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Giraffa camelopardalis

Giraffa camelopardalis
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Funny Faces [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-18 3:49
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Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)

What type of animal? Mammal
Where does it live? Africa
What's it covered with? Fur
Natural habitat? Grassland
What does it eat? Plants

Giraffes are the tallest mammals in the world, some are up to 6m tall! They feed on browse from the tops of trees. The hair on a giraffe's tail is 10-20 times thicker than the hair on your head. Each giraffe's pattern is a unique 'fingerprint' and the dappled pattern also works as a camouflage. A newborn giraffe is 1.8m tall - about the same size as an All Black lock forward. It needs to be this tall to reach its mother's milk. A giraffe calf can stand up one hour after it is born, an All Black can't.

A giraffe's walking stride is over 4.5m. That's probably further than you can long jump. Giraffes can run up to 56km/h. A giraffe's tongue is over 45cm long and it uses it to grasp leaves. The tongue is believed to be blue-black to protect it from getting sunburnt.

GROWING UP...AND UP! Mother’s milk is the mainstay for a newborn calf in its first few months, though calves will also often nibble or browse. A calf is usually weaned from its mother around eight months. An adult male can grow to over five metres tall!

The above obtained from http://www.aucklandzoo.co.nz/aucklandzoo/animal_search_detail.php?id=14


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 3:31 p.m.
Date: 14th November 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/640
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 300mm
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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This is great! This is a fantastic framed photo with a hilarious expression. Excellent DOF and perfect lighting. Paul :)

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2005-11-18 4:08]

Hello to you Mr. Camel,
great image Pam lovely detail and saturation,with current DOF it looks like a post card :)

She is so nice ! and photo too :)
I like the note too.
Excellent POV, DOF, BG = everything.

A superb portrait. What a face! Excellent.
I (personally) would have preferred a tad more space around the giraffe, especially the chin area, just my opinion.
She's great - Well done!
Thanks for posting.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-11-18 5:50]

Wow ! What a great portrait that you have well done ! I like its funny face ;-))) Congratulations Pam and thanks for sharing.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-11-18 6:33]

Great portrait Pam! The perfect background works extremely well and the details are extremely sharp. The crop is a wee bit too tight though. Well done & TFS!


This is a great expression captured Pam..
Maybe it's those ears ;-) I think I see some attitude there!. Very good sharpness, detail, color and light. I like the light shadow across the face that helps to create more depth and character in your portrait. Very well done! Thank You.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-11-18 7:21]

Hello Pam,
What a beautiful shot !
Lovely composition and POV wonderful colours and a lot of nice details.TFS:)

Hi Pam,

Excellent shot and well done on the composition.
I guess you would need the the 400 to get close in on him. ;)


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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-11-18 9:23]

wauuuu superb portrait :o)
very funy but great quality
perfect work!
lets go to favourite group
Thanks :o)))))

Nice shot of this giraffe, Pam.

It seems that I could almost reach out and touch that face, your details are so sharp and nicely captured.

Great POV, lighting, colors, and BG.

Wonderful job, thank you!

Pam, that´s an excellent portrait shot. Excellent details & sharpness, excellent composition and great colours. Great work! Thanks for posting.

Pam, this is just brilliant, I love the tight composition, light and frame. What a great expression you captured. In to my favorites, well done.

Hi Pam:

stunning shot !!... I really like the moment that u captured this picture, when it was eating something I guess.... LOL .... very well composed, great colors, DOF, and lightness..


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-11-18 21:45]

Un superbe portrait, la netteté et les détails sont excellents.

Merci our l'envoie!

Wonderful capture of your favorite animal Pam,
Great POV, detail, sharpness and colours.
Crop is a touch tight for me, but the image still works well.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-11-19 8:44]

Hi Pam
Very funny shot. Like the position of his tongue. How did you get up so high to catch his face ? The tight framing and blurry BG makes it pretty dynamic.
Regards Toni

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-11-19 16:57]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Pam.

What a cool look! I like especially this tongue movement. Very good sharpness and gentle soft colors. Nicely composed. Good DOF.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2005-12-13 2:53]

Hi Pam.
Excellent close-up,very nice details and composition, great portrait.

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