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Golden Giraffe

Golden Giraffe
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Copyright: Sheriff Wilbury (soccer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-28
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3 EX HSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Giraffas, 50-60 points (chapter 5) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-03 3:38
Viewed: 5623
Points: 110
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Some Information on Giraffes:

Scientific name: Giraffa camelopardalis
Average shoulder height: Males - 4m; Females - 3.5m.
Weight: Males - 1200kg; Females - 800kg.
Gestation period: 457 days
Life expectancy: 20 - 30 yrs

An exclusive browser, the giraffe eats leaves, fresh shoots, flowers, pods, and fruits from trees, of which acacias are the most important source of food.

Leaves are removed from thorny branches by combing them between the teeth. Twigs and branches are pulled into the mouth with the long and dextrous tongue.

I was travelling in the Kruger National Park last year and there was a storm brewing in the distance but the sun was shining brightly where we were at that time. It was as if the Giraffe knew what was coming our way.....

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-02-03 4:02]

Hi Sheriff, good shot of this tall fellow. I like the golden tones and you show his unusual profile very well. And the catchlight in his eye is very good. Well shown, thank you,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-02-03 4:05]

Hey I like this one, Sheriff.
It is such a simple composition, with nothing in the BG to distract it.
You captured the giraffe with such clarity and in beautiful light.
Well done and TFS. ; )

Hi Sheriff

This is a lovely shot. Good light, nice POV and colour. Looks a little soft on focus. Have uploaded a workshop. Thanks.

It's one of the best giraffe portraits I've ever seen - it looks like a strange animal from the Tertiary period here. Unusal warm light and perfect sky for a background!
Very well done!
Best greetings,

Very nice portrait shot Sheriff. Great sharpness and POV/DOF. Excellent colours and lighting too. Well captured, this is a great composition. Thanks for posting.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-03 6:30]

Hello Sheriff!
Very nice portrait.I liked POV,framing,
pose of giraff and composition a lot.

Hi Sheriff,
A n excellent portrait on this Giraffe. You caught the golden light here very well. Nice sharp detail with flawless composition and framing.


Great picture. Giraffe is one of my favourite animals! And I enjoyed this shot. Thanks Sheriff.

Hi Sherrif.
its a very nice picture wiht a great POV and composition.
The colours is warm, but for my old eyes it looks like it has a greyish tone, as the WhiteBalance is not set correct, maybe it's just me. Anyway it's a very good picture.
Excellent work.

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2006-02-03 13:26]

good composition of the head shot...and that lip...they are soooooo cute giraffes and noble
being the national animal of tanzania
sky tones go well with the body tones on this shot

Nice solid detail and good color, well done.


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  • tinman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
  • [2006-02-03 15:50]

Lovely shot and well thought out in composition - probably the hardest animal to give justice to as too damn big to get close in the pic composition. I think this is a typical look and the colour is super. TFS

Hi Sheriff,
it's a beautiful animal, what a nice face from the side. You had wonderful warm light, I like your post very much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

I love the light on this beautiful giraffe. Well seen, Sheriff, I am jealous of your proximity to true wildlife!


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-02-03 16:35]

Sheriff, I have never seen one of them - thanks for sharing.

Great pov and composition. I like bg too.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-02-06 20:18]

Muito boa foto. Bom portrait. Boa composição e nitidez.
Um ótimo trabalho!

Very good picture. Good portrait. Good composition and clearness.
A great work!

Hello Sheriff

What a great photo this is. Giraffes are my favourite animals because they look so graceful when they are walking. I love the focus point the composition of colours. Well done .... The backround plays a big role in this picture, makes the POV area looking soft ..... Brilliant ... TFS ... ZM

Storms always seem to produce a really lovley light and you have captured this really well adding to the giraffe portrait to produce an excellent picture.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-18 5:46]

Hi Sheriff,
Very nice shot, the contrast of the warm colours and sunlight on the Giraffe against that dark moody sky is excellent. Nice detail and nicely framed, very nice shot.

Hi, Sheriff.
Nice shot with very beautiful light. Well composed and sharp.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-19 7:18]

Hi Sherrif
Beautiful portrait shot.Great colours and sharpnes.Good POV and BG.
Well done


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-05-10 17:09]

Very nive portrait of this girafe, with good sharpness and details, nice colors and excellent composition. The warm colors on the girafe are particularly beautiful. Well done !

Great image, Sherrif.
I guess the storm brewing in the distance has lent grey colour to the BG. Looks god-sent the way it suits the image.
Thanks for your visit. You people living in SA have such an abundance of wild life around you.
For me, even a house-fly is a gift here in Riyadh!

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-05-12 4:37]

Hi Sheriff, nice portrait with good lighting, colours and detail. You have done very well to get good eye contact and an eye level POV especially with the subject being so high up, how did you achieve this? Very well done and TFS.

