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Copyright: Roger Shipp (swashway) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 66] (302)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2000
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
Camera: Canon EOS 10, 70-210mm 1:3.5-4.5 USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-18 10:41
Viewed: 2742
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken in the Amboseli National Reserve in the Rift Valley Province. Two young elephants are sparing with each other in a show of skill and strength.

Amboseli is on the border of Tanzania, North West of Mount kilimanjaro (5985m) it is at 1180m above sea level. In one form or another Amboseli has been a National Reserve since 1968 it covers 392 square kilometres and is famous for it's big game and great scenery.

Amboseli is taken from the Masai word 'Empusel' which translates as 'salty dust'.

There are over 900 elephants in the reserve, it is one of the best places in Africa to watch elephants.

This image was scanned from a 35mm colour negative and post processed in Photoshop CS.

Location, Google Earth -2.666794, 37.272301

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Hi Roger,
Very good capture you have here. Good colors, contrast, composition, and focusing too. I like how the background is blurred. Even though it was from 35 mm film, it still looks good (i can see a little bit of grainish look up in the left hand corner) but other than that, it is a great nature/ action picture!
Thanks for sharing,

Wow Roger, these are large play-things. But what a wonderful capture! The detail on the subjects, the colours and the compostion are all first rate. Well done!
Regards, Bev :-)

Hi, a lovely shot, nice subject and very well composed. The naturalness of the animals and their surroundings is well captured. Regards, Jean

Very nicely captured - sharp, well metered, pleasing depth of field.
When I see scanned film photos, I appreciate the differences between them and digital; the latter tends to have more depth and sharpness, but lacks the tolerance of light levels.
Anyway an impressive photo, thanks for sharing it!

Hello Roger!
Lovely image!
Nice colours and good point of view!
Good clarity!
Very well done!

Hi Roger. Excellent capture of the elephants in the wild. It's nice to see them not in a small cage or enclosure and able to enjoy some life in the sun. Great focus, pov. The composure was nicely balanced.

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2007-03-19 5:56]

Hi Roger
Verry nice fun photo. Good comp.
Gr Jos.

p coming

Charming image Roger, great considering it is a scan. Subject matter is well composed and crisp, good colours and note, a perfectly scanned picture.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi Roger,
You are to be envied. What a great location, what a great shot.
I hope you kept your distance, because they can get aggressive.
Thanks for sharing this action with us (no I don't feel the need to frame this one)

Hi Roger,

A beautiful nature shot here, colour and composition are excellent as is the detail. I wouldn't fancy having to separate these two even though they are only playing :)



splendide composition aux belles couleurs
belle texture et bon contraste


  • Fortuna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 3811 W: 2520 N: 16] (72)
  • [2010-03-23 16:34]

Hi Roger,

Beautiful work with nice colors, very good lighting and a hard subject:)
Congratulations and TFS

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