Elephant: Stick and Ears

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A young elephant (Loxodonta africana), chewing on a twig of acacia, stares at the photographer, tolerant, yet potentially temperamental and sometimes unpredictable. This one was a little too young to be absorbed with much more than the tiny morsel it was chewing upon. Lovely creatures.
(Canon 50D; f/5.6; 1/2o0sec; ISO-200; 285mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips

If you are operating a DSLR camera, get into the habit of examining the dynamic range of your images using the histogram display available after each shot. Where the histogram goes off the left or right side of the chart, this indicates clipping (contrast between shadow and highlights too extreme). Remember RAW files hold a greater dynamic range. There are in-camera settings which can assist with light optimisation.