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Baby Mountain Gorilla

Baby Mountain Gorilla
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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon F100, AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8 ED, Fuji Velvia 100F
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gorillas on freedom [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-16 8:58
Viewed: 4885
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mountain Gorilla
(Gorilla beringei beringei)
is one of two subspecies of Eastern Gorillas. They are only found in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, within three national parks: Mgahinga, in south-west Uganda; Volcanoes, in north-west Rwanda; and Virunga, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Some claim that the Bwindi population in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a third subspecies, although no formal taxonomic description has been published.
A census taken in 2003 has shown a 17% increase in population size since 1989. There are now a total of 380 gorillas in 30 social groups ("Mountain Gorilla Census" 2004). However, Mountain Gorillas continue to be considered critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. They face an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild due to habitat loss, poaching, human disease, and war.
Mountain Gorillas are highly sexually dimorphic, with males usually weighing twice as much as females. Adult males also have more pronounced bony crests on the top (sagittal) and back (nuchal) of their skulls, giving their heads a more conical shape. These crests anchor the massive muscles of their large jaws. Adult females also have these crests, but they are much less pronounced.
Adult males are called silverbacks. When they reach sexual maturity, a saddle of gray or silver-colored hair develops on their backs. The hair on their backs is shorter than on most other body parts, and their arm hair is especially long. Upright, males reach 1.51.8 m (56 ft) in height, with an arm span of 2.25 m (7 ft 6 in) and weigh 204227 kg (450500 lb).

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-04-16 12:23]

Hello Andrea , He is cute ,he looks to you , good compositie ,
colours and the background , i like it , Greetings Teunie .

Very fortunate for you to be able to visit and photograph the Mountain Gorilla. The photo is a very nice look into the eyes of this young Gorilla. Good color and depth. I can tell you were not shaking any more thn the gorilla was, it must have been a good visit...

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-16 14:36]

Hello Andrea!
Wonderful capture.I liked POV,framing,expression on face and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

Hello Andrea,
very good shot. Great POV and very good details. Good visual impact. TFS.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-16 23:28]

Hi Andrea
Although not a TN first this is one of only 5 other photos of gorillas taken in the wild. Not your everyday sight.
You did very well under the circumstances you had to take this shot. These forests are dense with only streaks of light coming through the tree tops.
The composition, colours, DOF and BG are all fine, and the exposure (considering the mentioned conditions) was handled pretty well.
Good work and TFS.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-04-17 6:31]

Hi Andrea,

This must have been a great moment to see a gorilla like this. I like to see photo's like this. Very rare and original photo. My compliments.


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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 8:19]

Very good shot of this Gorilla Andrea, the light was not working for you but you managed it very well nevertheless. Thanks for posting it.


Bel ritratto Andrea. Ti sei accorco quanto si riesca con il digitale, a controllare i contrasti e le zone in luce o in ombra?

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