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King of the Canines II

King of the Canines II
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM, Digital RAW 200
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 5 favs. and up - PART 2, Open Up ...Part I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-04 1:07
Viewed: 8974
Favorites: 7 [view]
Points: 88
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Chacma Baboon
Papio ursinus

Kingdom: Animalia (Animals), Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrates), Class: Mammalia (Mammals), Primates: (Primates), Cercopithecidae: (Baboons and Monkeys), Kaapse bobbejaan

Not many of you are left to remember this post. After two years I have finally succeeded in getting a life one in action. Luckily this one was yawning and showed no signs of aggression.


When on vacation I noticed that humans ignore this basic rule. I hear "Ooohhh but they are cute" or "bananas can only do them good". I just wish people would think of the results of their actions before handing snacks to these critters. Strange that people do not try and feed leopards, buffalo or giraffes. Only the primates. ???

For those who do feed them remember:

The baboon social structure is set up so that the most dominant individuals eat first. If a human were to feed a baboon, the baboon would then see itself as being dominant. Baboons are quite mischievious and bold creatures, therefore becoming used to human interaction. Because they see would see themselves as dominant individuals, the baboons will become aggressive if they are not fed by people. They have been known to steal food right of of tourists hands. Baboons are very strong animals with extremely sharp canines and are more than capable of inflicting serious harm on a human.

The end result

Once they have gotten used to humans the pose a serious risk and they have to be put down! So feeding animals in the wild will eventually get them killed. Please don't.

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To sAner: Canon EF 70-200mm L IS USMgerhardt 2 10-15 11:59
To SunToucher: The waiting game...gerhardt 1 10-04 09:29
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Hi Gerhard, excellent shot of his absolutely vicious teeth, great detail. I fully agree with your comments about feeding wild animals.
I wonder what the white line is at the back of his neck??
Well done

Great shot good action. Nice warm colours. Good focus and detail.

Those teeth are massive.

Excellent post. Nice to see someone trying to educate the people a bit. It would be nice if the monkey feeders could think past the tips of their noses. Great note. I hope people listen.

Good shot, well done.

amazing moment!! u did it very well......

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  • Deeb Silver Star Critiquer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 5] (14)
  • [2006-10-04 1:43]

Absolutely perfect shot. No annoying background distractions, perfectly sharp, and conveys a message of terrific potential danger while the animal passively yawns.

Very striking. Great photographer notes also.

Thanks for sharing,


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-10-04 1:58]


L'action est superbe et les détails sont excellent.Bonne présentation Gerhard!

Hi Gerhard

Wow..... what a set of teeth! I am pleased it was only a yawn. Stunning quality. You sure have a great setup with that new lens! :-)

Great. How did you get this pic? Very impress. Well done.
Thanks for sharing.

Usefull notes. You are right, I see many people that feed wild animals.
The baboon is the only animal I'm scared to, when I'm in Africa.
Expecially big males like this.
The pic is absolutely great !!
The details are excellent and what a big !!yawn!! you captured!
Well done and tsf.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-10-04 2:28]

Hi Gerhard!

Stunning picture!!! Composition and first of all captured moment are superb! What a jaws! And I almost hear howling from my screen. To favs.

Hi Gerhard, I like this action photo. Excellent note as well as clarity and colour. Murray.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-04 3:08]

Hello Gerhard,
So wonderful to see a post from you. : )
Perfect as usual.
You could not have chosen a better moment.
Nature photography at its finest.
Thank you for sharing,
and hope all is well with you.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-10-04 3:29]

Bonjour Gerhard, the doctor tell it " open the mouth and said Hâââ!!! You have great teeth, you know!!". Splendid shot with beautiful details and perfect colors too. Best regards, Didier.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-04 3:53]

Hello Gerhart

Simply amazing!
Althought it's a yawn, not a roar, it's still very impressive!
Great timing and POV here above everything else, IMHO.
However, I like the sharpness and colors very much, too.
Someone should tell him to go to the dentist to do something about those yellow teeth :))
Seriously now, a really beautiful composition!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Gerhard,
My favourite! Greatly capturing this screaming baboon. Superb in many aspects: sharpness, composition, BG selection, neatness, and frame.

Ben Lakitan

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-04 4:45]

Hi Gerhard,

A superb shot,perfect timing for this action,very sharp and detailed with natural colors,well seen and captured,


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-04 5:05]

His bite does look dangerous, and I bet it would be very painful too! But this is only a yawn! Phew!
Excellent capture Gerhard. He fur looks so shiny and his profile so sharp. Superb details, TFS

Great work.
Very sharp.
No negative critiques to mention.

Hi Gerhard,
What a moment captured. Just looking at it makes me yawn as well. Great clean shot with perfect details and spot on exposure. I dig his haircut as well. I am just wondering, hoe long did you needed to wait to get this photo?

Hi Gerhard,
This is a stunning portrait in action... :) Wow! You caught him at a really good timing and details are just amazing! He's got teeth all right! I like this lightning and composition a lot. This is very well done with excellent notes and I really agree with you by not feeding wild animals, it really doesn’t help them... Thanks a lot for sharing this wonder!

Wow, what a shot.
Everything is perfect, a brilliant result Gerhard.

