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Photographer Doyle D. Chastain  Doyle D. Chastain {Karma:101119}
Project #56 Wildlife and Insects Camera Model Nikon D50
Categories Wildlife
Film Format Digital RAW
Portfolio L.A. County Tourist Targets
Furries
Lens Nikon  70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF
Uploaded 6/25/2007 Film / Memory Type Digital ISO 500
    ISO / Film Speed
Views 1812 Shutter 1/500
Favorites Aperture f/5.6
Critiques 101 Rating
6.42
/ 18 Ratings
Location City -  Los Angeles
State -  CALIFORNIA
Country - United States   United States
About I worked all weekend and haven't had time to go out and shoot (though I did do some shooting while working), so it's to the old vault where I dust off older, passed over images and look for the gems. This 6 foot tall baby giraffe was a new arrival at the Los Angeles zoo.

(Aperture Priority; 270mm; ISO 500; 1/500 sec; f/5.6)
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There are 101 Comments in 1 Pages
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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 2/24/2008
Thanks Debdeep! :)

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Debdeep Rakshit   {K:312} 2/24/2008
One of the best seen photograph of Giraffe. Wonderful DOF and Color saturation.

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 11/12/2007
Pssst. Lisa? What happened to the PF?? Send me an e-mail! :)

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 11/6/2007
Thanks very much Dani! I was lucky to beat the local news . . . they covered the baby the following morning for LA area residents! :)

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 11/6/2007
It really is Mary . . . going over pictures I had of Cydney in 2oo2 and couldn't believe how much she's chaqnged! :)

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Dani Kimel Dani Kimel   {K:801} 11/6/2007
Teeheehee, I just realised he has little fat rolls too, he IS like a human baby!!



-D

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Dani Kimel Dani Kimel   {K:801} 11/6/2007
Awww this is the cutest sock-puppet I've ever seen...
Lol, not a bad photo either :P He looks sleepy, or maybe sulky...Either way, his expression is similar to that of a two-legged bubbah :p
I agree about burning the ear just a smidge. And I do like the composition/crop, and the background you were very lucky to have!

-D

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 10/15/2007
It is amazing how quickly babies of all kinds grow, isn't it?
MAry

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 10/15/2007
Thanks very much Mary. Returned yesterday and he's SO much taller now!!! :)

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 10/15/2007
Thanks very much Roby!! :)

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 10/15/2007
Thanks very much Evina!!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 10/14/2007
This is so deserving of the Award. The details are marvelous. The background illuminates the giraffe wonderfully.
MAry

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Roberto Arcari Farinetti Roberto Arcari Farinetti   {K:209486} 10/4/2007
soooooooooooo..doyle.., my dear friend..
is so great this one.. with a stunning details captured, and composed..!!!
cheers
roby
7+++

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Pawel Kwasnicki Pawel Kwasnicki   {K:9651} 9/5/2007
My congrats on BIP, Doyle! this picture deserted it! lovely colors, detail, light and composition! superb! best regards, Pawel

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Evina Schmidova Evina Schmidova   {K:2034} 8/30/2007
hey :)
great job :-)

big ciao :-) & Thanx

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 8/14/2007
Winfried! Thanks very much my friend!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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win. ka win. ka   {K:3285} 8/14/2007
congrats for the award, doyle!
sweet and beautiful portrait!

lg,
winfried

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 8/6/2007
Thank you very much Fabrice!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 8/6/2007
Thanks very much Onie!! :)

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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G G G G   {K:61359} 8/3/2007
Superb capture Doyle.. and this is nicely framed.
Congrat for the well deserved award.

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Leonie Fitzpatrick Leonie Fitzpatrick   {K:40551} 7/28/2007
~~GRIN~~ Doyle... Mr Geographic, Sir...

Love the *punk* do... purple would look nice alternative... This is a baby of beauty, so sweet... He/she, looks as tho' the mind is elsewhere, wondering on the meaning of life's path ahead...:)))

Congratulations Sir... Excellent Doyle, worthy of more than a BiP...:)))

Onie...

