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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: Black & White
Date Taken: 2005-06-13
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon F100, AF-S VR Zoom-NikkorED 70-200mm f/2.8G IF, Fuji Velvia 100F
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-29 3:50
Viewed: 6487
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Picture taken in the wild, no zoo, no fences.

I took this shot in 2005 in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda.
It's a scansion from VELVIA 100F film.
This is a RE-POST, framed and converted to B/W.

The Bwindi gorilla, a population of the Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei), is found in the rain forests of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and comprises about half the world's endangered population of about 600 Mountain Gorillas. The nearby Virunga Volcanoes Conservation Area, inhabited by the remaining 300 Mountain Gorillas but where no chimpanzees live, makes Bwindi the only forest in Africa in which these two great apes occur together.


Gorilla research in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has lagged far behind that in the Virunga Volcanoes. Preliminary field research results have been reported by researcher Craig B. Stanford.


Dr. Stanford has found that the Bwindi gorilla diet is markedly higher in fruit than that of the Virunga population, and that the Bwindi gorillas, even silverbacks, are more likely to climb trees to feed on foliage, fruits, and epiphytes. In some months, Bwindi gorilla diet is very similar to that of Bwindi chimpanzees.

Bwindi gorillas travel further per day than Virunga gorillas, particularly on days when feeding primarily on fruit than when they are feeding on fibrous foods.


Bwindi gorillas are much more likely to build their nests in trees, nearly always in Echizogwa, a small understory tree.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-29 4:46]

Hello Andrea

This is really amazing! And it is in the wild! WOW!!!
I don't even want to know how i looked in colors beacuse this b&w really puts out all the atmosphere and emotion!
A magnificent capture!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Andrea,
You captured the eye's very well for what I can image is a very difficult shot. Well done.

Ciao Andrea,
ho impieato un po' di tempo per capire qual'era il soggetto della foto.....
Bel colpo, bravo!


This is a daring shot you took some years back, Andrea. The conversion into black and white suits it.
A sense of mystery is palpable in this shot, intensfied by the upward gaze of the gorilla.
Well done and TFS.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-09-29 16:31]

HI Andrea,
I've been to Bwindi np also in the past but unfortunatly my camera had been stolen at that time. This picture brings back the memory of how it was. I remember a lush green forest, but your black&white image leaves even more to the imagination. Compliments,

l'eccezionalitą della foto sta nell'averla ripresa wild, da quella suggestione che ti nasce dentro solo per l'aver saputo che sei stato nella foresta, eri a due passi dalla jungla tarzanesca! poi magari potrebbe essere stata scattata chissą dove, ma intanto...

per la tua domanda: non solo ho secchi di guano pronti, ma quand'č che ci vediamo?

tra l'altro ci sono incontri naturalistici a san doną? sai nulla se bartoloni terrą le sue serate a ceggia?

aspč, non ho finito. cosa intedi con compensare? la foto č stata scatttata con meno 1 diaframma per diminuire l'intensitą del bianco.

ciao mario

Ciao Andrea questa foto mi ricorda "Gorilla tra la nebbia". Lo sguardo sembra quello umano. Mi piace molto. La nitidezza degli occhi č eccezionale.

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