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Gawking for Janice

Gawking for Janice
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Digital ISO 320
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications I have made, CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-14 23:24
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Giraffe / Giraffa camelopardalis

Today's posting I would like to dedicate to Janice Dunn (Janice), one of the first and up to now active members to join the site. One can almost say she is part of the furniture, if there were any. I think it is therefore not wrong to call her the mother or the matriarch of the Trek Nature community. She is loved and respected amongst many members. Besides her liking for photography and her love for her grandchildren, Janice is also a keen rugby supporter.

Some time ago, whilst Janice was critiquing one of my images, she just slightly made mention that the giraffe was her favourite African animal. I remembered that ever since and today I want to dedicate this giraffe to a wonderful lady and thank her for the soft spoken and kind person that she is.

This photo was taken late afternoon after a lone cloud, right above us, suddenly showered us with a downpour and then just as suddenly the skies opened and a bright yellow light shone through.

General Overview
Nature's skyscraper, the giraffe is the world's tallest animal. Its carotid artery and jugular vein, running down the long neck from head to heart, are equipped with special valves to keep the blood from alternately flooding and evacuating the brain as the head is raised, or lowered to drink water.

The giraffe looks rather as if a committee designed it; the ancients word for it, 'camelopard', shows they saw a resemblance to both camel and the leopard.

Gregarious and peace loving, the giraffe's defensive weapon against its main enemy, the lion, is a kick that packs a powerful, hoofed punch. Its gait is ungainly. At full gallop, with the tail twisted over the hindquarters and the neck swinging to and fro in perfect rhythm with the legs, it can achieve a speed of 56km per hour.

A sleepy giraffe may take 40 winks standing up, with its head supported in the fork of a tree. Even if it lies down it will usually keep its neck upright. If a whole troop of giraffes is resting, as they may do in the heat of the day, they orient themselves in different directions so as to be prepared for danger from whatever quarter.

The female gives birth after a gestation period of about 15 months, its newborn calf weighing in at some 100 kilograms.

Taken from: Animals of the Kruger Park and Lowveld - Heritage Publishing.

I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I enjoyed photographing it.

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Hi Anna,

First time we’ve been neighbours, stunning shot of this giraffe, the colours are amazing, excellent eye contact. It really looks so very proud standing there in its natural environment, just beautiful,

All the best

Rick :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-14 23:49]

Hello Anna,
I like the pose, composition and lighting in this portait of a Giraffe and it's so nice see a shot of one in its natural habitat of scrub and thorn trees. The POV is of course ideal!
Thanks and best wishes,

Hello Anna,
You are so fortunate to have taken such a beautiful image of this Giraffe in the wild. your images show the natural terrain with your subjects and are most rewarding to view in their natural habitat. The lighting is also beautiful with the warm light cast across its frame.
Very beautiful...

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-15 0:49]

Hello Anna,
Wondeful capture,exposure is spot on.I liked colors,shy eye contact,POV,details and composition a lot. Wonderful dedication to Janice.
Best regards Siggi

A wonderfully composed shot Anna.
Perfect exposure and great colour.
Everything here is just right.
Very nice work.
TFS & cheerses :)

Hello Anna,
A very beautiful and thoughtful dedication to Janice.
I think your giraffe is very symbolic - Standing tall and proud with a loving and caring eyes like Janice.:)
Beautiful composition. Excellent sharpness, good natural colours, beautiful pose captured andnice blue sky in the background. A very beautiful habitat shot indeed, Anna.
TFS & Regards,

Hi Anna,
A nice capture of this beautiful Giraffe. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-03-15 3:52]

Hello Anna, beutiful shot of a Giraffa with nice details and excellent pose.
TFS and G's,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-15 3:52]

Hello Anna,
Great photo of this giraffe. Beautiful clear colours, excellent sharpness, composition, DOF and eye-contact.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-15 5:00]

Hi Anne.
Fantastic studio work of an amazing and skill photo model. I love your natural studio. Pose of the model is simply great. She had a nice teachers and I am sure only the best marks. Illumination at your studio is outstanding. All details of the model as well as details of the "stage" are illuminated perfectly. I also like natural decoration there and perfect DOF. Colours of the picture are sweet as well as touching and nice dedication and complete note. My congratulations and kind regards personally to your and your studio staff, including pictured "first violin".

