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Copyright: Nico van Gijsen (Nico) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-25
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 70-300mm AF-G
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-06-30 3:28
Viewed: 6060
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sitting next to the Kwai river in Botswana this bull elephant came from across the river walking directly towards us. The day had been getting warmer - the reason way we sat outside the vehicle having a drink - and this bull stopped in the river and decided to use his built-in shower to cool off.
Elephants drink about 160 Lit of water every day.
In the bush, if you are quite still they come very close. The trick is not to get panicky when they are close as they may see you as a threat and charge. We also try to stay up wind of them as they are then very restful. Once you are scented you can immediately see the difference in attitude.
Some bulls of course are simply miserable and will make your life quite interesting if you get in their way. Climbing a tree does not help much either, as they are big and strong enough to rattle the tree so much that you will not be able to hold on.
Tourist have been killed by these bulls because theyget toot close and sometimes hoot to get a reaction, and then the wrong kind of reaction.
But they are beautiful to watch in the bush, part of what makes Africa what it is.

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  • kb10 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 29] (155)
  • [2006-06-30 3:39]

Belle prise.
De plus voir un éléphant en action, comme ça dans l'eau ça change des images plutôt paisible que l'on a d'eux.
Belles couleurs.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-06-30 3:50]

Hi Nico,

If I am right you were not just out of your car when you meet this giant,I think I would easy go in again,only for the thought,picture is very good composed and I think it was hot as you said as he is taking a sort of shower as well,well seen and bravely captured,


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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-30 5:00]

Hi Nico, excellent moment captured. He looks like he is really enjoying his shower. Excellent lighting, colours and details. The horizon line is a bit on the slant but only a slight niggle, still a great shot. One day I will come to S.Africa and hopefully witness the beauty for myself, until then I will continue to look at your photos with great interest. Thanks for sharing.


A very clear and sharp pic indeed. I love the Lighting, POV, Composition and detail shown. TFS,

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-06-30 6:51]

Nico bonjour, excellent capture of this elephant washing!! with a good timing. Very good job and best regards, didier.

Hi Nico,
Cool action shot, I like it!
Very nice detail, color, DOF, and you've exposed this well..Lets see, if was to nitpick :) I might've rotated the frame left a bit..maybe ;)
Very well done.

Hi Nico,
WOW! I only dream about experiencing things like this face to face. Very dramatic behavior action shot. Great colors and detail. I love it!

If I ever make it there some day I'll need a guide to keep me out of trouble.

Hello Nico
What a great capture.
This elephant is really enjoying its bath.
Great composition with superb colors and details.
Excellent POV and BG.
Regards and have a great weekend

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-09-22 14:12]


Dit is lekker.

I keep looking at this one ..... What a fantistic photograph ... the subject .. the focus, dof, very well done .. stunning ..


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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2006-11-15 7:13]

Hi Pa

Great Action shot!! Composition and POV excellent.



Hi vader

great shot!! good composition and depth of field.

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