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Party Animal
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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-22
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Digital ISO 200, Skylight
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): AnYtHiNg ExTrEmElY hUmOrOuS, Mammals of Southern Africa, 40 points or more - 40 puntos o más, 50 points or more - 50 puntos o más, Animal portraits, _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros, Funny Faces, 5 favs. and up, !Loodzwaar, !Masks, 100 points or more (Chapter 1), Open Up ...Part I, Laughing Zebras, my favorite TN choices, Fauna of ETHIOPIAN (Africa) Region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-04 3:56
Viewed: 51386
Favorites: 68 [view]
Points: 214
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today is one of those days where I actually need a joke or two, so I decided to post this shot. This is one of my all time favourites and it will hopefully bring a smile to your face as well.

This is Animalia partymus .

The habitat of this species is usually at someone else’s party (uninvited).

Mostly Alcohol and garlic

Rude, boisterous, claims to be funny and absolutely loves anything wearing a skirt. The behaviour deteriorates according to the volume of alcohol consumed.

Moral values
None or very low, but will change it to whatever the girl requires!

The call of Animalia partymus is very loud and unmistakable

Conservation status
The people around him should be protected!

I took this in the Pilaansberg nature reserve and have already posted the actual info on the Hartman's Mountain Zebra’s in Twins? , Twins II and Pyjama Donkey. Please feel free to visit these links for more info.

The camera settings:

Program Setting: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 386mm
F Stop: F/8
Shutter Speed: 1/80sec
ISO: 200
Tripod: No
Flash: Diffused Off Camera ETTL.
Reflective Panel: No
Cable release: No
White Balance: AWB

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LoL...excellent moment captured beautifully. Great note as well. Thanks for starting off my day with a laugh.

Hy't vergeet om sy tanne te borsel.
Excellent and rare action shot. Well done Japie. Uitstekend.

dit lyk of hy jou uitlag !!!! :D
pragtige foto..

what a party animal, he is gorgeous, sharp, witty ;) and not shy..

Well done :)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-04 5:16]

Superb title and superb photo. Great moment, excellent quality Japie! I like green BG also.

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****

Just great, straight in my favorites.
Well done.

You will have to buy your friend a tooth brush and some tooth paste. I suspect he will also need some mouth wash and he could do with a bath.
What a great shot, such an unusual pose, only someone with your skill could pull this off. The composition is excellent. TFS.

Well it certainly made me smile! This is probably one of my favorite shots so far on this website...I LOVE it...It's captures like this that make me keep going out there and trying to take photos that preserve a very special moment in the animal world. Very inspirational photo...GREAT capture!!!!!!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-01-04 6:08]

Laughing mood:)Funny pic really,captured well,like compostion more green in front of Zebra.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-04 6:08]

I love it - into my favourites too. TFS...

Stunning Japie.
This must be one of your best, maybe the best.
Excellent colours, sharpness, pose and DOF.
Great work.
Can only give 2 points but it's worth 10 times more.

Fantastic photo Japie,
There a lot humor in this shot, it is good taken, the dof and the zebra are fantastic, the balance is great. I think you can make money with shots like this one. This is a compliment, great job

Now this guy will get far, far from the nice people, I believe.
You already know that I reckon this is your best picture - I have nothing like this and it is really and truely a stunning picture, even without the funny note!
Hear Ye Hear Ye, the town crier is also the the party pooper!

What a stunning photo, Japie! It's funny, incredibly sharp and vivid, very well framed, wonderful background with this delicate green and water behind. What else could I say... yes, looks like he's laughing at the poor quality of my pictures compared to that one :-)))). A favorite of course!

This one is a favorite Japie. I like the way he comes into the frame just to laugh at us. Sharpness of the subject and oof BG are just perfect.

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  • papkin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 96] (1580)
  • [2005-01-04 10:01]


Superb photo!
Excellent sharpness, Great colors of the DOF.
Funny moment, right in time.
Thanks for the stunning, funny, excellent shot.
Well done.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-04 10:52]

That's funny, but I like it. Excelent capture at the right time.
Well done


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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-01-04 11:11]

Ha Japie,

Dat is lachen bij jullie! Welke mop vertelde je hem?

