We were staying in the north of the Serengeti National Park in the Lobo area. We had arrived at lunchtime, had some R&R around the pool at the lodge and set off for a late afternoon game drive. We returned at the usual time around 6pm, but the radio chatter was telling of a leopard sighting so we set off again at speed. We were unlucky and didn’t see the leopard, but as we were returning at dusk, we saw three giraffe on the road close to the lodge gates.
I was making a nuisance of myself asking the driver if he could manoeuvre so we could get the colour in the sky. I was so busy with that, I forgot to change the settings for the gathering gloom, but still managed to get a fairly sharp shot.
It was so dark I had quite a task in PP. This is the result of blending two different RAW conversions. I also reduced saturation of the greens a bit as the positive exposure compensation had made the colour a bit strong. The little “bump” on the top of the giraffe’s back is a bird.
A shot of the two other giraffes is in the WS
ISO100, FL62mm (my turn for the shorter lens, but the VR came in handy)
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dareco (17134) 2008-04-01 1:06
Both of these pictures are very beautiful!! Perfect framing! Your pp work payed off, the colors and detail look great. TFS
carper (96) 2008-04-01 1:07
very nice wild shot again Kath,
fantastic pov, good quality and very nice composition, not easy but you did do it very well here, good photojob, have a nice day.
syd1946 (18663) 2008-04-01 1:09
Beautiful photographe...another fine adding to your last series...What I like most,except the colors and lighting,is that the giraffe looks like possing to your camera.I enjoy it very much...
dvlazar (6644) 2008-04-01 1:12
Youve done the PP well and the giraffe is nice and close and filling the frame. Perhaps the grass could be a touch darker at the bottom of the frame to match the sky and background?
Anyway, good shot, too bad about the leopard.
snunney (82591) 2008-04-01 1:13
A great capture of this magnificent creature. Colours and clarity are excellent; very good pp work.
sleon (9402) 2008-04-01 1:19
Lovely colours, light and definition here. I really love giraffes and this is such a fine specimen :-)The sky and the pale foliage help make the giraffe stand out. A really nice portrait.
Floydian (30970) 2008-04-01 1:26
I see the pp work, but it still looks natural. I know it's not that easy but you did very well on both of them. The contrast line over their back is clearly visible but as said, not disturbing. Although the ws version is also pretty good, i prefer this one. Her he is standing tall and proud, full diginty...very nice composed.
Have a nice day, Henk
besnard (53239) 2008-04-01 1:48
Belle prise de "cette sentinelle de la savane" qui a l'air de monter la garde. La prise rapprochée nous permet d'observer la petite tête sur le grand cou.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
Photo65Net (43120) 2008-04-01 2:21
Superb animal catch !
So many details to see, and a great sky... Wonderful job !
pasternak (15181) 2008-04-01 2:52
Very well done, Kath, also with the PP, only the desaturated grass looks a bit unnatural, the rest is fantastic, this "portrait" has lots of character and energy.
ruisc_pt (10527) 2008-04-01 3:21
I'll say that the giraffe is a "suitable2 animal for photographs,.. It seems the leg's length is about 1/3 the total height..
Seriously I think you made a good job here... in fact you got a very sharp image with the raw blending images
cbrman (21645) 2008-04-01 3:33
J'aime beaucoup la qualité de l'image. Cela donne l'impression que la girafe sort du cadre. les couleurs sont très belles et très naturelles. J'aime également les teintes du ciel en arrière plan.
ktanska (24626) 2008-04-01 4:42
Majestic animal. Low light gives very nice colour to the sky. It's special, knowing how quickly sun sets near the equator. I know there's no use trying to interpet impressions of a giraffe, but he looks a bit sad, doesn't he?
I think you went slightly too far on levelling contrasts. Darker version would look more natural.
MarcT (20964) 2008-04-01 5:02
Gorgeous colours and great capture especially knowing those colours are very short lived at these latitudes and darkness falls on you very fast.
Dyerco (10185) 2008-04-01 5:40
An obvious vertical here. You did a superb job with your PP. Good thing you were shooting in RAW.
My first inclination was to comment on the nice light so what more can I say.
Tue (27696) 2008-04-01 5:42
What a superb photo of this majestic giraffe. I love the light management here with the soft light of dusk as well as the soft early evening colours in the background, against which the giraffe stands out wonderfully. Thanks a lot for sharing!
Tobias__Ortmann (2638) 2008-04-01 5:48
another very good shot of this giraffe
when we was in tanzania(4 days ago)
we saw so many of them.
