I decide to make most the giraffe-themed images black and white because the first image reminded my of the wildlife photographer Nick Brandt. He takes amazing images of the wild and they are all b&w, so I wanted to follow. I felt the b&w also reflected the dry tone of the desert typical to the environments of giraffes.
The last image was created during the second part of the shoot. At this point we had little-to-no light, yet I wanted to capture the natural colors of the light while using my external flash. My solution was to slower my shutter speed with an increased aperture and lower ISO with a rear-synced flash to get what I wanted.
Julia leaves to college tomorrow and I want to wish her the best of luck!