Just as I saw this shot and opened it the first thing that struck me (even before i read your notes) was the symmetry. And rather i was thinking of the increasing number of compositions your present wherein(whether you have realised it or not) there is symmetry or a certian line up.Take "Double Delight", "Quenching the Thirst" or even "You wont get away with it...the first two being your recent posts.I think this is not an oft seen technique in shots here in TN, and perhps even without you knowing it, you must be getting drawn to this specialization.And i tell you this is a delightful form of photography to watch in wildlife.
As for the presentation here, it is another wonderful shot at the waterhole, where the majestic pair bends down as if in synchronised harmony.I love the way the texture and details on the camels have been enhanced by the sunlight falling on their rich golden and brown patterned body and the Bg stands away muted but definitley providing a sense of their natural habitat...
Very well done.
TFS & cheers...This to my favourites...
this is a gorgeous photo of the two giraffes with a nice out of focus back ground with just enough detail for reference and the pair are very well focused with much detail and excellent colour and yes I do enjoy this view very much.Thank you for this wonderful photo and the note that goes with it. Bob
A beautiful composition of these two giraffe's in there natural environment, the colours and detail in the patterns on these two are just stunning, excellent use of the 1/3rd rule with the placement of the water in the foreground taking up the lower 3rd, beautiful contrasting colours from the edge of the water though to the greenery of the foliage and finally to the trees in the background, just wonderful, all the best,
Cheers Rick :)
I don't blame you for falling in love with this picture.
It is amazing.
The giraffes have such beautiful patterns, which you are showing with great sharpness. The light on them is fantastic., really bringing out their pretty colors. I love the parallel poses of these two giants, awkwardly splaying their front legs to get to the water. A real primoridal scene.
TFS. : )
Splendido momento di cattura, eccellente composizione che sintetizza in modo perfetto la bellezza di questi animali dai gesti eleganti ed armoniosi, straordinarie nitidezza e definizione dei dettagli del mantello, magnifici i colori. Un'immagine di grande impatto emotivo. Grazie e complimenti anche per le note. Ciao Maurizio
- betsie (0)
- [2008-06-01 23:30]
Anna - dis so special foto. Nie elke dag wat mens op so iets afkom nie.
Good Cutting and Pasting Anna!!
No, you didn't fool me!
Great shot seeing the 2 giraffes in sync together. Like ballet, bowing together.
Those front legs have to twist to get so low.
Excellent capture, and yes, I am enjoying looking at them
Magnificent capture.I liked symmetric pose of giraffes a lot.Colors,sharpness,details,framing and composition are perfect as always.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.
As you know I am Biologist and interested in mammalian systematics and evolution. Your photo is very interesting and important for me. As you mentioned Giraffes are very vulnerable when they drink. This is a problem for giraffes. On the other hand long body length is and advantage to reach more food on the top of the trees. They are between these two point, I mean, trouble while drinking and advantage to reach more food. Feeding and drinking thus place opposing environmental pressures on the length of neck and legs. This is called as stabilising selection.
Shortly, this photo really amazing. Colud you please let me use this beautiful photo in my lessens at the University.
What a cute, beautiful and perfect capture of these giraffes. Realy I also love the symmetry. Wonderful capture in all aspects my friend. Your notes are axcellent too. TFS.
i was suprised to read the reasoning behind the Giraffe's name..nothing to do with it's neck?!
Anyway, another splendid waterhole shot from you, you were lucky to catch these two in such a similar pose at the same time - however, you are responsible for the great quality, compo and detail - well done!
- Aaltjie (0)
- [2008-06-02 6:22]
What a beautiful, identical and most colourful image. I really fancy it and think it you have captured them in a lovely pose as well as in their natural surroundings. I found your notes very, very interesting and educational. This is indeed a very special animal. I must echo what you have mentioned in your notes that a giraffe is certainly the most graceful and peaceful animals on this planet. Thanks for sharing this lovely image of togetherness at the waterhole. I don’t mind you sharing more of this type of images with us. It makes the longing for the beautiful nature of South-Africa less.
- eqshannon (31141)
- [2008-06-02 6:27]
Good thing I had my cataract surgery Anna..or I would have believed your title...Reminds me of an old device..I forget what it was called but it held a card with two images in a small wooden holder and if you looked through it , the images appeared in 3D. I wonder if such a thing might be possible with an image in which they are very closet to twin pics...VERY neat image...Good show!