I like them very much because of the structure of the skinn and the elegant movements
thank you for your shot this is very good
best regards from germany
sacavem (18610) 2008-04-01 9:03
Another great capture of the wild life in Africa/Tanzânia.
Well done. Best wishes.
Graal (96823) 2008-04-01 9:50
beautiful portrait of giraffe, excellent composition, light and colours. WS good also. I like it a lot.
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2008-04-01 10:01
Hi, Kath -
Well, the PP isn't perfect, but it is a good rescue job. Certainly the composition is very good, showing the size of the giraffe while also letting us see the scenery.
We once spent an hour or two hunting down a leopard in Tsavo; we were getting discouraged when his head - and only his head - popped up out of the grass. I got a back of the head shot, but it wasn't all that good. But giraffe are fun.
afderrick (348) 2008-04-01 10:02
What an amazing shot, I have never seen a giraffe in the wild, just at zoos. I think they are funny animals with their long necks. It just seems he does not belong with his background, I guess that is from the post processing work you did to lighten the photo. Great shot, TFS.
Cricri (105369) 2008-04-01 10:11
Un autre beau et fantastique moment, on doit se sentir tout petit a côté, belle prise de prés, avec de belles couleurs bien rendue, trés jolie
Heve a nice evening for you
Emile (20350) 2008-04-01 10:26
Very difficult to say which of your two photos is the best, both are number one shots, very good colors, POV and frame.
Well done. TFS.
UlfE (14641) 2008-04-01 10:55
A really beautiful shot and an excellent post editing job. Needless to say that is perfect with a vertical picture here, but it also creates a very attractive diagonal line starting with the giraffes right back leg and ending with its head. TFS!
berek (37350) 2008-04-01 11:42
its so cute. well framing and clear picture. I also like workshop picture too. greetings.
TopGeo (38202) 2008-04-01 13:06
Hello Kath! Amazing your pictures with the animals from the jungle. Here your picture has also something else big ...height!-)
scobert (5355) 2008-04-01 14:02
From what I have seen on the African safari television shows, leopards are the hardest of all the African animals to see. I guess that they are elusive and nocturnal anyway. It would be sheer luck for a tourist to see a leopard on any given day. The leopard and the jaguar (South American) are my two favorite animals. I love big cats. You did a great job with the giraffe and I love the way that you always try to include the animal's environment also. The layers in the distance are excellent. This is a wonderful travelogue that you a putting together! Marvelous!
gilou530 (34) 2008-04-01 14:24
un animal nonchalant quand on le voit marcher, un gros ici pour le mettre en valeur, dommage pour le ciel mais que faire
gneufeld (15890) 2008-04-01 18:53
A perfect profile shot of this magnificent animal. The work you did to achieve this result is much appreciated. I also really like the WS with two giraffs. Great shot again and TFS. GErald
Philippe (11836) 2008-04-02 0:42
Hi, Kath. The giraffe stands well out against the sky here and the vertical format makes us aware of its height. I also like the way the giraffe seems to be gazing at the lens. Even though the PP work is slightly visible (mainly around the giraffe), I think you did a very good job here.
axiotea (21649) 2008-04-02 1:26
Fascinating and graceful animal which you managed to frame nicely. Of course, vertical framing was a must ;D
I like the different shades of the sky contrasting well with those of the ground and animal.
Greetings from Bangkok
pboehringer (770) 2008-04-02 7:08
you're starting to sound quite horrible! What do you mean with " get a fairly sharp shot"? This shot is sharp as it can get! Your heavy PP work payed off extremely well. The post seems to be 3-D, something extremely fantastic. The giraffe seems so comfortable that I have the impression that you hipnotized it with your D200 ;-)
izmirli (3987) 2008-04-02 8:03
merhaba dear kath
excellent lovely animal.excellent atmosphere and colours.well done.
Paolo (41222) 2008-04-02 8:39
Hi Kath, beautiful one, with this amazing tall giraffe captured in an amazing hour for colours and light.
excellent timing and quality too.
JCG (35129) 2008-04-02 8:46
It would be said that this superb giraffe poses for you!!! I like much framing on the animal. The colors and the definition of the image are superb. A painting would be said… Beautiful photograph, Kath cheer and thank you for the WS full with tenderess.
With all my friendships and a very good evening,
jaywalker (16095) 2008-04-02 9:01
Hi Kath, I can see the halo that you mentioned to me, however sometimes this can't be helped & the positives out way the negatives, here you have a Giraffe standing tall & proud in it's natural surrounding, it still is a great capture of often a very shy animal, superbly composed & very good light with natural colours, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
chrisnet (21092) 2008-04-02 9:30
Good framing of this superb giraffe, I like the great quality of this nice shot, very good work.
delkoo (68) 2008-04-02 9:56
This is a pleasant scene; the moment of capture was good because of the reasonably soft light , great colours and composition.
