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Just Resting       ©2014 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       13th place, 85 points
1/320s, f6.3, ISO 100, 233mm, Manual, Spot, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Crop (otherwise no pp except resized and sharpened.)       Extra Info: Kruger National Park

International Giraffe day was June 21. Africa's population of giraffe has decreased by 40% in the last 15 years, mostly as a result of poaching and habitat loss. This may soon be a rare sight.
 
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Jade O.
Jul 15, 2014
    Thanks for all your votes and comments.

mrsawyer No blue skies that day. A few hours later the heavens opened up.

Amberbug Thanks. Me, too.

Mepo I relieved someone else noted the rule breaker. It adds something I think.

mrsawyer
Jul 15, 2014
    Had this as my #3.

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mrsawyer
Jul 14, 2014
    Love the subject, the exposure, focus, and color. I wish the giraffe's head would have had blue sky behind it, but such is life. Still a fine capture and in my favs.

Amberbug
Jul 14, 2014
    Nice shot, lie the composition.

Mepo
Jul 14, 2014
    I keep coming back to this one and I'm not sure why. Perhaps it is due to the framing of the leaves in the foreground that make me feel as if I am there; perhaps it is due to the halo behind the head that is breaking all the rules; perhaps the unusual posture for the giraffe. OK I quit - I just like it - period!

Jade O.
Jul 12, 2014
    Lo It took a lot of talking with Jerome to convince him the leaves didn't make him look like a Roman god wearing a laurel wreath but he finally gave in and posed.

BarbroS I think it is one thing to get a good technical shot int he wild, another to get an original take. I put this one out since it breaks the rules about things growing out of heads and I wanted to get some feedback. I personally am undecided but somehow think it adds in a way that is not tacky.

Airondack They are more majestic in person that I ever imagined.

fc The framing is really unusually since most giraffes are way up there.

eagle1 See other comments above. I am still trying to decide if the head burst is quirky, enhancing or detracting. I admit I like it but am bothered by the fact I do since my sense is that I shouldn't like it.

Lo
Jul 12, 2014
    So amazing to see these animals in their natural habitat. Nice job of framing, though I expect the halo of leaves was unintentional.

BarbroS
Jul 12, 2014
    Charming portrait of one my favorite animals - good detail and nice composition, including the crown of leaves around the giraffe's head, however unorthodox that might be

Adirondack Gal
Jul 12, 2014
    Beautifully framed by foliage. What a treat to see and I'm happy that you shared this beauty with us. Good Luck!

forkcandles
Jul 12, 2014
    yes this may be a sight that will be lost sadly.
i do like how the tree behind the head has given it a garland. the other leaves make for a nice internal frame

Edward
Jul 11, 2014
    Marvelous shot! Everything is perfect except the branches behind the giraffe's head! I really think spending the time to clone those out of the picture would have sent this image through the stratosphere . . . artistically speaking.
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