We spent seven day visiting Kenyan game parks and no visit to Kenya would be complete without a camera full of elephant shots. I've mentioned before that wildlife photography is not really my thing but, I guess, when the opportunity arises one has a go!
You will often hear the elephants in Tsavo being referred to as "Red Elephants" and whist they do sometimes appear to be red, the colour of their skin is no different than that of other elephants, it is just down to the red soil that much of Tsavo is covered in and which the elephants use to cover themselves with, during their dust baths.
Split in half by the Nairobi to Mombasa road, the Tsavo National park in Kenya has an area of 8035 square miles, which means that it covers an area larger than Wales and is much bigger than the more famous Masai Mara National Park. To the east of the main Nairobi-Mombasa road lies Tsavo East and on the western side... you guessed it: Tsavo West.
The two parks are very different and generally Tsavo West has a more varied topography and a more diverse array of habitats than Tsavo East. Tsavo West consists mainly of semi-arid plains, granite outcrops and ancient lava fields. The highest and most impressive is the Ngulia Mountain, which stands at almost 6000ft high. It is far more visited that Tsavo East, to which much is closed to the general puplic although there is still such a vast amount to see. Tsavo East does not have the mountains and hills of Tsavo West and the park cosists mostly of dry, flat thorn-bush scrub, which is occasionally broken by the green vegetation of the Galana river and other smaller seasonal rivers that run through the National Park.
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Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-02-05 8:34
Excellent shot!! i like a lot this composition. Also your idea to include the baby elephant in the frame is very nice indeed! Great clarity & sharpness..it must have been a great experiance!! very well done
serp2000 (43835) 2012-02-05 9:13
Superb sharpness.. you just show us every wrinkle of the elefants ))) Excellent portrait, very nice animals.
My compliments, Rosemary! TFS!
rigoletto (34279) 2012-02-05 10:43
Like some locations in Asia, those national parks in Africa are on my travelling dream list, but will only be realized some decades later on, due to the vast time they deserve to be paid. For the time being i have to work and collect the funds :)
Even though you say that wildlife photography is not your thing, you did a great job, imho. Look how detailed and sharp they are, and furthermore, you have two of them under a very nice warm light. In order to criticize it, first i have to go there and make a similiar one to this :)
All the best,
Budapestman (82620) 2012-02-05 11:27
a fascinating double portrait with superb composition, very nice lights and clarity, charming details, Tfs! Have a nice Sunday evening! Kellemes Vasárnap estét kívánok!
MJR (3360) 2012-02-05 12:59
Here they come - those quintessential Kenyan photos !
I have to say there are three elephants here, but that would spoil your title !
Lovely colours, great DOF, and of course great subjects, in every sense. Love the hairy lower lips ! Pleased to see your 300mm lens meant you were not too close !
A good start to your series...
daddo (26534) 2012-02-05 14:33
Hi Rosemary.Outstanding combination of light and colour. Serious looking creatures as if some heavy thoughts burden their minds. Excellent details. I was in Tsavo a number of decades ago.Best wishes.Klaudio.
axiotea (21651) 2012-02-05 22:52
"Side by side" could have been, as well, a title for this compo :)
For sure it's a beautiful experience to be in such a place and I wouldn't mind to go there! You've got a pretty good sharpness with the focal length at 300mm.
dkmurphys (57548) 2012-02-06 3:42
I guess it's everyone's dream to visit that reservation. Very fine detail of those impressive animals. Well catch, enjoy the day.
tyro (24414) 2012-02-06 10:09
A fine classic picture of a pair of African elephants but very well presented and definitely deserving of more attention than it has thus far received. Lovely colours and exquisite detail and sharpness.
I presume that the earth in these parts must be very similar to that in Namibia - the rich red earth which we have become so accustomed to seeing in your pictures nearer home.
Nice to see a map too. I had a good look at that and was just a little worried about your proximity to Somalia - it doesn't really look all that very far away - is this place safe from bandits? Another interesting thing I learned from Andrew (macondo) is that, if you click on Map:view to see the little Google map, you can then click on the multicoloured "Google" logo in the bottom left corner and it opens up a new webpage with a bigger Google map. Although the Google car/camera hasn't travelled the road, you can see some "Panoramio" photographs on that map if you use the little yellow man. Have you ever uploaded pictures to Google maps via Panoramio? I have, but just one - quite good fun.
P.S. Did you see the note I left on the bottom of my last critique of your last picture? I had been discussing with Brian (brianmcc) about ND Grad filters. I know that you bought a set of Hi-Tech ones - how are you getting on with them and would you recommend them?
leo61 (0) 2012-02-06 10:12
Fine details to view at these two wonderful animals.
Nice warm light and tones.
I like the composition with the natural background.
vasilpro (41271) 2012-02-06 13:19
Wonderful close up composition with excellent details from these lovely big animals, very good clarity and sharpness, vivid colors, very nice framework, TfS!
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
sevy (58) 2012-02-07 0:42
I like elephants and I was happy to do some shots when I was in Namibia and Botswana. For me it is a great photo subject.
Nice work here with the 2 elephants, one making a frame to the other in order to focus the look. It gives originality to the view.
Robert1969 (7160) 2012-02-07 21:53
It doesn't matter what kind of subject you take, you
make always great pictures.
The "double portret" makes the picture extra personal
(I like that) and it makes the picture extra nice
calmness (I like that also). I like also the simplicity
and tranquility in the colors...very attractive.
Also great are the composition, the light management
the sharpness and the dof.....Great work.
ChrisJ (112461) 2012-02-08 1:35
Near perfect symmetry between the 2 elephants with superb sharpness & nice use of a shallow dof. I like the warm cold colour contrast too between the reddish tinted elephants & sandy fg, & the blue grey sky. Tfs!
jemaflor (96143) 2012-02-08 12:02
Well taken this double portrait, excellent light capture, lovely result with these warm tones, perfect sharpness too.
tober (8797) 2012-02-10 10:13
Hello Rosemary, excellent framing in which you have managed to include the faces of two lovely elephants in an aesthetic way. I liked the way you focused on the elephants and leaving the background in blur. Very nice job. Congratulations. Tolga
GiovanniG (3254) 2013-07-03 9:59
I just wanted to let you know you are one of my favorite photographers. Your captures are always so spot on. This one really speaks of your skills. Such a wonderful POV with well chosen light, color and detail. It's extraordinary. Your narratives are also so well stated they truly give the details which make one feel like I'm one the location with you.
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (31629)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-01-20
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2012-02-05 8:25
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