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Masai Mara - Kenya

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What a wonderful view!! It’s so great how you caught the zebra looking straight at the camera, and with it’s ears up and alert. The soft background and sky gives an excellent environmental perspective and keeps the focus on the ‘main attraction.’ Love this shot immensely.

Great subject beautifully framed !
I was just imagining that frame is a window …it changes the whole perspective :upside_down_face:

I love the initial impact of this image - great eye contact. My one minor criticism, and it came to me after the initial impact… I wish the zebra’s head was not bisected by the horizon. I’m not sure if I wish it was higher (with the sky background) or lower (with the soft grass background). Again… probably a picky suggestion and the initial impact of the zebra coming from the left is great.

Ingrid, I keep coming back to this image.
I love the direct stare, BG, and sky.
I just remain a little uncomfortable with the crop, honestly, and personally would like to see the zebra just a little further right. Not centered, by any means…
I’m sure I’m in the minority here…

Ingrid: thisis a very creative photo with the zebra being set off very well by the oof background. My only wish would have been for a lower perspective so that the zebra wouldnot be bisected by the horizon line.

Thanks all for you kind comments and useful remarks! I’m off to Africa again soon so no posts from me for a whiley…
Grt, Ingrid.