Hi Anna,
it's such a noble animal, I love giraffes so much, they are wonderful - and your shot is excellent with the sunny colours and the blue sky. I also like the eye-contact, a pretty moment, thanks.
Greetings from the cold Germany (we had snow until last week, brrrrr)
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello Anna

what a beautiful photography of the Giraffe,
fine frontal POV, fine framing, beautiful luminosity coming on it,
i also love to see on the photo his beautiful habitat
on the background with the blue sky, superb focus on the Giraffe
with great sharpness and details, one of your best African animal photos,



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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-15 9:46]

Hola Anna.
This is one of ths most beautiful photos I have seen, and it is also a great present to this wonderful lady "Janice" Who is a very active member of this Family.
The pose and luminosity are in high lavel quality.
TFS Anna.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-15 10:42]

Hi Anna,
Excellent capture against the blue sky.Sharpness,large DOF,low level POV,eye contact and composition are wonderful.Have a great week!
Thanks for posting.

nice portrait, TFS Ori

Hello Anna, lovely shot of this beutiful giraffe with great details and nice composition.
TFS and regards, Deniz

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-15 13:19]

Hi Anna. A nice dedication to Janice i am sure see will love it. This is an animal i have only seen in a zoo as a young child. So maybe one day i will see one in the wild. Until then i will make do with this fine clear picture. You were blessed by the clear sky after the rain . Which has given bright colours and fine detail in this beautiful animal. I like the way its looking down at you. well done TFS.

Hello Anna
the pose of this giraffe is so perfect, it seems that she posed especially for you like a top model, the eye contact is great and the colors are splendid
the sharpness, the natural environmentand the blue sky are excellent

Hi Anna,
i also like this tall beauty that i am sure that you tired much to compose it into viewfinder while you was photographing him:) Lovely and good pose..
TFS and have a nice week!


Witaj Aniu
This is one of the birds that are being featured often on the site, but also one of those that you do not get bored of easily. This little guy actually attracted me more because of its brilliantly coloured chest feathers, and the big black eye. It is very striking. A beautiful close-up with details that is very eye-catching and prominent. Thanks for sharing this bird that has a lovely proud pose.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

Hello Anna! Wonderful shot. Wonderful scene. Good capture. Nice light and colours. Good luck!

Dit is 'n uitsorderlike "pose" vir hierdie foto Anna - mooi kleure benadruk die rustigheid van die omgewing.
Groete Betsie

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-16 3:15]

Hello Anna,
Giraffes are impressive animals and of elegant beauty. You rendered it so well with this picture taken in its natural surrronding and of course from a lower point of view!
Interesting pose and beautiful blue sky. Interesting note too. I never have seen a picture of a giraffe which lies down.
Have a nice day

Dear Anna,
Fantastically composed shot, perfect lights and sharpness on the giraffe. It's so good to be here on this site and to look at such great photographs of animals which I only have the possibility to see in zoo. I really don't know what I should do if something like this crossed my way in our local forests while I'm lying on the ground and am just doing my fungi or insect macros... :)
Lovely photo, and a wonderful dedication to Janice. Bravo.
Tfs, greetings from Hungary, László

Ciao Anna, wonderful giant fronm africa, splendid focus and fantasic colors, good details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Anne
i waith on you
you can make a picture
great sharpness good light
and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-03-16 11:45]

Hey Anna - thank you!!

He's a BIG fellow - much bigger than our Auckland Zoo giraffes!! Looking at him a second time - he's HUGE...

And what a beautiful animal he is too. That little head looks so strange on that big body, but I guess / I know that God made him like that for that very special reason of eating the greenery off the tall trees. And He equipped his body with all the correct inner organs to keep working perfectly.

Thank you Anna for posting this for me - but I'm not sure about me being the matriarch of TN. But I have been on TN for a while. And I do come back and post every now and then too.

Best regards

Hello Anna, beutiful shot of this Girafe with excellent composition and details.
TFS and regards,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-03-16 22:03]

Hello Anna,

You have made an interesting photowith the giraffe. The animal is vell shown as you have chosen a good POV. Color rendering is well done so that the colors of fur are looking natural.

Thank you for sharing,

Hallo Anna,
Sorry I'm a bit late.
This is a beautiful dedication to one of my oldest friends here on TN, she become a member just after me.
This is very well composed picture with precise exposure and beautiful natural colours. The DOF ans POV are also very fine.
Great work, mf.

I love the the majestic pose and the colors of the sky which compliments the other colors in the picture. Simple but effective shot. Its also nice to see that acacia plant , (which I think it is! ) having green leaves compared to the surrounding grass, and these fellows love them!! and only they and elephants can exploit them right

Hello Anna,
Great capture & splendid perseverance of this majestic animal. TFS

bonjour anna
voila une belle scene africaine.
la netteté est parfaite comme l'exposition d'ailleurs.

Hi Anna,

nice picture of these great animal.
Good low pov and you have good eye contact.
Beautiful warm colours.

