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Elephant resting his trunk on the tusk

Elephant resting his trunk on the tusk
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Copyright: Nick Neklioudov (OldElephant) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 16] (56)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20, LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 1:2.8/6-72 ASPH., Tiffen 58mm Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-23 18:44
Viewed: 6154
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Older elephants have very big and heavy trunks. When moving they roll or wave their trunks in order to keep it off the ground. Sometimes, like in this picture, you can see how the elephant hangs his trunk on his own tusk to have some rest.

This bull elephant was escorting his herd after they left Goas waterhole, going to feed in the bush. There were several tourist vehicles (ours included) watching the elephant herd crossing the road. This bull wasn't too happy with the buses and started to go towards them on the road. He was not charging, but made them go away. As we were behind the elephant, now you can see the whole scene that we took on video (with our Panasonic FZ7 camera) here.
or high quality version of it here.

After scaring away the cars, this elephant returned to the waterhole, where he stayed for some time and we took the pictures of him.

Probably he wasn't in a particulary good mood that day, as he definitely wanted to go into the fight with another bull elephant following his herd, that was also leaving the waterhole. That elephant did not want to accept the fight and left.

Then the elephant took interest in our car (we were there alone at the moment). First he crossed the road back and forth in front of us (around 15-20 m distance), then started to move towards us. At this point we decided that its time to leave, started the engine and slowly backed down the road.

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To fungiman: You will see more elephants - I promise! :)OldElephant 1 11-24 06:16
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This is certainly a frame filling shot. It is an interesting pose and note. Your Panasonic handled the light and focus really well. The details are really nice.

Evelynn ; )


This is the first time I see a picture complimented with a video - very cool. And talk about making a statement! This guy was clearly the boss - no questions there. This must have been quite an adventure.
Your note is very interesting as well. Good thing your car started :) TFS.

Best Regards,


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  • g153 (2)
  • [2008-11-23 20:27]

Thank you for sharing this impressive picture. By filling the frame with the elephant, you underline his great size. Your commentary was very useful. I learned some more interesting things about elephants in the wild. Thank you.

Unlike others who like the framing I don't I personal would have like to have seen more of his habitat as this two looks interesting.

Hello Nick,
excellent picture, nice colors,light and very sharp,the elephant is very impressive,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-24 3:49]

Hello Nick,
Excellent photo in very beautiful natural colours and great sharpness. Very good composition and POV.

Very interesting and less known fact about elephants
Crisp clear shot.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-24 10:56]

What an encounter, Nick! I love the shot, I didn't even thought once that elephants could want to rest their trunks! I am sure you are going to post very interesting shots of elephants and I am very pleased to find you on TN! Welcome and thank your for this superb and instructive shot,


Hi Nick,
Spectacular photo and video

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-24 11:57]

Hi Nick. Welcome to TN. This is my favourite animal and has been since seeing one as a clild a long time ago.
This is a fine view of the huge looking animal. You have captured all the skin details with natural colours. I may have left a bit more picture around the elephant. All with interesting notes.
Well done TFS.

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