Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 3/17/2008 1:14:02 PM

Here's the first version.

Michelle L. Frick 3/17/2008 2:58:12 PM

Outstanding Lisa!! Both versions are beautiful, but the increased blur in the bg really brings all the focus to the wonderful details and clarity in your capture. #5654544

Eivor Kuchta 3/18/2008 5:10:39 AM

She is very beautiful, in her own way. You captured her mood very well. Thank you for sharing both images. Interesting to see how your changes made such a big difference. #5656952

Bill Houghton 3/18/2008 5:14:37 AM

This is such a wonderful shot Lisa. Just a great job. Bill

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Anne M. Young level-classic 3/18/2008 6:00:16 AM

Fantastic work - original and processed #5657196

Dianna Murphy 3/18/2008 9:34:52 AM

Just wonderful Lisa, you know I'm a fan of yours. REally makes you wonder what is on her mind. A powerful image. #5658235

Kameron W. Dean 3/18/2008 9:35:57 AM

wow!!! that is all I can say I am amazed fantastic shot!!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh awesome!!! #5658246

Kimi A. Phillips 3/18/2008 10:41:39 AM

LOVED it before...LOVE IT EVEN MORE!!!! #5658584

Molly E. Baldwin 3/18/2008 2:32:31 PM

Your title fits perfect with this. Amazing shot Lisa! #5659548

Judi Morrissey 3/18/2008 2:44:57 PM

Outstanding gorilla portrait! #5659612

Michael Umbreit level-classic 3/18/2008 2:59:14 PM

Lisa - Excellent capture! I like the additional treatment as it really puts the focus on the intense expression! Well done! - Mike #5659676

Marina Moore 3/18/2008 4:30:31 PM

Absolutely gorgeous!!!! Your images are always splendid, he looks so dignified! :) #5660038

Brett Dolsen 3/18/2008 6:22:14 PM

Awesome Lisa!!The million dollar question what was she thinking.
Brett #5660509

Angie Sidles level-classic 3/19/2008 10:54:25 AM

Outstanding captrue Lisa! Your work is just amazing! :) #5663606

Shannon Mills 3/19/2008 2:26:32 PM

SUPERIOR WORK !!~ You got the gift!@!!! #5664481

Mitch Spence level-classic 3/19/2008 2:37:55 PM

A lovely portrait, Lisa, with beautiful lighting and detail. #5664535

Harry E. Pherson 3/19/2008 4:17:30 PM

Great shot Lisa #5664914

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 3/19/2008 6:38:25 PM

Oh, I love your wonderful support!!!
Thank you all for bringing me smiles!
~♥~Lisa #5665332

Toni Riggs 3/19/2008 11:58:36 PM

Wonderful animal portrait! #5666285

Kathy L. Clark 3/20/2008 9:12:38 AM

She is magnificent Lisa. I think you have a winner. #5668461

Dianna Hauf 3/20/2008 4:00:07 PM

I agree with Kathy! SUCH a wonderful no, incredible capture!!! I loved it before as well and even more now! #5669923

Philippe Vieux-Jeanton 3/20/2008 4:41:42 PM

Superbe.. #5669990

Tammy Espino 3/20/2008 7:11:42 PM

Awesome Lisa :) #5670525

Colleen Farrell level-classic 3/20/2008 8:30:33 PM

Excellent rework of this awesome image, Lisa! The original is fantastic, but with a softer background, the re-work is perfect!! #5670784

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 3/20/2008 9:53:22 PM

Thanks for such uplifting comments, Toni, Kathy, Dianna, Philippe, Tammy, and Colleen!
I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised with this re-do. I mean, I had really liked the original, but after submitting it a few times, I decided to try to lighten it a bit before submitting it again. While I was at it, I blurred and did some cloning and burning of the bg. I also used curves, which in my eyes, helped to balance the light.
I'm glad you like the re-do, too!
So glad you ALL stopped by!
Blessings, Lisa
~~♥~~ #5670966

