Facing the Silverback

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    Silverback gorilla "Buzandi", Zoo Hannover Germany.

    Canon EOS 50D
    Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
    400mm | f/6.3 | 1/40sec. | ISO-1600
    Subject distance: 12.6m

    anda/mira, skippygurl, and 18 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Duda Manaus 47 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shoot !!!!

    2. Marcello Bardi 47 months ago | reply

      Another Great National Geographic image:

      National Geographic World Wide
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    3. jneo 47 months ago | reply

      Outstanding detail and clarity!

    4. Daniela Duncan 47 months ago | reply

      Outstanding gorilla portrait - so well treated!

    5. m_elam 47 months ago | reply

      Be it gorilla, person, or whatever...this is a classic portrait. Nice work.

    6. Christoph1945 ad [deleted] 46 months ago | reply

      Superb photo. How did you get him to pose?

    7. downhilldom1984 46 months ago | reply

      I didn't. He came in the gorilla hall, watched around, sat down, while I was lifting my camera and just for a tiny second he was curious about me, the photographer. I made 5 shots in a row and just on the first he was looking directly into my lens. On the following 4 shots he was already turning his head away.
      For catching an animal's view on you, you have to be quick and have to feel absolutely confident in using your camera. Often you just have one shot. After that you're not interesting for them anymore. :-)

    8. Alessandro Innocenti 46 months ago | reply

      What expression... great shot!
      Cheers from Tuscany, Italy

    9. Christoph1945 ad [deleted] 46 months ago | reply

      Yeh, I can see that now. I always try to be first into the zoo; just as the animals are starting their day and before they have become bored with the general public. All I have to do now, is learn how to use my camra. :-)

      This is still, by far, one of the best shots that I have seen.

    10. lilalilie 46 months ago | reply

      Ich liebe diesen Silberrücken :-)

    11. Alan Waring 44 months ago | reply

      Great portray!

    12. Noemi D. Soós 43 months ago | reply

      Please add this beautiful photo for the group Western Lowland Gorilla :) www.flickr.com/groups/westernlowlandgorilla/ Thank You!

    13. NozL 28 months ago | reply

      Great pic!

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