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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: 2012-10-31
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-11-28 21:38
Viewed: 4127
Points: 28
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habitat and feeding:
Giraffes usually inhabit savannas, grasslands and open woodlands. They prefer Acacia, Commiphora, Combretum and open Terminalia woodlands over denser environments like Brachystegia woodlands.They also feed on shrubs, grass and fruit. A giraffe eats around 34 kg of foliage daily.

During the wet season, food is abundant and giraffes are more spread out, while during the dry season, they gather around the remaining evergreen trees and bushes.
Mothers tend to feed in open areas, presumably to make it easier to detect predators, although this may reduce their feeding efficiency. As a ruminant, the giraffe first chews its food, then swallows it for processing and then visibly passes the half-digested cud up the neck and back into the mouth to chew again.

Giraffes have a great effect on the trees that they feed on, delaying the growth of young trees for some years and giving "waistlines" to trees that are too tall. Feeding is at its highest during the first and last hours of daytime. Between these hours, giraffes mostly stand and ruminate. Rumination is the dominant activity during the night, when it is mostly done lying down.

This image was taken from a distance of not more than 10-12m with a 70mm macro lens!

Image taken in RAW, ISO100

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Ciao George, great capture of superb creature, fantastic wild ambientation, superb sky, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Lovely picture , i liked the light and shadows and the details in the shadow that you have managed to show, Great picture showing the animal and its habitat
Goutham R

A well composed shot that captures the elegance of the stately Giraffe in its natural habitat.
What is more, the frame somehow evokes the sense of pristine Earth strongly reminiscent of the Jurassic Period.

Hey George!
Great one! Colors, POV, DOF, composition, all are as they should be and, honestly, as we all expect it from you!!!
Congrats and TFS!!!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-11-29 5:50]

Beautiful image of this Giraffe with its environment, fine lighting too. tfs.

Hello George

Your photo it show us how tall it is a Giraffe
in his habitat, excellent photo with fine POV
and framing in a beautiful scenery, TFS


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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-11-29 7:20]

I like the color and light of the picture. Very natural and elegant. Congratulation.

Hi George,
really nice giraffe. Perfect presentation and composition. AMazing colours. A lot of details. Beautiful place.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello George,
excellent capture of the giraffe in wildlife, Good composition, great background and lighting,
colours are good, National Geographic quality photograph.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-11-29 11:07]

Woow George,it's a spectacular peinture,what a pic and what a work in PP,you're another time a step ahead,your pic are always wonderfullllll!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

hello George,
beautiful poster, perfect in every way!
Congratulations, too beautiful.
Hello Vanni

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-11-30 13:01]

Hi George,
Really very beautiful photo.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-12-08 4:23]

Hello George,
Missed this impressive shot of a Giraffe in her natural surroundings. How majestic this animals are! Well taken decentred picture.
Thanks for your critique on my winter-picture. You are right with the Large Versions, but I have no idea how to make them :-(
Have a nice weekend

Every time we visit..can't help but be delighted! And the light reflections on this stoic beast amongst the dank sky..amazing

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