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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-29
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 200, bean bag
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark October 2008
Date Submitted: 2009-03-08 4:51
Viewed: 4292
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi All,

Thanks for your comments and feedback on my previous upload,today a close up of a feeding Giraffe,it reminded me on a classic computergame,hopen you luke it and thanks for watching.

Feeding Habits Giraffe:

Giraffes are highly selective browsers, feeding primarily on a variety of Acacia and Combretum Trees. Over a hundred different species may be eaten, depending on what is seasonally available. Although mostly leaves and shoots are taken, giraffes also eat flowers, vines and herbs. Giraffe have also been seen to eat weaver-bird nests with young inside, and may chew on bones, perhaps to gain additional minerals.

An average of 16-20 hours per day are spent feeding and up to 140 lbs. of fresh foods are taken. Thorns do not seem to be a deterrent to feeding; the long, prehensile, muscular tongue (which can be extended up to 18 inches), thick, gluey saliva, and special upper palate shape enable the giraffe to process thorny foods. They are ruminants with a 4-chambered stomach, which means they regurgitate their food and chew it again.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-08 4:55]

Hallo Paul,
Al weer een leuke originele foto in uitstekende scherpte. Elk haartje is zichtbaar. Mooie natuurlijke kleuren en een goede compositie.

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  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2009-03-08 5:59]


Wonderful shot with a rather different POV, plus excellent clarity and focus. The closeup/cropping to exclude all but the mouth and nostril makes for a very interesting and unique image. The thumbnail almost looked like a spoof of a dinosaur engulfing an entire tree!


un gros plan impressionnant...
cadrage bien vu

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-08 12:50]

Hi Paul. About as close as you would want to be to a Giraffes mouth. Your 300 lens has given you such sharp focusing and fine detail. With natural colour. An unusual POV but it has worked well. TFS.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-03-08 20:24]

Hello Paul,
Now this is what I call up close and personal!! Great detail and DOF with excellent exposure!! Well done!!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-09 10:21]

Paul, This is fantastic closeup shot. superb one. Very good shot.Ganesh

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2009-03-10 20:19]

Hi Paul
Nice composition and POV.
Well done mf


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  • vinicio (162)
  • [2009-05-27 22:33]

Beautiful unusual photo, you have good eyes Paul, this is a fine and different portrait, much interesting result, compliments.

Wow, I am impressed! Who would think that only such a small part of such a tall animal would make such a striking photo!
Well done, Paul, on a refreshingly different photo

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