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 7/20/2007
Cessy!

You're always so kind to me! Thank you.

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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cessy karina   {K:14205} 7/20/2007
oh he is so cute !! great portrait, Doyle
congrats for the award

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 7/20/2007
Thanks very much Ziad!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Ziad Kadi Ziad Kadi   {K:2847} 7/20/2007
Wow, I love what youve done here. Great work.
Regards,
Z

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Avi  Avi     {K:70138} 7/20/2007
AND, you asked me to check my NOSE !!!!!!!!!!... the impudence !!!! :):) :)

Congraaaaatts !!

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 7/19/2007
Thanks Ardalan!! :)

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 7/19/2007
Sheeesh Avi!!! That's some sniffer you got there!!! You were right after all! :)

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Ardalan Haddad Ardalan Haddad   {K:15567} 7/19/2007
Warm congratulations...

You got it for sure...
deserving shot,to be awarded...
Well Done to you...
Happy for u...

All the bests,
Ardalan...

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Nicole Besch Nicole Besch   {K:72619} 7/19/2007
Hi Doyle,your picture is really so sweet!!!!I got a BIP too today.And I have posted this picture I would say 4 or 5 weeks already.I was surprised too,but happy too!As you said what a pleasant surprise!
Regards to you,Nicole

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 7/19/2007
Thanks Nicole! Been off for a bit but hope to be back to this great stuff a lot more -- soon. I was surprised to see the BiP . . . I think it's the first time one popped up so long after the upload . . . about 3 weeks . . . but I haven't been uploading and I'm about willing to bet it's Summer for the staff here too . . . what a pleasant surprise! (This guy was SO cute too)!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 7/19/2007
Thanks very much Sylvia! The cement wall can be a blessing or a curse as the weather wears these colors into it. Initially, I bypassed this thinking that the RAW thumbnail indicated a BG color too close to the subject color . . . I had a similar problem with an Ibex shot which I never did overcome. The conversion from RAW, though was a pleasant surprise since the BG was different enough to pull back from the subject and I did manage to get a superb DOF. Always good to hear from you!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 7/19/2007
Wow! Thanks Sheila!! I know I nailed the depth on this one by looking at a few errant hairs under the chin . . . but I do find myself constantly surprised with images I pull from the vault. I so appreciate hearing from you.

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Nicole Besch Nicole Besch   {K:72619} 7/19/2007
How seet.What a great shot of this baby Doyle. The lighting is superb,colors and details too.
My best congratulations on your well deserved BIP!!!!
Regards,Nicole
7+++++++++++

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Sylvia Marriott Sylvia Marriott   {K:12812} 7/6/2007
Hi Doyle,
How super cute is this little chap!! Wonderful clarity and the background colour lends itself so well to highlighting this baby. Really great lighting and composition

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Sheila Carson Sheila Carson   {K:5924} 7/5/2007
GREAT shot Doyle!!!! I LOVE the colors and textures and the composition is dead on! I can't believe that this has been sitting in the vault waiting to be posted! I can't think of one suggestion for improvement. It's already great. Well done my friend! 7+

:) Sheila

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 7/5/2007
I hadn't heard Lisa . . . Thanks . . .perhaps I'll visit. ;)

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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So Cal Photograhper   {K:18529} 7/5/2007
I'm sure the day of the lion will come soon.

By the way, in case you don't know already, this weekend in San Pedro is Old Fort MacArthur Days. I'm sure there will be many picture opps there.

Lisa G

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 7/5/2007
Lisa!
Always the charmer!! I'm sitting on a 'vault' of SO many images . . . it's not funny. But, serious shots are culled immediately. Two images from this shoot already garnered BiPs . . . so I select only the best of the best! Still . . . great shots (like this) remain for later . . .