- FunkyMunky (3154)
- [2008-06-02 6:57]
Wow! One is almost a mirror image of the other! Once again, lots of patience and being at the right place at the right time will get you shots like this.We make the mistake of briefly stopping at a waterhole and then driving on, often missing the animals about to arrive at the waterhole and give you shots like this!
- Argus (50626)
- [2008-06-02 7:31]
I've seen syncro-swimming and dancing, but Giraffes doing syncro drinking at a waterhole is a new one on me!
Technically and esthetically this is great and catching just this moment - WOW!
This is going into my favourites and I thanks you for that!
Best wishes, Ivan
- Dis. Ac. (24509)
- [2008-06-02 8:34]
nice picture from these giraffes in the same pose.
- jaycee (25460)
- [2008-06-02 9:03]
I think I'm seeing double!! Great timing to get this pair in identical poses. It can't be easy for a Giraffe to bend down to get water and you show us clearly how he does it. The front leg positions are wonderful. Beautiful colors and details of these gorgeous animals. A wonderful natural setting and a great shot.
- oscarromulus (42)
- [2008-06-02 9:10]
Loved the image.
Double delight is also a lovely title for this one.
Warm regards to you & loot.
P.S. On the way to Loot: " Los tres estados del hombre". (Spanish)
- gannu (14761)
- [2008-06-02 9:39]
I can see the reflections on the skin and the lighting. Lovely use of external condition and sharp picture. The view is amazing and good composition.Ganesh
- CeltickRanger (37400)
- [2008-06-02 10:08]
what a wonderful composition of this pair of giraffes
in their natural habitat, with fine POV, DOF and framing,
excellent luminosity of the image and great sharpness and details,
after viewing and reviewing your wonderful image
now i am realy having double vision (lol),
- vanderschelden (30441)
- [2008-06-02 11:09]
Thanks for posting this beautiful image.You are very good in detecting symmetry in the wilderness:-).
Once again you posted an excellent waterhole event.
It is sharp, beautiful, full of light, educational and so forth.
I figured it is rather difficult to photograph giraffes. I mean often they look all the same. This one is different though.
- PeterZ (49139)
- [2008-06-02 11:46]
Very beautiful photo with these symmetric giraffes. Great natural African (warm) colours in fantastic light. Excellent sharpness and a perfect composition. Very good POV and DOF.
- gracious (13068)
- [2008-06-02 11:55]
My respect to your love H9 for achieving such super fine and quality image also towards the fine photographer who using it! my special compliment for that!
a first class image with perfect exposure and focus also in good sharpness, very nice colour and details
many thanks for sharing this great shot
take care and regards to you both!
from NZ, Tony
- meyerd (7531)
- [2008-06-02 12:07]
what a sight, what a moment. The giraffes are gracious and seem to have dignity even in this awkward position. Well seen, Anna!
My best regards to you
- efsus (3947)
- [2008-06-02 12:21]
Your all photografs are very excellent and spectacular. This is a gorgeous photo too. Colors, sharpness, details and composition are perfect as always.
And thank you very much for nice comment and constructive criticism to my work.
- rdfoto (3295)
- [2008-06-02 12:26]
Très belle prise, les sujet sont superbement synchronisés, Bravo
- nglen (36145)
- [2008-06-02 12:48]
Hi Anna . It looks as all has been said about your picture . and i must agree with them all. This is a first class picture of the pair. looking like a set of book ends. great detail and rich colours. very well seen and taken. TFS.
- xTauruSx (788)
- [2008-06-02 15:56]
Hello Anna, wonderful capture of these giraffes showing their one of basic behaviours. TFS. Greetings. Deniz
- MartinL (0)
- [2008-06-02 16:09]
I caught your picture just before I turned off my computer last night. What a beautiful capture! You've managed to capture a wonderful scene, the colors, composition and overall setting is perfect. This is an outstanding shot. TFS.
- angybone (7684)
- [2008-06-02 16:49]
You did it again! Another perfect shot! You must have enticed those giraffes to strike that post just for the moment. :)
- Silvio2006 (102073)
- [2008-06-03 0:59]
Hi Anna a beutiful cuple in great drinking pose, splendid composition with wonderful colors and great sharpness, I like a lot, ciao Silvio
- joey (24909)
- [2008-06-03 1:02]
I bet it's very awkward for these guys to drink :-)
The poses are hilarious :-D
Very sharp and crisp.
Excellent composition too.
Nice light and the exposure is spot-on.