Cindy Bendush level-classic 3/20/2008 10:22:14 PM

Fabulous lighting and detail in this animal study Lisa -- Superb!!! #5671017

Ujjwal Mukherjee level-classic 3/20/2008 11:20:43 PM

Outstanding image,Lisa! This got to be a winner all the way!! #5671107

Kathleen Rinker 3/21/2008 2:31:55 PM

I like the original but I have to say I like this one much more, I love the blurring of the background and the balance of the color and light, great work!!! #5673968

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 3/21/2008 10:00:51 PM

Thank you, Cindy, Ujjwal, and Kathleen!
~Lisa #5675254

Robert R. Goodman level-classic 3/22/2008 9:37:22 PM

That is a very awesome image,Lisa.Beautiful clarity!!!!!! #5680916

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 3/23/2008 7:17:47 AM

Thank you, Robert!

Tressie Davis level-classic 3/24/2008 8:42:25 AM

Fantastic rework Lisa, an absolutely beautiful and moving image! #5688138

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 3/24/2008 12:08:17 PM

Excellent timing and clarity on the gorilla Lisa! What an intense expression! #5689421

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 3/25/2008 9:28:03 AM

Thank you, Tressie and Donna!
Blessings, Lisa♥ #5695468

Lynn Haack 3/29/2008 10:07:18 AM

Amazing lighting and clarity. Such a thoughtful...almost human expression! Lynn #5714634

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 3/29/2008 10:37:47 AM

Thank you, Lynn! I agree, they really seem almost-human, at times!
Smiles, Lisa♥ #5714749

Kaye Burazin 3/30/2008 5:05:01 PM

Outstanding rich tonal quality. #5720529

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 3/30/2008 5:14:18 PM

Thanks, Kaye!
~Lisa #5720552

Steve A. Mark 3/31/2008 2:47:39 PM

WoW! #5724971

Jim Britt 4/1/2008 11:33:39 PM

Humbled by your skill here. Very nice job Lisa. Most excellent capture it! #5731343

Marilyn K. Lincecum level-classic 4/2/2008 12:22:57 PM

WOW is right..absolutley stunning!! Fantastic composition, lighting, details and perspective. I can see why it is a favorite. #5734513

Carla Metzler 4/21/2008 6:39:45 AM

What a great capture! #5815559

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 4/21/2008 8:29:29 AM

Thanks for your wonderful words of support, Steve, Jim, Marilyn, and Carla!
Blessings, Lisa♥ #5816099

Angela Azzinnaro 4/23/2008 9:31:13 PM

This is another AMAZING capture Lisa!!!! You should publish a book with your AWESOME images!!!!! So inspiring!!!!!! #5832656

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 4/23/2008 9:48:39 PM

Awsome capture Lisa, Just beautiful! #5832746

Margaret R. Barry 5/1/2008 4:48:27 AM

Gorgeous capture, Lisa. wonderful colors, comp. and clarity! #5866628

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 5/1/2008 9:14:45 AM

Thank you so much for your sweet support, Angela, Nancy, and Margaret!
Many blessings, Lisa♥ #5867874