Hope all is well with you and yours . . . and thanks always for your time and comments. Someday . . . a Lion!!! ;)

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 7/5/2007
Thanks very much Alessandro!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 7/5/2007
LoL! Ok Alain . . . perhaps I was a TAD bit hasty!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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So Cal Photograhper   {K:18529} 7/1/2007
I'm surprised that this one was in the vault for so long.

With the background and colors it almost appears as if this baby giraffe was in a studio posing for this shot.

Excellent detail captured.

Lisa

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alessandro reggiani   {K:4785} 7/1/2007
beautiful close-up and beautiful expression of this giraffe
alessandro

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Alain Mijngheer Alain Mijngheer   {K:11733} 7/1/2007
If That is IT...throw that camera away in my direction ;)
LOL
Have a nice WE,

Alain

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 7/1/2007
Thanks very much Jacques!!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 7/1/2007
Thank you Riny!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 7/1/2007
Without the frame????? THAT'S IT!!!!!! I'm throwing my camera away!!! :P

Well . . . maybe later! :)

Thanks Alain!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 7/1/2007
Thanks Txules!! :)

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 7/1/2007
Thanks very much Harry!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 7/1/2007
Thanks Ray!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 7/1/2007
I prefer solemn but thanks for the comment.....:)

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 7/1/2007
Thanks very much Ahmed!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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jacques brisebois   {K:73883} 6/30/2007
wonderful light, colors and texture, a real nice capture Doyle.

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Riny Koopman Riny Koopman   {K:102873} 6/30/2007
top marks!

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Alain Mijngheer Alain Mijngheer   {K:11733} 6/28/2007
Perfect shot!!!! ( without the frame that is).Perfect colour and DOF. Just great:)
Well done,

Alain

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txules                                . txules  .   {K:62770} 6/28/2007
gorgeous, Doyle....txules

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H L H L   {K:11377} 6/28/2007
Very unique and simple, Doyle!!!!
Cheers :)
Harry

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stingRay part 3 . stingRay part 3 .   {K:248368} 6/27/2007
Beautifully detailed with gorgeous tones and complimentry background. I love the catchlight in the eye and the decision to do a head and short-neck study of this lovely 'little' animal. Well done to you on this one my friend.....I very nearly overlooked it and just suddenly remembered I hadn't commented. Cheers Doyle.....I'm off air for a while, catch you soon.......Ray

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Shirley D. Cross-Taylor Shirley D. Cross-Taylor   {K:167393} 6/27/2007
You're welcome, dear Doyle!:)

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Jason Mckeown Jason Mckeown   {K:22200} 6/27/2007
great capture, looks a bit sad though

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Ahmed Ismail Ahmed Ismail   {K:19853} 6/27/2007
A lovely shot! Very nice color and composition!
Regards, Ahmed

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 6/26/2007
Viola - you write with an accent!! But it is SO very cute!! WARM HUGS any day!!! Cordialities is nice . . . but sort of formal. I am so glad you are not offended at my offering a little help.

ALWAYS friend!!!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Violetta  Tarnowska   {K:24497} 6/26/2007
Doyle:)
I thank You for the help warmly. My English is crippled and I do not know often what word to write so that he is good:( I am grateful for friendly advices:)
Cordialities or warm hugs? What is better, Friend?Again: Thank You :):):)
Viola

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 6/26/2007
Viola:

Thanks very much for the nice comment! Painting is the wrong word . . . it is a picture or photo . . . . the background is a blurry cement wall! :)

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 6/26/2007
Well . . . shhhhh . . . Marlyce might see this! Let's not give her any ideas . . . you know how difficult it is to get her to take in animals! :P

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Violetta  Tarnowska   {K:24497} 6/26/2007
Doyle:)
I like pose of model, light and three-dimensional effect of the painting.
Excellent work.
Warm hugs:)
Viola

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Annemette Rosenborg Eriksen Annemette Rosenborg Eriksen   {K:55802} 6/26/2007
Or maybe a trip to hacienda de Chastain would cheer him up*LOL*

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 6/26/2007
"who other than you would think of a square crop on a giraffe?"

