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What's So Funny - TBN 5

What's So Funny - TBN 5
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Copyright: Loot Eksteen (loot) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-02
Categories: Mammals, Savannah
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, Digital ISO 100, UV 86mm Kenko
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Mammals of Southern Africa, Monkeys, Baby Animals 5, Animal Portraits II, Funny Faces, Monkeys!, Mammals of Africa, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park 1, A study in Mammalogy (mammals) 1, Touched by Nature, Intimate Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-16 2:01
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Chacma baboon - Papio ursinus

The 5th delivery in the "Touched by Nature" series.

The continuing saga of our little friend from the Mkhombe area, ±0.5km from the Zincakeni Dam, which we met in an earlier posting "Deep, deep trouble again". We watched this guy and the rest of his troop for ±15 minutes, before he looked up for the 1st time. I think our laughter eventually gave him the courage to look straight at us (that’s when we were touched by nature) with this sheepish expression as if to ask: "So, what's so funny about being disciplined and sitting here in the 'dog box' not able to romp about with my friends?" Considering all factors, this guy took his discipline quite well and could probably count himself lucky as life in a baboon troop is no walk in the park. It is filled with dangers and rivalry that could cost a baby baboon its life quicker than one can say "chacma".

Research by scientists and behaviourists studying baboons inhabiting southern Africa’s Zambezi region, clearly shows these dangers to be real and regular. Due to the length of the report, I will present it in 3 separate postings, as I want to share the bulk of the contents without editing it too much

Source: "Murder in the troop".

A Little Help from Their Friends – Part 1
They revel in the good times and comfort in the bad, offering one another companionship and support, strength and protection. After all, what are friends for? These friendships are not those that develop between humans, but those of chacma baboons.

They live in large troops, governed by strict hierarchical order, in which alliances and family ties are the foundation. Spending a large part of their day in close proximity to one another, they engage in a host of communal bonding rituals, from grooming to foraging to collectively caring for their young. These activities serve to strengthen their social network as they build trust within the troop and buffer against outside threats such as predators or rivals. It would seem there could be no safer environment in which to raise a family.

But there is a dark side to chacma society. Desiring to father their own offspring, aggressive alpha males often resort to infanticide - killing babies that are still dependent on their mothers' milk. A nursing mother will not come into heat, but without a baby to feed, she will stop lactating and become sexually available.

Infanticide is common and is usually perpetrated by a male who recently immigrated into the group and attained alpha status. Attacks occur often enough to shake the nerves of every new mother. Some years, troops suffer an infanticide rate of up to 75% of all infant deaths. For mothers to avoid the risk of their babies being killed they often seek out friendships with males. In chacmas, just about every lactating female has at least one male friend. Friendships are likely to reduce the risk of infanticide. /End.

For the next episode see My Broken Tail.

Post Processing was done with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0

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To Callie: You must be yokingloot 1 06-14 16:44
To manyee: He better be worried!!!!loot 4 04-17 14:03
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"Hello little fellow, good to see you looking better and happier. No, we're not laughing at you. We've laughing with you!"
I love that intense look in his stare Loot, he does look like a young child. It's a beautiful portrait, the lighting on him is good, bringing out his dark eyes. And I love those pixie ears.
Great shot, and very interesting notes - not so sure about the lifestyle they live.

Hhmm... I recognize this face, especially those ears. : )
Hi Loot,
What a fantastic close-up. I like your full frame composition.
The details are excellent, and the exposure is perfect, showing very natural colors.
This little fella still has a very worried look. I just want to pick him up and hold him tight, especially after reading your notes.
Thanks for sharing another sensitive portrait of this young baboon. : )

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-04-16 5:41]

I did not think that my portrait circulated on Internet until I see this photograph, Loot. You knew to collect the intelligence in my glance and my mischievous side also, and I thank you. Few of my portraits have this quality ;-)

The struggle that you carried out for to post this photograph is all to your honor.

Superb capture Loot,
Very nice close up portrait of this little chap.
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and excellent notes to accompany this image.

Thanks for posting, Have a great week.

Hi Loot, Excellent work, Great details and colors perfect dof, everything is excellent. TFS Kyle

Hi Loot,
If the eyes are the window to the sole, we can clearly see into this little guy. Superb portrait! The frame filling crop is perfect here. No distractions, you are clearly drawn to the amazing facial expression here. Perfect exposure on this!

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-04-16 13:24]

Hello Loot , This one is very beautifulll ,a great portret
from this monkey ,the colours sharpnes his eyes details the background and framing ar very good ,i like it , Greetings Teunie .

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-04-16 15:36]

Hi Loot, great portrait. Excellent expression with good detail and exposure. Well captured and TFS.

Hi Loot,
this guy is soooo cute, I love the black eyes with the wonderful reflection inside, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Very nice portrait shot Loot, great sharpness, details and POV, well captured too. Thanks for sharing.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-04-16 19:31]

Hi Loot,
A great portrait, beautiful eye contact. Sharp details and natural colors. Very nice POV.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-04-16 23:04]

Hi Loot!

You did more than one good shot with this little guy. I liked the other one, but this portrait is as excellent. Sharpness is great, exposure is excellent with plenty of details even in the dark area, nice use of soft lighting. Framing and shallow DOF result in a nice portrait composition.

Great portrait and TFS.

