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Winner in Feeling Overwhelmed Photo Challenge
People's Choice in Apes and Monkeys Photo Challenge
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People's Choice in Zoo Animals Photo Challenge
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Winner in Primates Photo Challenge
Contest Finalist in Covers Photo Contest Vol 28
People's Choice in Great Apes Photo Challenge
Contest Finalist in Adorable Baby Animals Photo Contest
People's Choice in Animals That Touch the Heart Photo Challenge
Contest Finalist in Zootography Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Photographer Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 11
Contest Finalist in Glorious Moments Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Life Is A Journey Photo Contest
Winner in Nurture In Nature Photo Challenge
Winner in Emotions in Nature Photo Challenge
Winner in Animal Emotions Photo Challenge
Runner Up in Baby Animals Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Baby Animals Photo Contest
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Pablo-Klik PRO
 
Pablo-Klik August 18, 2014
magnifica fotografia
annalisaaa
 
annalisaaa August 26, 2014
wow! amazing shot!
gunners42
 
gunners42 August 29, 2014
Wow.....awesome Capture,
tngnj
 
tngnj September 14, 2014
Great capture. Frank,it's so nice to see you on this wonderful site and see all your beautiful work.
Tommy Ng
tropicala PRO
 
tropicala September 16, 2014
Wow! Superb!
DuffyDoherty PRO
 
DuffyDoherty September 23, 2014
Almost human... Cracking!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo October 22, 2014
Wow, Frank! Great expressions, excellent clarity and textures.
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo October 28, 2014
Way to go again, Frank! Congrats on being a Finalist!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon October 28, 2014
Many congratulations on your Finalist Win in Baby Animals competition, great photograph
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita October 28, 2014
wonderful capture...congras on being a Finalist.
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 October 28, 2014
Congratulations on your FINALIST Award!
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life October 28, 2014
Ooohhhh Myyyy Goooodness! How absolutely PRECIOUS! I love love love this to bits and pieces!!! :):):) Good heavens! WOOW! Aahhhmazing!
smshaffer PRO+
 
smshaffer October 29, 2014
Awesome capture
smshaffer PRO+
 
smshaffer October 29, 2014
Voted...Good luck!
Gilbert PRO+
 
Gilbert October 29, 2014
Amazing! Beautiful! Stunning!...etc..etc
stephenpretty
 
stephenpretty October 29, 2014
great photo
brentmorris
 
brentmorris November 10, 2014
Exceptional
jthincmh PRO
 
jthincmh November 10, 2014
great photo
Bannekh
 
Bannekh November 10, 2014
Great shot
sebastianmuglia
 
sebastianmuglia November 10, 2014
Excellent!
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset November 10, 2014
Exceptionally beautiful. Well captured. Bravo!
ClaudiaKuhn PRO+
 
ClaudiaKuhn November 10, 2014
Wonderful capture, congrats on your finalist Frank!
Dacemac PRO+
 
Dacemac November 10, 2014
Superb capture! Congratulations!
GBloniarz PRO+
 
GBloniarz November 11, 2014
Marvelous shot, Frank! Congrats!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta November 11, 2014
Lovely shot. Congratulations on being a Runner-up.
andreawright
 
andreawright November 12, 2014
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Jayalalitaa
 
Jayalalitaa November 13, 2014
Perfect! Congratulations!
rachmonte
 
rachmonte November 14, 2014
Nice one!
michaelwsf
 
michaelwsf November 15, 2014
Absolutely magnificent! Stunning image. I love it! :)
jackie007
 
jackie007 November 18, 2014
love this
The-Venerable-Stan PRO+
 
The-Venerable-Stan November 28, 2014
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
The-Venerable-Stan PRO+
 
The-Venerable-Stan November 28, 2014
Excellent!
The-Venerable-Stan PRO+
 
The-Venerable-Stan November 28, 2014
This is an excellent shot in every respect! e a comment. I wish we could see more pictures of this quality on ViewBug.
The-Venerable-Stan PRO+
 
The-Venerable-Stan November 28, 2014
Excellent
labels_30 PRO+
 
labels_30 December 16, 2014
The expressions you captured are fantastic.
Cbries PRO+
 
Cbries December 25, 2014
Wonderful photo! Congrats!
KatieMcKinneyPhotography
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography January 31, 2015
Well Done!
njkerosky PRO+
 
njkerosky March 01, 2015
Spectacular Capture!!! Congrats!!!
Dacemac PRO+
 
Dacemac March 03, 2015
Superb capture, Frank! Way to go!
Rachael3506
 
Rachael3506 March 05, 2015
Amazing!
njkerosky PRO+
 
njkerosky March 16, 2015
Congratulations!!! Your photo is a Finalist in the "Nature's Perfect Moment" Challenge. Fantastic Work!!!
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 April 02, 2015
Congrats Frank on being a finalist! Simply awesome capture!! Wow!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon April 02, 2015
Congratulations on your Finalist Win in Life is a Journey.
barbaramillesrobinson PRO+
 
barbaramillesrobinson April 02, 2015
Congratulations for all of the well deserved awards on this magnificent photo!
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 April 02, 2015
Awesome capture! Congratulations!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo April 02, 2015
Yay, Frank! Congrats on being a Finalist again with this perfect shot!
pattack
 
pattack April 03, 2015
Wonderful! It's very moving - especially when you consider how very cruelly these intelligent animals are abused :(
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset April 03, 2015
Congrats Frank it's an outstanding capture. Love it!
Robb PRO
 