Jeana Clark level-classic 5/19/2008 10:04:36 AM


~J~ #5942529

Erin Appelbaum level-classic 5/19/2008 10:32:44 AM

Congrats yet again Lisa. Peter #5942851

Elida Gutierrez 5/19/2008 10:36:04 AM

Congratulations for your FINALIST!!! #5942895

Melissa G. Meiselman 5/19/2008 10:55:35 AM

Congratulations on this awesome finalist, Lisa!!! #5943174

anonymous 5/19/2008 11:15:23 AM

Oh I knew we would see this one again!!! Huge congrats Lisa! B- #5943400

Tiia Vissak 5/19/2008 11:19:35 AM

Congratulations! #5943436

Dianna Hauf 5/19/2008 11:24:22 AM

HUGE hugs, huge congratualtions! #5943489

Stefania Barbier level-classic 5/19/2008 12:14:52 PM

gorgeous..... big congrats!!!! #5944078

Erica Murphy level-classic 5/19/2008 12:15:45 PM

Congratulations! This is amazing. #5944093

Tammy Espino level-classic 5/19/2008 12:23:25 PM

Way to go, congrats! #5944201

Alex T. Mizuno level-classic 5/19/2008 12:45:01 PM

Wow, another great Finalist! Congratulations Lisa!!! #5944490

Marina Moore level-classic 5/19/2008 1:10:08 PM

Congratulations Lisa, on this amazing finalist!!!! :) #5944790

anonymous 5/19/2008 4:10:28 PM

YEAH!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS Cyn! B- #5946096

Colleen Farrell level-classic 5/19/2008 4:18:17 PM

Another well-deserved WIN!!! Big congrats, Lisa! #5946159

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 5/19/2008 4:26:51 PM

Congratulations on another winner, Lisa!!!!! ♫ k #5946235

Eugenio Diaz 5/19/2008 4:33:45 PM

Congratulations on your Beautiful Winner!
Well done!!! #5946323

Erin Appelbaum level-classic 5/19/2008 4:59:39 PM

Congrats on this awesome winner Lisa. Peter #5946660

Sue Marshall 5/19/2008 5:08:55 PM

Congratulations Lisa! :-) #5946725

David Phalen level-classic 5/19/2008 5:19:03 PM

BIG Congrats on a well deserved Winner!! #5946800

Angela Azzinnaro 5/19/2008 5:42:51 PM

YAY YAY YAY!!! Another huge CONGRATS Lisa!!!!! This is MY FAVORITE image of yours- I LOVE IT!!!!! A LOVELY person with EXCELLENT images!!!!!! :0) #5946975

Sam Britt 5/19/2008 5:55:55 PM

Congratulations on this winner, Lisa! #5947048

Michelle L. Frick 5/19/2008 6:05:58 PM

Congratulations Lisa!! #5947099

Anne M. Young level-classic 5/19/2008 6:09:30 PM

Congratulations Lisa on both finalists - stunning work..... #5947117

Tammy Espino level-classic 5/19/2008 6:37:32 PM

WShoooooooooooo #5947298

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 5/19/2008 6:46:45 PM

Like... lickety-split.... we went from finalists to winners!
Knew something was up when I found my inbox brimming with 171 e-mails!
What a fabulous surprise!!!
Thank you all for such fabulous support and uplifting words of encouragement. EACH message means SO MUCH!!!
Smiles, Lisa♥

Angie Sidles level-classic 5/19/2008 6:54:25 PM

Big congrats on another beautiful winner! #5947417

Jessica Jenney level-classic 5/19/2008 7:32:12 PM

WOW, Lisa! Congrats again on another gorgeous win! #5947705

Mike D. Perez level-classic 5/19/2008 7:43:41 PM

A beautiful expressive capture with great lighting, Lisa! Congratulations! #5947782

Mary K. Robison level-classic 5/19/2008 7:54:10 PM

Another deserving Winner, Lisa! CONGRATULATIONS! #5947858

Deborah C. Lewinson level-classic 5/19/2008 8:05:06 PM

Hearty congrats on both excellent winners, Lisa! #5947940

Sylvia Rossler level-classic 5/19/2008 9:50:38 PM

Big Big congrats again Lisa :O) #5948565

Marilyn K. Lincecum level-classic 5/19/2008 10:03:41 PM

I love this one Lisa and am happy to see it win, Congratulations on your second place win!! #5948656

Corinne M. Thompson level-classic 5/19/2008 10:42:37 PM

Awesome capture, congats on your win! #5948795

Kristi A. Howson level-classic 5/19/2008 11:13:41 PM

Congratulations LIsa on this wonderful winner! Excellent capture and lighting! #5948879

Alex T. Mizuno level-classic 5/19/2008 11:17:54 PM

Congratulations on your big win, Lisa!! I agree with you, this is really an intriguing image. #5948900

