Bull Elephant

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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.

2 thoughts on “Bull Elephant

  1. Interesting double “hiway” path this jumbo bull is standing on which I suggest is a hippo trail not an elephant path only – hippo use the same set of trails to leave the water and forage along at night and this one seems a few inches deep so has been in use for a long time probably. Problem with elephants is one cannot avoid taking their photographs they are such magestic wonderful animals!
    John Davison
    Nature Guide
    South Africa

  2. Hi Andrew,

    I am thrilled with your photos. Thanks for sending my way.

    Joe Smith , Portland

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