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Mountain Gorilla

By Tracey_McGovern

This was taken in Rwanda earlier this year. After trecking for about 2 hours up the mountain through thick vegitation we had just 1 hours with the gorillas before we had to come away. For about 58 minutes of that time we had backs and bums disappearing through the bushes to photograph, I was lucky enough to capture this picture of silverback before he turned to show me his backside as he disappeared from view. Still worth it

I am continually wanting to try and improve my photography and would appreciate any comments, feedback or critique about this image.

Thank you for your time.

Best Wishes


Tags: Africa Rwanda Wildlife and nature Mountain gorilla

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MD2009 7 Wales
29 Nov 2011 9:49PM
Well shot love the eye's....

Mark ..

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29 Nov 2011 10:11PM
An amazing capture Tracey
It must have been an even more amazing experience!

29 Nov 2011 10:41PM
Brilliant full frame image Tracey...10/10.......John
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
29 Nov 2011 11:05PM
This is a superb study of a Gorilla in its natural habitat, - and for me, a work of professional quality. Your settings are perfect, - 5.6 is the sweet spot for this lens, and you have focused on the all important eyes.

I did load a mod with very little done, apart from what I would usually do with my own shots:


Davesumner 11 28 300 Australia
30 Nov 2011 12:35AM

You are very brave for getting in with wild Gorillas in Rwanda and you've been rewarded with a superb image and very well taken it is too. Are you sure you didn't pay it to pose for you? Grin Grin Grin

I see there are two mods and I'm going to add a third however all I have done is brighten the eyes and sharpen slightly. I do think those lovely orange eyes need a little more punch.

Great image well done.

cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
30 Nov 2011 8:05AM
what a wonderful to treasure...are you going to load the backside one too? GrinGrin
paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2011 11:39AM
Fine image full of impact. I might just try and lighten the eyes with the dodge tool the tiniest bit.

30 Nov 2011 9:53PM
Hi Everyone

Thank you for taking the time to comment on my image and especially to Miptog, Willie and Dave for their modifications and feedback. I particularly like how the eyes jump out on the mod from Miptog, they really do stand out, it's what I would like to have a go at but I'm holding back because I'm just conscious of not breaking any of the "Natural History" rules, especially for competitions. I'm thinking of entering this paricular image into some of the Salons - would I get away with it if I lightened the eyes to that extent? I think I may get away with it on the other two mods by Willie and Dave, which I appreciate.

What does everyone else think - would Miptog's mod pass muster and comply with the natural history rules?

Best Wishes and thanks again everyone.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
1 Dec 2011 2:27PM
Hi Tracey, - my mod does have very subtle lightening of the eyes, and I was, as you were, very conscious of getting too far away from natural. I was very tempted to do what Miptog had done, - but I personally found it a little too far, - not so much the brightness of the eyes, - its great to bring them out, but that it didnt "fit" with how the rest of the shot was lit. Its a fine mod nevertheless.


2 Mar 2012 9:53PM
Thanks to everyone for your comments, I've uploaded a modification of my original image.
Best Wishes
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
8 Feb 2013 9:32PM
An excellent portrait shot just as it is.

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