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The Great Vanishing

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Challenge: Best of 2010 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges 2011
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Philadelphia Zoo
Date: May 5, 2010
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2011

“We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth can make them come back again. We cannot develop and print a memory.” ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

Gorillas are large, quiet, gentle apes that live in Africa. Although gorillas are frequently portrayed as aggressive, dangerous killers, they are shy, peaceful vegetarians. Because of massive loss of habitat, these majestic primates are in great danger of going extinct.

Place: 173 out of 429
Avg (all users): 5.8547
Avg (commenters): 6.2000
Avg (participants): 5.8658
Avg (non-participants): 5.8000
Views since voting: 697
Views during voting: 328
Votes: 179
Comments: 15
Favorites: 2 (view)

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01/01/2013 04:01:40 PM
Both heartbreaking and beautiful. What a perfect portrait.
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02/21/2011 08:41:19 PM
Very beautiful and true.
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02/21/2011 12:26:01 PM
amazing portrait! more human than most of the human portraits
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02/21/2011 12:31:22 AM
This is a striking and touching photograph - the reflection works perfectly here to capture the thoughts you've expressed in your comments (and the comments of cnovack and ubique). The processing is just right, too - has just enough contrast and the grain is perfect. A wonderful choice for best of!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/20/2011 01:06:51 PM
Pretty clever shot!
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02/20/2011 12:00:54 AM
It always saddens me to see captured animals but this may be the only way the species will be preserved. Well done.
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02/19/2011 07:44:37 PM
i love this. great thought provoking image, the ghost shape makes it work.
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02/19/2011 05:50:55 PM
Nicely captured.
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02/18/2011 11:38:35 AM
What a great title.
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02/17/2011 09:33:33 PM
There is the poignant message in this photograph - normally the reflection of other objects on the glass would weaken the focus on the main subject/composition. You however incorporate that into what you want your audience to see. This great gorilla seems to vanish into the stone. Protected under glass we can see this great ape at any time - but in the wild they are disappearing. Even under glass the gorilla fades out into the stone. The species is vanishing before our eyes...and if we do nothing to stop it they will vanish altogether. One thing that you could not control but would have further strengthen the idea if you had the luck to catch it - the gorilla putting his hand to the glass either open hand or touching with one finger. The gesture would signify a reaching out or looking for contact.
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02/17/2011 12:21:55 PM
This is super cool! Long exposure and then he left? And she was staying so still? Trying to figure out how you did this, I am very impressed. 8
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02/17/2011 01:30:51 AM
To take a creature in captivity and yet dignify it by its circumstances is a remarkable achievement. So many such pictures manage to be merely mawkish. This one is sad, also gracious and ultimately beautiful, but certainly never sentimental. Congratulations. It's on my 2010 imaginary wall. Thank you.
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02/16/2011 07:27:58 PM
usually it doesn't work to well taking picture through glass but the framing of the glass and the wall really make this appealing
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02/16/2011 12:33:12 AM
I image this is a reflection, which I know can be difficult, so good job. This photos only down side is the graininess. Good Luck!
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02/14/2011 07:47:32 AM
needs a bit more contrast punch
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