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Necking Giraffes

Camera settings:

  • Canon 77D, Canon 70-200mm F/4 lens at 200mm
  • Manual mode
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter: 1/2000
  • Aperture: F/4
  • Metering: Evaluative

Additional info:

  • Pic taken hand held with sun-sidelight at 8-9am
  • Lightroom used with the following edits:
    • Crop for Giraffes head on the 3rd horizontal line. 
    • Increased saturation in the foreground grass as well as increased the luminance of the grass directly under the giraffes. 
    • Desaturated the right side bush in the foreground to reduce the visual weight.
    • Increased exposure and contrast on the giraffes. 
  • Saw giraffes necking and took pics at 1/30 trying to capture the action. However, saw them standing still and captured this at 1/2000. I like the shapes of the giraffes displayed as an 'x' as well as the display of the giraffes skin patterns. I understand that this image has some viual tension, but I enjoy it. 


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    Hi Danie, will appreciate the feedback. I don't plan to print above A3. What do you think? I have attached the unedited JPEG. 3424030472?profile=RESIZE_930x


    The back-lighting works beautifully, but on closer inspection, the details in the giraffes' pelts are falling apart, which means you won't be able to print this at significance size. I assume you pushed it a bit too far in Lightroom. Please post an unedited Jpeg in the comments below, so I can give you accurate advice. 



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