Een heel goede foto (misschien had je zijn tanden moeten poetsen). Dat wordt moeilijk om deze "all time high" nog te verbeteren.
Zelf zal ik er ook mijn best voor doen, maar wij hebben alleen paarden en ponnies.

Erg goed, bedankt


Thanks for the chuckle this morning!! Great capture, very funny note! -Jenn

hahaha !
exellent Japie ! trop marrant !
merci pour ce moment detente :D

So share the joke! I think a trip to the dentist is in order here before the next party and he might get the girl. Great capture and I love the note. TFS.

F A N T A S T I C, thats all an to my FAVs. Thanks very much.

There is simply not enough space to write what I like about this shot. There is however more that enough to say what I don't like. Which is: Vobsoluut Akol!

Japie, seriously this is your best shot, IMO and one for the showcase of the site too. You deserve to rack up a hundred points for this contribution. I cannot add to what Lesley and Callie already said.


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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2005-01-04 18:31]

Fantastic shot.You should be proud of yourself.Congratulations.

Great capture, but the note was what really made my day ;-)) You seem to have forgotten to tell, however, that this specific breed is a seemingly self-propagating all-male species ;-))
Great POV, sharpness, colours etc.

I love this photo! It takes me a bit of humour and makes me smile :-) I was laughing up one sleeve yesterday and I started this day beaming :-))))))

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-05 13:26]

What a wonderfull world!

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  • Nadine (91)
  • [2005-01-05 14:37]

I really love this one! Very funny and the colors are very nice and the green on the back gives an impression of freshness. Very good!
TFS, Nadine

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-01-05 16:54]

Wonderful picture Japie, (as usual), crisp image, good colour saturation, great note and fantastic composition.
You have to join the elite few that are known as my favourites.
Well done!

What a lovely grin Japie but he certainly needs to see a dentist for a cleaning;-). Excellent shaprness and great colours. Composition is just perfect.

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  • AmiBe (68)
  • [2005-01-06 5:15]

Perfect picture, very good DOF, colors and composition. The animal is so funny, it makes me laugh ! :-)
In my favourite...

Well, Japie, you must have looked awfully funny when taking this photo!! He had a good laugh!! Absolutely a stunning shot.

Wow! This has to be the best shot yet. What a great capture you lucky devil ;)

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  • sev Silver Star Critiquer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 0] (56)
  • [2005-01-09 12:43]

what a funny picture !!! I just would like to be there to see this scene ;)
very good work japie !!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-01-09 22:38]

That's really funny :-) wonderfull picture i'm jealous !!! fantastic composition Japie, i like the soft background, the color and the pose of zebra,

You did a nice work,

My regards,

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-01-10 7:25]

excellent idea! great support note!

HILARIOUS!!!!!This is a fabulous shot,congrats!:)

Fantastic! The kind of shot we all hope to be able to take! Sounds like you know this animal pretty well! I would love to add this to my favourites. How do I do that?

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-01-15 15:58]

LOL, hahaha, this is such a good picture, not only a good picture; but your note really make me laugh so much. :D the photos is sharp and I like the colour of it. I think someone will have to tell this poor guy he need to brush his teeth. ;) great photo, Japie.

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  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2005-01-16 8:50]

Wonderfull shot! ***
One of those I'd love took myself.
What a subject.
Great colors. *****

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-01-16 15:39]

Bardzo ciekawe ujêcie wielkie brawa.

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  • j_wyatt Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 142 W: 40 N: 211] (1235)
  • [2005-01-17 16:43]
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What an awesome shot! It is so difficult to catch the perfect moment when dealing with animals, but looks like you hit it just right.

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  • desmo Silver Star Critiquer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 6] (4)
  • [2005-01-22 16:22]

Just a word : PERFECT !!!
Thanks for sharing.

Japie, A one of a kind, Gem of a shot that graces us only rarely..Priceless!!