Well done, Anna,
- Amadeo (3323)
- [2008-06-03 10:56]
Hola Anna, excelente definición, colores limpios y muy buena luz. Un saludo
- saguzar (7202)
- [2008-06-03 11:21]
Una hermosa foto, me encanta como se ven ambas jirafas bebiendo simultánemente y en una posición la cual parecen estar imitándose.Un muy buen trabajo y una suerte que en äfrica existan grnades mamíferos mis favoritos. "Lamentablemente" Sudamérica es el continente de las aves porque la megafauna de mamíferos se extinguió aquí hace 10.000 años :(
Un saludo afectuoso
- nkasot (217)
- [2008-06-04 2:44]
Hi Anna wonderful capture of these cute giraffes:) TFS.
- ramthakur (56953)
- [2008-06-04 4:05]
Anna, the 'trivia' on Giraffe you have given in your note is extremely valuable and provides interesting information on this giant of an animal.
Despite their great height, I very much want to coddle them. They are so innocent looking.
I also admire the symmetry in this wonderful pair of Giraffes drinking at a water-hole.
The image is very beautiful and perfect in every technical respect.
TFS and regards.
- lousat (65489)
- [2008-06-04 4:42]
Hi Anna,the quality of your work is very impressive,fantastics pics taken as a master and very interesting note as a great expert,this is great,the color,the sharpness and the moment to take are wonderfulls,just my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano
- EOSF1 (23955)
- [2008-06-04 6:05]
Hello Anna, that picture is amazing od clarity and sharpness. The light is really beautiful and the pose of your subjects is very interresting,well done, thanks!
- japiey (405)
- [2008-06-04 9:43]
Really interesting notes...
Beautifull image of the animals..
- yasemin (1578)
- [2008-06-04 10:49]
HI Miss Piggy. Another beautifull picture, nice couple, spot the difference. Exellence work again. Lots of information too. Very impressive.Kind Regards,Leyla
What a great photo of these two Giraffes. Very detailed and the colours are beautiful. Composed very well with just the right exposure.
Rosie was so pleased to see them. She read every word you wrote in your notes and told me about it when I got home this evening from choir practice.
Thanks for sharing such a nice image!!
Wonderful capture of these 'twins' at the water hole. The light is very beautiful and has brought out the details and colours so well. I love the way they're posing with the legs spread out! A lovely composition in fantastic colours and sharp details.
Many thanks and kind regards, Ulla
I've been having a lot of that lately :)
Excellent image, the "duality" makes it most unique.
You know, I have to admit I'd never seen a girafee drink before..
The animals pose looks awkward and very vulnerable. Looks like it would take quite a bit of time for it to gather itself to elude capture from a predator.
Very well done,
What a marvellous picture!! I love the way you captured these giraffes. Something so is rarely seen. An impeccable shot with splendid natural colors and great DOF.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
This is not only double vision, it is a double delight! The same stance, same pose, and same action - are you sure they're not identical twins? :)
Your notes, along with this capture are fabulous. The POV and DOF are eye catching...and this photos (along with many others of yours) are enough to set my sights on visiting there one day...
So much as been said that I can't add anything new, other than to thank you for your notes so that I am better educated and for giving me great pleasure this morning.
- Westhammer (63)
- [2008-06-05 16:38]
Hello Anna, this is a really beautiful composition. You have shown great timimg and a great eye in this shot. Everything beautiful, thanks for sharing, Lee
- dB_grafix (3019)
- [2008-06-05 21:56]
Not only a sharp well focused image, but the attention to the POV is great.
I love the info you provided. At first sight before seeing the notes, I was hoping to find out about how they can swallow let alone drink.
Thanks for sharing this to someone who knows zero about many African animals.
You are overestimate my photos definitely. However, I cannot be afraid of the highest estimations of your works. They are brilliant in every aspect and this one is not exception. Amazing scene. Both animals are wonderful and symmetry and beauty of their poses are great. I like superb scenery and its reproduction. Combination of the details and minimal blur is precise and cannot be better. Sharpness of the main heroes and colours of the picture as well as the POV and composition of the shot are simply outstanding. Terrific shot. My congratulations and Bravo.
- clnaef (6814)
- [2008-06-06 8:04]
On dirait presque un copier coller d'une girafe.
A terrific capture of these two lovely giraffes dinking peacefully at this nice waterhole.
The "syncron" of the two really makes your composition, i think, and so the timing here is simply outstanding!
The sharpness of the details is also great, especially considering the fact that you didn't take this with a $$$$ SLR :) So congrats to you on the good deal, too :)
A superb shot accompanied by a very funny and educational note (much better than a simple description of the species).
