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young relative
Copyright ©2007, michael hoefner HoF Win ¤ $

Photographer: michael hoefner HoF Win ¤ $
Folder: flora/fauna
Uploaded: 2007-Nov-19 11:05 EST
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Camera: Olympus E-1
Lens: Olympus ED 50-200mm f2.8/3.5
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 100
Aperture: f4.5
Shutter Speed: 1/50s
Focal Length: 200
Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: No
Critique Level: Dead Honest Critique

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A really cute expression that you have here Michael, where was this shot? John S.

John Stankewitz ¤ $ $ at 15:37 EST on 2007-Nov-19 [Reply]


One of my favorite apes + wonderful pose and expression + 200mm @1/50sec and sharp (!) = a really well done image, for me.

I'm very impressed that you captured this active little orangutan so well at that shutter speed. If you had taken this at a much faster shutter speed, I'd still think it an engaging portrait, but wouldn't be quite as impressed. I think this image shows the type of patience and skill that are needed to obtain a good portrait of a moving subject (animal, kid, etc.). Patience while the subject is moving all about, but decisive action to press the shutter at the perfect moment. Not only must you have very steady hands (though I find the balance of the E-1 + 50-200 helps a lot without IS or a tripod), but your timing must also have been perfect to have avoided motion blur in the face. I love the sense of motion we get from the torso and raised arm, though. I can just picture him swinging and gamboling all over the place and doubt he sat still for more than a second at a time!

Anyway, it's a wonderful portrait of a beautiful creature. I hope we haven't doomed these particular relatives to extinction with no hope of turning things around before that happens. Fine relatives we are, huh? :-(

Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤ $ at 16:09 EST on 2007-Nov-19 [Reply]


thanks John :) image was taken in a german zoo. no real wildlife photo.
hope live to see orangutans in their natural habitat in Borneo once.
but haven't had the chance yet.

also thanks Elisabeth, I do love orangutans :)
not only patience and skills but also continuous drive mode and luck helped a lot to
capture this image (similar shooting musicians/concerts)
in process of time I learned and got the practice to handhold slow shutter speeds
at long focal length. LOL kind of IS by my own... ;)
additionally the weight of the E-1 with 50-200 attached helps a lot.
could have spend the whole day there watching the little orang...
do hope its not too late to save these (and many many other) creatures and their
origin habitat but as long as money and ignorance rules our world...

michael hoefner HoF Win ¤ $ at 03:36 EST on 2007-Nov-20 [Reply]