Elephants at the Pond

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What more can one say about this marvellous view of elephants (Loxodonta africana) enjoying a drink in the middle of the day. Wait patiently by a good water pan anywhere in southern Africa and you are likely to encounter these graceful beasts. What beholds the greater beauty: this or an ivory trinket sitting on your mantle-piece? It is a no brainer really. Interestingly, it is considered that elephants have more environmental impact that any other mammal besides man. They are renowned for their destruction of trees; the very source of their long term food supply, which in the past has resulted in ghastly ‘culling’ of this adorable beast.
(Canon EOS 7D; f/5.6; 1/750sec; ISO-320; 140mm)

Picture ©2013 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
There is a view that great nature photography composition should be kept as simple as possible and the subject of the image be well placed in the frame and be without other image ‘clutter’ detracting from the subject. Clearly, this is where a narrow depth of field will come into play. The bush is full of distracting clutter and it is difficult to change your viewing-point in a wildlife environment, so use a wider f-stop to blur out unwanted clutter. More importantly take several shots at different f-stops. Recompose frequently.

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3 thoughts on “Elephants at the Pond

  1. I agree with the comments of Andrew concerning composition etc but looking at this picture, there appears to be something wrong, then the penny drops. The photographer has created a scene whereby the elephants are portrayed as being the Pigmy species, i.e. small in statue, not the mighty creatures of the Zambezi valley.

  2. I don’t agree with Robin. These are an ordinary YOUNG family with just the right amount of Clutter as background, it is REAL and brings life to my memories

    1. The setting of the picture, colour, obvious warmth of the surrounds etc are perfect, this I do agree with Maurice.
      Bearing in mind the age that elephants first calf, the picture that appeared on my screen has created an optical allusion of small in status.

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