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Addo Elephant

Addo Elephant
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Copyright: Rute Martins (LeoM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 59 W: 0 N: 61] (304)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-23
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Canon EF100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Leo's Website [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-05 11:43
Viewed: 2036
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was also during my trip to Addo. The main reason for my trip in fact.

The original Elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area - today this finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 450 elephants

I went for 2 days and one night. We drove the whole day and spotted no elephant until very late afternoon, when we came across this lone elephant at a watering hole. He never stayed long....had some water and left.

This is in fact how close he/she was. I will be loading a few more elephant shots since we encountered a group of them the next day :-)

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África Imponente.Beleza esmagadora.Excelente foto.

  • Fortuna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 3811 W: 2520 N: 16] (72)
  • [2009-05-05 17:38]
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Boa noite Rute,

Sem dúvida, uma bela foto.

Amazing Rute!! The clarity of this shot blew me away. Incredible details in his skin, very nice tones too. Everything flows beautifully, such a bonus that you caught him while he was drinking. I love elephants, you've captured this one perfectly. Well done! :).


Hi Rute,
Always impressive to get a peak at those beautiful animal.

Exposure seem right, nice sharp subject. But the composition is a bit ....well static, the animal is too center, I think you should have left more space to the water pool, and crop what behind the elephant. I find that it would work better in a visuel sense. Adding some yellow and a touch more of red, would get rid of the cyan/bluish cast, and give more contrast to the photo.

Hi Rute
Good clear picture of the elephant. There's always a bit of luck involved in getting pictures of wild animals. You need to be in the right place at the right time - especially not easy when you're on a two-day visit and can't really hang around waiting in one spot for ages.
Best wishes

Great Shot!

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