Holly J. Jackson level-classic 5/19/2008 11:42:52 PM

(Love the work you did on it! ; ) #5948994

Stefania Barbier level-classic 5/20/2008 12:10:40 AM


Carol Teal level-classic 5/20/2008 12:27:39 AM

A wonderful capture, and she has an almost human expression on her face! Congrats on another wonderful win! #5949137

Jill Odice level-classic 5/20/2008 12:45:07 AM

Lisa! This is exceptional! CONGRATS!!!!! #5949201

Tarun Bose level-classic 5/20/2008 3:33:49 AM

Big congrats Lisa for your second place winner. #5949672

Laurie Daily level-classic 5/20/2008 3:54:53 AM

Another fabulous winner, Lisa...congratulations to you! #5949819

Jennifer L. Alder level-classic 5/20/2008 4:27:17 AM

Congrats, Lisa, on this wonderful winner! :) #5949965

Hendrik Storme level-classic 5/20/2008 4:34:05 AM

Fantastic!!! Big congrats again Lisa!!! #5950017

M. S. White level-classic 5/20/2008 5:44:46 AM

This is gorgeous. I love the moment captured and the processing. Congrats on 2nd place! #5950430

Patricia Ronan level-classic 5/20/2008 6:42:08 AM

Congrats on your win Lisa:)Great image!! #5950725

Margaret R. Barry level-classic 5/20/2008 6:45:40 AM

Congratulations on your winner, Lisa! #5950740

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 5/20/2008 6:55:54 AM

~ ~ ○ ~ ♥ ~ ○ ~ ~
You all sure know how to make this girl smile!!!
Thanks for visiting and for the lovely words of congratulations!
Blessings, Lisa♥ #5950787

Elida Gutierrez level-classic 5/20/2008 7:39:20 AM

The Weed Trophy
A Special Trophy for
"The March Winners" #5951035

Terry L. Ellis level-classic 5/20/2008 10:04:33 AM

Another excellent win, Lisa! Huge congatulations~! #5951867

Marina Moore 5/20/2008 10:21:42 AM

Congratulations Lisa!!!! Your work is amazing! :)))) #5951965

Bill Knaps 5/20/2008 1:45:37 PM

Congrats on another win Lisa. Bill #5952853

Eivor Kuchta 5/20/2008 6:36:57 PM

Congratulations on your win, Lisa! #5954392

Sheryl A. Hudson 5/20/2008 9:01:04 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on your win, Lisa!!! I love the lighting and his expression!!! #5954888

Cindy Bendush level-classic 5/20/2008 10:26:19 PM

Congrats on your win Lisa! Spectacular! #5955089

Evy Johansen level-classic 5/20/2008 11:43:11 PM

Congratulations on another beautiful win, Lisa!! #5955236

Colette M. Metcalf 5/21/2008 4:10:32 AM

CONGRATULATIONS once again!!! #5955854

Dianna Hauf 5/21/2008 6:32:06 AM

Congratualtions on this wonderful win!!!! #5956652

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 5/21/2008 6:59:30 AM

Thank you!
♥Lisa #5956770

Michael G. Marshall 5/21/2008 4:45:23 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful winner Lisa! Outstanding image! Michael #5958853

Jill Flynn level-classic 5/21/2008 8:44:55 PM

What an impact those eyes make. A beautiful and dignified portrait. Congratulations on another great win Lisa! #5959840

Kathy L. Clark 5/21/2008 9:07:41 PM

I loved this the first time I saw it Lisa, another big congratulations on a gorgeous winner. #5959918

Mitzie Loland 5/22/2008 5:46:46 AM

Congratulations on your excellent winner - great work Lisa!! #5961537

Dominick M. Dimacale level-classic 5/22/2008 5:57:21 AM

Congratulations Lisa on your Fabulous Win.

Dominick #5961610

Holly Shao level-classic 5/22/2008 7:11:55 AM

Congratulations on your Win, Lisa!! Awesome work!

