I don't usually post wildlife shots but this black faced impala appeals to me for a couple of reasons. The first is a favorite film and story from my childhood -'Bambi'. I was captivated by the stylised deer and although this one if far from being a Disney character, it is pretty with those lovely doe eyes.
The second reason I post this shot is to salute a Namibian conservation success story. The black-faced impala (Aepyceros melampus petersi) isn't found anywhere else in the world, it numbers less than 4 000 in the wild, and almost half its population is found in Etosha. That wasn’t always the case.
In the early 1970s, 200 black-faced impala were moved from the Kunene Region, where they were almost extinct, to Etosha. Forty years later, the population of black faced impala in Etosha is thriving, and at least 23 game farms have established small populations.
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serp2000 (33043) 2011-11-24 20:43
Very nice photo of a wildlife theme! Great timing capture. Impressive combinations lines and colours.
Well done! My compliments!
rmajum (1077) 2011-11-24 21:06
Absolutely captivating , the posture. Superb clarity and sharpness, can see the blurs behind.And original colours too.A good note on the conservation. Compliments.
RhodieIke (9247) 2011-11-24 21:53
Morning Rosemary, What a cutie, you have captured of this black faced Impala. They are very sticking with their black lines. Pin-sharp great colours super light, love the dappled sun light on his rear end.Informative note, Well done, have a good weekend, Cheers Iain.
wolf38 (29114) 2011-11-24 22:15
Hi Rosemary. A wonderful "shot". The animal seems to stand in front of one. Every detail is visible. The photo is an excellent animal study. You have pressed the shutter at the ideal moment. Well done - and the best technical quality. Rgds, Wolfgang.
tyro (15665) 2011-11-25 0:26
Good morning Rosemary,
Well, this is a bit of a departure for you: not only can you produce stunning landscape photographs and photographs of people in their surroundings, but now you show us your far from inconsiderable skills at wildlife photography.
Everything in this picture reflects the skill of the photographer: the fleeting posture of the impala skilfully captured, the beautiful sidelighting on the animal, the faithful colours, the exposure, the shallow depth of field, the composition and the close cropping of the image - I could go on and on.
A fabulous photograph, Rosemary, and one of which to be very, very proud. And, of course, a wonderfully interesting and informative note to accompany it.
jemaflor (73990) 2011-11-25 0:53
Well taken, good close up, perfect sharpness, lovely view and original attitude of this bambi ...
delpeoples (48564) 2011-11-25 1:08
The light here is just exquisite and your little model is absolutely adorable. And the photo accompanies such a positive story in the conservation of this species of deer. Wonderful colour amd definition. The vertical frame is a little tight but doesn't detract from the beauty of this wonderful capture.
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely Friday
timecapturer (36924) 2011-11-25 2:02
a beautiful shot of this amazing Impala. Such perfect clarity and sharpness make this such an effective and compelling image. Executed flawlessly and an appealing presentation. Love it!
Have a great weekend - regards Brian.
CarolineBB (30) 2011-11-25 2:08
Hi Rose mary!
Really great wildlife picture, i like his expression and his posture.
lousat (63989) 2011-11-25 5:24
Hi Rosemary,a perfect pic for treknature too..ehehe...magnificent work,i like the perfection of details and the beautiful colors,very original the crop and the position of Bambi!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano.
vasilpro (40557) 2011-11-25 8:16
Wonderful shot with a beautiful baby deer, excellent POV, lovely warm light and colors, very good clarity and sharpness, very nice framework, TfS!
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
dkmurphys (42389) 2011-11-25 9:22
Charming wildlife capture. An exotic image that's very attractive.
Enjoy a beautiful weekend.
Gerrit (43763) 2011-11-25 9:43
excellent close shot and fine tight crop.
It's a beautiful animal.
schumanng (0) 2011-11-25 9:49
it's a very charming photo. I believe that it was difficult enough to crop this composition and obtain such details.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-11-25 12:00
A perfect and efficience framing for this very nice and sympatic portrait with teh details of the young animal well collected. You have too well collected the attitude of this animal.
LOOOK13 (19046) 2011-11-25 12:11
Trés belle image animalière, avec de superbes détails.
bukitgolfb301 (32574) 2011-11-26 1:12
Hi my dear Rosemary
Sorry for my dull reaction weekday as usual, but I still enjoy your garalley very much.
So perfect frameworked shot by brave close-up the objcet. Vertical format is quite suietable with this situation. Sharp and tasteful color touch is marvelous as usual. I think this is the best of month fron you.
Thanks for sharing with your finest work and have a good Saturday,
Takero from early winter Tokyo.
Nicou (105595) 2011-11-26 5:04
quel captage superbe ces belles cornes sont merveilleuse quel pelage, avec le oreilles cela fait un très beau dessin superbe captage merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
paololg (31446) 2011-11-26 9:43
Beautiful image, dear Rosemary, a scene so sweet and pleasant, especially for the animal lovers like me. The photographic perfection, especially the sharpness and the light management, characterize this masterpiece of nature. Really an excellent shot, congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice weekend!
stevesaba (8021) 2011-11-26 9:49
Beautifully done! Superbly composed albeit maybe a little luck there too, hehe. But I love the way the head and tail are meeting, and the light is playing on the impala's back. First rate work, and some interesting notes too. Warm regards from Thailand,
ChrisJ (91132) 2011-11-29 6:27
A wonderful shot of the black faced impala. Good use of a shallow dof with perfect sharpness on the animal. Excellent color & saturation. I also like the graphism & shadow play. Tfs!
buscape (6219) 2011-11-30 3:35
wonderful shot of this Black Faced Impala with good sharpness and fine details. I also like the beautiful light and the natural colours. I don't think that its a problem to post wildlife shots here on TE, but if you do have many more, that you would like to post I can recommend the sister side TrekNature.
Waylim (23310) 2011-11-30 9:26
It is great to see a wildlife shot here sometimes, since it is loaded with landscape and other type photos. Ideally I would have like to see a little more space around the impala, but with this tight crop, you really bring up close and personal with this guy. Love the backlight on the background. Excellent sharepness and clarity.
Silvio1953 (105301) 2011-11-30 9:35
Ciao Rosemary, great capture of cute creature, fine details, splendid sharpness, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
marina7 (7160) 2011-12-01 11:46
That's a capture of exceptional beauty. How lucky you were to press the shutter release just at the right moment! I wonder if this cutie was aware of your presence. The way this amazing impala looks towards your camera brings to mind a professional model who knows how to strike a pose:))
Absolutely stunning! Thanks and have a good time,
nikkitta (8869) 2011-12-02 16:37
Great shot at the right moment,the Bambi in a cute position
Super clarity and great mix of colors, like the way the rays are captured
Very good note about preservation wildlifeGreetings and TFS
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (23510)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-04-23
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2011-11-24 20:36
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