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Western Lowland Gorilla

Western Lowland Gorilla
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Copyright: Kevin Ross (kross1) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 594 W: 17 N: 1223] (4936)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-24
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D300 DSLR, TAMRON 70-200mm f2.8 Di LD (IF)
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-25 7:22
Viewed: 1686
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday my wife and I took the kids to the zoo for the first time this year. The kids had a blast and I had fun taking pictures of the kids and animals. The weather was nice and the zoo was not crowded at all. Anyway, this is one if the shots I liked the most. This handsome guy is a Western Lowland Gorilla and he just stared at me for about 10 minutes. I couldn't tell if I irritated him or not with my camera. He sat patiently until I was done shooting. I swear I thought I heard a sigh and a thank God from the gorilla when I left.

Tech stuff. SS was 1/125, f4.5, ISO 200. I shot this through a green tinted glass so I had to correct the color in Lightroom. I decreased the contrast and sharpness in the BG. I also adjusted the brightness -15 and decreased the saturation in the bg as well. I increased contrast in the gorilla and cropped to my liking. I then adjusted levels, added vignette, resized and sharpened. I hope you like this shot and thanks for viewing.
Have a great Monday.


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  • Great 
  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-04-25 7:42]

Hi Kevin,
A marvelous portrait of this Gorilla!
Good lighting and a perfect focus on the face!
Great stunning eyes and a nice portrait crop.
Well done for this neat work.
My regards,

Francis Xavier

Hello Kevin.
Amazing details of this ape captured with beautiful lighting where you nicely exposed his facial feature while his look to your cam makes it one wonderful zoo life photography.
My best Wishes

This how I would looked in the morning before my first cup of coffee, or maybe that's me in the photo. I like the pose and nicely captured. Great dof with sharp details. Well done, tfs.

Hello Kevin

Not sure if you had a bead on him, or he on you. Very sharp and great result in your final composition.


Amazing best describes this superb capture of this Gorilla! the expression on his face is truly priceless and that look in his eyes!!! Beautiful exposure control and fantastic composition too! Love your detailed and highly informative notes. Awesome work my friend!

Best wishes,


One of the best captures from Gorilla I have ever seen on TL, Kevin!

Great focus on the eyes and the way it is facing your camera is amazing.
The sharpness and POV are well done, and contrast between this dark animal and the green BG is wonderfully managed.
Great light and perfect exposure for this shot.
Well done!

Best regards,

hi Kevin the detail here is first class with a nice tight crop all round good image
tfs regards bryan

Hi Kevin,
Very nice caught of view of this gorilla,
nice portrait and amazing sharpness and details,
well exposed and composed with great colors and light,
Very well done.


A fine shot here. Very nice soft background and overall composition. You would never guess this was taken through glass. Very nicely done. TFS.


WOW. Great shot Kevin. Beautiful pose. Magnificent texture and lighting and composition. Just incredible. Well done. TFS, Lori

Hi Kevin..nice portrait...great pose with nice focus and depth of field.


Hello Kevin.
Great portrait of this Gorilla with interesting pose, colors, compositio and light are fantastic, congratulations.
Regards Robert.

Kevin Well done portrait , a handsome one
Have agood day

Hi Kevin...
Very Nice portrait. In terms of crop. Subject's eyes, has a strong working. nice focus and DOF. Excellent Shot. TFS.

  • Great 
  • HienVy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 697] (4273)
  • [2011-04-26 15:47]

You captured his face nicely, Kevin.
His expression shows in his eyes, his muscle.
Good DOF.

  • Great 
  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2011-05-03 9:49]

Hi Kevin,
a perfect portrait of this wonderful gorilla. Very sharp details, I love his eyes.
Regards Rose

Hello Kevin! Smooth guy. Good pose. Good scene. Superb contrast and sharpness. Original anaimal portrait. Well done!

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