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Family Portrait

Family Portrait
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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, Portrait
Camera: Canon EOS 10, 70-210mm 1:3.5-4.5 USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-06 10:23
Viewed: 2482
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken in the Amboseli National Reserve in the Rift Valley Province. A matriach leading members of the family away from a watering hole where they had been standing shoulder deep feeding on rushes. Our guide told us the baby was only a few days old.

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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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To rewshearer: Scanningswashway 1 04-07 15:53
To Lenciik: Elephantsswashway 1 04-07 15:44
To calbreaz: Thank youswashway 1 04-07 15:40
To skellywag: Compositionswashway 1 04-06 14:34
To jawa: Line upswashway 1 04-06 14:29
To ls_photography: POVswashway 1 04-06 14:27
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Good details and POV. Good capture.

Hi, a wonderful scene, I like the composition, the reducing heights of the line-up! Well done, Jean

I discovered a long time ago that the feminine part of our species is due to conduct/direct anybody as it wishes.... and I became smarter. thanks for reminding me I'm not alone.
as a shot, I really don't like this kind of de-noise. you will read a note in an on-coming photo of mine. please don't mind for telling you this.
best regards, cal

Hi Roger,
I like elephants very much. Interesting picture how they migrate with their kids.
Well done.


Good clear shot of these amazing animals. It's hard to know how much was 'lost in translation' through the scanning process; the saturation seems a little low, although perhaps that's how the colours really were.
Impressive photo - this is the only way elephants should be 'shot'!

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  • vtd_k Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 0 N: 128] (1270)
  • [2007-04-07 0:22]

Hi Roger,
Very nice shot!
They look very happy to group move!
Very cute few days baby!

Have a great holidays!

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2007-04-07 6:44]
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Good comp Roger.
The comic strip is verry nice.
Gr Jos


hi roger, great compostiion here, i really like this, going to africa must have been amazing, a co-worker just got back and had an amazing time, good shot, thanks scott

That is easy to see - had themselves a great bath and will have enjoyed it.
Wonderful how they agreed to form a line for you, so you could take this picture.
Have a nice Easter Weekend.

Jolie petite famille
beaux détails et belle netteté

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