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Near miss: All creatures great and small

Near miss: All creatures great and small
Photo Information
Copyright: Saskia van Diesen (svdiesen) Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 3 N: 21] (204)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-22
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 70-200mm f4L
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Just Missed Shots., Giraffas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-31 18:25
Viewed: 9720
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 33
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A typical "friends" shot. If only I was closer by,... it was a bit hard to focus on the tiny bird.

The giraffe is actually a special species, called Recticulated Giraffe, found in the semi-desert of Sambura national Park. Their spots are brown and more rectangulal.

"The giraffe is the tallest animal in the world. Males reach a towering 19 feet tall and weigh between 2400 and 4250 pounds. Females measure up to 17 feet tall and weigh between 1540 and 2600 pounds. A lot of this height and weight is because of the giraffe’s incredibly long neck, which can be 8 feet in length and can weigh almost 500 pounds. Even though the giraffe’s neck is taller than most humans are, it is still made of only 7 bones. This is the same number of bones that are in the human neck. On the top of their heads, giraffes have horns made of solid bone and covered with skin. These are used for sparringWhat does sparring mean? between males. The giraffe is also known for its spots. In fact, the Romans called the giraffe "camelopardalis," meaning "camel marked like a leopard." These spots are unique to each giraffe, much like fingerprints are unique to each human. In fact, people who study many giraffes can distinguish between the different giraffes just by looking at their spots. Another unique feature of the giraffe is its unusually long tongue. This pink and black tongue can be 22 inches long and is used to grab food from the trees."

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  • azulu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 75] (374)
  • [2005-01-31 18:54]

Excellent shot Saskia. Very nice composition with nice colours and sharpness. Beautiful moment with the bird on the head.



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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2005-01-31 18:56]

Absolutely adore this image...it's going right into my favorites!

NIce shot Saskia !! Congratulations !! it´s go to my favorites sure !!

I don't think it's a near miss at all, I would be thrilled to get such a lovely shot. The colors are very warm and glowing, the photo sharp and clear.
The bird simply adds to the pictures charm. Excellent!

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-02-01 2:11]

Pity about the birdie's focus, but the giraffe actually looks nice being so "soft".

Love this image Saskia. I don't mind the focus being a bit soft at all. The Giraffe is my most favourite animal and the bird on the head is a real gem. You have shared an extremely wonderful image. Thanks you. It's into my favourites!

Great shot!
It doesn't matter that the bird is out of focus. It makes the photo just a bit less than perfect.
I like it very much.
Well done!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-02-01 3:49]

The thumbnail looked interesting BUT this looks excellent Saskia. Good colours and composition - It's a favourite of mine. Well done and thank you for sharing.

Great and funny post, focus a bit soft on the face.
Well done.

The birdie looks like a red-billed oxpecker. Theycan be found here in SA too but very rare in the Northen parts only. I have not seen one in the wild yet.

It's an exceptional composition. I woul dhave liked to see more light on the face but its still a great shot! Well done.

Very good and funny Saska.
Focus on the bird may be outtof focus but its a great picture.
You have catch a great moment. Good colours, POV and composition.
Very well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-13 15:04]

Saskia, the moment is a great one, and your picture is okay, even with the out of focus bird.

Very nice composition and POV.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-03-06 7:41]

I LOVE IT... Very nice image, great composition & sharpness, nice point of view and dof you did a great picture Saskia :-)

Thanks for sharing,

What a beautiful capture, the giraffe looks so gentle and sweet. I love the light and the focus is fantastic!

Great capture. The composition is excellent. I really like the profile shot.

great original pic, TFS ori

I think you've done very well here! It's a great shot and what a moment to capture. The lighting and colors on this Reticulated giraffe are just stunning. It's just a beautiful photograph!

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