Jan - That's a GREAT complement coming from YOU! Greatest thing (IMHO) about photography is being able to see the same thing as a hundred other people . . . but somehow seeing it different. It never ceases to amaze me and only a photographer (and possibly a painter) can comprehend that three people standing side by side will see three different things.

Next time have a beer! LoL!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 6/26/2007
Thanks Cathy . . . really wasn't much to it . . . the BG is a retaining wall with orangish rust and dark dirt and such running down it from the top . . . He was about four to 6 feet from the wall so setting aperture allowed me to blur the BG easily . . . I also artificially darkened the corners by selecting a large circle around my lil subject . . . inverting it . . . and slightly darkening light with 150 px feathering which makes slight darkness in three of the corners! :)

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 6/26/2007
Thanks Annemette . . . he's a baby . . . not sure about the sad . . . but I see why you see it . . . . maybe a trip to Toys R Us would help!! :)

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 6/26/2007
Thanks very much John!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 6/26/2007
Thanks very much Dearest Shirley . . . The BG blurred wall DID seem to have the 'studio' look for me . . . in fact, that was the thought when I composed this one . . . nice to see it didn't go unnoticed! :)

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 6/26/2007
Dear, Dear Srna!!!

( *bow* )( *bow* )( *bow* )

Thank you. Thank you very much!! ;)

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Jan Hoffman Jan Hoffman   {K:39467} 6/26/2007
LOL! I must have been really tired last night. (No beer, only soft drinks) I have no idea what was going on when I was commenting.
1. My comment overlooked the quality of this fine photo and no constructive comment was offered.
2. I think the old commercial might have been a camel and not a giraffe
3. The devil made me do it.
4. Even if the commercial was later than the forties, I think it may have been before your time in any event.

Well -- I am wide awake today and only want to add that who other than you would think of a square crop on a giraffe? It works perfectly for the portrait of this young and beautiful creature. Nicely done.
On another note, something brewing here at work and will send you email about how it may effect Gene's schedule.
--Regards, Jan

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Cathy Carroll Cathy Carroll   {K:28144} 6/26/2007
This is such a gentle shot, the lighting is superb and I love the folds of skin around the jawline. The way this has been lit lifts it out of the background, I will have to figure out what you did that, cos its a really cool effect. Well done. CC

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Annemette Rosenborg Eriksen Annemette Rosenborg Eriksen   {K:55802} 6/26/2007
Lovely giraffe although itīs looking a bit sad. I like the background a lot and the special crop. Also good sense of framing this, Doyle!
Tuttelut
Annemette

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John Pitman   {K:8473} 6/26/2007
Great capture.

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Shirley D. Cross-Taylor Shirley D. Cross-Taylor   {K:167393} 6/26/2007
This is just amazing...almost looks like it was shot in the studio...the light is so great. Enjoyed the banter in the comments, again.;):):)

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Srna Stankovic Srna Stankovic   {K:172232} 6/26/2007
What to say dear Doyle ?!
Bravo ... clap clap clap :)))))))
Hugs my friend :)
Srna

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 6/26/2007
Todd:

You're a class act . . . comments like that from a skilled photog like yourself are very nice!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Todd Weeks Todd Weeks   {K:7636} 6/26/2007
Too cute for words, Doyle!

Excellent bokeh and colors. Love the expression!

Todd

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 6/26/2007
Nahhh . . . Sorry Jan . . . don't recall commercials from the 40s! :P

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Jan Hoffman Jan Hoffman   {K:39467} 6/26/2007
I am fine.
Remember the commercial where the camel said, "I want a Clark bar?" ...
Fine photo and it triggered the ancient memory.