Holly #5961969

Michael Umbreit level-classic 5/22/2008 5:24:32 PM

Lisa - Congratulations on another fantastic win!! - Mike #5964067

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 5/23/2008 6:59:11 PM

Lisa, CONGRATULATIONS on this WINNER!!! One of my faves of the month!!! INCREDIBLE work!!! #5968950

Datha Y. Thompson level-classic 5/23/2008 7:37:53 PM

Beautiful/Excellent!!! Congratulations again Lisa!!! YGG :0) #5969107

Linda Blair level-classic 5/24/2008 3:47:22 PM

Congrats on this well deserved win!!!! ☺ #5972642

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 5/24/2008 9:07:52 PM

Your warm support means SO MUCH!!!
Thanks to EACH of you!
Smiles, Lisa ♥ #5973468

Cassie L. Woodlee level-classic 5/25/2008 6:39:28 AM

WTG Lisa, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #5974668

Ujjwal Mukherjee level-classic 5/26/2008 1:36:59 AM

Absolutely captivaing image and a very well deserved Winner! Congratulations,Lisa yet again!! #5977681

Vicki L. Filippin level-classic 5/30/2008 5:27:49 AM

Once again, you ROCK with your winners, Lisa. FABULOUS BIG WIN! Your entire zoo series has been nothing short of inspiring.
:-) #5996444

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 5/30/2008 6:55:42 AM

~ ~♥~ ~
I really, REALLY appreciate your kind words! Thank you, Cassie, Ujjwal, and Vicki!
Blessings, Lisa♥ #5996764

Jim Baines level-classic 5/30/2008 3:54:36 PM

Congratulations on this magnificent WINNER, Lisa! She wasn't thinking much, just exercising her prerogative to change her mind! #5998543

Emile Abbott level-classic 6/7/2008 12:40:38 PM

Congrats again on another winner Lisa #6030966

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 6/10/2008 8:51:48 AM

I really appreciate your wonderful support. Thank you, Jim and Emile!
~♥~Lisa #6043070

Manuel Barrera level-classic 6/26/2008 2:34:48 AM

Awesome photo! #6108213

Laura E. Swan level-classic 7/25/2008 8:02:03 PM

Have you ever considered making posters? Having the Zoo offer them in the gift shops, Lisa? You have a gift for capturing the emotions of these precious animals and it should be shared with the world somehow. Maybe even National Geographic would be interested??? I bet colleges would buy them, too, for the walls of the Anthro class rooms etc...The possibilities are endless if you are up to marketing yourself. Amazing work, once again. -Laura #6231741

Karen Rosenblum level-classic 10/22/2009 7:20:29 PM

A HUGELY deserving win!!!!! I just added you as one of my fave photographers here. You really inspire me, Lisa. -karen #8060773

Nikki McDonald level-classic 7/8/2010 8:00:18 AM

This just came up in rotation on my BP Home Page, Lisa, and I thought I'd take a moment to send a belated congratulations. She has a wonderful, intriguing expression indeed. Wonderful win. #8742487

Cesar J. La Rosa level-classic 1/14/2012 12:31:03 PM

Like Nikki, I was on the BP HomePage when I saw this photograph, Lisa, and I am so happy I happened to come across this wonderful portrait. It is by far, the best Gorilla Portrait I have ever seen. My belated Congratulations on this BEAUTIFUL Winner!!!
Cesar #9919885

Richard D. Love 4/28/2012 6:13:56 AM

Wow...wonderful light and details. Just gorgeous!!

Rick #10112402

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Western Lowland Gorilla
Buffalo Zoo
I was really intrigued by this gorilla's intense expression. I couldn't help but wonder what she was thinking.

f5.6 1/60th EV+2 ISO 800
Nikkor 18-200VR. Handheld, through window.
*a reworked version of an old favorite*

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 3.00, ExposureTime: 10/900 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 800, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 135.00 mm, Model: NIKON D80

Uploaded on 3/17/2008 12:47:51 PM

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Camera: Nikon D80 Digital SLR Camera

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