The Giraffe House at the Detroit Zoo, partly visible here, was designed by Joseph Pallenberg of Germany. He used an Egyptian Temple motif as a nod to the first zoo keepers, the ancient Egyptians. It was built in 1931 and closed 31 years later. In 1994 it was renovated and reopened for public entrance so the giraffes can be seen both outside and inside.
These three giraffes were just sort of standing around on the hot day we were there. The closest one was being fed by people and he seemed to be enjoying his meal. The farthest one was mostly staring at this one eating as if to say "What are you doing over there?" Every shot of these three except this one has that farthest giraffe staring over this way. I will show this one eating and that curious one in the back in the future.
I cropped this image to remove the body of the near giraffe. And then I blurred the background.
A few Giraffe facts
They are the largest mammal that can travel up to 30 miles per hour
They are the tallest mammals, standing around 18 feet in height
Giraffes markings are like human fingerprints each one with a unique pattern
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mitternacht (1839) 2004-09-11 17:25
Nice shot Paul, the variations on a theme you have here in form of the three giraffes making a repeitious pattern makes an interesting composition. Cropping out the body of the foremost giraffe sounds like a good choice. I like your frame. Sky is obviously a bit blown out but it doesn't disturb much. The picture is very sharp, you can see their beautiful markings very clearly.
AdrianW (2274) 2004-09-11 18:24
Good shot! Spotting the pattern of the giraffes was good work, and the sharpness is good. Your choice of crop works really well too! There are two things I'm not so happy about though, the first is the blown out sky, I'm finding it a little distracting, and the second is the gate in the background. I think I'd have been tempted to take a deliberately underexposed second shot to capture some more sky detail... Well captured, and a good note too :-D
orme (7219) 2004-09-12 1:29
Great shot, Paul. I like how you have managed to capture three giraffes in one shot; all leaning the same way and with the first one having its mouth open. Beautiful patterns. Well done.
jhm (152860) 2004-09-12 1:56
Beautiful giraffe picture Paul, and three on one image, this is great, very sharp and clear. Very well seen!
bpelvan (3798) 2004-09-12 2:57
Three of a kind gets the money Paul.:))) Very good shot. Which one is the youngest I wonder?? Nearest??
Perfect details and DOF. Congrats.
Spoony (3539) 2004-09-12 3:37
I like this kind... of photos ;)))
Nice composition idea. Works good.
papagolf21 (101852) 2004-09-12 3:46
La composition est très réussie Paul, vous avez su attendre le moment favorable pour prendre cette photographie. J'aime beaucoup la position des girafes (une répétition de mouvement, ressemblant à un ballet chorégraphique!).
Très belles couleurs. Merci pour la note, j'ai encore appris quelque chose aujourd'hui.
Very well done.
The composition is very successful Paul, you knew how to wait for the favorable moment to take this photography. I like very much the position of giraffes (a rehearsal of movement, looking like a choreographic ballet!).
Very beautiful colours. Thank you for the note, I have still learnt something today.
Very well done.
wilkinsonsg (8662) 2004-09-12 5:10
Nice, repeating animals - shame about the sky but it is not too distracting :)
ale (1819) 2004-09-12 8:10
Very nice Paul! ;-)
You chose a perfect pov to create this diagonal, I love the contrast between the dark stones in background and the giraffes'body. Bravo!
elihesamian (26149) 2004-09-12 8:12
Perspective & repetition in depth with Giraffes !oh,Paul!what did you do?!:)
Excellent with a bit funny space about their pose & lovely for kind of this animal,which I like when I was a chid,it was amazing for me,now,too.
Details are fine witha real colors,very beautiful & also pleasance to watching it,nicely composed & well cropped.
Great note,amazing about their speed:o)
c_kyr (1810) 2004-09-12 13:02
By looking to your photo I get the feeling of those mirrors when the view is repeated inside them!
Very good work.
phi729 (2101) 2004-09-12 15:20
Hello Paul :)
It's funny to see these 3 giraffes on the same side. I like the look of the 2 others waiting their turn. I notice they are quite tame. I say this because, when I lived in Africa, I saw lot of them but from far (never less than 300ft). Free, the giraffe is one of the most timid animals.
Nice colors and good set of patterns rendered by the giraffes. Very interesting, the analogy with the fingerprints too.
PS : About your @mail, no problem for the bad lake theme, Paul. You are right to correct this. It was a mistake from my part.
kajenn (2440) 2004-09-12 17:13
Nice line up and a great diagonal, Paul. The different patterns are very distinct and clearly different from animal to animal. The format works nice, when you've cropped the body. Did you know that giraffes - as well as humans - only have nine neck vertebras? I don't mind the blown-out sky, but it's a pity that it interferes with the bright nose of the giraffe - I would have liked some more contrast there. Well seen - well done!
gaetantgp (1310) 2004-09-12 21:34
Very well captured Paul! The first one even lower her head to be in the pic with the other ones :-)))
danielswalsh (13599) 2004-09-13 0:30
Nice shot Paul!
I like the way you have them all facing the same way- makes for great lines in the shot.
Nice clarity, and good color saturation.
Endy (1025) 2004-09-13 19:41
Nice pattern and beautiful texture of the giraffe body. The three giraffes create a nice diagonal. I like particularly the texture of the fake rock in background, it is very beautiful and all the curves of the rock are well rendered.
cgrindahl (6113) 2004-09-14 2:25
This actually should be added to the Humorous category as well. It appears the giraffes are peering over the fence at the humans I imagine to be on display to the left... ;-) They are pondering their good fortune to have such a fine vantage point to see those strange creatures in the brightly colored garb with funny hats.
The background light on the left is a bit bright and could benefit from some dampening. It appears to be a very bright day. The colors and details are nonetheless fine and this point of view a delight. And your decision to blur the background works well with this compostion. Great fun Paul!
explomars (4302) 2004-09-18 0:57
Tres bel alignement de girafles sur un plan horizontal,une vraie gageure.Dommage que la troisième joue la timide pourle photographe...J'aime beaucoup la perspective originale.Bravo Paul et merci.Phil
jhonny_blue (4956) 2004-09-21 3:54
Very interesting picture of this 3 giraffes ! Very nice poses !
tifil (10) 2004-10-03 8:58
Well done Paul..that's what we can say about C-5000...just cool..
archanabhimasen (270) 2005-04-25 13:56
Thats a very nice perspective you have captured!!
- Copyright: Paul Mastrogiacomo (pamastro) (7290)
- Genre: Lieux
- Medium: Couleur
- Date Taken: 2004-09-06
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Olympus C-5000, 38-114mm 1:2.8-4.8, Olympus xD Pic Card
- Exposition: f/4.8, 1/100 secondes
- Versions: version originale
- Thème(s): ZOO animals [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-09-11 16:41