Namibia, Africa

The elegant Oryx gazella, we also know, as Gemsbok is looking back over its shoulder into the camera. A very peaceful atmosphere create the pastel colors, even more, the calming blue of the sky.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 6 April, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D Mark IV and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/18
  • Exposure time: 1/400s
  • ISO: 200
  • Focal Length: 200mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 4603 by 3069 pixels (WxH).

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The elegant Oryx gazella, we also know, as Gemsbok is looking back over its shoulder into the camera. We are using the rule of thirds by placing the Oryx in the bottom right area of the composition. A very peaceful atmosphere create the pastel colors in this fine art photograph, even more with the calming blue of the sky. It is adding to the overall tranquility of the scene. Additionally, the parallel lines of the clouds and horizon line build upon the peaceful nature of the photograph and environment.

An Oryx gazella is a territorial animal. To establish dominance, the males will use their horns to fight. The prevailing dominant male will use his dung to mark his territory. Amazingly, Oryx can survive a long period without water. Even for a couple of weeks! Also, individual plants, such as wild melon, underground roots, and tuber, can provide enough moisture. Another incredible survival technique is that they can raise their body temperatures during the day to prevent perspiration. Ultimately, lessening the amount of body water loss. They also use a particular set of capillaries in their nose to cool down their blood temperature that is traveling to the brain. Besides that, they can also detect the smell of rain from 80 kilometers/ 50 miles away. The oryx gazelle looking back at us at this moment was truly breathtaking, as it was standing in this beautiful African landscape.

The Gemsbok, Oryx gazella, is under category least concern in the IUCN red list.

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