Bravo and TFS
- anel (40574)
- [2008-06-07 5:12]
It is indeed a very interesting and excellent picture. It is amazing to look at giraffes drinking, being forced to put themselves in a very vulnerable attitude and there you have even two in perfect synchronisation. Wonderful also to see them in their natural environment. Great note too, touching to read that they also cry..
Thanks for this interesting posting
- Mana (18598)
- [2008-06-07 6:48]
Outstanding shot of this couple in amazing symmetry. Great colours and sharpness and I like the natural setting very much. The game tank is an ideal place and you have done full justice here. Is it from a hide? The bright sunlight looks perfect. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.
- jesst (2441)
- [2008-06-07 8:02]
Amazing symmetry! Great detail and nice colors
- Luis52 (15809)
- [2008-06-07 18:09]
La foto de alta calidad, finos detalles agradables a la vista de estae par de Jirafas, las cuales se posa a beber agua en una simetria casi identica. Los colores de la imagen son muy naturales y la iluminacion es perfecta, asi como tambien el recorte elegido para la presentacion, sin menospreciar la interesante nota escrita aqui.
Felicidades y gracias por compartir Tus imagenes que son una verdadera joya.
- Patleboss (5950)
- [2008-06-08 10:42]
Again a wonderfull shot indeed
Double giraffe in one shot !!!
what a great quality capture,
congratulations my dear
- ilvao (98)
- [2008-06-08 14:06]
this is admirable
it's so sharp and well framed
i love their position
thanks to share
you are fortunate to be able to see those marvels
all the best - olivier
- SelenE (13972)
- [2008-06-08 14:40]
Pose you captured is very good. I also liked the background, light, colors tones and the composition. TFS
- jusninasirun (14660)
- [2008-06-08 18:57]
Hello Anna. I am grateful to you for the interesting facts about giraffes. I can see the rhythm of synchronicity in this composition. Perfectly framed pair digging in the waterhole. Pleasantly exposed image with sharpness and details very well observed. I like the pleasant blurry background keeping good focus on the subjects. Thanks for sharing and very best regards. Jusni
- CatStevens (468)
- [2008-06-08 23:02]
Fantastic POV, focus spot on, very nice colours, beautiful composition. Never seen this in wild.
- Adanac (21378)
- [2008-06-08 23:10]
What an outstanding piece of work, the note is superbly informative. The image is absolutely beautiful with a tranquil atmosphere to it. Perfection Anna in my opinion, thank you.
- carper (8439)
- [2008-06-09 2:37]
a very nice photo Anna
a syngrone shot of those two, good pov, marvelous sharpnes, good composition and nice to look at, very good job, have a nice day.
- lovenature (6391)
- [2008-06-09 13:19]
Your notes are very interesting. I've learned a few new facts today about Giraffes (this is what I love about TN). Your Giraffes are beautiful Anna. The colours, clarity and composition is excellent. You've captured a wonderful stance of these two drinking and spreading their legs to reach the water. Awesome!!
PS thanks for you nice critiques.....we should swap recipes sometime.
- JPlumb (2904)
- [2008-06-09 20:57]
Hello Anna, what an incredible shot of these two giraffes drinking. This is the first time I've seen them drink. I always wondered how they did it. Reading the notes I see it is definitely not an easy task either. Very nice capture. The composition is beautiful, with very excellent colour and detail seen throughout.
- pablominto (14563)
- [2008-06-10 1:11]
This well coordinated action is well captured!
I notice their technique with interest, even with a long neck it takes a special approach if the front legs are even longer...
A well composed presentation, super details and fine colours reproduction!
- NinaM (4077)
- [2008-06-10 16:09]
Hello Miss Piggy, I just love the little Piggy you use for your intro page! And I don't know about you but when I was a kid my favourite animal was the giraffe.. I have to say I still think they are superb, wonderful and mysterious creatures. This picture is fantastic, I just love to see them bent to drink water and we perfectly see their beauty. Plus, the notes are amazing and instructive, thank you very much Miss Piggy, you are wonderful!
- peter_stoeckl (11530)
- [2008-06-11 14:03]
a beautifully highlighted, aesthetically most appealing document of motion in perfect synchronization. Wonderful. Thank you! My best regards,
- haraprasan (20403)
- [2008-06-12 1:47]
A lovely capture of these two beautiful giraffes. Very well composed image with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.
- goldyrs (11497)
- [2008-06-14 12:31]
Sorry I missed a couple of your shots.Life has been very uncertain, stiff and tough...
