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100th Posting. Love is..

100th Posting. Love is..
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Copyright: Robin Du Bois (robindb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 127 W: 0 N: 378] (1420)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 7D, sigma 70-300 apo macro, 58 mm uv Hoya
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-28 0:38
Viewed: 3654
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During our last couple of visits to game reserves in South Africa we have come across a large number of giraffe. One group was of 15 adults with a couple of juveniles. It is a real pleasure to watch them as they seem so elegant as they move slowly from tree to tree. When they want to cross the road they stand for a long while staring at the vehicles before they move as if to make sure that it is safe to cross.

One can almost say that Love is...being in nature or sharing nature with others on a web site such as TN. Over the last year I have enjoyed TN and learnt a lot from the variety of images posted especially those with an interesting write up.

The following has been copied from Wikipeadia to explain the action depicted in the image which is not as it seems at first glance.

Males often engage in necking, which has been described as having various functions. One of these is combat. Battles can be fatal, but are more often less severe. The longer the neck, and the heavier the head at the end of the neck, the greater the force a giraffe is able to deliver in a blow. It has also been observed that males that are successful in necking have greater access to estrous females, so the length of the neck may be a product of sexual selection.
After a necking duel, a giraffe can land a powerful blow with his head occasionally knocking a male opponent to the ground. These fights rarely last more than a few minutes or end in physical harm.

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Hello Robin,

Congrats and it is World Nature Conservation Day too. Ofcourse, Love is nothing but sharing !


that one has a look of bliss on ts face..nice scene, well captured, nice lighting

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-07-28 2:48]

Hi Robin,
An unusual composition ...
A successful timing.
Colors are very beautiful, more perfect.
Best wishes,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-07-28 4:07]

Hi Robin,
a very touchy shot depicting the nature world. Exciting colours and superbs clarity.
The bird also gives a god impact to the composition.
Nice presentation.


great 100 post, congratulations! TFS Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-28 8:25]

Hello Robin,
Wonderful photo as your 100th post. Congratulations! Fantastic scene with the Oxpecker on top. Excellent sharpness and details and fantastic clear colours. Very good POV and composition.

Hi Robin,

an very nice portrait picture from these Giraffes.
Fine warm colours.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-28 12:12]

Hi Robin. Congrats on reaching 100 Postings. And what a beautiful picture to celebrate with. The pictute is not what it seems when reading your interesting notes. I thought it was a male and female and not two male .Anyway Its a splendid close up with fine detail andwarm colours. and the bird as the bonus. Well done TFs.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-07-28 16:34]

Hi Robin,

Congratulations on your 100th post!! You selected a wonderful picture to celebrate with. These loving Giraffes are just wonderful. The little bird sitting on the head is priceless. A perfect blue sky to show all three off well. Here's to the next 100.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-07-29 6:03]

Hi Robin,nothnig better to celebrate your 100th post! A fantastic love pic,maybe the men must to think seeing this pic! Impressive sharpness and beautiful colors.My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hallo Robin
First of all a belayed congratulations to your 100th posting. Mine seems to be so far away, yet so close by. This is such a lovely intense and relaxed moment captured. The pose of all three your subjects are relaxed and at ease. Not one of them seems to be bothered by the camera. The overall outcome of the colours in your image is vivid and true to the real McCoy. It almost looks as if the giraffe with its eyes closed is fast asleep basking in the sun. The presence of the little ox pecker rounds this already special image to its best. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-08-05 14:35]

Hi Robin,
Congrats on your 100th posting in TN
Pose you captured is so beautiful and lovely :o) Lighting is very nice too
All the best,

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