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Camera: Olympus PEN-F
Lens: Leica 14-50mm f2.8-3.5 Mega O.I.S.
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/800
Date Uploaded: Nov 2, 2018

Viewed: 170
Comments: 15
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African Wild Dogs, also called Painted Wolf (Lycaon pictus).

The world's most successful hunting predator.
But their existence is precarious, and fading.
They may leave us soon.

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11/09/2018 03:41:44 PM
they look back just as we do.
a capture of reality for all creatures.
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11/05/2018 10:53:53 AM
With your notes it's easy to see why this exposure/presentation was chosen. I remember you commenting, years ago, about staying out of the way of a photograph. Your fingerprints are all over this but it's more about vision than creation. Looking for this magic is why I take pictures.
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11/03/2018 09:57:46 PM
You have much more interesting wildlife close at hand...I get exciting when I see wild turkeys in the back yard.
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11/03/2018 05:29:00 PM
What a fabulous shot! And it feels almost an invitation to join the pack.

It is sad that anything other than human is expendable. (Well, in some circumstances humans too.) It appears that this ghostly pack is on a road, no doubt some part of the problem?
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11/03/2018 12:29:52 PM
I am learning so much more than (good) photography here so thank-you.

My first thought was 'Hyena'.

African Wild Dogs are commonly mistaken for Hyenas but in fact there are many differences, both physically and behaviorally. Taxonomic Classification: Hyenas are NOT dogs!! Hyenas are closer related to mongooses and cats.

The saying 'less is more' is certainly fitting here (photographically speaking)

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11/03/2018 12:09:10 AM
in spite of your description, I feel less that they are fading away and more that they are simply beyond me. I am reminded of Fergus calling me to join him. I must not follow.
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11/02/2018 11:56:17 PM
we hardly know how to mourn all this passing back into the mists. such a marrying of form and content.
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11/02/2018 09:51:18 PM
Unworldly creatures.
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11/02/2018 08:21:46 PM
They are already fading out, and I can feel an empty spot forming in my heart where I had not even known there was a "spot" before. A perfectly elegiac image.
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11/02/2018 04:25:07 PM
your picture makes us feel like these creatures belong to the past already. And their gazing in disbelief (although this is a merely personal interpretation)
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11/02/2018 04:20:08 PM
haunting image, I like the processing - good foreground, middle, and background distribution of the wild dogs
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11/02/2018 01:08:10 PM
You were there. We are there. Is that attitude in the one in the front swishing his tail at us?
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11/02/2018 11:42:25 AM
The predators with their diaphanous butterfly ears seem to wait, and wait in the headlights of an unknown source of pastel light.
Worth a Beckett line
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11/02/2018 11:35:02 AM
Originally posted by streetpigeon:

Beautifully real even as it dallies fancifully with, to my eyes, out of kilter focus and exposure. The composition is marvelous, both graphically and emotionally, as you seem to compose an elegy as well as a valentine. Lovely tones. Tremendously moving. So unhappy.


Dear Rich,

Thank you for this comment. I joke around with comments and photographs, but this one is an issue I am deeply passionate about. These astonishing creatures have so many unique qualities that I will mourn when they are gone. And they will leave us, because for reasons too complicated to go into here, they are not equipped to survive in our world. They hold on, but they will inevitably lose their grasp and fall. They are, paradoxically, too beautiful, too perfect, to survive.

So an elegy/valentine is a perfect characterisation of my photograph. Thank you.
11/02/2018 11:22:43 AM
Beautifully real even as it dallies fancifully with, to my eyes, out of kilter focus and exposure. The composition is marvelous, both graphically and emotionally, as you seem to compose an elegy as well as a valentine. Lovely tones. Tremendously moving. So unhappy.
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