This image was taken in Ngorongoro crater.
September is dry season
so the journey will be a dusty one
and the light will not be the best.
Nonetheless watching the animals
in their habitat is always an enchanting thing.
The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera. The Crater, which formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago, is 610 m (2,001 ft) deep and its floor covers 260 km˛ (102 square miles). Estimates of the height of the original volcano range from fifteen to nineteen thousand feet high.
Although thought of as "a natural enclosure" for a very wide variety of wildlife, up to 20% or more of the wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) and half the zebra (Equus burchelli) populations vacate the Crater in the wet season. However, an effect of this 'enclosure' situation means that the population of Ngorongoro lions is severely inbred, with many genetic problems passed from generation to generation. This is due to the very small amount of new bloodlines that enter the local gene pool, with very few migrating male lions entering the crater from the outside. Animal populations in the crater include most of the species found in East Africa, but there are no impalas (Aepyceros melampus), topis (Damaliscus lunatus), oribis (Ourebia oribi), giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis), or crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus).
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kibele66 (3087) 2008-10-01 13:55
Good evening Luca,
Very elegant framing and interesting POV of the zebra.I liked the movement of the tail, graphic effect and the frame you`ve choosen.
Jeppo (17645) 2008-10-01 13:55
funny realistic title: it is a really a back...from tanzania.
excellent cropping and graphism..it takes a good eye to create such a pleasant compo from this sight.
I like this shot...
LamCam (3603) 2008-10-01 14:02
You can't get much more black and white than this! The movement of the tail adds even more vitality to the image. I had never noticed the intricate pattern of a zebra's tail before!
Very well framed for maximum impact - witty title too!
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2008-10-01 14:06
No colour version could be better than this B&W. The picture is a true eye catcher and photo job quality is superb. The asymmetrical is very original and fits very well the subject. Congratulations.
tomescuc (3291) 2008-10-01 14:45
Very well trimmed, showing the patterns, and with a funny touch.
bostankorkulugu (42498) 2008-10-01 16:26
compliments for this well composed and cropped shot luca... simple yet so strong... fun also:)...
simpatico (805) 2008-10-01 17:00
Simpaticissima foto e simpatico il titolo. Quindi con il mio nik non posso che mettere un bel voto!
Ciao Da un tuo omonimo
vapours (8264) 2008-10-01 18:46
Never thought I'd be complimenting an animals behind, but it is a great shot. Would look great framed on a wall.
faubry (35447) 2008-10-01 19:03
hello Luca, very nice graphic i;age, and a funny title.. welcome on te, have you a good trip?
sarahnatalie (697) 2008-10-01 19:29
Wow! Doesn't strike me as quite your typical style, but I love it anyway! It is so appealing with the close crop, sharp lines, and strong blacks and whites. Very artistic and powerful image.
eversmile (11636) 2008-10-01 21:34
Funny way for a come back on the stage! Very graphic, in a minimalist effect with this striking bi-color close-up. Good timing, with the movement of the tail that suggests the animal will soon run out of the frame...
You seem to have enjoyed your time in Tanzania despite the difficult light... Do you have anything to recommend?
pboehringer (770) 2008-10-01 21:44
quite the diferent view of african wildlife and a funny playing around with image and title. A humurous double posting in that respect. The graphic aspect of the zebra in detail is excelent, but what makes it even better is the bending of the tail to the right providing additional dynamic to the static stripes.
Morac (27723) 2008-10-01 22:14
Very elegant framing and interesting picture.
Excellent cropping and graphism.
Moustique (389) 2008-10-02 2:22
un trait d'humour bien traité !
lasscor (7640) 2008-10-02 3:55
Nice graphical B&W composition.
Great framing, colours, light and sharpness.
kschanna (6) 2008-10-02 3:57
I must say that it is a unique idea executed well, and the moment you released the shutter...was it deliberate?
The crop is great.
everlasting (15510) 2008-10-02 4:03
Nice to see you back:)
creative framing Luca makign a graphic composition from this beautiful beast.
filidor (56) 2008-10-02 5:13
Wow project! No more words!
ktanska (29469) 2008-10-02 6:06
Fun title! Strong graphics and careful tele framing. B&W suits well, I guess there wasn't much colour in the first place.
cherryripe (21033) 2008-10-02 11:44
Fantastic idea to create a sharp graphical shot with this tight framing. The dof is perfect and the fact that the tail is moving is a big bonus.
Dpbours (222) 2008-10-04 2:12
Wonderful! Very nice off-center positioning and with great sharpness. Looking forward to more postings from your hand with respect to this place!
marietom (34609) 2008-10-04 3:08
J'adore ce graphisme, une superbe image que tu nous proposes.
leo61 (0) 2008-10-05 11:12
A great and funny shot to tell that you are back.
Excellent crop,good light and perfect B&W.
flory (4848) 2008-10-06 0:24
the key of this photo is...tail:))
welcome back!and give us more from your beautiful sensations..:)
seven smiles for your new week!
pisces (782) 2008-10-09 7:55
Simply love this picture, Luca! What a great closeup with perfect framing!
CaesarP (3924) 2008-10-23 16:29
just to a minimum, great and very african.
pascal-harbi (1005) 2008-10-24 5:58
Excellent shot and framing really! I'm always surprised of the imagination and creativity i find here on TE among many passionated photographers! Thanks for that! The B&W choice is excellent as well... it seems almost natural with your photo... Congratulations!!
baladeva (252) 2008-12-26 8:27
:) interesting, good POV.
ewiczek (374) 2009-01-27 4:16