Most bull elephants (Loxodonta africana) in the Mana Pools National Park are gentlemen, with a few notable exceptions, but not this one! This beast evidently got out of bed the wrong side and came at the photographer like a steam train with its penis swinging in the wind. Fortunately a mock charge, but one can never be sure, if you do not know the elephant concerned. We did not know this one. These bull elephants seem have great ego and want to show who is boss on their turf. We got the message.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM ; 1/400 sec; f/4; ISO 400; 150mm)
Picture ©2014 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Advertising and documentary photographer, Elliot Erwitt, is better known for his monochrome candid photography and a master of capturing the absurd and the ironic on film. He learned much of his craft in the United States Army and authored four books on photography.
“Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times. I just shoot at what interests me at that moment.”
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