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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Elephant Charge

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Probably one of the photographer’s better pictures in 2011. This was the end of a mock charge run by a bull elephant (Loxodonta africana), which had become annoyed with the small group walking some distance from it. It is not always possible to tell if a charge is ‘mock’ or otherwise, and many theories abound about the difference between the real and the mock charge. The photographer obviously counted his blessing after taking this shot!

This image won a Merit Award in the 2012 George W Glennie Memorial Nature Salon, a North American Club competition, in the Mammals-Large Herbivores Category.
(Canon 50D; f/7,1; 1/200sec; ISO-200; 100mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Sharp images are the making of any wildlife photographer, but attaining sharpness may difficult when using a telephoto zoom lenses. Their capacity for magnification enhances all camera movement too. Subject sharpness means shooting with faster shutter speeds the longer the focal distance. If exposures are poor, then increase your camera’s ISO setting to a higher level to allow for these faster shutter speeds.