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Samburu Elephant



Photographed at 4:45 pm on 1 October, 2014 in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.


ISO 250, 1/2000 sec., f/2.8, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.


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Samburu's resident elephants range from mountains to river, actively feeding but seldom for very long in the same location. Their prodigious stamina is impressive.


This elephant was alone, quietly feeding near the track. It's lethargic movements fit the late afternoon, which was warm, with gradually declining light.

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Well worn.

 

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34303515560_1e44d1a4a4_k.jpgNot sure that I love this (or even like it), but first attempt at playing with Silver Efex as a faux plug-in in Capture One. Some waterhole in Etosha, Namibia, a long time ago.

 

 

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Okay, let's try some more of the Namibian variety. One more from Etosha:

 

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And perhaps this gal, in the Huab Valley:

 

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~ @Swazicar

 

The black and white Huab Valley dust bath images are especially effective.

 

The black and white enhances the impact of the falling dust.

 

Great photography!

 

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On 2/10/2017 at 5:58 PM, pomkiwi said:

The migration. Maasai Mara, Kenya, February 2017.

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~ @pomkiwi

 

Your image powerfully captures several aspects of Maasai Mara.

 

•  The sheer scale of it, including vast distances without much variation.

 

•  The loneliness of life apart from the herd for female and young elephants.

 

•  The utter calm when no obvious predator-prey event is underway.

 

Thank you for posting it.

 

Tom K.

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@Tom Kellie Thank-you for your thoughtful comments. This was actually my only sighting of elephants in the Mara and a complete contrast to the extremely close encounters on my previous trips to South Africa.  It brought home to me that for many animals in the Mara and Africa in general existence is one long migration.

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6 minutes ago, pomkiwi said:

@Tom Kellie Thank-you for your thoughtful comments. This was actually my only sighting of elephants in the Mara and a complete contrast to the extremely close encounters on my previous trips to South Africa.  It brought home to me that for many animals in the Mara and Africa in general existence is one long migration.

 

~ @pomkiwi

 

As I've exceeded my ‘Likes’ quota for the day, may I please acknowledge what you've written above.

 

Fascinating that elephant sightings were that scarce in the Mara during your recent visit.

 

That's so true that life amounts to one endless trek for numerous species.

 

One more river to cross...”

 

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Where Are the Elephants?

 

Photographed at 5:07 pm on 1 October, 2014 in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.

 

ISO 320, 1/2000 sec., f/2.8, 400mm focal length, handheld Shutter Priority exposure.

 

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Driving in from the main entrance, we encountered a white vehicle belonging to Save the Elephants. They parked in the track where a small elephant herd was milling around.

 

We laughed to watch elephants seemingly sneaking past the rear of the vehicle as the occupants sat, oblivious to our mirth at watching elephants passing behind.

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South Luangwa NP,  Oct 2016

 

Broken tusks ......

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There's superb texture showing in your photo above.

 

It certainly shows the benefits of black and white nature photography.

 

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On 6/9/2017 at 11:41 PM, Tom Kellie said:

~ @Swazicar

 

The black and white enhances the impact of the falling dust.

 

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Thanks, Tom.  I'm very much a beginner with respect to processing RAW images, and that's especially the case with B&W.  I still think there's more in that second image.  Someday, I'll hook up the 27" monitor to the MacBook and give it a whirl.

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Chobe River,

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Khwai Concession,May 2017.

 

This guy was in no hurry to let us pass.

 

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In musth and feeling grumpy

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On 27/06/2017 at 3:29 PM, Soukous said:

 

 

This guy was in no hurry to let us pass.

 

 

So is this one on the road to the airport!

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Fight or play?

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Amboseli, feb 2017.

 

 

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It's not always easy to escape the crowds in Amboseli NP, but it does offer some terrific opportunities for photographing elephants in different surroundings. 

 

 

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