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Copyright: Benyamin Lakitan (blakitan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-10
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/5.2, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-10 20:52
Viewed: 3754
Points: 46
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Giraffe at Cisarua Safari Park

The Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest of all land-living animal species. Males can be 4.8 to 5.5 metres (16 to 18 feet) tall and weigh up to 1,360 kilograms (3,000 pounds). The record-sized bull was 5.87 m (19.2 feet) tall and weighed approximately 2,000 kg (4,400 lbs.). Females are generally slightly shorter and weigh less.

The giraffe is related to deer and cattle, but is placed in a separate family, the Giraffidae, consisting only of the giraffe and its closest relative, the okapi.

The species name camelopardalis (camelopard) is derived from its early Roman name, where it was described as having characteristics of both a camel and a leopard. The English word camelopard first appeared in the 14th century, and survived in common usage well into the 19th century. A number of European languages retain it. The Arabic word الزرافة ziraafa or zurapha, meaning "assemblage" (of animals), or just "tall", was used in English from the sixteenth century on, often in the Italianate form giraffa.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-09-10 21:28]
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Hi Ben, these animals are quite incredible, aren't they? Your fellow is a bit over-exposed with the white ears and face, which is a shame, as he is nice and sharp. TFS...

Hello Ben
An interesting look at a Giraffe head, especially his horn type growths. Nice colours and detail, a bit OE but still a nice portrait.
TFS Janice

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-10 23:16]
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Hello Benyamin

Very nice portrait of this giraffe.Great POV, I agree with the others the lighting is harsh on the nose , but still a very good shot.Nice detail and focus.TFS


Merhaba Ben,
Great Zürafa (Giraffe) Picture.Perfect.
Best regards.


Hello Benyamin,
A fine giraffe portrait!
I cannoit quite make up my mind on his expression, maybe he's irritated because you're disturbing his meal?
Well framed with good colours and details!
Pablo -

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-09-11 5:52]
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Hi Benyamin - obviously you've used all the zoom of your Sony to shoot that cute closeup of the giraffe. Very sympatethic! I have a fun theory of mine that animals seem sympathetic when they are eatable. Its presence in the safari park provces my theory, doesnt it!?

Hi Ben,
A good shot with sharp detail. I agree that is has a little OE on the face. Looks like he was partialy in shade and bright sun. A very difficult exposure. Perfect OOF backround shows him well.

Hi Ben,
Nicely composed picture. Good pov to look at. Well done and seen.

Hi, Ben.
Nice composition. I agree with already mentioned highlights overexposure. Midday sunlight is always difficult.

despite the few OEd spots, it´s a great portrait, ben! :-)
nice sharp sideview against a terrific green blurred bg
and in the beautiful sunlight.
excellent pov on eyelevel..eyelevel? how did you get so high?
well done & take care, thorsten.

Hi Ben, This is a superb close up of the tallest animal The detail is good as we cann see the eye lashes. Good work indeed. Murray.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-09-12 13:13]

Hello Benyamin,
this portrait looks wonderful. I like the POV and the crop. Nice sharpness, you manged the diffucult light well. Even though there is a the little OE the details are still very good. I like the compsition and the framing looks wonderful.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-09-12 13:47]

Hi Benyamin.
good portrait, interesting "face" of giraffe and fine composition. I like it.
Gr., Aleksander

Salut Benyamin

Superbe prise de vue en portrait. Belle composition et les couleurs sont supers ,domage qu'il y ait surexposition sur la tête de l'animal.
Bravo et merci...JP

Hello Benyamin.
You managed the light very well. Your POV is very interesting. In spite of a little bit over-exposed the giraffe portrait looks very nice. Bravo my friend. With my best wishes.

Hi Benyamin!
I see we both use the same camera Sony P200. However, you seem to have a better mastery over it, as this lovely image exhibits.
There is a brooding expression in the eyes of this giraffe which you have captured so very well.
Thanks for your comment on my recent picture.
TFS and take care.

Hi Benyamin,
I like the expression on her face: she seems so bored :-) This is funny! Otherwise, like many other persons have said, there is a little OE on the head but it doesn't bother me... You caught great details and I like it :-) Regards,

From the many comments your girafe has received it is obvious that it has appeal; and I can see why you were eager to post it. It is unfortunate that because of the lighting conditions, shadows and highlights are distracting. But that's all right, Ben, now you have another reason to return to the safari park, this time under better light conditions. Smile!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-09-23 13:43]

Hi Benyamin,
A good portrait, with good details and composition. You have handle strong and back light good enough.
TFS, José M.

Nice colors. Brilliant POV and composition.
A little nit: some overexposed areas.

Hi Benyamin
Very nice portrait of giraffe.

Good work

Neat photo! Love your POV, great colors and detail. TFS
Donna :o)

A unique POV, Ben, but I like it. He's looking off into the distance, and we get to see his big beautiful eyelashes. A nice bg, too.

Love your notes.
Here in Calgary, in our Zoo, a baby Giraffe was born
last week. I should go to see it.
May be I'll make a lovely shot too. (OE minor issue.)
Best regards,

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