Stepan (27210) 2008-04-02 10:09
That's a strange animal. So huge, so fragile, so lovely colored, so... feminine ! A classical compo but it works here...
jwmunro (286) 2008-04-02 12:12
Hello Kath -
Considering the PP that you accomplished this is a nice image. The soft colors and the sharp animal all make for a wonder portrait. You sure are setting the bar high and I think I am going have a difficult time meeting it in August. Well done!
Thank you for sharing.
cobbydale (1958) 2008-04-02 14:21
Good blending job Kath, looks a bit like one of those HDR shots - I guess it is really?
The colours and sharpness are really eye-catching.
stego (24028) 2008-04-02 14:25
I guess I say the same about all of your photos of this series, but again I am impressed how you could achieve such good compos with wild animals. Hats off also for the light adjustment and the sharpness, both are spotless. The blending looks perfect, one could think that you used a giant filling flash to achieve perfect exposure both for the giraffe and the sky. It's interesting the match of the tones of the animal skin and the sky.
I say the same about the WS, although the heads aren't as sharp as on this one.
Royaldevon (28641) 2008-04-03 8:45
I was just wondering how far away you had to be to get the whole animal in frame! He is so elegantly tall!
You did well with your pp as this shot in no way suggests poor light! The detail of the giraffe shows up very well against the pinky tinged sky!
Great vertical composition.
rodgerg (55767) 2008-04-03 10:58
After the elephant's family, the giraffe.Another very beautiful photo of the Tanzania's fauna.The position "portret" is here very nice. I like also the background of this picture.
Have a good evening,
josepmarin (57711) 2008-04-03 11:03
I like this giraffe posing for you, she looks like a professional model :o)
Good setting for this capture that was not easy, and good work with the light of the dusk, with a good improvement in PP.
The photographic and technical result is magnificent.
It is an excellent composition.
jonathan_hart (21274) 2008-04-03 11:06
ho, the giraffe stands out very well, fine exposure and good framing, colours are good
vincz (19113) 2008-04-04 0:30
Very nice surprising tones on this picture at dusk. I love the depth, te giraffe really stands out. Very well done.
crckt (7218) 2008-04-04 5:38
Wonderful shot! I love the fading light. Your PP was excellent.
Gerrit (47564) 2008-04-04 12:55
another great shot. tHe light is exceptional.
ricochet (9696) 2008-04-04 16:54
A really beautiful shot with a very nice framing and great editing, bravo à toi c'est splendide! Great work and i like very much your gallery!
Didi (56345) 2008-04-05 1:27
Very well done with this one; an interesting diagonal.
I like also the darker foreground.
drweizy (526) 2008-04-05 1:33
a very strong giraffe. good colors of the meadow and the sky. I like it.
markstaples (15670) 2008-04-05 2:27
This is a beautiful photo and I think that your PP work has definitely paid off. It is beautifully framed and the colours in the sky serve as the perfect backdrop. Well done.
euryan (8438) 2008-04-05 14:21
I think you did a fairly good job blending the two different conversions. It looks a little unnatural but as an artistic peace of work it is a beauty. The soft colors of dusk are nicely captured. The composition is great. A very good wildlife shot, and I love giraffes.
Angshu (55407) 2008-04-08 20:48
Another great wildlife shot! And taken in the dark, I do admire your PP skills to bring out everything so very well, the colours, the details. Noticed the bird after reading your note! Good work
coco (30439) 2008-04-11 7:30
Excellent note and postprocessing.
The composition is good and simple and you made made a very interesting photo.
Jonas_Schmitt (3074) 2008-04-15 9:28
Very nice picture of this giraffe!
I like your point of view, the depth and the colors , that make a good contrast to each other, very much. The sharpness is great and I really like the frame.
jean11-3 (2799) 2008-04-19 12:33
Hello Kath, I am always amazed by the patterning of the giraffe's skin,and here it shows up beautifully.I like the soft colours that the time of day has presented.
The landscape in the bg is interesting too.
Tfs, regards Jean.
- Copyright: Kath Featherstone (feather) (51130)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-01-23
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 24-120mm AF-S, VR, RAW
- Exposure: f/8, 1/20 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Tanzanian Safaris & Zanzibar R&R
- Date Submitted: 2008-04-01 1:02