST OF: Wild Dogs, Dholes, & False foxes 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-14 13:51
Viewed: 5917
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Gerhard & Japie have written already more than I knew about these critters, so I will leave it there. This is one of 15 puppies in a group of about 35 African Wild Dog in the Cheetah Research Centre at Hoedspruit. They were chasing each other & play fighting over a bone, & this pup was the winner. Note the typical habitat with dead leaves all over the place. Although it is already summer, they have had no rain, & the veldt was still dressed in it winter coat. Note also how the dog fades into the BG, perfectly camouflaged in its environment. This one is for Japie, who loves these painted dogs. Like with the Pimp, the BG is not nice, time of day and the flash died on me.

SHOOTING DETAILS
Venue – Kampala – Cheetah Research Centre
Date 28th September 2004
Time 10h05
Camera - Nikon D70
ISO 200 & -0,7 EV
Sigma 80-400 F4.5- 5.6 APO OS
Filter – Cokin UV
Focal length - 180 mm
Exposure mode - Aperture Priority - 1/1 320 @ F8
Flash – none
Metering Mode – Muti Pattern
Support – Handheld
Bit of cropping, levels; hue/ saturation; Some USM, , reduced to Site size.

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nice shot of this cute (but i gues they can be mean :o) ) wild dog!
good compo and colours.
good shot!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-14 14:09]

Great shot Callie, I like his crossed legs! He looks like he expects to defend the meat. Very nice work.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-14 15:12]

Thanks for this Callie. As you said I love these dogs and especially how they lead their family life. They are always glad to see each other, welcoming one that has been away with a lot of fanfare. Humans can learn a lot from these dogs.

Thanks again for this youngster. I wish my kids ears were this big - their ears only hear what they want to :)

WOW, nice shot. This youngster is so protective of his catch. Very nice capture Callie. Great work.

We are becoming experts on this mamal. The sharpness is not the best, I think the light did not help, but the composition and subject are wonderful. The pose looks very natural. Thanks for posting!

Interesante retrato de este orejon tan simpático.
La composicion es buena, asi como el encuadre, pero personalmente tanto el foco como su colorido son un poco soft.
Realicé un workshop... espero te agrade.

Interesting picture of this big ears so likeable.
The composition is good, asi like the frame, but personally as much the focus as their colorful one is a little soft.
I made a workshop... I hope pleases to you.

Good photo Callie. I've seen these dogs on t.v. How they run in packs and gang up on their prey.

Heh heh.. such big ears!! I guys they hear their prey before they see it?

Very good Callie.
It's coute with the big ears.
Good pose , nice colours and good details.
Great note
Very well done.
BTW
I think now when you have the OS you can sell "Big Bertha" for good money and get a 180 macro and monye over for a nice
expensive present to your wife.;-)

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-10-14 23:23]

Ricardo did a good worshop.
I am learning a lot of things by your notes. Your Shooting Details are very instructive matter. TFS

humm..ca a laire bon, l'animale est tellement absober par son repas qu'il ne te regarde meme pas.
jolie photo: bonne composition, bonne pdc .
nice done.

These dogs are amazing, and it's a pretty good image of one Callie, you have caught him well. How do you find the 80 - 400 OS compared to your 120 - 300 F2.8 ? Would be interested to hear your reply.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-10-15 10:32]

A very good capture.
He looks very keen to keep his prize!
Colours and composition are excellent,I might have cloned out the 2 twigs on the right.
A good shot,very well done.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-10-15 13:52]

Callie ik lees uw teksten zeker tweemaal, want wij hebben deze dieren niet in België, ik denk dat u een speciale band heeft met de dieren, en misschien hun taal begrijpt. Wat een mooie foto opnieuw, wij genieten thuis met het gezin.
Groeten, John

Very nice capture callie it seems very relaxed with you there. as you say its colouration is a superb match for its suroundings.
I attempted a rae WS to see if I could do any thing with the highlight at the back of the head.

Nice capture, Callie. Very interesting animal - the wild dog. Nice note.

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