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On the move

On the move
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Copyright: Ju Ha (Judy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 159 W: 95 N: 154] (531)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-04-27
Categories: Nature
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-05-08 16:22
Viewed: 2066
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a shot in the Kruger Park of a spotted Hyena on the move - hence the blurred image. Took this while driving next to it, trying to keep up and get a shot at the same time. Not always the best way of getting a shot. But I figured you'd get some idea of their form. About the spotted hyena:

Sturdy build, high shoulders, and long muscular limbs. Male wt 123-138 lb (56-63 kg), ht 32-34 in (79-86 cm); femalewt 147-165 lb (67-75 kg), ht 34-35 in (84-89 cm). Head: massive; broad, rounded ears. Teeth: robust, outer incisors like small canines. Coat: rough, comparatively short. Color: reddish brown to tan, growing lighter and less spotted with age; yearlings gray and heavily spotted; natal coat nearly black and unspotted; tail pompom and nose black regardless of age. More carnivorous than other hyenas, Crocuta is a formidable predator/scavenger that lives wherever animal resources are adequate. Eats vertebrates of all kinds, especially hoofed mammals; seldom eats invertebrates, fruits, or vegetables. Utilizes carcasses of large vertebrates more efficiently than other carnivores, which waste up to 40% of their kills. Eats everything but rumen contents and horn bosses of the biggest antelopes, even deriving nourishment from mummified carcasses. Bones, horns, hooves, even teeth are digested completely within 24 hours. Quite a hair raising, but necessary creature!

Tech: Couldn't do much other than increase saturation a bit and contrast. Added a frame. They are actually very ugly, especially when they look right at you. This shot is rather flattering!

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Nice photo Judy. I like the blured effect. Im biology teacher and i like wild life. You have there a nice hyena photo. Well done.

Great note.

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  • Jep Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 16 N: 97] (585)
  • [2004-05-08 18:10]

Very dramatic shot - I think the blurry image helps to this :-) Great to see have the fur and background works together - very fine work Judy.

A nice blurred effect which still carries enough detail.
The colours and the composition are great.
A great shot,well done.

Wonderful capture, Judy. So full of (wild)life. The colors and the unsteady blur help create a dramatic backdrop to this evil creature, so focused in his nasty mission. Good pictures help create feelings - and this does. Very well done!

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  • henrye (14)
  • [2004-05-10 4:56]

Great photo. It looks like a painting. I really like the blurred movement and the grain in the shot. Great tech work, great colors and good composition.

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  • bfly Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 189 W: 37 N: 169] (1546)
  • [2004-05-10 5:15]

this is great Judy..you have turned the blur into a painting look with your simple yet effective post...it looks like a special artistic filter..I liked this very much..

I agree...the spotted hyena is an ugly beast. I've seen a few up close in Kenya and Tanzania.What I like about this shot is that you actually managed, by hook, crook or photoshop, to turn it into an "acceptable" beast. The god of Hyenas is forever in your debt!

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