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Registered: December 2010
Posts: 70
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I caught this pose of one of the 2 female silverback gorillas at the Little Rock Zoo. I typically don't like shooting at the zoo because of the barriers of wire fences, etc that typically get in the frame. Fortunately, these ladies had a little space and got both eyes in this one.
· Date: Sat January 8, 2011 · Views: 534 · Tags: 2 ·
Keywords: silverback, gorilla, zoo
Camera Make / Model: Nikon D1X @ ISO800 f/5.6
Lens Make / Focal Length: 80-200mm TC 1.4E 465mm equivilent focal length
Filters / Type Used: Monopod
Event e.g. Grand Prix, Birthday, Sunrise: zoo trip
State / County / Area Image Taken: Little Rock, AR
Country Image Taken
United States of America
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Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,733
Sat January 8, 2011 2:25pm

A great shot of the silverback gorilla... I understand your hesitancy to shoot in the zoo setting because of the barriers and the glass which effects nearly every shot that a person can take. I like how you caught the pose of the female gorilla with the head slightly turned towards the viewer with the catchlights in her eyes. A strong textural sense and the contrast between the gorilla and the background greenery adds to the visual impact of the picture for me.


Registered: December 2010
Posts: 70
Sat January 8, 2011 2:29pm

Thanks Jan. At lesser funded zoos the animals really look miserable and unkept which is a shame. However, when I visited the San Diego Zoo I was very impressed with the upkeep and the apparent care for the animals. Animal Kingdom at Disney World is another great place to shoot captive animals.
Tony Mil

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 138
Sat January 8, 2011 2:55pm


Very good capture with sharp details, good color and exposure. I agree that shooting at most zoo's is frustrating because of the fences, glass etc. etc., glad you got an unobstructed shot. I agree with you about both the San Diego & Disney Land zoo taking care of their animals.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,497
Sat January 8, 2011 3:11pm

Oh, yessssssssssss. You captured his mood perfectly - love that eye contact!!!

Registered: March 2009
Sat January 8, 2011 3:13pm

This is a really good shot. Very sharp. Nice job.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 62
Sat January 8, 2011 3:46pm

Nice work. This is an excellent image of this amazing animal.

Registered: December 2010
Sat January 8, 2011 5:04pm

I love red-heads! Smile The closeness, details, textures, lighting, colors, hues, tones, contrasts, composition...outstanding Gary!

Registered: August 2009
Posts: 74
Sat January 8, 2011 5:15pm

beautiful detail and clarity here Gary! I like that he seems to be in a natural environment instead of a zoo cage. Great job, one to frame and hang!

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 1,105
Sat January 8, 2011 9:57pm

Wonderful capture of this noble beast; Marvellous detail and textures. She certainly looks content and well cared for.

Registered: January 2011
Sat January 8, 2011 11:18pm

Impressive Silverback and a very nice composition. Well seen and well done.

Registered: January 2011
Sun January 9, 2011 12:30am

Impressive subject, beautiful capture and outstanding presentation.

Registered: October 2009
Sun January 9, 2011 1:02am

Super catch, wonderful color and detail very nice catch.

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 59
Sun January 9, 2011 1:20pm

This is an excellent capture, I wish it was mine. Smile I like the details,colors, lighting, background and everything about this shot. Well done indeed!

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,660
Sun January 9, 2011 4:18pm

Excellent colour and exposure and PP since this was part in shadow.
With Gorilla portraits the faces are so expressive that the main emphasis has to placed there and this ones face is perfect. I've seen many pics from the Bronx and San Diego zoos and I've always got the impression that they are more open and camera friendly than our heavily caged, safety conscious and concrete background enclosures - obviously that isn't so.

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