Robb April 05, 2015
who says animals have no emotions?
kanizkhan
 
kanizkhan April 07, 2015
Loving moment
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita April 14, 2015
congrats once again Frank!!!
janland PRO+
 
janland April 14, 2015
Wonderful capture! Congrats!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon April 14, 2015
Wow Frank another well deserved Finalist Win for this wonderful photograph in Glorious Moments ...congratulations
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita May 04, 2015
congrats once again Frank!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo May 04, 2015
I'm losing track of my congrats to you! :-) Congratulations in Glorious Moments!
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 May 04, 2015
Wonderful capture. The little one looks scared to death.
bugsysposy
 
bugsysposy May 12, 2015
Congratulations on an awe-inspiring shot ! Please tell us more ; how and why . It looks like it was a moment captured at a zoo but none-the-less emotion-full , full of life , love , passion ; sweet . Great moment caught !
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 15, 2015
Great shot. Congrats!
carolyns PRO+
 
carolyns July 15, 2015
AWESOME image! Caught at the right moment!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon August 19, 2015
Congratulations on your Finalist Win in Photographer of the Month Volume 11..
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo August 19, 2015
Too bad you don't have more awards on this photo, Frank... ;-) Congrats again!!
Ginnie PRO
 
Ginnie August 20, 2015
A Beautiful story telling image :)
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita August 21, 2015
congrats once again Frank!!!
deborahlewis_5448
 
deborahlewis_5448 August 31, 2015
Every time i see this photo i'm amazed. Just supurb
karensommerslohre PRO+
 
karensommerslohre August 31, 2015
Stunning photograph!!!
annvanderlaanadema
 
annvanderlaanadema August 31, 2015
Favourite, above all!
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz September 22, 2015
Wonderful capture! Congratulations on being chosen a finalist in the 'Zootography' contest.......and, good luck.:)
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon September 22, 2015
great news Frank, you are a star, Zootography Finalist.
Roach1969
 
Roach1969 September 23, 2015
Magnificent capture, stunning shot. Thank you for entering my challenge :D
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo September 28, 2015
Congrats, Frank, on being a Finalist in Zootography! I have to write the contest title in order to keep track of my congrats... ;-) Yay!
sarah-101
 
sarah-101 September 30, 2015
Wow!
nandicmb
 
nandicmb October 10, 2015
Congratulations on ALL your wins! This moment captured is a lifetime's treasure!!!
judithstopforth
 
judithstopforth October 17, 2015
Absolute fantastic capture!
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz October 19, 2015
Congratulations on another well-deserved award for this outstanding photo!!!
joycealicesmith
 
joycealicesmith October 19, 2015
Congratulations on your Peoples Choice win! Definitely touches the heart!
ruthjolly PRO+
 
ruthjolly October 29, 2015
beautiful expressions captured.
darphotos
 
darphotos January 21, 2016
The little ones eyes, have capture his or hers feelings. They say it all.
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka January 23, 2016
Congratulations.
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon January 24, 2016
Great job Frank .. congratulations on your Finalist Win in Adorable Baby Animals competition ... its adorable :)
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo January 24, 2016
Yay again, Frank!!!! :-)
brendamasurhansen Premium
 
brendamasurhansen January 28, 2016
Superb catch! Congratulations on all your awards.
KatieMcKinneyPhotography
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography February 01, 2016
Congrats on winning peoples choice in my "Great Apes" photo challenge! This image is undeniably wonderful and one of a kind. Great work Frank!
~Katie
douglaswaltersmith
 
douglaswaltersmith March 03, 2016
This might be one of the best photos that I have ever seen... EVER!
astewartjr PRO
 
astewartjr March 21, 2016
wow
MelW1
 
MelW1 April 19, 2016
I honestly think I have never seen a more beautiful photograph.
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo April 19, 2016
Fingers crossed for the Win! Congrats again, Frank!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon April 19, 2016
great Finalist Win in Covers competition Frank .. Best wishes
Mypix1965 PRO
 
Mypix1965 April 20, 2016
Awesome shot! Really fine work! Thanks for sharing.
Pascale
 
Pascale April 20, 2016
This is the best image i have ever seen in my life!
What is wrong with the juges? your work is better than the others.
To me your image should had win the contest :)
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 April 21, 2016
Congrats Frank! This is an absolutely amazing capture! So beautiful!
chrisholcroft PRO
 
chrisholcroft April 21, 2016
This is a magnificent capture. Rarely do you get raw emotion in images as clearly as in this. Respect and regards.... Awesome
daniellepowell
 
daniellepowell April 29, 2016
amazing shot well done
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson April 29, 2016
Majestic and stunning and moving all at the same time.
MikeBoyle PRO+
 
