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Keeping His Eyes On Us

Posted by
Jason Politte (Conway, AR, United States) on 20 June 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

[Little Rock Zoo]
This Silverback Gorilla kept his eyes on us the entire time he was eating his fruit and looked particularly displeased about the camera being pointed toward him. Of course, who does like being photographed while they eat, eh?

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jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Regard peu sympa ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

20 Jun 2011 6:23am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

super x 5

20 Jun 2011 6:26am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

What a strong glance... the selective color on it is a good idea. Good portrait !

20 Jun 2011 7:25am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Amazing shot! Love the way you fill the frame. Those eyes look unreal against the Silverback's coat. Light and tones are superb too.

20 Jun 2011 7:28am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

You've got about 1.09567 seconds to live!

20 Jun 2011 7:42am

Sriram from Chennai, India

Wohoo.. the big guy! I like the framing and the tones!

20 Jun 2011 8:43am

kgoks from Kanagawa, Japan

wow nice capture!

20 Jun 2011 8:49am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wow...Very beautiful portrait !

20 Jun 2011 8:55am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

That's beautifully done. what a baleful gaze

20 Jun 2011 9:06am

Andreas from Neuwied, Germany

Frightening, but very nice

20 Jun 2011 10:59am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Terrific eyes!!!

20 Jun 2011 11:31am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

wow.. wow.. what a super portrait ,, and these brown eyes are terrific !

20 Jun 2011 11:50am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Fabulous strong shot Jason!

20 Jun 2011 12:18pm

tataray from france, France

Wow... Beau portrait ...
Bravo pour la couleur des yeux ... Du plus bel effet)

20 Jun 2011 12:40pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

très très bonne image !!
bon choix de désaturation !! beaucoup de force !

20 Jun 2011 12:40pm

Laurette from Fourways - Johannesburg, South Africa

A fabulous capture of this amazing animal. The eyes are absolutely fantastic. The selective colouring works so well in this shot. Well done !!!!

20 Jun 2011 12:46pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow ! great shot

20 Jun 2011 1:06pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Excellent B&W image Jason! Your use of selective colouring for his eyes is very effective! 5-stars!!!! Bravo! ;-)

20 Jun 2011 1:11pm

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

fantastico! Una foto exelente. un abrazo. Alejadra

20 Jun 2011 1:23pm

Karen Politte from Conway, AR, United States

I'll never forget the glare he was giving us from the walkway - zoos make me feel so ambivilent. To see these caged animals that are so magestic and powerful (and smarter than most of the humans looking in on them) pent-up in these places is sad - but they may have been brought there to be rehabilitated from injury or abandonment........I don't know how I feel when I see stuff like this.

20 Jun 2011 2:18pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I agree with Eric ion the eyes - a touch of genius, Jason. This is a magnificent image here capturing this look in the way that you have is really quite unique and magnificent. We were fortunate to liove in San Diego for 20 years where teh world famous San Diego Zoo and San Diego Wild Animal Park exist...they have funding and membership andare world-renowned and even with all of that, they are not without their share of problems and criticisms. I don't know what the answer is but I DO know that tal\king little kids to the zoo to see the animals truly, (I think) is a special and learning experience for which they would not otherwise gain. But I remember going to some zoos that are underfunded and under staffed and really should not be allowed to operate becasue of the deplorable captivity situation that they have...the poor animals become zombies and so does the staff. A beautiful piece here Jason.

20 Jun 2011 3:36pm

@Denny Jump Photo: I totally agree with you, Denny! I used to love going to the zoo as a child myself, and I still do. I would just love to go the zoo in San Diego sometime as I used to always stay up late to watch Jack Hannah on Johnny Carson when I was a kid. Most of us would probably never have the opportunity to see these magnificent animals without zoos, and I'm just glad that most of them are doing better. The Little Rock Zoo is much better than it was a few years ago when they lost their accredidation. They've since got that back and vastly improved most of their exhibits and added much needed space for the animals. There are still a few enclosures that are rather small though like the one that I posted yesterday. I can only hope that eventually these small enclosures will someday be a thing of the past. Thanks for your always valuable comments, Denny!

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Comme les yeux ressortent à mervielle fantastique compo

20 Jun 2011 5:25pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A great portrait !

20 Jun 2011 6:29pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Stunning effect around the eyes, great contrast in with the b&w like it a lot.

20 Jun 2011 7:08pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great capture, timing and detail!

20 Jun 2011 7:15pm

Andrea from Regina, Canada

A powerful look; bet you were thankful for the barrier. I almost like the selective colour, though I feel like you could have achieved the same effect with a little more subtlety. Sometimes I use a black and white layer and mask the part I want to emphasize, except I move down the opacity slider so that it is only somewhat desaturated, and a little more natural-looking, but with added emphasis. Just a thought. Great picture no matter what!

20 Jun 2011 7:28pm

@Andrea: Thank you for the feedback, Andrea! In my first version of this, the eyes were way too saturated - looked like he was possessed or something. So, I did bring the eyes down to what I thought was a nice balance. Didn't want them to be too desaturated or saturated - just natural looking, so this is what I went with. Glad you like the photo regardless if the selective color works for you. I know it certainly doesn't work for me on everything.

Loukas from Ilioupolis, Greece

Fantastic capture. The eyes are really impressive

20 Jun 2011 8:25pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

This portrait rocks! The eyes are amazing, as is the whole of the energy you captured in this expressive face.

20 Jun 2011 8:36pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An amazing image of this awesome fellow. The selective color is just right.

20 Jun 2011 9:59pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

You caught a great expression here and you worked it up nicely! As far as zoos are concerned there is one other point to be made: some species of animals are on the brink of extinction and zoos are the only hope of keeping enough genetic material to help them survive. In our little town here we have a zoo that is actually in the big leagues, and it has 4 Siberian tigers. As far as I know there are only 3 to 400 left in the wild.

20 Jun 2011 10:45pm

@vu@granby - Wolfgang: That is a wonderful point. Thank you very much for bringing that up and for the comments on the photo.

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

You have made the eyes stand out wonderfully menacing. Superb.

20 Jun 2011 11:00pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Great capture and processing.

21 Jun 2011 1:20am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States


21 Jun 2011 2:12pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Wonderful! I think the way you have processed this just brings us right in to the most expressive part of this guy's face- his eyes! And I think that we cannot help but see the similarities between us and him! Fabulous!

21 Jun 2011 3:25pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Impacting, awesome image, Jason.*****

21 Jun 2011 5:40pm

Anne from 新加坡, Singapore

Impressive!! A great shot, superb 5* look at those eyes... :)

22 Jun 2011 1:38pm

BBM from Sussex, United Kingdom

Watch out hes out to get you ! :))

22 Jun 2011 8:19pm

Eden from United States

Amazing capture!

23 Jun 2011 9:24pm

Roland from Manila, Philippines

beautiful portrait shot! i really like the expression!

24 Jun 2011 2:22pm

Rebecca from Oregon, United States

Great comp, and perspective. I like the selective color use too.

30 Jun 2011 2:16pm

Rupesh from India

''unique and magnificent.....''

10 Sep 2011 8:08am