Face to Face

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Bull elephants (Loxodonta africana) can be quite curious creatures. This face to face was typical of an encounter between man and beast where the latter has established some trust in humanity. These clever animals actually like to test one’s mettle in a seeming game of dare. You would not survive this encounter with a female elephant. The photographer was seated quietly in bramble with his back to a termite mound, hoping the bull would simply walk on by. It did eventually, but not before a thorough face to face inspection, with its trunk, of the wide eyed intruders.
Population Trend : Increasing; Threat: VulnerableSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/160 sec; f/6.3; ISO 640; 100mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

A-Z of Photography
Polarising filters only allow light vibrating in a single plane to pass through the filter and are used to eliminate reflections (which emit multi-directional light vibrations) and to deepen blue skies. The filter absorbs light vibrations outside the single plane. Most polarising filters allow a circular movement of the filter piece to enable maximum effect on cameras. Linear polarising filters tend to confuse most digital cameras with autofocus and metering systems.

“I am always surprised when I see several cameras, a gaggle on lenses, filters, meters, et cetera, rattling around in a soft bag with a complement of refuse and dust. Sometimes the professional is the worst offender! ”

– Ansel Adams

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Bull Elephant Charge

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What would Mana Pools be without the occasional ‘stroppy’ bull elephant (Loxodonta africana)? This young bull decided to exert his ‘territorial’ dominance with a mock charge, starting with the typical head down, trunk extended, much trumpeting and the sudden rush forward stopping short several meters, deliberately kicking up dust and flapping its ears as wide as it can. Just another day in the office! Mana Pools is at the peak of its African bush beauty following goods rains. Everything is green and the Indigofera (tinctoria) are in lush green abundance.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/EF70-200mm IS USM + 1.4x; 1/4000 sec; f/4; ISO 1000; 98mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Photography Quotes
David Bailey is a British fashion and portrait photographer who was at one time contracted to Vogue magazine. In 2001 he was awarded the OBE for his services to art and became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 2005 in recognition of his contribution to the art of photography. Bailey is attributed with the quote:

“It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.”

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Penis Swinging

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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

Photography Quotes
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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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.

Strolling Bull Elephant

A bull elephant (Loxodonta africana) strolls across to the next tree during an early morning feed. A record shot.
(Canon 7D; f/5.6; 1/500sec; ISO-200; 400mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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