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Such an intense photo! Wow
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Beautiful capture! Those eyes....
 
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Beautiful Image
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I would love it if you join my "Great Apes" photo challenge, 2 entries per person winner gets 500 reward points and an award. Hope to see your work there!
 
samisharp February 08, 2016
I absolutely love this! You have captured not only a beautiful animal but his personality too. I think all your exotic animal portraits are amazing but this is by far my favourite.
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Hedde February 15, 2016
Superb portrait! Such an intense stare and beautiful lighting.
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sharilee June 24, 2016
Powerful image. The eyes have such expression.
 
korbasiewicz July 08, 2016
Immediately reminds me one of National Geographic covers. Beautiful photo,
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MikeBoyle July 09, 2016
congratulations on your winning photo. Nice...Very Nice
 
BrianaK July 10, 2016
Congrats on winning my Gorilla Portraits Photo Challenge! The emotion you captured in this frame is stunning and the composition and lighting is beautiful. Nice work!!!
 
veronika214 September 02, 2016
I absolutely love all your animal shots they are unique i like the style you use "close up"
 
andinorwich December 23, 2016
wonder what he's thinkin

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Winner in Gorilla Portraits Photo ChallengeJuly, 2016
Won People's Choice in Monkeys, Apes and other Primates Photo ChallengeJuly, 2016
Won FeaturedJune, 2016
Won Contest Finalist in Exotic Wildlife Photo ContestNovember, 2015

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in Oklahoma City at the Oklahoma City Zoo. I started going regularly once a week as the weather started cooling off from the summer. This silverback gorilla watched me intently as I took photos of him.
Time
It was around 10am, if I remember correctly. Might've been 11am.
Lighting
The lighting was natural, he was outside and I was shooting through glass. It was very bright outside and he was under an overhang with some of the light bouncing off other objects.
Equipment
I used a Canon 70D with an Canon EF 70-300mm lens.
Inspiration
In all honesty, I love animals, taking pictures of them, and frequenting my local zoo. My favorite thing is taking pictures of endangered animals because I hope that my photos and promote conservation to save and help them in the wild.
Editing
Yes, but very, very little. I did slight contrast and brightness here and there, a slight vignette, increased the red in his fur a bit as well as toned down blues, and there was a couple of blades of grass that was in the lower part of the photo that I felt was distracting so I removed them.
In my camera bag
Canon 70D, EF 50mm, EF 70-300mm, 320 EX flash, manfrotto compact action tripod, and an external battery.
Feedback
Early or late natural light is better and to get down on the same level with the creature you're trying to capture with your camera. It makes the shot more personal.

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