I decided to channel photographer Nick Brandt for this edit of one of the most stunning creatures I’ve had the pleasure to have in front of my humble lens. To truly appreciate the hours this transformation took, yes hours, you need to view the ‘before’ photo. My photo to begin with wasn’t as crisp as Mr. Brandt’s, he being a professional with glass more expensive than my car and my having borrowed a lens from my unpaid intern. I am convinced if I had a better lens and I too was on the Serengeti mere feet from this giraffe I would have a sharp shot. Alas, I was basically shooting with a plastic tube so this is the best I have to offer. I took some creative license by adding in the clouds from another shoot, I did this because as mentioned I was trying to emulate Brandt’s beautiful shots and they have a proliferation of dramatic skies. I on the other hand shot this at high noon, sweating like a beast with the clearest expanse of blue sky you ever did see.