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Wildebeest on the Move
Wildebeest on the Move

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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Sony DSC-W7
Location: South Africa
Date: Mar 7, 2009
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 7, 2009

Taken at the Amakhala Game Reserve in South Africa in July 2008. I was there on a veterinary student programme, we were preparing to dart a few from the helicopter to move to a different enclosure.

Some cropping
Unsharp mask

Place: 391 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 5.8085
Avg (commenters): 6.4394
Avg (participants): 5.7925
Avg (non-participants): 5.9028
Views since voting: 1014
Views during voting: 685
Votes: 496
Comments: 69
Favorites: 2 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 11:49:23 PM
Stampede! This looks like a rare find, though with the fence it appears to be a farm of preserve. Interesting watching the behaviour.
03/17/2009 09:31:57 PM
Beautiful capture. great tones and lines.
03/17/2009 01:43:24 PM
nice one
seven ;)

03/17/2009 11:07:16 AM
Great capture! So much motion going on but you still have a lot of clarity.
03/17/2009 09:26:56 AM
Very nice stampede of wildebeest capture. Pity about the fence being visible at the top.
03/16/2009 03:07:21 PM
wow ... you'd have to be in a helicopter to get a shot like this .. either that or very high up .!!. amazing image .. :)
03/16/2009 01:30:01 PM
Good movement you captured here. I like that they are running off the frame.
03/16/2009 12:43:20 PM
Good composition and movement in the frame
03/16/2009 10:52:57 AM
WoW! What is this....
03/16/2009 10:21:27 AM
love the dust trails
03/16/2009 04:53:43 AM
Why not zoom in and only show the wildebeest and not the fence in the background?
03/16/2009 03:37:15 AM
wow very nice action
03/15/2009 10:53:39 PM
Fence hurts the wild feeling. Awesome action, maybe a tighter crop? 7
03/15/2009 04:40:20 PM
Very well captured, great POV.
03/15/2009 02:29:16 PM
the toning adds to this image
03/15/2009 01:39:32 PM
Great shot, I kinda wish they had a bit more headroom in the image but still a good capture.
03/15/2009 01:30:05 PM
TERRIFIC image. What a thrill to have been able to capture this!!
03/15/2009 01:05:03 PM
Can you say "National Geographic"?
03/15/2009 12:09:56 PM
Looks great in black and white. Love the energy.
03/15/2009 10:48:34 AM
wow, great action shot, and where were you to capture this, good conversion to black and white
03/15/2009 10:20:07 AM
Very nice image. It's good to see a few "great" images. This is a perfect reflection of your abilities as a photographer.
03/15/2009 10:09:54 AM
That's pretty neat with all the dust flying.
03/15/2009 07:51:58 AM
a real stampede, lovely shot
03/15/2009 02:43:29 AM
Beautiful with all the light dust
03/14/2009 08:58:57 PM
Nicely done - just enough dust, but not so much it hides the rear animals.
03/14/2009 07:32:55 PM
Action is nice.
03/14/2009 07:14:52 PM
really like the image, but i would have shown more of the ground before the wildebeests it would make it much stronger
03/14/2009 05:31:35 PM
Wonderful sight and well handled exposure. I wonder what a closer crop would be like, especially at least to remove the fence which reminds me too much of a safari park rather than of sheer natural beauty
03/14/2009 04:59:42 PM
Love the pov, the sense of movement that the dust conveys, the sense of purpose from the herd.
03/14/2009 02:42:25 PM
Coming back to comment...

Incredible action shot! Wonderful, vibrant, so full of life. Exceptional! 10
03/14/2009 02:14:49 PM
Love the power you captured with their movement. Great in b/w.
03/14/2009 09:19:28 AM
Neat shot. Nice crop. Fascinating POV.
03/14/2009 05:32:23 AM
a lot of action and energy in this shot. 6
03/13/2009 09:25:25 PM
Excellent, and a good BW conversion. Lots of action, good work... 6
03/13/2009 08:08:04 PM
My least favorite animals of the wild kingdom. I watched a documentary on them and they are the dumbest animals. They deserve to be ate. However, this is a fantastic photo. This captures the action and reminds very much of the documentary I watched. Fantastic capture. I gave it a 9!
03/13/2009 08:03:57 PM
The only thing I might have done is to clone out the fencing. Great shot.
03/13/2009 07:28:21 PM
Great shot.
03/13/2009 05:34:08 PM
I wish the fence weren't there... it would be so much more emotive. But still, it's fascinating. That kicked up dust is wonderful.

Not voting yet.
03/13/2009 04:41:25 PM
The dust. The animals. The wild movement. Neat photo which I quite like!
03/13/2009 02:16:43 PM
well at least they are running away from you.. nice
03/13/2009 01:57:35 PM
can't help feeling a tighter crop would have exaggerated the sense of their numbers and made for an even more intense shot.. the shot itself is great though!
03/13/2009 12:37:44 PM
I would not want to be in front of them! Nice in B&W
03/13/2009 12:34:11 PM
Wonderful movement and detail!
03/13/2009 11:37:12 AM
great actiion shot
03/13/2009 11:19:07 AM
Lovely repetition and pattern.
03/13/2009 09:15:10 AM
This type of photography leaves me speechless, its something I probably never will get to see but your images makes it real. Thanks you for this!
03/13/2009 08:49:20 AM
I like the movement in this, but if the fence was cropped out it would be better.
03/13/2009 08:28:30 AM
Amazing look at nature at work. Would love to see the colour version of this.
03/13/2009 06:51:47 AM
The dust trail makes this a great shot. Well captured.
03/13/2009 06:27:14 AM
Wow great shot pity you could not get rid of the fence.
03/13/2009 03:49:21 AM
Must have been a fantastic sight, love the dust trails they've created :)
03/12/2009 10:27:46 PM
hmmm good focus, really good tones
03/12/2009 08:55:34 PM
Not liking the fence in the background but great subject and stop action. Nice in b/w.
03/12/2009 03:09:11 PM
03/12/2009 02:42:57 PM
Great action shot.
03/12/2009 11:02:05 AM
Way to capture the moment.
03/12/2009 07:15:22 AM
Aren't they always? Nice!
03/12/2009 06:19:33 AM
This is so great - it have something to it - just love it - the only critism is that ita a bit unsharp - 8
03/12/2009 06:06:21 AM
The dust trails really give a great sense of motion
03/11/2009 11:15:38 PM
Nice shot, I like the dust being kicked up and the choice to do B&W. It looked like they were in the wild until i saw the fence in the top of the frame. That's ok though. Nice work.
03/11/2009 05:37:17 PM
Awesome photo... If I were to nitpick though, I would try to crop it to get rid of the fence, I find that it is the only thing that removes the natural feel to this. The dust that is kicked up makes this image though.
03/11/2009 05:14:04 PM
Great photo but I would have cropped the fence out to 'trick' the voters that the wildebeest's arent captive. But that is just me
03/11/2009 01:21:52 PM
personally i would crop the fence off. it would give the picture more wild freedom.
03/11/2009 01:20:01 PM
Very rugged! Was this taken in Africa during the migration?
03/11/2009 10:24:04 AM
Great action capture. Like the b&w.
03/11/2009 09:10:14 AM
Cool shot!
03/11/2009 07:37:45 AM
i like the movement of the image
03/11/2009 03:39:17 AM
Cool, well captures
03/11/2009 01:52:47 AM
Great shot.

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