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Whipsnade Giraffe

Whipsnade Giraffe
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Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon 70-200 f/4L, Hoya Super HMC Pro1 67mm Sky1B
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: A day at Whipsnade [I]
Theme(s): Zoo animals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-11 9:34
Viewed: 4635
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I've been a couple of months without a zoom lens, and all the wildlife around here seems to have 'flown South' for the winter, so this is my first post for a while, taken from the archives!

It's an adult Reticulated giraffe from Whipsnade zoo, a female, I think :)

Scientific name for the species: Giraffa camelopardalis

Giraffes were originally thought to be a cross between a camel and a leopard, hence the latin name, Giraffa camelopardalis

Did you know there are 9 subspecies of Giraffe? I didn't! They are:
Nigerian (G.c. peralta), Kordofan (G.c. antiquorum), Nubian (G.c. camelopardalis), reticulated (G.c. reticulata), Rothschild (G.c. rothschildi), Masai (G.c. tippelskirchi), Thornicroft (G.c. thornicrofti), Angolan (G.c. angolensis) and South African or Cape (G.c. giraffa).

Reticulated giraffes differ from other sub-species primarily in their markings. They are characterised by their skin pattern which is made up of a network of large polygons separated by clearly defined cream-colored lines, rather like a large white net thrown over dark coloured ground, hence the name "reticulated" giraffe. Other giraffe species have more subtle, less defined coat patterns.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-11 10:43]

Hello Andy!
Wonderful portrait.POV,crisp clear details,sharpness,blurred BG,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Hi Andy.
Very good POV, did you use a ladder.;-))
Lovely colours, well composed and good details.
Good and informative note.
Very well done.

Hi Andy!
Nice to see you again. I've been worried you decided to leave TN, but I see everything's all right ;)
It's lovely shot with perfect quality and framing.
I like it very much.

Hello Andy

A perfect portrait of a perfect animal - my favourite. Nicely composed with excellent details. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-11-14 7:18]

Hey Andy,

It's good to see you post again. :)

I really like this one. The sharpness is outstanding and POV and composition are very good. The bright spot of air in the right upper corner is a bit of a downer for me. Still a very nice picture. I am glad you decided to upload it to TN. Like you said; there have been better ones on TN but then again: doesn't that go for 99% of our pictures? :)


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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-11-15 13:19]

Hi Andy,

Crisp shot, excellent composition and details. Beautiful work.


Hello Andy, this is a great photo. Great colours, excellent sharpness and great POV. A very nice composition. Thanks for posting. Congrats for the 1.000.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-09 21:50]

Hi Andy
This photo is one small little nit away from being a perfect wildlife shot. It is very unfortunate for the piece of sky in the upper right hand corner. (Aren't we just picky?)
There, it is off my chest. Now I don't have to feel so envious anymore (chuckle).
This is something that all aspiring wildlife photographers should see with the message: "Don't think you've arrived until you can produce a photo of such quality and beauty".
A brilliant portrait of one of nature’s real actors. The composition is perfect, the colours are fabulous & natural, the DOF is excellent with brilliant sharpness, and the BG is just great.
Very good work. TFS.

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