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Pre battle storm.


Posted by Marc on Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:08 pm

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As a massive storm threatens behind, a pair of young adult male Giraffe are sizing each other up before some neck snapping jousting. Apart from a custom S curve, the colours are pretty much straight from the RAW file, and for anyone who's visited the Mara/Serengeti regions will know just how intense the light gradient can be at times around weather changes. I wanted to keep the lone Acacia tree as it provides context, interested to read what others feel?

Masai Mara- Kenya.

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by Cynthia Crawford on Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:46 am
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Great story and illustration-the crossed necks make a very good composition and the background colors work well. I think if you want the tree to work, it should be better defined. It looks, to me, a bit like a puzzling blob otherwise.
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by david fletcher on Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:39 am
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Cynthia Crawford wrote:
Great story and illustration-the crossed necks make a very good composition and the background colors work well. I think if you want the tree to work, it should be better defined. It looks, to me, a bit like a puzzling blob  otherwise.



+1.  great light Marc.  Superb shot.
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by Carol Clarke on Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:48 am
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A lovely capture of these two sizing each other up before their neck jousting, Marc. The layered background shows the menacing colours and almost surreal atmosphere of the impending storm beautifully, - and yes, there has to be an Acacia tree!

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by Mary Brun on Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:26 pm
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Very nice composition with the crossed necks of giraffes.
I find the intense color of the sky really amazing and I like how it contrasts with the warm color of the giraffes' coat.
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by Ron Day on Sat Apr 10, 2021 2:59 pm
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Beautifully done, Marc!
 

by Amy Kay on Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:08 pm
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The blue background really makes the giraffes pop right out of the image, and I love the poses. Just so pretty, tree or no tree, it works either way!
 

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