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Old Sep 2, 2009, 9:17 AM   #1
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There were two adult females and two calves but I could only get these two. The first image shows the calf in the background, and the third image was a failed attempt at flash. This was shot with a DL at ISO 3200 using a rather pedestrian FA 28-80mm f3.5-5.6, using a fence post as support. I converted to black and white because the white balance and chroma noise was pretty bad.
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Old Sep 2, 2009, 11:13 AM   #2
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Nice try Ira but, even in the dark I can tell that's a giraffe!

seriously, I like the last two the best.
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Old Sep 2, 2009, 12:19 PM   #3
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Great subject and nice handling of a tough lighting situation. I really like the sillhouette effect on #4 - sure makes her look huge!
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Old Sep 2, 2009, 12:46 PM   #4
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I have put away the FA 28-80mm f3.5-5.6 and now have the FA 28-70mm f4 mounted on the DL. One stop at maximum zoom is significant if I get an opportunity like this again. The other "mother and calf" were in a darker spot down the road and could not be photographed. The mother watched us and kept herself between us and the calf but didn't seem overly concerned as she munched on the small trees.

GW, yes it is the elusive Newfoundland pygmy giraffe, here we unfortunately call them Newfoundland speed bumps since they are so plentiful that the number of very serious accidents is frightfully high. There is a movement here to have the brush on the sides of the highways cut back farther so that moose are more visible.
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Old Sep 2, 2009, 3:23 PM   #5
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LOL! I understand the speed bump title, that's one I don't care to tangle with on my Goldwing. Even small speed bumps like rodents, can be a serious problem on two wheels.
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ira,
well done..
people that have never seen a moose have no idea just how big they are..
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oops,
number 3 probably would benefit from using a noise reduction.. hehe
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oops,
number 3 probably would benefit from using a noise reduction.. hehe
This is the best I could get.
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Those are really nice Ira, I like the last two the best and the B&W was a good choice.

Lucky for us we only are infested with deer here, a 200lb deer is a speed bump compared to a 1,000lb moose.

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Ira, I like the last two silhouettes the best. Paste in a moon over the house and you've got a winner.

I came close to hitting one of those speed bumps last fall in Maine. They get a little wacky during the rutting season.

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