Taken at the Metro Toronto Zoo.
An elephant's skin has been said to be really thick. On vulnerable spots like the trunk, legs and back, skin can be up to 2.5 to 3cms thick, but behind the ears, by the eye, on the abdomen, chest and shoulders it is as thin as paper. Such thick skin helps protect them from blistering sun.
Wallowing in mud and showering with dust offers further protection from sunburn and insect bites. It’s no coincidence that elephants’ skin color often resembles the soil they walk on! Beneath the grime is a dull brownish gray skin.
**Interesting Fact - People who touch an elephant´s skin for the first time often describe it as like an eraser.
**Post Pro - UnSharp Mask, AutoLevels, and no cropping.
Critiques | Translate
femkevdh (2633) 2004-04-03 12:00
Very good title Pamela! And excellent idea of cropping and framing. very well seen,
inisheer (317) 2004-04-03 13:21
Very nice view - a little overexposed maybe?
Such framing is a good way to avoid those disturbing details pictures taken in zoos.
avigur_11 (22069) 2004-04-03 16:30
A great shot, Pamela, a very very original and creative one. Amazing texture of the skin ands excellent POV and cropping. One og my faves. Great job.
eleparc (24063) 2004-04-03 18:08
This is a great composition Pamela! the juxtaposition of elephant skin almost makes for an abstract painting;-) Your angle of view is amazingly well chosen! bravo! nice capture. needing a little more sharpness maybe?? I am not even too sure of that;-)
kajenn (2416) 2004-04-03 19:02
Nice closeup shot of the elephant's skin. Creative cropping, just so I'm able to understand what I see. Impressive clear texture of the skin and nice note too.
zapady (282) 2004-04-04 1:50
wonderul shot Pamela , very well seen and captured
CVTJan (1244) 2004-04-08 6:49
Dear Pamela, I like the tight crop and the slight use of DOF, good composition.
BTW good luck in your walk !!!
Hopefully your feet will be smaller than from this elephant ;-)
I only hope more people would have your courage. Yours, Jan
Hanssie (10317) 2004-04-09 6:10
An elephant like this,
what an original, Pamela !
Jeppe (18654) 2004-04-09 18:12
Congratulation with the 1000 :-)
I like the texture of that elephant skin very much - Great idae you got with that close zoom and a very artistic work too.
Very fine work Pamela - thanks for sharing.
Edwin (188) 2004-06-09 10:06
Hej Pamela! I recall to have commented on one of your first zoo pictures, is this shot taken in that same zoo?
A great idea to focus on a detail only, one is easily tempted to capture a 'whole' elephant. Very photogenic textures, good choice of DOF. Well done!
sined (4523) 2005-12-21 14:53
la texture de la peau est extraordinairement bien rendue !
belle image "animale"
Merci Pamela pour cette vision
David_Marques (96) 2005-12-21 15:50
Bom pormenor registado. Gostei!!!
Mistral (15402) 2008-02-15 23:35
excellent image with a funny title!
A good way to start my new day!
A smile for your weekend!