With two friends I had set out in the morning from Dhikala campground on foot along meandering animal trails through the brush and elephant grass meadows that cover the valley between two ridges of the Koomayun range. This photo was taken on an encounter with wild elephants, when I was literally straddeled by the herd. For more of the story, you may read my travelogue of this trip.
(Canon FTQL, 50mm/f2, Agfa gavaert)
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sohrab (7439) 2005-04-15 16:08
hey cool photogrpah even with the slight blur and all
although i think that evenif you had got down to a lower level and then taken the photograph with t a greater emphasis on the path leading onto the elephant, it might have worked as well.. maybe i feel more inclined to this because i'm not very keen on blown out skies and if you were at a lower level you could have avoided the sky altogether.
just for others...
a ghariyal is a fresh fish eating crocodile with an extremely long and narrow snout with a bulbous shaped bump at the tip of the snout. although they can grow upto 14-16 feet.. coming across a 15 feet long croc in india is quite rare..
the largest known croc on record in captivity in india is a saltie called JAWS at the madras crocodile bank (it almost ate up rom whitaker's son . rom is the the guy who started the bank). any JAWS is just a little over 15 feet long. so seeing a 15 ft croc in the wild in india is quite amazing..
ofcourse my favourites the australian crocs can kick the indian croc's tail when it comes to size and aggression and everything else.
the largest of the reptilian species on record in captivity is/was an amercian alligator called SUPERMAN almost 25 feet. maybe animesh will know something about this. although alligators are very dosile compared to crocs..
infact Manny Puig wrestles with gators as well as sharks (even the hammerhead).. and i think he is ALMOST as cool as steve irwin (don't laugh) but if i wasn't planning on getting into photography, then i'd like to have become like one of these guys hehe.
anyway gnite :)
tongapup (0) 2005-04-15 17:49
Good shot but I think it would have been even better if you had waited until it charged and then lain right down to get a really impressive low-angle shot of the bottoms of its feet ;)
Well, not a perfect photo but a good story (catching fish with a towel? i choose you for my stranded-on-a-desert-isle companion).
mareseye (1209) 2005-04-16 2:43
The quality is not so good, but what a picture ! Thank you for your note. It's incredible !
bboss (3578) 2005-05-09 17:47
Thanks for posting this, it reminds me of my own trip to this beautiful place. There is a certain rush when you see wild elephants, and that low rumble sound they make, like a truck, wow. I remember being quite scared walking around outside the compound - when we arrived they showed some photos of what can happen when you get out of a car, you can get eaten by a tiger!! after that I couldnt quite relax.
If I can find my pic I will also post it sometime. Wildlife photography is just too hard!
nygus (8178) 2005-05-13 22:28
great creepy and weird shot