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Thirsty Giraffe

Thirsty Giraffe
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Copyright: Eleanor Blair (Eleanor) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 16] (111)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus C-740 UZ, Fuji XD-card 512 MB
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-08-06 4:52
Viewed: 6176
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a reticulated giraffe photographed at sunset at the watering hole at Sweetwaters Game Reserve in Kenya.
Guests at Sweetwater stay in tents set up along one side of a shallow pond, and watch an amazing variety of animals fearlessly come to drink. I was surprised by the fluidity of movement in the giraffes. I cropped this photo in photoshop, but otherwise the image is untampered with.

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Really nice photo. About the only thing I would suggest is cropping some of the foreground shadow. Thanks for sharing.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-08-06 5:30]
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Hi Eleanor, nice shot you got here, I like the composition, colours and lighting. I think the focus is a bit soft on its face, I agree with Kris to crop out some of the foreground shadow. Well captured and thanks for sharing. :)

This is great Eleanor.
Nice clear details and good light.
I'll try a workshop to illustrate what the others have pointed out.

How ungainly the giraffe looks Eleanor. I like your composition but I agree with Steve, Ld Potty, with how he has cropped it an sharpened it. Mostly it is better not to have the main subject right in the centre. It is an intersting picture and I never realise this is how they have to reach down to teh water. Well shown, thank you.

Hi Eleanor,

You captured the moment very well, catching this tall giant just as it righted itself after drinking water. The focus is fantastic, and I really like this picture. I have to say that the foreground bothers my eye as well. Overall very well done and welcome to the site.


Hello Eleanor, a warm welcome to TN,(belated).

This is an amazing capture!

Details are sharp, pose of this giraffe is fantastic, and BG is very interesting.

Steve has done a great ws and I agree with his changes.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful posting with us.

Hi Eleanor, nice shot of the moment. The pose is fantastic and the workshop shows how to add to a really good photo. BTW, giraffes are one of favorite animals and I love to see them in a natural habitat (we only have them in zoos). Thanks for sharing and welcome!

Hi Eleanor,

wonderful photo, perfect timing. I like this large evening-light with its warm colours. You made it exellent.



Different perspective of the giraffe. As the others have siad, the composition you chose to post could have been better with a bit of cropping. Presentation is everything, and Steves workshop is a good suggestion on what you could have done.

Hello Eleanor

Great sight of the Giraffe who looks very uncoordinated. The water falling from the mouth is well done... good timing. I agree that Steves workshop has enhanced the image, but in my opinion, it's still a great shot. Thanks.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-06 20:37]

Great capture Elanor! Great view of this giraffe stretching out to have a drink. Imagine having to go to all that trouble! I like the centered composition here. It's a great shot, well done.

Hey Eleanor,

Youve captured the moment really well here. Well done. I like the workshop that Steve did, but would go even further and make the shot more panaramic. I've uploaded a workshop to show what I mean.

Well done though,

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  • Lia Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 17 N: 135] (952)
  • [2005-08-07 14:51]

Wat een leuke foto vind ik dit.
De moeite die de giraf moet doen om een slok water te nemen komt hier zo duidelijk over.
Ik vind dit werkelijk een top foto.
dank je wel voor het schowen ervan.

What leuke photograph find I this. The effort that the giraf must do a mouthful take water comes about this this way clear. I find this really a top photograph thank you, however, for the schowen of it.

Groetjes Lia

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  • Active Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 113 W: 6 N: 19] (1231)
  • [2005-11-02 10:55]

The pose of the gireffe is fantastic!!!
I like lighting and the colours of the photo. 2 points for you, I cant` give you more but I wish I could :)

... or hard it is to be giraffe
Spectacular picture and unique pose.
The background with the biger tree remembers me Africa !!!
Excellent job !!!

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-11-30 7:39]

Classique mais vraiment sympa. Toute l'Afrique....


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