Bull Elephants (Loxodonta africana) are such a common occurrence that one often wonders whether they merit a few frames, but then not everyone is fortunate to be confronted by these magnificent beasts in the wild. Those are fairly small tusks by comparison to elephants in other areas. Another early morning shot… seems like the camera was set on auto ISO here. Notice the hippo trail where he is standing.
(Canon 7D; f/8; 1/500sec; ISO-800; 100mm)
Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Keep your eyes open for soft back lighting effects on your subjects. With animals, particularly those with manes and hairy tails, back lighting can create a halo effect, which can sometimes be very pleasing. Your biggest challenge will be exposure, the challenge between bright back lighting and the darker, shaded, subject. The highlights from the back lighting should hold the most detail, and thus the tendency should be to under expose manually. Use exposure bracketing.