Hi Gerhard,
WOW! That is a dramatic capture! Perfect timing to get him in full scream, or full yawn. I guess we may never know unless you let us know. Stunning detail and colors in this spot on exposure. Just outstanding!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-04 9:48]

Un dentista urgente por aquí... creo que necesita una limpieza ya!.
Impresionante primer plano con detalles de lujo mi amigo.
Impactante agudeza, colorido y un fondo impecable que resalta el perfil del mono.
Muy adecuada iluminación y encuadre.
Excelente nota también... para tener en cuenta.
TFS y un gran saludo... Ricardo

A dentist urgent here... I believe that one needs cleaning already!.
Impressive close up with deluxe details my friend.
Impacting sharpness, coloring and an impeccable bottom that it stands out the outline of the monkey.
Very appropriate lighting and framing too.
Excellent notes also... to keep in mind.
TFS and best regards... Ricardo

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2006-10-04 11:32]

All I can say is WOW. Everything else has been said.


Hi Gerhard,
Impressive! Great timing in capturing this powerful yawn. The background is very interesting, it looks like a mug shot! Well composed and executed.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-04 12:55]

Hi Gerhard,
What a great portrait! You have grasped the personality of this monkey with its potencial aggressiveness condensated in the relaxed face. Excellent exposure, details, pov, composition and convincing, pedagogical notes about feeding these monkeys.
Thank you very much for this magnificient post.
José M.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-04 12:57]

Hi Gerhard,
Formidably sharp shot of these jaws. I can't fault it but its a poignant reminder that I have an appointment at the dentist tomorrow!
TFS, regards, Ivan

Big Boss or only tired?!?
Haha - what a lovely shot - just at the right moment, you made me smile, thanks, I like it.
Bye and greetings to you and the Big Boss
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-04 15:00]

Hello Gerhard,
Amazing portrait.POV,sharpness,details,pose of baboon,lighting and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-10-04 15:32]

Hi Gerhard, Lovely shot! And some lovely equipment! Did you take out a second mortgage?

It's a beautiful pose and lovely details and composition, very well done!

I'll email soon.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-10-04 16:00]
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Great capture Gerhard, bravo! TFS

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  • ciccio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 50 N: 338] (2751)
  • [2006-10-04 18:15]

Hola Gerhard, impresionante el momento captado. Buen POV y DOF. Enhorabuena y un saludo. TFS.

José Luis

How are you , MF?
As usual, a pleasure to look at your work. What can I say, just enjoy this excellent and strong image.
TN is bigger and bigger and only pop in from time to time, so I am glad to find this beauty from you. Hope you are well.
BTW: Did you have notice from Marco about your strange fungi?
Best regards, Felipe.

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  • Valf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 120] (522)
  • [2006-10-04 22:02]

Hi Gerhard,
Wow! Nothing more to say then Bravo!
Regards, Francois

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-10-04 22:11]

Gerhard.- Una bella foto, justo en el momento de su grito, y creo que tienes toda la razon en NO alimentar a los animales salvajes ya que eso los hace ser dependientes de nosotros y ademas corren riesgos. Saludos Luis52.

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  • pic Silver Star Critiquer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 5] (191)
  • [2006-10-07 10:55]

This picture present a very good expression of the baboon.
Great job.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-10-08 7:36]
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Wow!! This is an excellent post Gerhard! The pose of the monkey is very impressive and you captured him very well. Fur detail is amazingly sharp and exposure is spot on. Well done & TFS!


Ps-Congrats on the new lens! The results looks awesome. Sandra and I bought the 70-200 f4 L-lens before we went off to the UK and we also think it's a very sharp lens. We couldn't afford a longer one though ... ;)

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2006-10-09 5:12]

Hi Gerhard;
Yawning with eyes closed, but still scarie. Very good pose with excellent quality and informative note. I see that 500mm. Canon tele is at the right hands.:))
Thank you for sharing this.

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2006-10-10 16:13]

Hi Gerard,
Wow, this is a masterpiece! For me it is a NINIX favourite.
A great picture with this aggressive expressinon. Razor sharp and eyecatching yellow teeth.



Hello Gerhard,
It's nothing short of amazing how a photo can take on a life of it's own sometimes. I think this one does, without a doubt..
You just feel it :)
Later mf,

Hi Gerhard

Soos jy reeds weet hou ek van die foto, maar die dier - ai ek bly maar nog steeds bang. Baie goeie foto en hierdie een gaan nog ver kom. Alles kry 10/10.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-11-29 1:24]

Hello Gerhard,
You made an original portrait ! Great timing for catching an excellent expression. Its canines are really impressive here...
Exposure, colors, POV, sharpness and DOF are great.
Bravo and TFS.

Awesome capture of this very intimdating looking facial pose. most people who see this kind of shot with thier mouths open usually interpret this as a threat when it's only a simple yawn. Very nice. :)

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-02-06 8:27]

Hi Gerhard,
Those teeth , the details of his coat are awsome.
Badruddin Ali

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-10 9:42]

Wow what a dramatic shot Gerhard. The profile with the open mouth and fierce teeth is a fantastic moment to catch. Perfect focus and all so crisp and sharp. Wonderful composition.

Great shot! Excellent POV and the angle of shot. The picture truly shows the threatening nature of the canines, built for power. Excellent work.

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