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The Comedian
The Comedian

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Challenge: Free Study 2014-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX APO IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Near Satara, Kruger National Park. South Africa
Date: Apr 11, 2014
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1000s
Galleries: Humorous, Animals
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2014

The humble & pretty Impala (Aepyceros melampus) in the wild. A 1 year old male, playing "Count Dracula" :) in his wild and unchanged habitat - Africa.
The Kruger National "Park". Where 2,000,000 hectares (7722miČ) of African bush is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. The Kruger is approximately the same size as Wales in the UK or Israel in the Middle East.

Outtakes: all natural colours and available light.
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[May. 2nd, 2014 02:45:10 AM]
11 Votes 7.4444
[May. 7th, 2014 02:13:35 PM]
73 Votes 6.9041

Sadly that single "1" vote cost me a 5th place Free Study Honourable Mention.
This lens is so sharp that only subtle editing was done; crop, mask and some Topaz Labs DeNoise5 on the background. Slight -EV, smart sharpening for web JPG, SAT, SFW.

Thank you for your much appreciated comments (and generous votes)!
Questions about gear, technique etc. also welcome.

This image is © copyrighted 2014 by Harvey Grohmann. Duplication, publication, copying is strictly forbidden and protected by law. To obtain pricing and consent contact me via Photocommission.com and follow my African Wildlife trips and tweets via Twitter

Place: 6 out of 175
Avg (all users): 6.8602
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 6.7465
Avg (non-participants): 7.2273
Views since voting: 1391
Views during voting: 161
Votes: 93
Comments: 18
Favorites: 2 (view)

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05/08/2014 02:17:25 PM
mmmmm This has to be one of the best Animal portrait shots I have seen and this coming from you makes it even more special. Well done Harvey. Your die hard never give up mindset in to pure photography has you climbing new heights. Well done.
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05/08/2014 10:50:48 AM
Soos altyd, wondermooi, Harvey.
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05/08/2014 09:10:15 AM
Great detail, lovely way you captured the moment, well done Harvey
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05/08/2014 08:18:36 AM
Great placement...loved this one!!!
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05/08/2014 06:03:55 AM
Nice placing Harvey. Well done. Good editing on this one
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05/08/2014 04:41:00 AM
I was shocked this did not ribbon. Fair play to the ribbon winners though - there were some fantastic entries in this Free Study. Still a great result - well done!
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05/08/2014 04:35:09 AM
many congrats Harvey on your 6th place ... very well deserved ..
when i saw this in voting i thought of you .. especially the title .. they are such beautiful animals .. and this is a stunning photograph .. :)
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05/08/2014 04:26:51 AM
This was my only 10, really think it should ribbon.
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05/08/2014 12:06:26 AM
Possibly one of your most superbly edited images, WD, thought this was a ribbon.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2014 11:37:38 AM
What a wonderful face such beautiful eyes
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05/07/2014 09:59:52 AM
Great details and title.
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05/07/2014 07:44:49 AM
What a capture!!
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05/06/2014 06:39:18 AM
Absolutely beautiful - great colours, focus and use of DOF!
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05/04/2014 10:08:04 PM
That is incredible sharpness.
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05/04/2014 01:27:06 AM
I love this almost matte finish, great crop and close up as well.
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05/02/2014 03:01:09 PM
My god. That focus couldn't be more perfect.
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05/01/2014 08:47:37 AM
Great detail. Spectacular eye catch glint. Beautiful bokeh. Bravo!
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05/01/2014 12:12:27 AM
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