The elephants were coming after us during a game safari at the Garden Route Game Lodge - but we were busy clicking away at our cameras. It was comforting that they couldn't 'run', but still...
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batalay (38591) 2011-04-09 20:44
Absolutely breath taking close up of the elephant, indeed, an incisive portrait. One sees these magnificent creatures in the zoo, but how much more thrilling it must be to see them in the wild. This old bull has seen his share of fights, judging by the missing tusks and torn ears, but elephants can run up to 40 km/hr. I would not like to be his prey. Have a good Sunday.
akh (277) 2011-04-09 23:38
This is a wonderful shot.I like the sepia mode and your POV. Good idea to have elephant so close to camera and the pther one in the BG. Very well composed.
daddo (26534) 2011-04-09 23:46
Hi May. One feels relatively safe in a jeep, but still the size of these creatures is intimidating.interesting shot capturing the animal's gait and all the wrinkles at very close quarters. I found that the Kalahari sub species of elephant has quite small tusks due to a lack of calcium in the diet. I wonder if its the same with this lot. Regards. Klaudio.
CLODO (33996) 2011-04-10 0:33
So impressive! It seems he is going to go out of the frame in a few seconds! The skin is well rendered, and I like also the second one in the bckground.
TFS, and you are still in life!
annjackman (21813) 2011-04-10 1:08
I am very wary of elephants in the wild as they can be unpredictable. This is an amazing shot of this rather old looking elephant with broken tusks and ragged ears. The elephant further back helps to give the scale of this close-up shot - excellent work.
yquem46 (38750) 2011-04-10 1:30
I like this close up portrait and the treatment in sepia
Also excellent idea to include the second one at the BG, giving the perspective. Just too bad that we miss a little room between this one and the edge of the image
Have a nice WE
Alfoja (672) 2011-04-11 7:32
Oh yes, avery beautiful shot.
Some kind of Nick Brandt style.
BennyV (16551) 2011-04-11 11:25
Superb texture on the elephant skin, maybe a bit oversharpened, which puts some extra emphasis on the wrinkles in the old skin. I also like the sepia touch and the slightly titled effect. It would have been perfect if the crop at the second elephant had not cut away that little bit of ear there. Still very remarkable shot, though. Thanks for sharing it.
iainsp (2630) 2011-11-03 12:29
This is a fabulous elephant shot - and living in Southern Africa I get to see a few of them - but your's is one of my favourites.
Greast details on the foreground elephant and I love the way that he fills the frame. But what makes the picture is the second elephant in the background - a great touch leading to a fabulous frame.
Well done and thanks, Iain
- Copyright: May Mah (mayjayne) (5804)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2011-02-02
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/4.8, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Elephants, Safaris [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-04-09 19:38
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