Critique Gorillas - Updated

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Yesterday, I photographed a couple of gorillas while visiting the Brookfield Zoo. The first three portraits are of the young male gorilla (about 3 years old) and the last one is of his mother:

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Thanks for looking...
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I don't normally suggest this type of thing, but I would like to see these in B+W.

Cannot fault the captures or the processing that you have chosen.

Must get myself to a decent zoo - the nearest is about 100 miles away.

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Hi Glenn,

1, 3, and 4 work better for me, probably because of the diagonals in the composition. You really nailed the eyes in all of them. Well done, sir.
Thanks...much appreciated!
Very well done! I like them all!
Thank you, Alex...I think your previous suggestion regarding increased contrast helped with these.
Excellent captures and processing!
Thank you, Karen
I don't normally suggest this type of thing, but I would like to see these in B+W.

Cannot fault the captures or the processing that you have chosen.

Must get myself to a decent zoo - the nearest is about 100 miles away.
Thanks Dave...I am fortunate to live near Brookfield Zoo. Most of the exhibits use moats to separate the visitors from the animals--which means no glass, cages, wires, bars between me and my subject.

The only downside is that I almost always photograph the gorillas using flash. Yesterday, I was told that flash photography is no longer allowed inside this exhibit. I've been photographing these gorillas for more than a decade using flash...so this will make things far more challenging moving forward. At least they haven't banned tripods yet!

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For free anyway
Great point...more and more places are charging premiums for incremental access.

I am going to be visiting White Sands in November and was surprised to learn that there is no access to the site until after sunrise...and that I will need to get back to the entrance and out soon after sunset. However, for $100 I can enter the park in time for sunrise!

I noticed this same trend in various museums, old prison sites, etc. Pay a premium (often times $80 or $100) to be able to visit during the photography hour. While in Taos, I learned that I would have to pay $80 to carry my tripod onto the grounds of the Taos Pueblo.

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I don't normally suggest this type of thing, but I would like to see these in B+W.
B&W looks like a nice option for some of these...

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Great point...more and more places are charging premiums for incremental access.

I am going to be visiting White Sands in November and was surprised to learn that there is no access to the site until after sunrise...and that I will need to get back to the entrance and out soon after sunset. However, for $100 I can enter the park in time for sunrise!

I noticed this same trend in various museums, old prison sites, etc. Pay a premium (often times $80 or $100) to be able to visit during the photography hour. While in Taos, I learned that I would have to pay $80 to carry my tripod onto the grounds of the Taos Pueblo.

Glenn
I honestly prefer paying for less crowds. Tourists w cell phones are unlikely to pay
 
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Beautiful portraits. I like the color images better, I think. To me, they convey the gentleness of these creatures, and make them almost seem human. The B&W image seems more aggressive, though it's a striking image.
 
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The black and white certainly has a WOW factor to it.
Thank you
Beautiful portraits. I like the color images better, I think. To me, they convey the gentleness of these creatures, and make them almost seem human. The B&W image seems more aggressive, though it's a striking image.
Thanks! These gorillas are gentle. Several years ago, one of the gorillas from this very exhibit carried a three year old child to safety after the child fell over the railing and down into the exhibit.

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Thanks for pointing these out in your bird thread. I somehow missed this series.

Wonderful portraits. I'm partial to the color versions and really like #1. The coloring and detail in the fur and eyes are superb.
Thank you, Mitch...I am very happy with the image quality for ISO 2000. I photograph a lot of stationary subjects (architecture and landscapes), so my camera is almost always set to ISO 64.

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