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How you may not notice an elephant

How you may not notice an elephant
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Copyright: Nick Neklioudov (OldElephant) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 16] (56)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-28
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20, LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 1:2.8/6-72 ASPH., 58mm UV
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Mammals of Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-08 20:15
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Points: 4
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We were driving on the sandy road to the far corner of Chobe National Park where the lion was supposed to be (according to park staff reports on the radio).

When passing the group of bushes suddenly I noticed something between the branches. I told our driver-guide to back up there.

And there was the family of elephants, hiding in the shadow of the trees from the afternoon heat. Two adult elephants and three young ones. One of them looked only a few weeks old.

It was amazing to see how well the elephants blend in in the surrounding landscape.

That's how you may not notice an elephant just from a few meters distance. Actually two jeeps in front of us passed without noticing them.

We made a few pictures while the elephants were cautiosly sniffing the air, moving their trunks.

When half an hour later (the lion was found!) we returned by the same road, the space under the trees was empty. The elephants left...

You may think that the picture is lacking the saturation, but in fact this dull, pale brown-grey environment in the picture is the correct color set for that season.

It was close to the end of the dry season in Botswana and Namibia. There was very little green and most of the trees, leaves and grass were dry, dusty and scorched by the sun. That's also the reason that elephants, covered with the dry mud, blend in so well.

The colors there were so pale, that the autofocus in the cameras often had a hard time to find anything with the contrast. I noticed that many of the pictures taken were somewhat out of focus because of that. And that was not possible to use the manual focus most of the time.

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Interesting photo and funny caption Nick! A very good camouflage! Your story too is very interesting.

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Please have a look and let me know what you think.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-09 13:03]

Hi Nick. Well seen they could have been easily missed. I had to look hard for the small Elephant , It is being shielded by the larger ones. Very natural looking colours. well done TFS.

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