Hello Sheriff,
Beautiful portrait of this nice giraffe,well composed; I like the warm tones against the storm of BG.

Hi Sheriff,
Nice detail and warm color/light.
Framed well, with a good POV also.
Well done and Thank You!

Hi Sheriff,
Very good close up and the nostalgia in the eye of the giraffe touch me.
Thank you
Bruno (cooper)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-05-13 7:58]

Very nice portrait. You handled the light-conditions very well. Sharp details and good compo. Well done & TFS!


Pretty cool giraffe shot. POV and DOF is spot on.

Hi Sheriff,
very impressing portrait.
Great in its reduction to the minimum of elements, the classical profile, and the elegant composition.
Background perfectly fitting by its noble and disant grey that offers a very good colour contrast to the animal's reddish hues. Very good contribution.
Thank you! Best regards,


nice picture of a giraffe in profile. Love the very colourfull giraffe against the dull grey sky.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-05-16 12:51]

Great shot made with a great camera+zoom, 50-500mm impressive. I like the golden tones and the simple composition with an undistracting background.
Congratulations Sheriff and TFS.

Hello again,
This is great! I love the warm lighting and colours here. The pose of the animal is lovely too and this POV and framing helps to show it well.

Hi Sheriff
Great photo of a very lovely animal.

Hi Sheriff,
Nice shot with very good light management.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-05-18 6:27]

Hello Sheriff, nice portrait. I like the rain clouds in the BG. Good colours and composition, very well done.

Wonderful portrait. Yet again you have managed to get sufficient contrast between the subject and the background, leading to the natural colours coming out beautifully.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-05-24 14:52]

Hi Sheriff,
Great Giraffe portrait shot my friend.
I like your pov,dof,sharpness,focus,expression,colors,note and bg.Well Done.TFS

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-05-27 12:13]
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Hi Sheriff
Still busy trying to catch up on my long overdue backlog so I am still visiting some of your earlier postings to deliver a couple of well deserved smileys.
It is is a beautiful portrait of this lovely lady. The composition is great with just the right degree of cropping. The sun spot you referred to, gave you the right amount of light to achieve a stunning colour balance and with the dark clouds in the BG it enhanced and complimented the giraffe quite well.
Very good work and TFS.

Hi Sheriff,

I really like this picture. No nits here. A very good portrait shot. The light at that time of day is so nice.

Regarding Rietvlei, it is certainly not Kruger, and I'm somewhat of a Kruger junkie, but it can be nice for a Sunday afternoon. Not many hides, 3 as far as I know.



Great capture. Very well framed. I think the exposure is spot on. The light really brings a nice warm glow on the giraffe.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-06-08 18:49]

Hi Sheriff.
wonderful portrait, alls is beautiful, colors, contrast, details and composition, is a very nice close up, I like the brown and golden tones.

Thanks and I wait more photos , comments , tips and critiques.


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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2006-06-10 12:05]

Hi Sheriff!
Excellent portrait.TFS.
With best wishes,

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-06-10 18:31]

hello Sheriff,
A nice portrait shot.
Very well composed,great lighting and warm tones of colour.
Excellent work.


Hi Sheriff,
Great giraffe portrait!
Lovely pose and the warm afternoon lighting is lending a special atmosphere to the image...
Excellent colours and fine details, well done indeed!
Pablo -

Salut Sheriff
This is just a stunning portrait. I hope it gets 100 points it deserves it!
Great work.

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  • Anton Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 46 W: 11 N: 154] (595)
  • [2006-07-03 13:37]

Yep, I agree. This one deserves 100 points.

she is so cute !!!
wonderfull photo
TFS :)

Very nice photo Sheriff.

POV, Lighting, sharpness, clarity, everything is perfekt. A very nice portrait.


The stormy sky adds good drama to the scene. Very good close up of the giraffe.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-22 17:02]

Hi Sheriff,this is a wonderfull portrait,i like a lot the light that warm the colors,very nice work,thanks a lot to show us this beauty,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Sheriff,
Very nice portrait.Excellent lighting and details.TFS.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-09-23 22:27]

Hello Sheriff,
a really beuatiful shot of the giraffe. Good clarity and sharpness. The skin is so beautiful and the ey is very charming. What a unique creation.
Lovely composition.


Hi Sherif,

Great pic. That highlight in the eye is especially difficult to get and is usually only possible with low angle light. Well done. You must come out to our valley some time and take some more shots. Hopefully I can spend some weekends in Kruger now.


Hallo Sheriff,
a very beautiful portrait of the Giraffe, i like very much the soft and warm colours, excellent POV with a great eye contact in a nice composition
Best regards

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