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This is a young, female Western Lowland Gorilla. She was sitting by herself in the late afternoon when she suddenly turned to look towards me and I caught her fleeting glimpse on camera.

Gorillas are amazing, beautiful animals, just as individual and thoughtful as ourselves. I want my Gorilla images to show both their similarities with human beings, and their unique differences.

Part of the Gorilla Collection

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  • velco
    velcoover 7 years ago


  • Sharon Hammond
    Sharon Hammondover 7 years ago


  • helene
    heleneover 7 years ago

    This is beautiful Natalie.

  • James Pierce
    James Pierceover 7 years ago

    So stunning – How do you do it ? The light is so perfect, and the expression. Do you have access somewhere at zoos etc to get these amazing images ?

  • Natalie Manuel
    Natalie Manuelover 7 years ago

    James – the light was very nice – completely even with a warm, afternoon cast. The Gorilla was sitting in front of a cave so was mostly dark behind her and I burnt out the rest in post processing. I also put a sepia cast over the image and slightly blurred then re-sharpened :)
    As for the expression – lots of waiting! But nope, taken from the public spots..

  • James Pierce
    James Pierceover 7 years ago

    I’m really jelous of you folks with a good eye for post processing techniques, burn this, a little colour there etc … Stunning !

  • Michelle Rogers
    Michelle Rogersover 7 years ago

    he is so beautiful and has so much personality. I so love your photos.

  • InfinityRain
    InfinityRainover 7 years ago

    Oh!! She’s gorgeous!!

  • Andrew Cowell
    Andrew Cowellover 7 years ago

    Wow, what a marvellous capture – 1st class!!!

  • Tom Godfrey
    Tom Godfreyover 7 years ago

    Beautiful image – I have been doing some pastels of gorillas recently. This is an amazing shot -well done Natalie

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