Photos I Wish I Had Taken

Photos I Wish I Had Taken: Andy Biggs

Giraffe Running; Andy Biggs

RUNNING GIRAFFES: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

When I was writing my post yesterday about Prints for Peter, a fundraiser by renowned wildlife photographer, Andy Biggs, to aid his young nephew who was recently diagnosed with t-cell leukemia and his nephew’s family, I was trying to figure out which photo (too many fab ones to choose from) I wanted to buy myself to further the cause.

This photo: Running Giraffes, immediately captured my attention and I put my order in for a 16 x 24 print (Yay!).

If you’ve followed my blog before, you know panning shots: the creative use of blur to convey motion, is a technique I’ve enjoyed playing with over the last year. I really love the look when it comes out right.

I used it to capture a cheetah walking at twilight, and for a whole Rediscovering New York post in New York’s Bryant Park where I photographed kids riding the famous Le Carrousel.

This shot grabs me on many levels: 1. the panning, of course. 2. The fact that the giraffes are running. I’ve rarely seen a giraffe run and I find them so wonderfully elegant when they do. 3. The spectacular landscape in the background.  4. The soft quality of the black and white conversion – not too harsh or too contrasty. 5. Multiple subjects in the pan. I didn’t think you could capture so many subjects, that spread apart, in a panning shot and keep that wonderful balance of focus and blur to create a compelling image.

Obviously I gotta try it myself now.  Since I my trip to Africa isn’t for a few more weeks, I guess I’ll need to find me some running humans to test my skills in good ole New York City.

What do you think of this shot?

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    • I completely agree.. I’ve only seen Giraffes run a couple of times and both times it was pretty short spurts. I would have loved to have been there to see this.

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