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Elephant Sunset

Discussion in 'Plants, Animals & Insects Photography Forum' started by Gate Keeper, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. Gate Keeper

    Gate Keeper Here a lot Premium Member

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    We spent Christmas camping in the bush on safari in Kenya and I managed to take this photo of a Bull Elephant who was on guard keeping an eye on his family. In the photo, he raises his right foot and stamps it to the ground, warning me to keep my distance. Not long after this, I moved on.

    Apologies everyone for the wrong image size. I will have a rethink.
     
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  2. Roger S

    Roger S Crazy Canuck Administrator

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    Your link is too large of a file to show the image here, Phil. It's actually over 350 Kb and the forum software will only accept under 250 Kb.
     
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    thanks Roger, I will try and reduce it.
     
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    rebel06 Without a cause Moderator

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    Try uploading again Phil as many members don't like to leave the forum to view images, just make sure your image is under 250kb and no bigger than 1020px on longest side.
    Paul
     
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    Good point Paul. Thanks for the heads up
     
  6. Gate Keeper

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    1/500 ISO 800 f/5.6 24 Dec 2018 @ 90mm Olympus E-M1 Adobe LR

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  7. RyanB

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    Gorgeous scene, that light is spectacular casting those orange tones on the elephant. Comp-wise I might be tempted to crop a bit off the left to get the elephant a little less central in the shot.
     
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    Waw now that’s stunning! Great light and subject!
     
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    If you decide you don't want to claim this one anymore, I will accept it.
    Strange, but elephants in the wild are my favorite.
    I like the zoo, but they are the only animal o despise being captive. Good reason or not.
    Great light. Great subject.
    Central or not, A+
     
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    Very nice. I like the light. I agree with Ryan on the crop.
     
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  11. Gate Keeper

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    Thank you, I rather like your idea and I will give the photo a crop to the left and see how it comes out.

    Thank you David, the sun was going down behind me and the failing light was throwing up variations of shadows and colours. A positive review, thank you very much.

    You are welcome to use the photo for your own private collection. If you want the original file, the data is much larger than it is here, drop me a pm. Thank you for the positive comments. The Elephant in the photo lives in Mugie, a private conservancy of 47,000 acres which has 2 dams for the animals. The animals are protected by armed rangers.

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    Thank you Mike, thank you very much.
     
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    I reckon that's the best you've put up so far G
     
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    Thank you Mike - An Impala and a Silver Backed Jackal.

    30 Dec 16:02 auto exposure 1/200 f5.6 ISO400 focal length 100 Lens Model: OLYMPUS M.14-150mm F4.0-5.6 II

    Out of frame was another Jackal, the pair of them left the Impala alone. The image is cropped at about 20%
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    Thank you Rob........ too kind.

    Here is Simba who was chipped. I had a ranger with us in our 4x4 and he had a directional tracking device attached to his walkie talkie. From our camp site, the lions were about 8 miles away. All predators are chipped and tracked for their safety and ours. Simba was sitting in the long grass in a copse of bushes with other lions, all hiding from the heat of the day. I would say we had good eye contact with each other. I should have set the camera to focus on the right eye, what do you think?

    27 Dec 16:08, auto exposure 1/250 f6 ISO 640 focal length 187mm Lens Model: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 II

    Simba

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    Great eye contact with Simba! My daughter wants to know where is his baby?
     
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    This is absolutely stunning!
    Great captures! The elephant though... WOW!
    Someday...
     
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  19. Gate Keeper

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    Baby Simba was there in the shadows, but I did not want to get too close in case big Simba did not like it.

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    Thank you very much. The conservancy the Elephants live in is owned by a Californian wine making family and from what I observed, they have a positive and caring approach to the wild animals, the land, the tribes and to the staff. Hopefully one day you will get to visit and be with the wild life.
     
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    Absolutely Stunning Elephant shot and at 90mm man you were pushing it if he got pissed
     
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    The crop is much better and it's a gorgeous image and the best of the bunch for me the others seem to lack the quality.
     
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    Here is a grab shot I took in 2010 on a Nikon, Lens Model: 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.0-5.6 at 70mm in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Its not be best shot in terms of clarity, the shutter speed was all wrong: 1/30, but it captured the moment, the feeling of tension.

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    Thank you Ash, your comments are appreciated.
     
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    All stunning shots and I like the crop on the elephant. Sometimes it's not the image quality that makes it a standout - well presented work.
     
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    Thank you Isac. Your comment is encouraging, thank you very much. Out in the bush, not everything is under my control - the weather with excesses in heat and light, a blade of grass or a bush could be in the way of a focus and some of the wild life is not easy to access, could be dangerous and unpredictable, the risk of bandits, add to the experience and can influence image quality in the moment......your perception and understanding makes it all worthwhile.
     
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