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Spotted hyena

Spotted hyena
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-20
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG, Digital RAW 400, UV Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark feb/mar 2007
Date Submitted: 2007-03-06 4:11
Viewed: 3993
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On one of our first morning drives on the H2-2 we met this couple of hyenas obstructing the road,as it was still a bit on the dark side I used iso 400 as setting (probably iso 200 would have worked as well as I used a beanbag,but I was too exited to think about it),the hyena's often lay alongside the road we saw them a few times even with big goups with cubs.

Spotted Hyena
Hyena are social,living in clans,headed by a large matriarch.They are predominantly nocturnial,and although renownedscavengers,are also highly effective preditors.Their distinctive "whooooo-oop" call can be heard at night.

Shot this picture from a car using a beanbag as stabilization,cropped and sharpened

Hope you like it and TFW

SelenE, Adanac, Argus, jcoowanitwong, ddg, Tamrock, fartash, gallezeric, dew77, fiyo, Watershed, Jamesp has marked this note useful
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Hi paul,
Even though the light was not favourable for you, you 've got a nice picture. My daughter has always wanted to see a live hyena as she is an ardent lover of lion king.She says your hyena doesn't look half bad as those in her movie. She says she liked it a lot.:)

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-03-06 6:02]

Ha Paul,

Deze hyena lijkt me erg nieuwsgierig. Waarschijnlijk is hij ook banger voor jou dan jij voor hem! Mooi plaatje van een indrukwekkende rover.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-06 7:57]

Hi Paul,
Super capture and composition. I like early morning light. You've captured great detail and colors in this image. Thanks for sharing Paul.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-06 8:20]

Hello Paul,
The only hyenas I've seen were in zoos. It must be a fantastic experience to see them by the roadside. This is a fine sharp and well-composed shot and the one in focus stares nicely at the camera.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Paul,
Nice composition. Sharp and crisp clear picture. Great exposure and color saturation. Feeling that they are not so friendly. Regards,

Hello Paul,

These really are ugly animals, But your photo is not at all, well composed and captured photo excllent Job

TFs Kyle

Sometimes you just have to shoot fast and not play with settings. Nothing wrong with 400 ISO. Details are strinking.
Light and colors are wonderful. The hyena appears so clerly against the background.
The unfocused hyena behind is a real plus.
Excellent composition.
A masterpiece.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-03-06 11:19]

Bonjour Paul, ces animaux m'impressionnent toujours!! bonne composition dans leur milieu naturel, félicitations, Didier.

hi paul!
great picture on this animal and
i like that one is out of focus
fine composition and nice pov
well done!

very very nice, sharpness is great and also the composition, TFS Ori

Hello Paul
Excellent shot of these Spotted Hyenas,
Perfect composition and lighting,


Great shot! Sharp and well composed. Very fine DOF.

Regards, Peter

bonjour Paul,

bravo pour cette magnifique prise de vue très belle composition et couleurs très bon bg bravo


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-06 14:54]

Hello Paul,
Very nice capture.POV,eye contact,sharpness,framing,lighting and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

Hallo Paul,
Absolutely magnificent. The pose, details and exposure. Everything.
Well done.
Regards, Krzysztof.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-03-07 3:23]

Hello Paul,
Wonderful capture.POV,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS

Hi Paul,
A very nice capture. I like this beautiful animal even if a lot of people don't like it... ;o) This shot is very well composed. Excellent POV and sharp detail. Well done and TFS,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-11 3:10]

Hi Paul

Lovely shot - you have really captured the 'lurking' character of the hyena here.


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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-03-12 7:33]

Hi Paul,
They are so special, great shot well captured, they look so shy, but ...
Very sharp on the details.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-08-29 4:45]

Hi Paul, this is a wow, wow shot! I like the light and the moody feel of these wild dogs (are they dogs?). This is a great moment and the foreground Hyena is perfectly focused and is as sharp as it shoud be. I can almost smell the heat and dust in this shot. Excellent all round and good work.

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