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The Juices of Love

The Juices of Love
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-25 1:13
Viewed: 3540
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
What a weird behavior indeed! The Love can have twisted issues even amongst the animals, or may be that's pretty normal actually, I guess!

Female giraffes prefer older, more dominant males, and they exhibit choosiness at two distinct stages: during flehmen and during courtship. When approached for urine-testing, Pratt found that females urinated more often for dominant males than subordinate males. Female giraffe may also approach dominant males and rub their necks on the males' flanks, inviting flehmen. Thus, dominant males have more success in determining which females are receptive.

During courtship, females are choosy as well. They often 'play hard to get,' prolonging the courtship period so that if a more dominant male comes along, he can displace the male who is courting her. This 'He-man' strategy (allowing the strongest male to mate) is advantageous for the female because it allows her to get the best genes for her offspring: the most dominant male is the one who ultimately fertilizes her eggs.

In summary, giraffes are promiscuous, with no long-term relationships observed between males and females. Males wander through their home ranges looking for females and testing their receptiveness through flehmen. Males prefer young females who are in estrus, and females prefer older, dominant males.

Image taken in RAW, ISO400, Aperture priority and Evaluative metering system.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-01-25 1:25]

Hi George,
Very interesting action on this beautiful photo of this giraffes, TFS!

Hello George,
Maybe not to everyone's taste (excuse the pun :)), but excellent quality and well captured. your note is very informative indeed.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-25 1:41]

Hello George,
A photo in great quality. Fantastic sharpness, details and excellent saturated colours. Perfect DOF in this for us as humans unusual scene.

Hi George
interisting behavior indeed and perfectly well captured

I am very happy not to be a giraffe... :)
Indeed well captured George and something very different but effective.

Hallo George,
a superb capture of this special moment, outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent POV and DOF, a very beautiful and interesting composition.
Best regards

Interesting behavior and impressive photo George. The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-01-25 4:49]

excellent frame with great natural history, well observed and captured, minimal elements. tfs.

Ciao George. Grat moment! Stunning details nas ahrp with excellent DOF. Good colours.


Ah, no! Too sharp, too detailed, too well focused for our human taste George!
Anyway, interesting image with good notes.

Hallo George,
I hope you are doing well.
An interesting picture and behaviour.
The picture looks sharp with fine details at least on my small 10.1 " monitor on my Net-book computer.
I like the compo too.
Well done,my friend

Best Regards from Cyprus.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-25 6:42]

Hello George,
I smile to myself! I give you credit for such a lively capture about the truth in life.
another truth is that, this presentation is excellent in its technical composition, colours and clarity.
Simply amazing to see the power of f 5.6!


hello George

excellent timing to shoot this photo, with great
focus sharpness and details, excellent density of the colors,



Hello George,
little water in that area, very interesting image and very particular moment. Perfect the realization of picture. Regards, Paolo

Hi George!
You are right - what a weird behaviour!
Perfect sharpness as usually. Amazing colours. And situation :)
Have a nice evening

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2011-01-25 9:57]

Lovely promiscuous giraffes capture Geore. I liked the texture details. Great pic and nice note too.

Hello George,
Excellent moment, interesting and funny. The title is perfect. Great colors, fantastic
details and very good focus.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-25 12:24]

Hello George,
Excellent close detail with the urine , the composition is very good and nice light.Well composed wildlife shot. Best regards Siggi

Ciao George, wooow, you capture a great action, splendid sharpness, wonderful colors and fine details, beautiful and interesting, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi George,
Incredible! Would be a cool ad of those silly adult sites dealing with the "golden shower"! Ha ha... Good evening MF! A bit more seriously: fantastic capture of a moment natural to giraffes (even not natural to us, humans), beautiful colors, compo, timing - and the bit shallow DoF helps to isolate the main subjects from the background. Exceptional post and funny title. Bravo!
Friendly regards, László

Geia sou George,
excellent timing to shoot this photo, with great
focus sharpness , details, and excellent naturally colors.
Filika, Giorgos

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-01-25 17:34]

Dear friend George,
If I were one of those two giraffes I would process you for improper use of image...
However your indiscreet Canon show us an unbelievable and wild moment with the mark of a great photographer that you are. Bravo my dear fiend!
Best wishes,

hello George
what a interesting document and timing. photographically it is very nice. focus, colors and exposure great. POV/DOF and composition also very nice. TFS. well done my friend
have a good night

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-26 2:43]

Eheheh...no comment! What a timing and what a impressive quality,it's nice to see something to different on TN! Thanks for share,have a nice day,,Luciano

Hello George !
This is really an unusual picture, not something we see every day ! But well, it is part of nature as well, and your picture is of the highest quality - sharpness, details, colors, composition, POV, blurred BG... and of course the moment you have captured, everything is just fantastic. Very well done !

Definitely unusual and perfect capture. TFS

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-06-21 13:17]

Hi George,

I could say: great timing. Very unusual photo, never seen this before.
This is nature!


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