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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...

Camera:Nikon D5300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:150-500mm f/5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:14 Mar 2014 - 7:21 AM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:26 Mar 2014 - 4:26 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature, Wildlife / nature.rhino
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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


A massive close up



V.3 for me, Colleen, a superb full view of this massive beast. Carol

kirkoid  4 England1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2014 - 6:04 AM

Great set of captures of this lovely beast. V3 for me.


A formidable opponent. V3 for me. Well done Colleen.

alistairfarrugia Critique Team 3164 forum posts Malta88 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2014 - 6:24 AM

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!


Last Modified By alistairfarrugia at 26 Mar 2014 - 6:24 AM
alistairfarrugia Critique Team 3164 forum posts Malta88 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2014 - 6:34 AM

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!


26 Mar 2014 - 6:41 AM

3 excellent shots Colleen, a wonderful animal. Alistair's mono conversion works very well also.



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


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 Critique Team 3164 forum posts Malta88 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2014 - 6:59 AM

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!



I thank you again Alistair, I am sure many on epz can learn from your advice above...


Three super images Colleen,


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.


Amazing captures Colleen.


Love those ears and saggy shoulders

26 Mar 2014 - 8:13 AM

Three wonderful images, for me it has to be V2 as my favourite



Great set of images Colleen, V3 for meSmile



Great shots of this powerhouse of a beast. V3 for me please Colleen.
Peter GrinGrinGrin

AnneB50  3118 forum posts Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2014 - 8:55 AM

Three brilliant shots Colleen and I love Alistair's mod too, and his guidance on how he did the conversion.



You wouldn't want to use that as a tooth pick, nicely done, my preference has to be V3



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.


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


Wow Colleen that really is close up photography, excellent images,

Ali GrinGrinGrin


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


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.


I like them all, Colleen.


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 - 11:28 AM

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



I am in love with this beautiful animal...
Wonderful shots... Congratulations... IB


Smashing set and info.Smile



Both compositions are excellent Colleen. I prefer the colour versions.


Wow! 3 wonderful images but V3 is just awesome. So beautifully captured, what a powerful animal. Love the mod also GrinGrin



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


All fantastic Colleen V3 for me its wonderful popping out of the screan GrinGrinGrin


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


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


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

Last Modified By prabhusinha at 26 Mar 2014 - 2:56 PM

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 hair...it's made of keratin but kinda matted and pushed together to form a solid cone.


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


Terrific shots

gss  1 Romania1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2014 - 6:14 PM

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


Great sets of photos Colleen, V3 is my favourite.


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  10
26 Mar 2014 - 7:00 PM

Another set of great images that portray this majestic beast. Love the 'mod' too! John


Wonderful captures with V3 to be my favorite, Colleen !


Great images again Colleen. V3 is my fav. It looks good in bw but I prefer the colour version.

cheesey  9 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2014 - 7:35 PM

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.


Fantastic shots Colleen especially V3 and love the mod. Cathy

dark_lord Critique Team 111681 forum postsdark_lord vcard England235 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2014 - 11:18 PM

Lovely captures. V3 my favourite perhaps, difficult to decide.


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

stub197  3
29 Mar 2014 - 2:16 AM

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


Three tremendous images of this formidable animal

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