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Mike



Mike is the beautiful gray old boss at Amersfoort Zoo. Mike is 51 which is very old for a chimp. For years he was the leader of the group and he is still respec...
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Mike is the beautiful gray old boss at Amersfoort Zoo. Mike is 51 which is very old for a chimp. For years he was the leader of the group and he is still respected.
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Top Shot Award
Winner in Low Key Animals Photo Challenge
Member Selection Award
Winner in Animals in Black&White Photo Challenge
Winner in Connections With Wild Animals Photo Challenge
People's Choice in Animal Portraiture In Black And White Photo Challenge
People's Choice in Got My EYES On You Photo Challenge
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Top ClassTM

Black And White Compositions Photo Contest Vol 4Top 10 class
Black And White Compositions Photo Contest Vol 4Top 10 class week 2
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Black And White Compositions Photo Contest vol3Top 10 class
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ViewBug Photography AwardsTop 20 class
Single Monochromes Photo ContestTop 10 class
Single Monochromes Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 class
African Wildlife Photo ContestTop 30 class
African Wildlife Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 class week 2
African Wildlife Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 class week 1
All Things Black And White Photo ContestTop 10 class
All Things Black And White Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
I Love Photography Photo ContestTop 10 class
I Love Photography Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Image of the Year Photo Contest 2016Top 10 class
Image of the Year Photo Contest 2016Top 10 class week 1
Monochrome Objects Photo ContestTop 10 class
Monochrome Objects Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
B&W Masterpieces Photo ContestTop 10 class
B&W Masterpieces Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
A Black And White World Photo ContestTop 10 class
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A Black And White World Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Covers Photo Contest Vol 30Top 30 class
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Impactful Images Photo ContestTop 30 class
Covers Photo Contest Vol 30Top 30 class week 1
Impactful Images Photo ContestTop 30 class week 3
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Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 10Top 10 class
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19 Comments | Report
NaturesHaven
 
NaturesHaven May 17, 2016
Wonderful expression...............a thought provoking image..............
AnjaWessels
AnjaWessels May 19, 2016
Thank you NaturesHaven! It is such an amazing chimpanzee!
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz May 18, 2016
Stunning image! Excellent work. :)
AnjaWessels
AnjaWessels May 19, 2016
Thank you very much p_eileenbaltz :-)
mtraufler PRO+
 
mtraufler May 18, 2016
Wonderful capture! Well done!
AnjaWessels
AnjaWessels May 19, 2016
Thank you very much @mtraufler!!
TimeTraveller69
 
TimeTraveller69 May 18, 2016
Stunning shot. Excellent.
AnjaWessels
AnjaWessels May 19, 2016
Thank you TimeTraveller69 !!
IanB PRO
 
IanB May 18, 2016
Just ... wow!
AnjaWessels
AnjaWessels May 19, 2016
Thank you IanB ! The chimp is just wow too!
Newday
 
Newday May 19, 2016
Superb image in every way, a winner
AnjaWessels
AnjaWessels May 19, 2016
Thanks a lot for you kind words Newday :-)
paulbonner
 
paulbonner May 29, 2016
amazing! Did you do much editing afterwards? I love the contrast! Such expression!
AnjaWessels
AnjaWessels May 30, 2016
Thanks Paul, yes I did quite a bit of editing. He was behind a glass window. There was a lot of reflection.
AustinTeague
 
AustinTeague June 11, 2016
Amazing!...your gallery is wonderful..cant wait to see more!
AnjaWessels
AnjaWessels June 12, 2016
Thank you !
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole June 21, 2016
Beautiful capture!!!....love your use of the light and shadows!!! Congrats on your well deserved People's Choice Award!!! : )
AnjaWessels
AnjaWessels June 21, 2016
Thank you very much Pamelabole !
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz June 21, 2016
Beautifully captured! Congratulations on your well-deserved Challenge Win. :)
AnjaWessels
AnjaWessels June 21, 2016
Thank you so much p_eileenbaltz
joycealicesmith
 
joycealicesmith June 21, 2016
Superb! Congratulations on your win!
AnjaWessels
AnjaWessels June 21, 2016
Thank you !
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots June 24, 2016
Awesome capture! Congrats.
AnjaWessels
AnjaWessels June 24, 2016
Thank you very much :-)
eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden July 01, 2016
Congrats Anja! A masterpiece...
AnjaWessels
AnjaWessels July 02, 2016
Thanks!
MikeBoyle PRO+
 
MikeBoyle July 17, 2016
Congratulations on your winning photo. Nice...Very nice
davidscales
 
davidscales July 19, 2016
My God! That's incredible!
Evi_Verstraeten PRO
 
Evi_Verstraeten July 29, 2016
A true masterpiece Anja ! Love the emotion and the balance between all the B&W tones in this image ! Can't stop looking at it. Great Job ! :-))
sjphotocomau PRO
 
sjphotocomau December 09, 2016
Congratulations Anja. Again it was a tough decision in the Challenge "Low Key Animals" as there were many fine entries. However, your capture of Mike was the best. Well done, thank you for participating in my Challenge and all the best in future Contests and Challenges on ViewBug.
Luxullus
 
Luxullus December 21, 2016
Wonderful! Where did you take this photo?
cynthialeclercq
 
Amazing picture!!! I love it...

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Behind The Lens

Location
Mike is the beautiful gray old boss at Amersfoort Zoo. Mike is 51 which is very old for a chimp. For years he was the leader of the group and he is still respected.
Time
This photo was taken 04/02/16 around noon.
Lighting
There was no special light, however the photo was taken through a glass window. I had to deal with reflections.
Equipment
Camera: Canon EOS 650D Lens: TAMRON 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD B016
Inspiration
Monkeys and primates are my favorite subject. This old and gray, beautiful chimpanzee, with so much expression amazed me. I fell kind of in love with him. The way he played with the youngest very naughty chimp. So wonderful! Amazing animal!!
Editing
Yes, I used Lightroom and Photoshop to edit this photo. I did the black background and black and white conversion with these programs.
In my camera bag
Anno 2016: Camera: Canon EOS 650D/Rebel T4i Lens: TAMRON 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD B016, Close-Up filters Multi Coated Glass 4 Piece, Filter Kit Spare, 3 extension tubes, Teleconverter x2, Spare memory card and batteries, Often a Tripod,
Feedback
Take your time when you go to a zoo. Go alone, or with other photographers. You have to concentrate on these animals to be able to shoot at the right moment. Before you go, try to learn about the behavior af the animal you want to shoot. This gives you a better chance to predict how the react. In case of primates: don't stare in their face. Don't smile at them. Both are signs of aggression and or fear. If you want to connect with a primate, simply hide behind your camera.

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