The Giraffe and Oxpecker have a symbiotic relationship. There are many parasites like ticks and horseflies on the body of the Giraffe that the Oxpecker feeds on. This Giraffe was someone close but at the time I was shooting with the 500mm lens and saw the Oxpecker looking out in the other direction, so I quickly framed my composition and went for it. The image however has sat unprocessed for the last year and a bit because I wasn't a fan of the colors, it just didn't feel right to me and I figured I would probably try and make a black & white. However, after getting a chance to work with the image a little yesterday I ended up with a color image which I like. The colors on the Giraffe are natural and I like the contrast of the patches.
The Lookout - 1D4, 500, f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 400
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