I see these animals only in the zoo.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-03-17 14:04]

Hi Anna,surely one of the most elegant animals in the word! And what a top quality pic! Your Kruger's collection is perfect to print a book,every day a impressive surprise! My best complimenents,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Anna,

The giraffe is well frame by the trees. The point of view is allowing to see the details and colors of the animal. The picture is clear and sharp. The quality of the light is enhancing the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2009-03-18 10:13]

Hi anna.

Superb shot of a magnificent beast. Nice eye contact with good detail and well saturated colours.



Hello Anna,
what a wonderful picture of Giraffe taken from an excellent POV in a great pose as a real model, superrb sharpness and fantastic colours and light in a marvellous surroundings.
Best regards

Hello Anna, I have taken many photos of giraffe but this is probebly the best I have seen. Because of their size, they are difficult to photograph, some part of it always seems to be obscured by branches or a bush. You wre at the right place at the right time, with perfect lighting. Well done!

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-03-19 12:13]

Hi Anna
very nice image
very good sharp and detail
very well done

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-03-19 17:18]

What a tall and slender animal, so beautiful and elegant! You got the perfect pose from her and she's also looking straight to you. Beautiful, Anna, it is perfect!


Hi Anna!

Janice merits this fine and beautiful dedication. I like the pose of the giraffe and the fact that the trees allow a comparison with its dimensions. Moreover, you realized this dedication in your usual pleasant manner, with a technically fine picture, that nevertheless is not as perfect as usually. Although I'm not in front of my personal high quality screen, it seems to me to notice traces of postprocessing around the animal... and I have the impression that there's something wrong with the sharpness. Maybe I'm wrong and it's only the quite low quality imposed by TN. All this doesn't change anything to the fact that the overall impression of this classical wildlife picture is very pleasant. I also like the very detailed and instructive notes.

Kind regards


hi Anna

This is one subject that I hope to see in the natural wilderness. You are doing well in framing the whole subject very nicely here with the natural BG and a blue sky. The light is generous to highlight your subject and the sharpness in the shot is a job well done.

Very good dedication.

tfs, bill

Dear Anna,
a wonderful presentation of "nature's skyscaper". An image as pefectly well taken - simple, honest and clear - as your notes are well written. Quintessential pose in front of the animal's typical habitat, composed in perfect harmony.
Loveable dedication to Janice, one of the great ladies of TN. Thank you!
With all my best wishes,

Hi Anna,

Beautiful giraffe. Lovely capture and composition. Good lighting.


Hello Anna,
An amazing shot of this fine looking Giraffe, so many details neatly captured with good sharpness and lighting.
TFS & Kind Regards,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-03-23 6:55]

Hello Anna,
Giraffe, has a very nice pose ...
You have good reviews.
Perfect color and clarity Live giraffe photo.

Bonsoir Anna
Cette magnifique Girafe donne l'impression de faire la pose...
Trčs belle prise de vue
Merci ŕ bient ot

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-03-24 0:53]

Splendid Anna !

A superb landscape.
Nice capture with excellent colors and some expected and others. He had the photo session scheduled with you?



What a lovely capture of the magnificent animal. Good thing you could shoot a vertical shot. You sure it the light right. Sorry about the rain. Your focus is sharp.

Nice story about Janice.

15 months to have a baby is a real challenge.

Thanks for letting us see what we can't see in person.


Hello Anna,
this is great picture. Me greatly pleases as it is shown the proud profile of this excellent animal. I like composition, sharpness, colors and natural BG.

TFS. Best regards, Leonid

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-03-27 18:53]

Hello Anna,
Wonderful image with splendid color and sharp details in a pleasing composition. I would love one day to visit your country. Thank for giving such a great view.

Hello Anna

Sorry for such a long delay.
This is a beauty.The colour and contrast is wonderful.
Excellent eye contact and sharp detail.
It makes me want to be there to see it in person.
What an amazing beast.


Hi Anna

Great shot of this giraffe, one my favourite animals too.
Good composition and pose.


Hello Anna Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose luis

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-06 3:56]

Hi Anna,
such a lovely shot depicting this cute tall animal. The lighting iswell exploited giving the subject a very special and detailed features. The pattern is so beautiful and the colours are , in real harmony with the surrounding. I like its pose, very certeous and elegance stance. Well captured in lovely composition.


Hi Anna ,

Awesome capture of this tallest animal. Bery nice capture with a clear blue sky and nice trees around. Great animal and you have captured it to the perfection.


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  • henkv (67)
  • [2009-12-02 20:33]

All inspiring shot, tx for sharing..

This is one of my most favorite mammals, they are absolutely gorgeous and your image does much justice to the beauty of this animal in that nice African backsetting. Makes me want to come and visit even more. Very nice Anna. :)

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