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Giraffe at Sunset

Giraffe at Sunset
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-25
Categories: Sky
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1, Sony G lens 20x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 125
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-04-22 0:36
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Giraffe at sunset / Landscape

To get a perfect sunset or sunrise image is not an easy task at all and I admire those photographers that bring out breathtaking, awesome and sometimes dreamlike images with their camera gear and technical skills. I stand amazed at each and every photo some of these photographers present to us here on Trek Nature. The majority of these images leave me speechless as I am in awe with the colours and details brought out of sunset or sunrise photograph.

What these photographers have already forgotten about sunset photography I still have to learn. But then again, keeping in mind that I only use my trusted and loved Sony Cybershot, I think I am doing just fine.

I must mention once again that I have learnt a very valuable lesson from Loot when taking photographs of a sunset and that is to never point the camera direct into the hot sunlight, because although the colours are glowing and bright and it makes a stunning scene, it can cause big harm not only to one's eyes but also to the sensor of the camera. Loot also explained that I should first adjust the settings on the camera to such an extent that when I point the camera to the sun for the first time, it (the camera's sensor) must be protected and able to process the intense light.

I can in all honesty say that this was a "luck shot", as time was not really on our side. We only had a few minutes left before the gates would close and the sun would just not go down fast enough for us to capture a beautiful sunset with the giraffes in the picture as well. One cannot sit and wait until the perfect moment arrive as the gate guard will not be interested in a story of us telling him we where waiting for the sunset. I had to press the button and hope for the best, and luckily the result turned out quite well and we arrived at the gate just as the guard started to close it for the night. I was very fortunate with this image, which I took a few kilometres away from the Lower Sabie restcamp during our short visit in March.

I hope you enjoy looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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Hello Anna,
Today is Earth day, I would like to congratulate your serious and continuous effort to documenting the NATURE of our planet, let us come to make our planet pollution free for our future generation.
this is a very nice picture in all respect.
with best wishes.

Hi Anna
i'm looking to take such a picture for years now, no chance so far; beautifull sunsets I have seen a lot, but never any nice animals around...

Hello Anna,
A wonderfully tranquil scene and I can feel the silence of the night as it sets in and before its sounds start up. A very special time and beautiful with the silhouettes of the giraffe against the setting sun. If I should ever see such a scene I would try HDR and hope they stand still for long enough. I thought about cropping off at the bottom but, on second thought, it would not work for me as it would cut off the animals' invisible legs. That possibly is why you did not crop as your images are always very well considered. Congratulations on this excellent image.

Ciao Anna. Magnifcient fascinating and scenographic African landscape in backlight. Impressive warm dramatic sunset.


This is the most beautiful sunset picture I have seen in a long time, Anna. The sihouettes of Giraffes by the tree are the soul of this picture.
Loot's advice is sound and the precaution you took to obliterate the sun with the tree was instrumental in producing this stunning image.
Thanks and regards.

Ciao Anna, fascinating sunset with fantastic silhouettes,romantic atmosphere, splendid light and wonderful warm colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Anna,
Très beau coucher de soleil judicieusement valorisé par la présence des silhouettes végétales et animales.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Anna,

An outstanding capture with striking details, colors & composition. Truly inspirational & many thanks for your efforts.

Regards & best wishes!


hello Anna
very good and sharpness composition with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Anne.
Gran bella foto molto affascinante ,con dei colori stupendi,eccellente la composizione,degna di un poster,complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-04-22 9:24]

Hallo Anna,
Nice of giraffe at Sunset ..
Good composition with sharp details.
with best wishes,

Hello Anna
Beautiful photo with very good composition and fantastic lighting.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-04-22 11:17]

Hello Anna,
splendid image with a fantastic lightness and wonderful atmosphere. A beauty!
Thanks for sharing

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-04-22 18:23]

Hello Anna,
I'm certainly glad the gatekeeper wasn't a minute too soon, otherwise we might have missed out on this amazing sunset image. I have never tried one yet, but maybe someday I will have the oppertunity and nerve to give it a try. You composed this shot perfectly even though you felt rushed to click the shutter. As you stated, sometimes luck is on our side. Simply stunning shot!!!


Well composed pic showing an excellent silhouette at sunset. The colours and lighting are great. Well done on this one under challenging conditions.

Hello Anna,
A very fine landscape of Africa. Wonderful clarity and excellent colors.It is a exceptional photo taken from a good POV. Splendid sharp details and perfect exposure. Thanks for sharing!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-23 12:22]

Hello Anna,
Fascinating scene with wonderful silhouettes in a marvellous composition. Very beautiful colours.

and what a sunset...amazingly beautiful, I would have cropped out most of the lower dark part, greetings Ori

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-04-24 7:26]

Hello Anna,
Though the setting sun was still bright, you made a fine capture of these two giraffs silhouetted against the red sky. The composition with the tree on the left is superb and the feeling of being there in the setting sun is quite real.
Thanks and best regards,

Gracias por tus amables comentarios a mi última fotografía amiga Anna.
Yo no tengo el placer de ver esas maravillas de tu tierra ya que como sabes mi zona es
bastante desértica. Un buen contraluz y una composición original... no todos podemos ver jirafas !!

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-26 15:05]

Hi Anna,a great solution to take the giraffes,i like the fantastic atmosphere of the moment and the great light management to take so well this magic orange,excellent shadows details too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hallo Anna,
Dit is mos Suid Afrikaans gestel op sy beste!! A perfect view of the sunset with the silhouette of the Giraffe captured splendidly!! The sunset colours combined with the distant clouds and the dark silhouettes forms the perfect composition to enhance our country!! The placing is just perfect. Well done my friend and greetings to Loot.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-05-12 6:49]

Hi Anna.
This not only sunset this is African sunset. Silhouettes of the African animals. Impressive tree on the left side f the frame and splendid sun and sky colours impress the imagination. Well done and warm regards.

Hello Anna

WOW ! what a wonderful photo with the warm color
tones of the background sky, i have missed this
photo from you, great photo with the Giraffe's
silhouettes over the sunset color tones,
also beautiful eye-contacts, TFS


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-08-24 8:49]

Hi Anna!
Fascinating image, Anna, very well composed. I love sunsets. They are so romantic, so full of mood :)
I especially like the clear silohoettes against the "red", cloudy sky.
These is one of the scenes that I see of my immagination when I think to South Africa.
Very well done: congratulations. TFS. Also thanks for your note for taking photographs of a sunset
Ciao! Vanda

Hi Anna
Very beautiful silhouette photo of the Giraffes
Very nice and lovely warm colors
All the best

Hi Anna,
Congratulation. Great shot.
Cheers from NYC.

Hello Anna,
fantastic shooting for this romantic sunset tones and natural, very beautiful silhouettes of giraffe, good at managing the light of this fantastic sunset and unique.
Congratulations on this excellent photography :-)

Thanks and regards

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  • deons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
  • [2013-01-10 8:51]

Hi Anna

This is Africa at it's best.


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