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The View From Here

The View From Here
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Copyright: Jen Henrichsen (JennHen) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 111] (429)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2000
Categories: Mammals
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Zoo animals, Giraffas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-12 18:05
Viewed: 5000
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Some interesting facts regarding a Giraffe's neck:

What makes the giraffe a truly unique animal is its height - it towers over the rest of the animal kingdom with males touching almost 19 feet and females reaching 17 feet. Almost half of its height is due to its neck, which can be up to 8 feet in length and can weight close to 500 to 600 pounds, which is almost 1/5 to 1/6 of the average giraffe’s total weight.

Interesting is that although their necks are so tall, they are made up of only 7 vertebrae, the same as that in a human neck, although each of the bones can be around ten inches (25.4 centimetres) long. The vertebras are attached to one another by ball & socket joints, which make the neck very flexible.

The main reason for the giraffe’s tall neck is that it helps them to reach foliage that is above the reach of most animals. Although they feed mainly on the Acacia and Combretum trees, giraffe’s will eat a variety of different plants depending on what is available.

Giraffes are most vulnerable when they squat to bring their head down to the water as they can be easily attacked in such a position, especially by crocodiles. But giraffes are normally safe otherwise because they can see 360 degrees without turning their heads and thus have sufficient warning of approaching predators. Also giraffes have very good eyesight, which combined with their height, provides them an excellent view of the terrain around them, as well as helps them to keep track of other members of the herd.

See for more info: http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/7-16-2004-56672.asp

Photo: scanned from color photo, adjusted background color, levels, USM, removed noise, framed.

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What a beautiful angle of view. I like it very much. Good composition and sharpness.

The original POV makes the shot here, Jennifer.
Great framing and very sharp image too. Just regret the absence of light in the eye. Just a reflexion or a visible iris (I guess it's brown) would give more presence.

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  • papkin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 96] (1580)
  • [2005-01-12 18:41]

Hi Jennifer.
Fantastic composition,very nice photo.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-12 19:19]

Jennifer, what a great shot of this giraffe. Good angle and composition. Looks like you got up close and personal - Very, very good. TFS.

I love this photo! It's such a unique perspective, emphasisis just how tall these animals are. The colors are great as is the composition!

Great POV! You have catch this giraffe very nicely. I prefer a more blue sky but this is a detail only!

Very interesting POV.. very original.. good colours and sharpness

well done

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ***
Color: ***
DOF: ***
POV: ***

Nice composition, a better exposure would have been better to get the eye.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-13 12:03]

Great POV of the Giraffe. Excelent composition and fine details.

I ran out of quarters, a couple tomorrow ;)

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-14 14:45]

This is stunning! I like this POV and the sharpness agaist the sky is excellent.

Well done and thanks for posting

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-15 1:09]

It is not easy to get a good composition for a giraffe. I think you manage it very well here, Jennifer. With the sky for BG, it is a good idea.
It is damage that we do not see the eye of the animal more clearly.
But it is still a great post: picture and note too.

Funny and "great" angle, Jennifer, sharp and clear, good shot, "high"-quality:-))

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