The Godfather


The adult baboon (Papio cynocephalus) in this image is not necessarily the father, but may well be a ‘godfather’ who has been associated with the mother of the youngster in some way. The loving hug by this male demonstrates a trait among baboon troops of godfathering which includes holding, grooming and food sharing. This is a very unique social bonding and normally lasts for near on two years, when the juvenile becomes more independent of its maternal ties. Godfathering baboons are known to foster the orphaned young.
Population Trend : Stable; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/350 sec; f/5.6; ISO 640; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Exposure latitude is the extent to which any light-sensitive material can tolerate under or over exposure and still produce an acceptable image. This is put to use by the photographer in such a way as to give aesthetic and artistic value to an image, but is purely subjective. Media has some impact on exposure latitude, black and white film, for example, is far less tolerant than say colour film. This measure should not be confused with dynamic range, which is the cameras ability to ‘see’ from the darkest shadow to the brightest highlight.

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– Dieter Appelt