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The Onager of Arabia

The Onager of Arabia
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Copyright: John van Aarle (JohnTulip) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3349 W: 798 N: 8612] (35303)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-19
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS DO USM, Compact Flash 2-2gb, B-W UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-09 14:14
Viewed: 3569
Points: 87
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Onager of Arabia *Equus hemionus Onager *
TL we are here in Germany last year, while vissiting friends in Langenlohnshein-Bad Kreuznach
we all went to the ZOO in Frankfurt A/M

Here we have :
The Onager of Arabia
The onager was a gregarious animal of the dry grassy plains It was found in Palestine and the countries surrounding it for over 2000 years after the events of the Old Testament, but had almost disappeared by the middle of the nineteenth century.

A few lived on in Iraq and southeast Jordan until early this century, but now these are gone as well.

The name Onager comes from the Greek onagros or wild ass.

In Arabic the onager is known as al-himar, al-wahshi, al fara' and al-'ir,
the latter name used for the domestic ass as well.

Now in The US these sort of mammals are called:
Ass or Jack Ass ..
That is what made me decide to put a photo of him/her with more the ' A** part in view for you
( I hope you apreciate )

All in PS CS 3
Auto contrast
Ajusted a little in 'Curves' and blurred the B G somewhat

Thanks for the ' Pop In ' and have a good last part of the weekend Folks.

Best Regards

John T

“If a donkey bray at you, don't bray at him”

George Herbert

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Hello John,
Hey, hey..I'm first visit :D
LOL..the perfect animal with perfect post. hehehe
I like the colors here, very natural. Looks bright sunny day.
Love the notes. Happy Sunday.

Hello John
Excellent animal composition and colours.
I like the lights and shadows of this photo.
Well done my friend.TFS.

beautiful shot john, excellent light and clarity, nice post,
thanks, scott

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-02-09 16:45]

We also have jack asses in this country they are called.... politicians.
Great composition from the rear. hehehe
Well done John...Hee Haw!

Hallo John.
Good shot of this 'Smart' Animal.
Yes they are smart. During the very hot season in Iran (over 50C.) They stay for hours, even in 30 cm shadows from the wall of a house, haha.
Fijne dag gewenst.

hi JT,

nice shot of The Onager of Arabia behind :D hehe.. kidding.. its a good shot actually.. love the light, colours and sharpness.. good job!

regards, terry

Hello John,
Nice photo my friend!Nice composition and colours.

Hello John!
Beautiful capture and lovely perspective!
Good focus and perfect light!
I like very much the frame, too!
Best regards!

...I return... :)

Hi John,

Excellent details, and interesting to know about this animal.
Good shot taken in fine lights.
All the best, dear friend for this lovely share.

jean paul

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-02-10 5:02]

Hi John

Thanks for the very informative note on this cousin to wild donkeys. Excellent sharpness & sidelighting. Tfs!

Hi Bro, your note is quite funny with the jack ass, poor thing, if he knew ;))
Good off-center composition of the donkey grazing but it would have been nice if he looked at you. I guess that he was very hungry.

Tfs and take care! sis :)
ps: Ben and I are thinking of where we could go for our vacations for a photo hunt. We are anxious to bring back great photos. Let's hope that we will be able to do one this year ;)

Hi John,
Thanks for notes about animal. Contrast, colors and sharpness are good. TFS
Selahattin E

Hi John,
Nice shot,very good light.
Best regards,

Excellent capture.
Excellent sharpness, composition and details.
Seems it's the time to post animals :-).

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  • bizsu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 227 W: 0 N: 71] (717)
  • [2008-02-10 11:29]

Hello John,
Great shot,and beautiful animal. Good sharp photo. Nice colours. Good POV. TFS.
Regards, Zsú

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  • Nikas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 352 W: 3 N: 97] (2034)
  • [2008-02-10 11:32]

Hi Joao!

Lovely shot! Great detail! Wonderful colours and i loved the frame that you choose!


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-02-10 11:56]

a very fine capture with excellent colours -- the composition works nicely

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  • Viking Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 63 N: 782] (4383)
  • [2008-02-10 12:19]

Hoi John
Lekkere knol hier :-)
Had er nog NOOOIT van gehoord.
Apart man, en mooi toch ook, beetje de kleuren
van de Noorse Fjord

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  • deains Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 33 N: 1169] (5051)
  • [2008-02-10 14:01]

Beautiful John!! Looks a lot like our Jackass! :} Thanks much for the kind words on Self. Only kind words so far but have not heard from good friend Pierre Frigon :} I expect something funny from him, but I can take it :} Don

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2008-02-10 15:06]
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Even with its back towards us, you still managed to shoot it very 'lively', John. Excellent colours and the DoF looks spot on - at first sight. Because, having looked more carefully, I can see you 'helped' the DoF by adding blur, or am I wrong? It's just that on the left hand side there's less unsharpness than on the same horizontal level on the right hand side.
There's also a slight halo around the top of the animal, which is especially visible around the manes...
I'd like to see the original of this, just to understand why you felt you needed to add blur.
Anyway, TFS

Hi John,

I like very much this composition and POV, the onager is perfectly placed in this image. Also I like the natural colours and clear details and I think it also would work without the blur effect on the upper side. An excellent work, including the note! TFS.

