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Dreaming of Africa
Dreaming of Africa
Hussar1812


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2010 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Date: Sep 19, 2010
Aperture: 7.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 22, 2011

This image was taken on a rainy day in Masai Mara, Kenya. We were on a game drive and animal activity just wasn't there. The weather was no cooperating, the skies were white the colors were dull. Suddenly, in the distance I noticed a lone giraffe walking towards a tree. I picked up my camera and took a few snaps. In post processing I increased the highlights to completely white out the sky and boosted the blacks to turn the image into the full silhouette. I really like how it turned out. Thank you for stopping by and as always; appreciate comments and constructive critique.

Post-Challenge: I just wanted to give a big THANK YOU to all the voters and especially those who took the time to comment. I appreciate everyone's input. However, I also wanted to clarify that the decision to leave the composition centered and not tightly cropped was an intentional artistic choice (I wanted to show the vastness of the Savannah with the negative space). I am absolutely thrilled with my score and a new PB. Thanks to 21.gif Anthony_D_Archer for suggesting that I enter this image.

Statistics
Place: 12 out of 429
Avg (all users): 6.7895
Avg (commenters): 8.2500
Avg (participants): 6.7658
Avg (non-participants): 6.9063
Views since voting: 1919
Views during voting: 329
Votes: 190
Comments: 36
Favorites: 6 (view)


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08/25/2011 04:52:40 PM
beautiful :)
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08/25/2011 02:02:03 PM
Almost iconic in it's simplicity - yet tells a whole story.

Very nice.
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08/24/2011 06:00:05 AM
wonderful
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02/23/2011 07:37:27 AM
Best of the bunch. What a great eye you had for this shot. Beautifully processed as well
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02/22/2011 09:14:17 PM
this was a tie for my fave in this challenge. so simple yet amazing.
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02/22/2011 09:03:52 PM
VERY well deserved personal best. I applaud your choices in presenting this as well. Congrats!
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02/22/2011 06:09:34 PM
terrific image! You made an absolutely correct choice of the framing.
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02/21/2011 03:08:23 AM
Congratulations on such a good finish Mike and a new PB
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02/21/2011 02:40:22 AM
So glad this did well! Congrats Mike
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02/21/2011 12:40:41 AM
Re: your post-challenge comments: well, *I* would have liked it better cropped tightly :) but then, you can't please everyone, and your reasons for leaving the loose crop certainly make sense. And given your score, it seems that your cropping choice was also quite the solid one! Congrats on the high placement and the new PB.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/20/2011 11:48:34 PM
Would have been dazzling if you cropped tightly.
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02/20/2011 08:15:57 PM
remarkable silhouettes
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02/20/2011 06:58:02 PM
lovely image 10
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02/19/2011 09:08:30 PM
Back to comment... Beautiful! I do dream of someday going to Africa and seeing this with my own eyes.
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02/19/2011 08:26:29 PM
Beautiful picture for a beautiful dream
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02/19/2011 12:03:38 PM
Breathtaking on so many levels.
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02/18/2011 11:55:12 AM
Lovely simple image.
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02/17/2011 10:19:20 PM
OMG! Seriously fantastic.
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02/17/2011 06:19:03 PM
neat
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02/17/2011 10:50:23 AM
wonderful silhouettes...
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02/17/2011 09:00:24 AM
Best of luck! (Not voting)
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02/17/2011 08:32:45 AM
10 ribbon winner right here
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02/17/2011 02:17:04 AM
Nice simple comp and love the B&W processing.
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02/16/2011 09:43:08 AM
Love the high contrast silhouette. Love the B&W. Not so much a fan of the centered composition. I have the feeling the this shot would be even more powerful with the left 1/4 removed. Good work.
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02/15/2011 02:28:16 PM
I was going to start off that I think a vertical orientation would have better complemented/subtley alluded to the height of the giraffe and the tree, but studying the composition more I think you made the better choice of horizontal. I get the feel of a wide open savanna - wide and majestic in scope and then, one lone tree with this great giraffe strolling up to it. The B&W and the silhouettes of the main subjects with the negative space of the sky just focuses my attention all the more to the tree and giraffe. Simple and beautifully minimal in presentation.
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02/15/2011 07:47:35 AM
great silhouette...would make a great large print
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02/14/2011 04:35:06 PM
Love it!
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02/14/2011 03:34:02 PM
Totally cool! (not voting)
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02/14/2011 01:44:22 PM
Simply great 10
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02/14/2011 12:39:02 PM
simple. beautiful. 8.
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02/14/2011 12:33:05 PM
Excellent composition
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02/14/2011 10:43:16 AM
I love it. That is the perfect African Plains/ Serengeti image that everyone associates with. Superb shot. I hope you do well with this. Africa in its simplest and most raw. My 1st 10 after 218 votes.
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02/14/2011 10:14:40 AM
wow. i love, love, love this.
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02/14/2011 10:10:36 AM
Oh this is wonderful.
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02/14/2011 09:38:24 AM
oh, wow! Fantastic! Good luck!
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02/14/2011 01:00:17 AM
A little too centered for my preferences, otherwise a wonderful shot.
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