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A Tender Moment



Mother and baby giraffe.
b-g replaced with texture from Shadow House.

Mother and baby giraffe.
b-g replaced with texture from Shadow House.
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29 Comments | Report
JacquesV
 
JacquesV March 01, 2013
awesome capture, well done.
AshimTalukdar
 
AshimTalukdar March 01, 2013
Perfect.............
ak8996a
 
ak8996a March 03, 2013
So cute!
ArtbyAngelina
 
ArtbyAngelina March 03, 2013
Amazing !!
WolfEyesPhotography PRO+
 
WolfEyesPhotography March 04, 2013
Great capture!
mdriley00 PRO+
 
mdriley00 March 07, 2013
Nice capture.
LindyFish
 
LindyFish March 08, 2013
Nice shot!
RoseSmith
 
RoseSmith March 11, 2013
Magnificent... nothing gets better than nature..
Melissa_Olsen PRO+
 
Melissa_Olsen March 22, 2013
So touching!
meshersmith PRO+
 
meshersmith March 22, 2013
Well done!!!
docdpp
 
docdpp March 22, 2013
Very nice work.

Danny :-)
jojoxena
 
jojoxena April 05, 2013
so sweet
hikingmaniac
 
hikingmaniac April 05, 2013
Nice capture
pixterimages Premium
 
pixterimages April 09, 2013
Lovely.
DonTX
 
DonTX April 15, 2013
Excellent capture. Great choice for background texture.
Duval
 
Duval April 16, 2013
Lovely !! :-D
photosue50
 
photosue50 April 16, 2013
Awwwwwwwww , sweet capture!!
NinaKling PRO
 
NinaKling April 16, 2013
well composed
saikatbanerjee
 
saikatbanerjee May 20, 2013
what a shot ! bravo.
jleiweke
 
jleiweke June 04, 2013
Congrats!
gunners42
 
gunners42 June 04, 2013
Way to go...Lucky you. Congrats!
khines
 
khines June 04, 2013
Wonderful!
goober20101
 
goober20101 July 01, 2013
fantastic shot
SHerrero
 
SHerrero December 02, 2013
I love this!!
edstilwell
 
edstilwell December 22, 2013
Wonderful moments capture beautifully!!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots January 01, 2014
Very sweet capture! Congrats.
smoochdog
 
smoochdog November 06, 2014
Big giraffe fan here - amazing shot. You should take a safari trip sometime, the opportunities are amazing for wildlife shots.
ntgreen PRO+
 
ntgreen December 03, 2014
Stunning!
cmcbella
 
cmcbella December 25, 2017
Thank you!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at our local Zoo, The Fresno Chaffee Zoo.
Time
This was a beautiful warm winter day. We arrived at the zoo excited to see and photograph the baby giraffe. We were not disappointed mama and baby were out in their environment. We found a place along the fence to watch them as they interacted together. After a time the mother laid down and as luck would have it, she selected a spot right in front of us. The baby moved about and around its mom it. This photo was taken in March of 2013 in the afternoon as the baby began lovingly nuzzling its mother.
Lighting
I was facing into the light on a bright day and knew this would cause the background to be bright or blown out. I metered on the giraffes anticipating I'd replace the background.
Equipment
The camera is a Nikon D800, 200mm lense, hand held. I did use a wooden fence post as a stabilizer.
Inspiration
We are lucky to have such a beautiful zoo in our city. They are dedicated to the animals, maintaining, updating and expanding the exhibits. The zoo hosts many public events and keeps the public informed of events and new births. We'd seen reports of the much anticipated birth of a baby giraffe and were looking forward to spend time at the zoo and photography this newest addition to the zoo.
Editing
I shoot in raw and download to Lightroom. I use the program to isolate my favs. I make minor tweaks and then move into Photoshop. The image of the mother and baby giraffe was beautiful. But, the background wasn't great. It wasn't totally blown out, because I was shooting into the sun, but, their enclosure had many visual distraction. I isolated the giraffes using masking and selected a textured background from Shadowhouse for the background replacement. Once I settled on the background I continued to refine the mask using the refine edge tool and other adjustments in the tool options. I added contrast thru the use of a curves adjustment. I was very pleased with the final image.
In my camera bag
I use either a Nikon D70 or D800 camera body. My fav got to lens is a Nikor 200mm f2.8. Other Lenses I like are 16-24mm, 24-70mm, 105mm all f2.8. I often use a SB800 and sunpack speedlight to fill in as needed. Plus a few tripods and reflectors.
Feedback
If the subject of your images is captivating or eye catching, don't be afraid to do a background replacement. It takes practice but, is doable. When photographing wild animals be very patient.

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