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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: 2004-07-31
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 120-300 F2.8
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-08-13 11:27
Viewed: 6108
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The real ruler of the desert is not Panthera leo but Oryx Gazella. The Gemsbok is the one animal designed by evolution to live in dry country. It can survive in some of the hottest locations on earth without water, owing to its unique natural air-conditioner that regulates the body’s temperature. They have a special blood cooling system just below the brain. The essence of this system is that blood going to the brain passes the carotid rete, a network of small, fine blood vessels. The blood returning to the heart is cooled by the breathing of air thru the sinuses. Thus, the blood reaching the brain is cooled by the blood returning to the heart. The Gemsbok also has the ability to lower or raise its body temperature, preventing it to sweat, and thereby loosing water. These features are not unique to the gemsbok, as other animals share them, but the gemsbok is the only one who combines the 2 attribute with such efficiency. It can slow its metabolic rate & lower its breathing rate to avoid moisture in its breath. It also extracts more moisture from its food than most other animals. It is both grazer & browser & feeds at night when grass absorbs some moisture from the air, as well as in the day. The magnificent set of V-shaped horns can reach a record length of 1,2 m or 48”. Body colour is pale greyish fawn overall, with white belly, legs & rump. The white face carries a black mask, as can be seen on the photograph - a beautiful, stately animal, true royalty! Taken in the Lion & Rhino Park in Muldersdrift Nikon; D70 & Sigma 70-200 f2.8 & 2X converter @ 240 mm; ISO 200, -0,7 EV; 1/500 @ f8; balanced iTTl off camera flash; Supported on beanbag on the car window; no cropping, added some to front, Levels lighter; reduced to size and USM, faded to overlay to suit.

carper, RAP, ellis49, elroyie, PDP, japie, nwoehnl, CaptiveLight, Robbrown, AndyB, gerhardt has marked this note useful
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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-08-13 11:34]

Very good one Callie,
I have say it before you are really good with your camera, great I mean, very good head you have here, fantastic cropping, good colours, very good one, good note too, very good job.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-13 11:37]

Gran resolucion y nitidez Callie.
Perfecto encuadre y maravillosos colores.
10 puntos!
(ya te he respondido tu gentil mail... gracias).

Great resolution and clearness Callie.
Perfect frame and wonderful colors.
10 points!
(already I have responded to your gentile mail... thank you).

Great Callie
This is amazing.
I don't have to say anything.
I'm complete agree with Jaap and Ricardo
Well done

Very good catch and very good details, very good and interesting note.

Great portrait for another excelent work together with your note, Callie :)

  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-13 14:09]

Wow! Brilliant shot. I can't add anything else.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-13 14:16]

Callie as usual a stunning portrait. The DOF is exceptional at F8 - Well taken

He's waiting for you till you captured him ?
He is looking like that: "Done, okay, I can go further".
Superb in "sharpness" and composition is very nice, good shot, Callie !

Wonderful posing you got from the gemsbok, Callie - gotta love those beautiful long horns, and the black mask on the face. Supreme detail and very good DOF, wonderfully done!

WoW, sharp sharp sharp. Nice portrait, I just love the earth tones in the background, you can feel the warmth.

A very nice detailed portrate Callie and even better notes .

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-13 18:18]

A very nice shot.
Excellent detail and composition,sharp but not oversharp.
Very nice DoF and great tones of colour.
Very well done indeed.

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2004-08-13 20:48]

I'll add my sentiments as well that this is a wonderful shot. The DOF coupled with the background color make the Oryx really pop. Super job!

Callie, great compo. The to get the DOF right with those horns... no mean feat. Another great contribution. Great note. Thanx.

Baie mooi skerp foto Callie. Ek hoor die Gemsbok is baie rats met daardie horings. Dit is darem maar een van ons merkwaardige bok soorte. Baie mooi geneem. Hier is regtig nie ruimte vir kritiek nie.

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