Hi Loot,
Razor sharp capture. Great eye contact in this wonderful frame filling portrait.

Hi Loot,
Excellent shot! Great expression and very good details.

oh man...i did see this and got sidetracked yesterday..what a little stinker and so cute
i have some babboon shots from lake manyara etc but no where as powerful as this..
its in your face and full of detail and personality..
cheers and thanks

very touching and moving top quality contribution, again.
Your series "Touched by Nature" is more than just a pleasure to look at and to read.
It is a treasure, both entertaining and of high scientific value. And excellent photography, too.
Great to read "To be continued ...".
Thank you! Best regards,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-04-17 8:31]

Very good portrait of this Baboon Loot, very sharp, good lighting and great exposure. Very well done again, thanks.


Wow loot,
What an expression filled shot again and what an educative note, keep it coming my friend!. No nits here.
Good POV :-)
Goutham R

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-17 9:44]

Hi Loot,
A lovely shot, excellent detail and focus right on the eye. He doesn't look so distraught in this shot, you've captured a great expression. Nice and sharp, perfect colours, a great portrait.

Hi Loot,
This is excellent work!
Luv the title..reminds me of when I'm on the beach and people are admiring my suntan :)

Salut Loot
C'est une excellente prise de vue que tu nous envoies.Très joli ce portrait il a un regard vraiment expressifet plein de curiosité.les couleurs et les détails sont parfaits.
J,ai apprécié ta notesur leurs moeurs.
Bravo et merci....JP

Hi Loot.
Are you paying this little monkey to pose for you????
You have a great model here and great pictures out of it.
Great shot of this face that shows that we are not to far way form them in expresions.
Great composition and the details sre superb.
Love the expresion in his ayes.

hi loot,
a good timing to capture an interesting subject.i really liked the look in its eyes.it must be difficult to avoid smiling after seeing this facial expression:)colours are natural and the note is great.i admire your talents on photography.
thank you for sharing.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-18 10:38]

Hi Loot
Great portrait of this fellow.Looks like he is studying you.Good colours, composition, details, note and POV.
Well done my friend


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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-04-18 12:36]

Privet Loot.
In eyes of the small curious monkey the photographer is seen. Very qualitative, with mood a portrait.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-04-18 17:27]

Hello Loot, lovley portrait. The focus on the eyes is excellent. and it's a good compositon. Very well done.

Hallo Loot,

Very nice portrait shot of this juvenile baboon. Very good focus and composition. Well done! I really like your notes a lot.


Hi Loot

Is that you I can see reflected in those big clear eyes? What a wonderful close shot. You have excellent detail captured here. I can count the wrinkles on the nose! Top shot Loot! :-)

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-04-24 16:57]

Hi Loot,
What a lovely portrait of this cute youngster.The expression you have captured is just wonderful, so intense and its eyes so deep that you can easily drown in them.Great depth of focus and sharp enough to see each individual hair.True colours and the light is balanced throughout.You have some very nice work..TFS.
Regards, David

Just catching up with my critiques after a few days away, sorry for the delay :)

A great photo...Lovely tight composition, super clear and focused on the eyes - brilliant.


Wonderfull capture of the expression on his face, very good detail.
He looks so cute, you just want to pick him up and cuddle!

Hi Loot
Priceless, this little KEES! Eye contact, no wasted space, slight angle to the head, and a leading shoulder.
I have done another WS for you.
I rotated the image around. Place the two images to gether, and see HOW the visual impact changes in the way you look at the image. Mine now lead with the shoulder from the left, taking you into the frame. I payed again with levels, and Velvia Vision too, and the eyes are so much brighter, and a bit more "sun" on the fur. Subjective,again, have a look, throw it out.

Very nice portrait indeed.
You got his attention.
Like it very much... especially the eyes are talking here.

Hello Loot

Inderdaad 'n komieklike ou gesiggie wat sekerlik enige moeder hart behoort te laat "custard" pomp. Dit is nou seker indien dit 'n bobejaan ma se hart is. Tog lees ek in jou reeks hoe die klomp hul kleintjies kan vermoor. Wanneer ons, ons menslike standaarde op die natuur wil toepas dan is ons geneig om te dink dit is wreed. Tog is dit 'n normale gang van sake en die spesies oorleef sonder enige menslike inmenging wat tog seker beteken dat die natuur dinge op sy eie manier doen en daar is sekerlik 'n balans in al hierdie dinge.

Nogeens staan ek verstom oor jou vermoë om 'n storie te vertel. Uiteraard nie net in hierdie spesifike aflewering nie, maar die hele reeks vanaf die eerste foto van hierdie klein karnallie. Waarlik 'n puik stukkie skryf werk en vir die rekord, ek het dit terdeë geniet. Die foto self is iets besonders. Tegnies is dit van hoogstaande gehalte, maar weereens gaan dit hier oor die totale paket, m.a.w. die notas staan sterk om dit 'n volkome sukses te maak en al wat ek weereens kan sê is "geluk".


Hallo Loot
Another one of your striking close-ups. The details on this little baboons face are excellent, and the exposure is perfect, showing very natural colours. The intense and almost "innocent until proven guilty look" is really special. He does look like a human youngster and the characteristics on its face show just that. Priceless expression captured. It's indeed a beautiful portrait. I love that elf-like "Mr. Spock" ears.

Hi Loot
You captured the inteligence of these animals perfectly in this photo.

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