I wish you a wonderful week,

Hoi John
Wel een ding is zeker, het beestje heeft een lekker achtergebeuren :-)
Mooie dieptewerking in mooie kleuren.
Had ook nog nooit van deze ezelsoort gehoord.
Conclusie: Er lopen meer ezels rond dan we wisten :-)


Nice colours in the animal John and well composed even if it is a back end view. The halo Frank refers to is cleary visible on my monitor. MAybe instead of the blur effect you added some time spent on cloningout the structures you mention? TFS,

Bonsoir, mon ami,
Which beautiful natural colors for this member of the horse family ;O).
Superb grazed shade which cuts out its silhouette on the ground. Cheer for this beautiful capture! I like your frame.
Trčs amicalement

I'm happy to have returned to the house and to be able to return in the family TL after one week.

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2008-02-11 18:22]

Interesting pov Love the framing! Nice sharp details and wonderful colorI like the blurred out bg. TFs

Hi John! Lovely animal and you very well framed it in the picture. The blur is very effective in focusing the subject. You can duplicate the parts of the image that you lassoed and erase with 50% opacity on the edges so the transition is not abrupt on the grass part. I like the border design and the font style that you used. The intentional POV is funny and lovely! :)
Freddie :)

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2008-02-12 0:34]

Hallo John
Zeer mooi in beeld gebracht.
Gr Jos

Hi John,

I thought was a horse . .
Great shot at the right timing
Lighting is perfect from the left . . and lovely stands out from the surrounding . .
At least there are still grass for his meal . .


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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-02-12 1:28]

Hola amigo,
bonita presentación y escenario...
color y original pov,
simpático trabajo,
saludos John.

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  • Jens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 555 W: 53 N: 1139] (4663)
  • [2008-02-12 1:47]

Hi John
I am back, and as you know, vacation and hospital have kept me away from TL, nice to be back and to enjoy your photos again. Se you on Norwegian Jade, I am so much looking forward to this, it will be 12 great days. Se you.
The best, very best regards

Hi John,
Wonderful soft texture of the donkey. Marvellous colors, detail and DOF/BG.
PS: It sure has a nice A** :D

Hi John, it seems a young onager, isn't it? lovely and paceful "lunch". Excellent definition as usually in you!


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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2008-02-12 13:36]

Hi Sir John,

I am looking at a well groomed doneky, feels like just arrived back from the saloon. We also this poor thing in my country, but in delipidated condition - poor donkey.

An exciting photoshot my friend, well done. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Hi John, lovely portrait of this cute creature with splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-02-13 7:39]

Hello John,
The perfect animal with perfect post...!! hehehe
I like the colors here & brightness. Well done.

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee HAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!! HAHA! We used to have a donkey named Jack! HAHA! I tried to teach him to "kiss" my arm....and he would try, the slowly turn his head to try to BITE me! HAHA!...he was dangerous and we had to get rid of him after he knocked my mother-in-law out! Marvelous shot Johnny!

merhaba arkadaşım john
wonderful lovely donkey.excellent light and colours.well done my friend.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-02-15 0:59]

Hi John,
perfect light,shadow,clarity and compo.TFS.Necla.

Oh dus zo ziet een Jack Ass eruit! Nooit geweten, ik dacht dat het alleen een uitdrukking was.
Leuk bedacht John en je kunt niet zien dat dit in een Zoo is, dus extra mooi daardoor.
Weer wat geleerd.


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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-02-16 6:25]

I like this view and your humour , John. Nice natural colour and great use of the light. Lovley detail and composition and interesting and informative notes. Excellent.

i never seen it before, John.. thanks..
image is really well definited.. with a light intense and superb!! good pov.. from back.. you have taken wonderful shade colours.. very well done!! my compliments
ciao Marco

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-02-19 4:10]

Hello John,
I start for saying that since a kid I love donkeys, and this one in the photo is beautifull. Great detail and colours. Very good capture.
My regards, josé mb

Hello john

Beautiful capture of this donkey.
Each country of the a name for this animal.
beautiful picture and of high quality.
I like the colors here, very natural.
Nice composition.


I wonder if he can talk, like the donkey in Shrek. By the way, the blue-eyed Arabs in Alberta are having an election right now. The ones in the election ads on TV talk too, but not quite as intelligently .....

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