I still did try to unwind with a trip to Corbett...
This is a lovely shot with some wonderful symmetry..
Very well clicked, Anna.
- AiresSantos (92)
- [2008-06-18 10:18]
Great double portrait !
Magnificent sharpness and POV
TFS and greetings
- star05 (299)
- [2008-06-18 15:18]
Totally fantastic image !! There's not much more i can say as everyone has said it.. You have a natural eye and took this shot well..
I simply love it..
- Rehanna (18)
- [2008-06-21 5:01]
Ja veseker, dit lyk my ek het dubbel visie, en ons het nog nie eers begin kuier voor die rugby wedstryd vandag nie. Hierdie twee kameelperde is perfek gesinkroniseer. Ek het myself al verkyk aan hierdie diere wanneer hulle gereed maak vir die groot drink. Dit kan hulle soms 'n geruime tyd neem voordat hulle uiteindelik tot drink kom. Ek dink hulle drink dan so veel as moontlik sodat hulle nie gou weer deur die groot proses hoef te gaan nie. Mens dink nooit daaraan hoe moeilik dit vir hulle is nie want vir ons is dit dood eenvoudig 'n geval van; haal 'n glas uit die kas, maak die kraan oop en die glas vol water en drink dit. Maklik, maar vir 'n kameelperd is dit 'n perd van 'n ander kleur.
Dit is 'n besondere foto die Anna en jy het baie goed gedoen. Mooi so.
- mvdisco (2168)
- [2008-06-22 21:19]
Beautiful picture nicely composed and presented with great naturel colors, Excellent light and well taken picture of this two girafle, Excellent done..
- yasin (129)
- [2008-06-26 20:24]
Superb sharpness showing fine details.
Beautiful colors, Anna. TFS!
- rousettus (19818)
- [2008-07-14 13:38]
A perfect shot from African amazing beautiful nature. double giraffes characteristic drinking scene. wonderful. from timing and focus to coloraton, POV and composition, everything excellent. Congratulations indeed. TFS. Best wishes
- marmottelolo (14697)
- [2008-08-26 6:06]
merci popur agreable commentaire.
j'aime egalement et comme beaucoup de monde,cette photo pour sa presque symetrie dans la pose des girafes.
un bel eclairage pour une scene originale.
- tkp1165 (3876)
- [2008-08-27 22:33]
Wow,What a beautiful shot. I love the poses of the two of them. Great sharpness,Exposure and color. Very well done and thanks for sharing.
- soccer (2557)
- [2008-09-14 22:56]
What a view! A wildlife photographer's dream pose from the giraffes! The composition is good, allowing both to be in the frame. The clarity of the image is great and you display great detail and sharpness of the subjects.
- pierrefonds (12974)
- [2008-11-07 14:31]
The close-up point of view is showing the details and colors of the girafes drinking in the waterhole. The picture is clear and precise. The subject is well frame. the colors are enhanced by the good light. Have a nice day.
- ingridshaul (0)
- [2009-12-28 12:58]
Thanks so much for showing this pair. This photo reminds me vividly of the farm: We bought 2 Giraffes and were allowed to watch the catching.
After the giraffes have been darted, they continue to run - until the drug has taken effect - and then they collapse. They have to be followed and their heads held up - their high blood pressure would prove fatal otherwise - and their heads covered with a hood.
It is quite amazing, how fast they run with their relatively thin legs - particularly downhill - and it becomes quite frightening if you are in front of them on foot.
During the big drought in the 90's I was carrying "perde blokkies" (I am not sure how to spell this) to their feeding place as well as Luzerne - and I used to wonder if they will stop in time or run me over...
We stuck individual handfuls of Luzerne onto the thorns of a bush, and fed the blokkies in a box fixed to a tree. Unfortunately the ostriches greedily surrounded the tree and ate the blokkies, the giraffes standing at a distance looking verloren. My husband had to put a fence around the tree - far enough to stop the ostriches reaching the food but allowing the giraffe to eat comfortably (+ a little gate for me to put the blokkies into the box)...
You mention in your notes the giraffes laying down.
One day, we saw the giraffes sitting down and thought, they were ill. Some frantic phone calls to wildlife experts reassured us: Giraffes do sit down - when they are relaxed - not fearing any danger from predators.
The are very interesting animals to watch from close - see your notes / interesting facts.
It is a wondrful trip down memory lane - looking at your photo and reading your carefully researched notes.
You did a big job!
Best Wishes and