MikeBoyle April 29, 2016
Congratulations on your winning photo. Nice...Very Nice
vojce PRO
 
vojce May 11, 2016
WOW congrats amazing
elainemalott PRO+
 
elainemalott August 28, 2016
fantastic shot!
lisaladouceur
 
lisaladouceur October 19, 2016
Love this
overthehillfan2004 PRO
 
overthehillfan2004 November 03, 2016
I do not know all the fancy technical words to use..but I just have to say that this shot touched my heart...thank you.?
Khalessi66
 
Khalessi66 January 20, 2017
Absolutely stunning image!
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz January 30, 2017
Congratulations.......again. :)
AnnuO
 
AnnuO February 01, 2017
Congratulations for your win! Amazing photo!
stevenkeen
 
stevenkeen February 02, 2017
Beautiful image!
mlorenekimura PRO+
 
mlorenekimura February 05, 2017
Congratulations, you have done it again. You have captured my heart to name you the winner of my best photo challenge. There were hundreds of incredible photos and it was sooooo hard to get it down to just one. I had to keep going back and forth from my two favs and yours jumped out the most and said pick me pick me. Again congratulations!!
ManonPhotography
 
ManonPhotography February 06, 2017
Fabulous!
Caustin17
 
Caustin17 February 08, 2017
Beautiful!
RNGnikon
 
RNGnikon March 08, 2017
That is sooooooo cute
laurenkaymyers Premium
 
laurenkaymyers April 02, 2017
Absolutely amazing! I LOVE it.
Vinnie01
 
Vinnie01 May 24, 2017
That is soooo cute! I absolutly love it
GBloniarz PRO+
 
GBloniarz August 05, 2017
So beautifully composed, love it ... as I do all your photos!
sandiallan Premium
 
sandiallan September 15, 2017
Those expressions are priceless
laurahalfpennysanchez
 
laurahalfpennysanchez January 11, 2018
Beautiful!
susanplss-bryant PRO+
 
susanplss-bryant January 18, 2018
Magnificent
lindiekolver PRO+
 
lindiekolver February 14, 2018
Just a beautiful capture! Very professionally Post Processed. Congratulations on getting People’s choice.
Jillybean56
 
Jillybean56 February 14, 2018
Stunning photo. Congratulations on being the peoples choice winner.
_9027
 
_9027 April 10, 2018
Elegant in the BW
Elmes
 
Elmes May 12, 2018
One word stunning
Htucci
 
Htucci October 30, 2018
Amazing moment you captured!
BabZz
 
BabZz Feb 05
Absolutely fantastic shot family stunning love it
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 Sep 04
Congrats on being a finalist! Awesome capture Frank!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at The Wild Animal Park in the San Pasqual Valley in San Diego. The African Gorilla enclosure had just re-opened after a renovation.
Time
This is one of my most fortuitous captures. I remember having an early access to the park. The gorillas wake and emerge from their sleeping quarters around 8:00 a.m. I wanted to be positioned and well established in an area I knew from experience had an advantageous vantage point. The day starts slow and leisurely as they greet the day (and all of us waiting for the early morning glimpse).
Lighting
The lighting in the area is a bit difficult. Heavily shaded in some areas making the action capture difficult as an ISO of 1200-1600 is required to just get to 1/500, which is still a bit slow. Some bright sunlit spots can make for a heavy contrast that is not appealing. So you have to pick your spot for an ideal exposure
Equipment
This particular shot was taken with a Nikon D3. I had the Nikkor 70-200 2.8 mounted with a Hoya circular PL to cut down the glare.
Inspiration
The gorilla enclosure was the highlight of the trip to the park recently with the addition of "Monroe" a baby born sometime around March 2013. Monroe put on quite a show exhibiting all the antics of youth. And the adult gorillas responses to him and the tenderness and care they provided was endearing. My focus was almost exclusively on Monroe and for this shot it paid off. At some point two egrets flew low over the area. Monroe startled let out screech. Instantly the entire community was electrified in response to the baby's call. All the adults, alerted assumed an alarmed and defensive posture. I stayed focused on Monroe as he ran to his mother for protection and security. Mom had a taken up an imposing defensive posture of fierce aggressiveness. This expression contrasted beautifully with the terrified look of vulnerability on the face of her young one who clutched at her in desperation. I shot just then. I felt very fortunate to be at the right place at the right time.
Editing
There was some post processing to this image. I softened the contrast and burned down some highlights and did a bit of toning.
In my camera bag
I have a pretty simple bag being what would call an advanced amateur. I have two Nikon bodies but shoot mainly with the D3. I carry the 70-200mm, a 24-70mm and a 105mm macro. I like to use a tripod often as I feel it slows me down a helps me compose and stay focused, literally. But I did not use it on the shot. And some ND and PL filters
Feedback
Patience is the first attribute the comes to mind in these situations. Waiting, still, but ready for anything.This was obviously a fortuitous moment in time. But I think my success here was due in part to being completely focused in my mind and with the camera on my subject. And throughout the commotion and spontaneous combustion of the moment I stayed with the movement until the elements co-insided and was prepared and ready to make the capture.

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