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Giraffe (Giraffa Camelopardalis) - (Tanzania) | by Juan C Ruiz
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Giraffe (Giraffa Camelopardalis) - (Tanzania)

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a very special place. It is placed inside the crater of and old volcano of about 20 km in diameter and in it live some of the most appreciated wild animals in Africa. In most cases animals never leave the crater in its whole life, surrounded by mountains by the 360º.

 

In a 1-day tour by the crater it is possible to identify (many times just a few meters far from the vehicle) most of the local wildlife and among them the "big five", rhinos, lyons, leopards, elephants and buffalos as well as zebras, wildebeests, cheetahs, ostriches, gazelles, and different species of birds, etc.

 

Most of the photos were taken with a Sigma 150-500 at the maximum focal length, something important if you try to shot animals, especially those who might like to taste human meat. HDR processing has helped me to optimize exposition in some photos due to the difficult light conditions in the midday with a vertical sunligth.

 

Hope you enjoy with this series. Comments and faves are welcomed.

 

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El Ngorongoro es sin duda un lugar impresionante. En el interior de un antiguo cráter volcánico de unos 20 km de diámetro viven y conviven la mayoría de las especies faunísticas más conocidas de Africa, la mayoría sin salir nunca de este cráter que está rodeado de montañas por todas partes.

 

En una excursión de un dia recorriendo el cráter se pueden ver con facilidad multitud de animales salvajes y con suerte se pueden ver los que se llaman los cinco grandes ("the big five"), rinocerontes, leones, leopardos, elefantes y búfalos, amen de cebras, ñues, guepardos, avestruces, gacelas, multitud de aves, etc.

 

La mayoría de las fotos las tomé con un Sigma 150-500 a la máxima distancia focal, algo importante si se trata de fotografiar animales, especialmente aquellos a los que les podría gusta la carne humana. Mereció la pena cargar con el más de 1 kg del susodicho objetivo.

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Taken on July 17, 2011