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We only had an hour with them. That was the foremost thing on my mind after several hours of trekking in the wet forests of the Volcano National Park in Rawanda. We were told that we had to maintain a distance of at least seven feet from the Gorillas and make no sudden movements. As we first approach the ‘Susa’ family, I couldn’t believe the sheer size of these beautiful creatures. I also acknowledged that our presence had gone completely unnoticed. We calmly settled ourselves at a safe distance of seven feet and I started clicking. A lone Gorilla sat a little away from the rest of the family and looking through the lens, I saw him approach our group. Possibly my zoom lens or the slight buzz of the camera processing shots had caught his attention. He sat directly opposite me, a not so safe distance anymore, and seemed to be staring right back at me and into the lens. I felt my guides hand on my shoulder holding me steady. Thankfully, upon initial inspection he lost interest quickly. But those few moments gave me an opportunity to capture an array of emotions on his face. This particular shot was taken right after he seem to lose interest and is my favorite because it captures an intimate pensive moment, once the excitement of the new has receded. Technical Specs: Canon EOS 60D, 70-200mm F2.8L lens, 1/200 sec at f4; ISO 320 Post Processing:minor levels and saturation adjustment, slight sharpening and minor vignetting.

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