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I happen to take this image at kwantu game reserve in south africa during my visit in Nov 2012.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:55.0 - 250.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 86.5 - 393.2 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:25 Nov 2012 - 12:45 PM
Focal Length:250mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Daylight
Title:HOW IS MY NECK?
Username:ukgubbi ukgubbi
Uploaded:17 Mar 2013 - 5:51 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Hermanus
Hermanus e2 Member 2Hermanus vcard South Africa
17 Mar 2013 - 6:29 AM

This is a lovely image Uma ! I like the long eye lashes of the one looking away Smile

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ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 3ukgubbi vcard India
17 Mar 2013 - 7:20 AM

thank you sir

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paulbroad
paulbroad e2 Member 789 forum postspaulbroad vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2013 - 7:57 AM

For me, the animal needs to be looking at the camera, or in the general direction. A back of the head shot might work better f the head filled the frame.

Paul

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8831 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2013 - 4:45 PM

You have nice detail on the head and neck, Uma, and the background is clean and diffused.
In your last upload titled "Couple", one of the lions was facing you and the other wasn't, and that's why it worked.
Here you have the young giraffe facing away from you and just a part of the parent in the foreground. If you had used portrait format, you could probably have included the parent's face inside your frame, and the fact that the baby is looking away wouldn't matter so much.
I remember the last time I was photographing a baby giraffe and my arms really ached waiting for it to look around. Eventually it did. What I am saying is, it often takes a lot of patience to get that wow factor in your shot.
Alternatively, as Paul says, you could just include the baby in the shot. Having just part of the parent in the frame isn't a good idea because it just serves as a distraction from your subject, which is the baby.
Pamela.

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ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 3ukgubbi vcard India
18 Mar 2013 - 4:38 AM

thanks for the constructive comments. I thought I have taken this image with a different perspective highlighting the characteristic of that amimal i.e its neck. I have other images which i will post shortly. Pl keep educating me , i am an hobbyist, and self taught.

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