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Year of the Ox
3rd PlaceYear of the Ox
Gringo


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Chinese Zodiac (Advanced Editing I)
Collection: Hidden Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D1X
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: California
Date: Jan 23, 2004
Aperture: F4
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/5
Galleries: Nature, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 24, 2004

Oxen are born leaders, inspiring confidence in everyone they come into contact with. However, they can be too demanding. Methodical and good with their hands, they make fine surgeons and hairdressers.

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone. I am so pleased to have won a ribbon with this entry. This is indeed a cape buffalo. It was the closest thing to an Ox I could find. I almost didnít enter this in the challenge but now I am glad I did. When I think of an Ox, this is the animal I picture in my mind.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 77
Avg (all users): 6.9119
Avg (commenters): 7.9524
Avg (participants): 6.7458
Avg (non-participants): 7.0100
Views since voting: 3700
Votes: 159
Comments: 35
Favorites: 8 (view)


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02/08/2004 09:26:52 PM
Congrats on an excellent photo, Gringo. Van is correct, this is a Cape Buffalo, and is probably the most dangerous animal in Africa.

Was this taken in a Natural History Diorama??
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02/05/2004 08:05:03 AM
This guy gives me the chills every time I look at him. Great shot!
Congrats.
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01/30/2004 09:20:46 PM
well done, the toning is very suiting.
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01/30/2004 11:45:14 AM
Two ribbons in a row, congratulations!
Great picture... and great and fine work. I like it...
And specially because Ox is my animal in the Chinese Zodiac:)
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01/30/2004 11:15:25 AM
very very nice. the bg elements really add to the mood here. i wonder where this was shot?
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01/30/2004 09:31:55 AM
Gringo, Your fine work continues. Congratulations!
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01/30/2004 09:14:17 AM
congrats to you!
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01/30/2004 08:09:52 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon - a nodle beast
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01/30/2004 08:09:50 AM
Hey Gringo - congrats! What an awesome shot!!! Love everything about it. Great work!
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01/30/2004 07:58:22 AM
Great job. This was my favorite out of the bunch.
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01/30/2004 02:24:42 AM
Congrats Gringo, 2 ribbons in a week, nice going :)
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01/30/2004 12:10:51 AM
congrats, gringo! love the tone.
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01/30/2004 12:09:44 AM
Super composition, tones. Congrats on the win.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/29/2004 09:51:25 PM
What a handsome beast ! not sure about the detail in the background dosent look to good for your beastie
good focus and detail and colour7
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01/29/2004 09:46:49 PM
The skeleton in the background and the catchlight in the eye along with those curvy horns make this an extra special photograph. 8
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01/29/2004 10:01:24 AM
This has a great tone to it. The image is nicely sharp, dof is good, and I like the bones in the background. Composition is great, and the catchlights in the eyes really stand out. The horns have great texture, so does the hair/fur on the face and back.
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01/27/2004 11:21:37 PM
Stuffed? I assume. I like the Duotone look, works well with this shot. Nice composition and focus. Good job!
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01/27/2004 11:13:42 PM
well balanced with the skeletons in the background and subtly toned (10)
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01/27/2004 05:57:22 PM
love it, great color and tones.. and am diggin the skieleton
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01/27/2004 03:49:14 PM
The brows look almost TOO furrowed. Nice shot just the same...
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01/27/2004 12:10:58 PM
Great shot. Should be blue ribbon.
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01/27/2004 10:25:04 AM
Cape Buffalo?
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01/27/2004 01:19:06 AM
I like your use of tone here. Composition is excellent.
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01/26/2004 02:48:22 AM
Nice shot and the sepia is great. The carcasses in the background take away from the theme, though, since the Ox is about abundance and having enough to eat.
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01/26/2004 02:31:10 AM
Good shot. I like the bones in the background. The picture is just a little soft. Good catchlights and I like the expression. 7
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01/25/2004 05:52:24 PM
those bones in the background are fascinating - what is the story here? The ox is well caught too - nice detail, great expression, I like the sepia tone.
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01/25/2004 09:16:54 AM
This is nice
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01/25/2004 08:50:39 AM
Interesting subject and setup, . I would like to see the ox more made obvious(maybe more light on it, or /and more contrasted?)
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01/25/2004 08:25:06 AM
wow, I love this picture! Its so powerful and deep. You really captures the ox's soul in this photograph.
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01/25/2004 05:41:00 AM
I'm only guessing, but is this fake? Either way, I think the bones in the background really add something to the shot, and the sepia works well too.
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01/25/2004 12:59:28 AM
Really amazing picture, there is strong emotion emitted! Really nice!
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01/25/2004 12:48:23 AM
well done! extra points for getting an ox amid all the dogs and fake dragons! and it's a terrific composition to boot with great tones and well placed elements. 10!
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01/25/2004 12:31:02 AM
Very original entry. The sepia tone adds a lot of atmosphere. Good choice and good eye!
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01/25/2004 12:29:11 AM
DOF and sepia tone are great here
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01/25/2004 12:14:31 AM
Gorgeous. I love the offbalance look with the overpowering image of the ox in the foreground, and the bones as a subtle background point.
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