This is just hilarious... and so perfectly done with a great DOF, zebra well positioned.

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  • kazan Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 35 W: 0 N: 36] (158)
  • [2005-01-31 10:11]

Exquisite photo Japie! and a great note. That's the spirit!

This is awesome Japie. Really made me smile, and then I read your note, and an even bigger grin. I guess by now you have realized this is an exceptionally good shot by all the previous critiques. So I will say well done, and bow to you.

I'm still laughing at this photo and note. What an amazing shot, I can't say to much that hasn't already been said, so I'll go with "Well done!"

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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2005-02-19 11:51]

I gladly add 2 points to push you past 100 for this shot,Very good detail, excellent color, excellent shot, well done!

I will add the last two you deserve it for this photo, just get a toothbrush for Mr Zebra will you :-)

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-02-27 14:47]


Nothing more to add Japie, except congratulations on such a magnificent photo.

This is one fantastic shot, so full of fun! I love it! The Zebra really looks like a party animal in this one, all he needs is a silly hat.

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  • Djozz Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 13] (360)
  • [2005-03-10 11:42]

Wow! Wonderfull picture

great cputure & shot - the only thing I question is that there is too much space on the left but I wish that this was taken by me!!!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-03-27 12:52]

Absolutely hilarious expression on this zebra. Well captured, with great sharpness of details and beautiful light. Great composition. Thanks for this fantastic picture!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-11 17:07]

Japie, every photographer wants one like this. Really great.

Excellent composition, pose and... expression.


Great, great photo! How on earth did you get such a sharp shot at 386mm and 1/80?
Very well done.

Hello Japie,

Great laugh - thank you!


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-21 3:54]

Beau et amusant portrait pour ce superbe Zèbre. Il est vraiment drôle ! Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Great and fun !

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-27 9:43]

Hello Japie!
This is one of my favourites.I noticed ,I wrote no
critique untill know.Nothing to say anymore,this is unbelievable shot.TFS...:-)

Other tahn the fact that this animal needs seriopus dental work, everything has already been said. Such an impressive score it is unreal, probably the highest rated photo on the history of TN so far !

How nice!!!

Congratulations!!! Excellent moment and composition.

Very good photo.

hilairious facts and fictions that accompany this magnificent shot. a moment so worth capturing and well executed by u. i love it! yes, i am smiling all the way:)

Ohhhhhh!...after a long time absence in Tn,I see it and it's a wonderful surprising for me,...my GOD !...
Hi Japie!...very glad to see you again,I visit your gallery,congratulation friend,great admirable works you posted,and this one is another thing indeed,...
Excellent used the DOF,skilfully captured and composed in a great way,...very nice one,...very glad to see it my friend!
Best Regards

Gosh, this looked like me after going to Oktoberfest in Munich! LOL at both this picture and your hilarious note. What an absolutely amazing capture. Colors, POV and focus are spot on!



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  • Deeb Silver Star Critiquer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 5] (14)
  • [2005-08-01 2:58]

Interesting photo note, great compostition and super image.

I love this zebra smile! Excellent picture!

Japie, this is one unbelievable shot. Fantastic, what else could be said, a zebra with personality.

Excvellent moment!
Action photo!

Beautiful shot!
This is a funny photo!
You taken this picture in a particular moment!
Congratulation and bye Tom

A great moment captured...The first of its kind I am seeing. It definitely needs a visit to the dentist.

Hi Japie,

PERFECT SHOT!! no more words, directly into my favorites,



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  • OWO Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 18] (120)
  • [2005-12-30 13:58]

And this one goes to my favourites. Very, very nice shot...makes me join in. Nice DOF, framing and colours. Well captured.
Best wishes,

Don't forget to floss !!!

This is too good for me to critique.
Just want to ask a quick question: how far from home you have to go to capture this?

Happy New Year 2006 to you!



Superb smile. Like from a mouvie Madagascar.

Fantastic shot. Makes me think of the Zebra in the movie Madagaskar.