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 6/26/2007
Yo! Beks! Who said 'commando'?? Just not called panties!!! No need to lose sleep with rapturous desires . . . uhhhhh . . . wai a minute . . . . (checking) . . . ok . . . . COMMANDO!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Michele Carlsen Michele Carlsen   {K:146013} 6/26/2007
Thank You Doyle...:)))

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rebecca claassen rebecca claassen   {K:12904} 6/26/2007
Ohhhhhhh-kay then....alrighty....ahem...too much information! Thanks a bunch Doyle, now I will never get a good night's sleep again. Commando Chastain will haunt me...
B :P

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 6/26/2007
Thanks Avi . . . Pssssst . . . get that nose checked out buddy . . . you're smelling things! :P

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 6/26/2007
Beks! Sock puppet?? Come on! You know me better than that! Nothing to Rant about - and I'm (trust me) panty-free! :)

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 6/26/2007
Michele:

Things always work out around here . . . pay no attention to beack scene stuff . . . and your work will ALWAYS have my eye!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 6/26/2007
Uhhhh . . . Jan? You ok?? :)

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Avi  Avi     {K:70138} 6/26/2007
YUP !!!.. I think you did it again !!!... I can smell a BIP here :))

cheers !

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Jan Hoffman Jan Hoffman   {K:39467} 6/26/2007
"I want a Clark Bar".............

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Michele Carlsen Michele Carlsen   {K:146013} 6/26/2007
What a beautiful baby giraffe Doyle....
7/7
I am sorry to hear about soo much work over the week-end- and --*other stuff too...
I have missed your presence on this site trendemdously and I know I am not the only one- I wish things would go back to even last year !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best Regards,
Michele~

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rebecca claassen rebecca claassen   {K:12904} 6/26/2007
This is a sock puppet yeah?
Doyle, you should dust off your vault more often, this is a gem!
Great background (lucky, dirt and grime), nice warm safari colours.
How am I supposed to catch up on the gossip if you guys are going under the cone of silence with your ranting and raving!!! The forum has been very boring of late, no-one game enough to have their say-so, lest someone takes offense, leaves the site, or otherwise gets their panties in a twist. Free speech for all I say, especially giraffes :P
cheers, Beks

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AJ Miller AJ Miller   {K:49168} 6/26/2007
Uh oh, I've obviously missed some of the recent goings on during my periods of absence. Let's switch this thread to email...

AJ

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 6/26/2007
I know what you mean John . . . it'd be SO simple to bring it back up to par . . . but it seems I have been deemed 'persona non grata' and a "Mediocre Photographer" so - in time I might drop you a line (e-mail) with details. I know something of the issues and (clearly) am less active . . . but I remember how it's changed over time and rule nothing out. I was referring to the UF I have known since 2oo3 . . . not the UF of today!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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AJ Miller AJ Miller   {K:49168} 6/26/2007
The "power of this site"? I was going to have a rant in the forums earlier, but as I've had my wrists slapped in the past, I decided not to. But in my view there's no power at the moment. Look at the "top rated" images. Or is it just me? And the front page - there's an EC, SC, POD and PhtOD from 2004, a FOD from 2005 and a critique from 2006. What's going on? Sorry to hit you with this one - just thought you might know something.

AJ

PS. Pleased to see that Gene is enjoying his travels...

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 6/25/2007
By the way . . . the black along the top was there . . . dirt, dust, etc. coming down from the wall top . . . Just lucky with the DOF and color!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 6/25/2007
Thanks John . . . the camera was level, the shot is as it was . . . though I did crop negative space from the right. The burn brush . . . Oooooh . . . now that's the power of this site . . . didn't see it at all! Well done!

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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AJ Miller AJ Miller   {K:49168} 6/25/2007
Ooh, I've just spotted something else! His ear could perhaps use a little touch of the burn brush?

AJ

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AJ Miller AJ Miller   {K:49168} 6/25/2007
I know the feeling, Doyle. Sometimes, I just pick out one or two that I like and forget to go back and look at the rest again later. Often there are shots there that are better than the ones that first caught my eye.

This is a lovely shot. I guess you were able to capture more detail due to his reduced height! A beautiful complementary background, also.

All I can think of to suggest here is if this is a crop, you might consider making his neck a little less than totally parallel to the frame. But this is really nit-picking...

AJ

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