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By ColleenA
Good morning,
Thank you for the great response to my little critter and to Kathrynlouise for her UA, all much appreciated.
We saw quite a few white rhino on this trip and a few youngsters as well which is great news. White rhino has a wide mouth and mainly feed on grasses. They have two horns and grow to 1.8m and weigh over 2 tons. White rhino tend to live in groups. They use their horns for self defence and attacking predators. White rhino groups stand in a circle facing outwards to form a barricade with calves near the centre.
Rhino communicate using a wide variety of sounds, including grunts, growls,snorts, squeaks and bellows. because of their hump, white rhinos cannot swim.
Their lifespan is 34-40 years
Have a nice day...

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2014 5:35AM
Three quite special captures. Image number three for me being the best of the bunch, superbly captured and nicely fitting within the frame.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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jaktis 14 84 Sweden
26 Mar 2014 5:36AM
A massive close up

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
26 Mar 2014 5:38AM
V.3 for me, Colleen, a superb full view of this massive beast. Carol
26 Mar 2014 6:04AM
Great set of captures of this lovely beast. V3 for me.
A formidable opponent. V3 for me. Well done Colleen.
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
26 Mar 2014 6:24AM
Great set. I like all of these images, but I feel V3 is the strongest one of all. I think a B/W version here would work great, I tried it myself and after 10 mins of tweaking with dodge/burn I think the end-result is great. Would love to upload it as a mod if you don't mind. Thanks!

alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
26 Mar 2014 6:34AM
Modification for V3 loaded. This is what I've done.

Converted to Grayscale in Photoshop and then dodged/burned different areas to achieve the desired effect, namely:
1. More contrast between the highlights/shadow areas on the rhino to bring out the texture on its skin...
2. Creating a "leading line" with the highlight on the grassless ground bottom left of the image in the direction of the rhino
3. Muting the effect of the bright green grass behind the rhino by burning it in to make it darker whilst still retain its contrasty feel against the rhino's skin.

Hope you like!

Andysnapper 9 109 25 England
26 Mar 2014 6:41AM
3 excellent shots Colleen, a wonderful animal. Alistair's mono conversion works very well also.

ColleenA Plus
5 354 5 Australia
26 Mar 2014 6:48AM
THANKYOU Alistair for the mod, it's fantastic...I really appreciate your help....this has now motivated me to sit down and learn how to use photoshop....Grin
mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
26 Mar 2014 6:58AM
3 great images Colleen. Good to hear there are youngsters there, lets hope they can be protected.
V1 is a super close up but V3 gets my vote, an excellent image and very brave of you. They do look
intimidating. Not sure i'd stand in front of one. very nice work.

alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
26 Mar 2014 6:59AM
Glad I've done that Colleen. You'll definitely find tutorials on youtube and all over the net to help you with B/W conversions. There are different methods one can try but I found this method effective enough for my tastes.

In a nutshell, I was taught to work likeso:
1. Duplicate the Background Layer.
2. Convert to Grayscale (and I opt to Discard colour when asked). You do this from Image > Mode > Grayscale.
3. Use the Dodge tool to brighten areas of the image that you want to be brighter. Adjust brush size and exposure level as needed. I adjust brush size depending on the area worked upon but exposure is typically set at between 3% to 7% so I work up slowly. It requires a bit more patience, of course.
4. Similarly, use the Burn tool to darken areas of the image that you want to be darker. Same argument re: size and exposure settings.

In both 3. and 4. above, you have to identify whether you want to work on the shadows, midtones or highlights of the "area" in the picture referred to. A general guideline for B/W images is that they, obviously, have to be "Black" & "White", which implies that there should be enough contrast between the darkest and brightest images. Straight conversions to grayscale typically don't have that, which is were the dodging and burning would help. As I said before, there are of course other methods, but I cannot comment on those as I prefer this approach.

Hope it helps!

ColleenA Plus
5 354 5 Australia
26 Mar 2014 7:04AM
I thank you again Alistair, I am sure many on epz can learn from your advice above...
26 Mar 2014 7:15AM
Three super images Colleen,
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2014 7:23AM
I love all three version though naturally I prefer colour. The close crop gives a sense of power, V3 gives a sense of scale.

How wonderful to be able to see this beautiful creature in the wild.
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2014 7:29AM
Amazing captures Colleen.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2014 7:33AM
Love those ears and saggy shoulders
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2014 8:13AM
Three wonderful images, for me it has to be V2 as my favourite

Nikonuser1 Plus
5 149 16 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2014 8:32AM
Great set of images Colleen, V3 for meSmile

Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2014 8:32AM
Great shots of this powerhouse of a beast. V3 for me please Colleen.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
AnneB50 5 118 18 Scotland
26 Mar 2014 8:55AM
Three brilliant shots Colleen and I love Alistair's mod too, and his guidance on how he did the conversion.

Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2014 8:56AM
You wouldn't want to use that as a tooth pick, nicely done, my preference has to be V3

26 Mar 2014 8:56AM
V 3 is my fav too. Looks as if he had something to say to you. - I wouldnt argue with him about anything. --- One of the very best rhino images i ever seen! --- Jukka.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
26 Mar 2014 8:58AM
Wonderful shots of this magnificent beast Carol. That horn of his most certainly is a serious weapon. Cant help but reflect however that some folks would look at that and would be considering how much was its monetary value.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinSadSadSadSadSadSadSadSadSad
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2014 9:01AM
Wow Colleen that really is close up photography, excellent images,

Ali GrinGrinGrin
PhilT2 Plus
8 443 29 England
26 Mar 2014 9:09AM
V3 very impressive and shows the power of the beast. Can't help but think that the close up V1/V2 should be portrait format. My vote is for V3 which is a great image
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2014 9:10AM
I did not know White Rhino cannot swim - look good in mono and I have to say that Alistair's mod and advice is very helpful.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
26 Mar 2014 9:43AM
I like them all, Colleen.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 112 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2014 11:03AM
Excellent photography and I too like V3.
I love Alistair's mono and was interested in his advice.
You do have to work lightly with dodging and burning
by a slow build up. I'll be interested to see how you are faring with mono.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
26 Mar 2014 11:28AM
have to agree V3 is the winner here Colleen fine work

a super shot well taken,. and a big thank you for your U.A MUCH LOVED

Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2014 11:38AM
I am in love with this beautiful animal...
Wonderful shots... Congratulations... IB
capto Plus
5 4.9k 8 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2014 12:29PM
Smashing set and info.Smile

Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
26 Mar 2014 12:35PM
Both compositions are excellent Colleen. I prefer the colour versions.
26 Mar 2014 12:46PM
Wow! 3 wonderful images but V3 is just awesome. So beautifully captured, what a powerful animal. Love the mod also GrinGrin

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
26 Mar 2014 12:48PM
Three fine images here, Colleen, of this magnificent chap, and the colour versions work best for me, with V3 being my fave Wink
Trev Smile
26 Mar 2014 1:32PM
All fantastic Colleen V3 for me its wonderful popping out of the screan GrinGrinGrin
26 Mar 2014 2:09PM
I definitely like V3 the best. Even though the close up is a great image as well.
As soon as I saw V3 I was thinking this would look stunning as a mono, and then I saw the modification from Alistair. Grin
fotobee Plus
4 4 3 South Africa
26 Mar 2014 2:46PM
v3 is my favourite. This looks more threatening than the other versions. Power has just come on again, am trying to catch up with all my messages. Regards Martin
26 Mar 2014 2:56PM
Poor chap dies for the horn. God only knows how it produces aphrodisiac potion for frenzy people.
ColleenA Plus
5 354 5 Australia
26 Mar 2014 3:03PM

Quote:Poor chap dies for the horn. God only knows how it produces aphrodisiac potion for frenzy people.

Sad thing Prabhas, the horn is no more of an aphrodisiac than out finger nails and toe nails and's made of keratin but kinda matted and pushed together to form a solid cone.
rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
26 Mar 2014 4:12PM
Great to be this close Colleen ( we were on foot in Zambia and came this close to 2 tons of muscle !!) On song images.
A great set of images but V1 is the one I like the best.

Mary Grin
JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2014 5:48PM
Terrific shots
gss 4 1 Romania
26 Mar 2014 6:14PM
Another daily great wildlife lesson!
When I saw the picture I looked at the focal distance. When I saw 400 mm I quietly you were quite far from each other.........
About conversion to monochrome: a program worth trying (Lightzone) - it's open source, but has a lot of ways to turn a color white / black
26 Mar 2014 6:27PM
Great sets of photos Colleen, V3 is my favourite.
Mike_Smith Plus
10 461 1 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2014 6:53PM
Really nice to see these beautiful animals, they get such a hard time. It was on our TV the other night Colleen that powdered Rhino horn is more valuable than Gold. Wonderful pictures
JohnoP 12 2
26 Mar 2014 7:00PM
Another set of great images that portray this majestic beast. Love the 'mod' too! John
26 Mar 2014 7:12PM
Wonderful captures with V3 to be my favorite, Colleen !
6 3 8 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2014 7:31PM
Great images again Colleen. V3 is my fav. It looks good in bw but I prefer the colour version.
cheesey 11 2 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2014 7:35PM
Great shots again Colleen, very nicely captured.
Great shots Colleen and like BIGRY1,i go for V3 as it shows the whole of this magnifico animal.
26 Mar 2014 9:49PM
Fantastic shots Colleen especially V3 and love the mod. Cathy
dark_lord Plus
13 2.1k 523 England
26 Mar 2014 11:18PM
Lovely captures. V3 my favourite perhaps, difficult to decide.
ukgubbi 6 5 India
27 Mar 2014 1:00AM
V3- my fav. Great set. Thanks for the nice information.
Three great images, Colleen. Glad you were using a long telephoto. I have heard that rhinos are fairly bad tempered and cranky.

Brilliant Colleen. As said by others, V3 is outstanding, great mod also.

Lynette Grin
29 Mar 2014 2:16AM
Superb shot's Colleen, trying to catch up with all your shot's posted and yet again gob smacked Grin
Wow, Being able to take big game wildlife shot's yourself in situ must be a unforgettable experience
and to share your shot's and experiences with people all round the world really is commendable,
sat in a landrover with no roof or door's and only mtr's away from big game takes gut's Grin
keep up all the good work mate , all the best PaulSmile
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
7 Apr 2014 11:48PM
Three tremendous images of this formidable animal

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