Great pose and awesome detail. Colours and composition are very good.

Well done

What a classic. Your title is good as is your note. It seems odd that such a small part of the zebra can say so much. Classic for TN. Well done.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-02-02 8:01]

They have said al.Excellent colours, sharpness, pose and DOF.
Great work.

Hi Japie!
Beautiful and funny portrait. Perfect POV, excellent colors and quality. Well done and TFS ;-)
best regards

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  • agea0 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 0] (86)
  • [2006-02-09 9:32]

hello Japie
Very expresive portrait:)

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-03-09 4:08]

Hey Japie,
what a fabulous shot absolutely perfect :)
great framing and compo,
the shallow dof blurring the B/G very well chosen :)
Cheers TFS,
Vishal Sabharwal

hi japie,
this is a great shot of a rare-to-find portrait of a zebra.i had a great smile on my face when i viewed the pic and when i read the notes.
thank you.

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  • Ina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 6 N: 101] (767)
  • [2006-04-09 16:52]

So fine, so funny... I love all I see and I love your note too... TFS...Ina...

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  • meric (37)
  • [2006-05-02 17:59]

Excellent*wonderful composition*thanks for thise great smiles*)))

Perfect idea,Excellent photo

This really is a party zebra:)


It is great moment.

Hi Japie,

Vraiment original cette photo....Bravo I like it !

I don't understand: it's white with black stripes or black with white stripes?

How did I miss this? Looking at the points I must be the only one on TN who has!!
Just inspired, a tremendous image oozing with character.
Thanks for posting ;-)

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-07-23 14:22]

Hi Japie

Excellent shot, this must be one of the best shots on this site, a great picture of a real party animal, like the note too, well done.

TFS Hilary

  • Betty Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 10] (186)
  • [2006-08-07 15:02]

Hey Japie, this photo certainly does bring a smile to my face and you have no idea how hard it is to smile these days. Not only is this a great "decisive moment" but it's perfectly composed and framed, exposure and colours are perfect, the background just right, the zebras "expression" simply adds to what would've already been a great shot. TFS! Betty

Hi Japie,

What a nice moment you captured, very funny and interesting to watch. I was just wondering whu you chose a square frame for this shot? all in all a lobely shot to watch.



Japie...I`m breathles...
This is absolutly SUPERB!
Thank you very much for this picture!
Best regards,

Hello Japie.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.


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  • lyta (42)
  • [2006-12-15 11:45]

This caught my eye in a hurry. Fabulous - it's funny. Great use of composition. Love the bokha

It's the
Mostly Alcohol and garlic

that I noticed first!

What a blast!!!

Congrats and may I wish you a HAPPY < Ukrainian* > NEWYEAR!

So long, JAy aka JAap

*We are till celebrating! No garlic... ;)

PS I took the liberty to add this to a few Themes,
let's see if we can make it a double 100 pointer eh!

Not only an expressive portrait of a Zebra, but a wonderfully executed photograph - color, DOF, exposure - all beautiful. But the composition and timing, capture a connection that the viewer can enjoy that is superb. Well done.

Love everything about this terrific shot. Reminds me of my Ex.

Excellent shot. You captured the right moment!

Gold star image in every department. TFS


Congratulations on the photo, great smile

Hi Japie
It's a beautiful photo and it's funny

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-05-27 21:44]

Hi Japie
Fantastic moment you captured
tfs jon

Funny! I never read a note that matched a shot better than this one.
Thank you starting off my day with a big smile!
With best regards,

Merhaba Japie,
Zamanlama harika.

Excellent colours, sharpness, pose

Just great. Nothing much to say...

Hi japie,

You captured this funny moment brilliantly. The zebra needs some tooth paste. I really enjoy the picture. TFS.


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  • Vidaro (32)
  • [2011-07-23 17:17]

That is an awesome capture and party animal is a perfect title! good job!

Excellent, Japie!! Great shot with a very good framing and smile of Zebra. :))
Best regards, João Edgar

Lovely smile...excellent and rare moment seeing zebra smiling.

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