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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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