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Tusks and Trunk

Tusks and Trunk
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-11
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Kruger National Park 2, Vanderschelden's Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-07 8:11
Viewed: 4655
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tusks and Trunk. African elephant close up taken in Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Fourth upload of the African elephant in my Kruger national Park series.
You can view the images chronologically in my Kruger National Park travelogue.
My 3 previous African elephant images you can find
and here

Thanks for looking...

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
11/10/2007 14:50:28
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
Focal Length
560,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-07 8:23]

You can count the wrinkles in this one Annick! Super detail, well timed and perfect DOF, well done...the trunk seems to have an unusual bend in it..

Magnifico bela foto de qualidade exelente meus parabéns.

Hallo annick,
Mooie scherpe close up van deze Olifant, prima plaat.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-07 9:18]

Hola Annick.
Exelente foto de este "Elefante" Gran calidad en la presentacion. Los colores y nitidez son de alto nivel.
Gracias Por Compartir.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-07 10:01]

It's so big... We can really see how big this animal is, you picture shows us this. Wonderful sharp for such focal length is amazing. Framing is perfect.

Hi Annick
Very dynamiv. I also like tight crop here. Composition and sharpness is great
Very good job

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-07 10:42]

Ha Annick,

Een mooi uitgesneden portretfoto,de olifant (waarschijnlijk een zij) heeft een leuke expressie,welke je mooi hebt vastgelegd,groetjes


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-07 13:07]

Hi Annick

Great close-up - excellent detail and imaginitve cropping - it gives an excellent sense of scale.


Hello Annick

A fabulous, lovely capture of this elephant! But I could not see its ears friend:) As I said before I like its ears so much:)
Thanks friend!

Best regards,


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-07 14:04]

Hi Annick
Another beautiful portrait.Very well composed.Sharp image with amazing details.Beautiful light also.
TFS Michel

Hi Annick,

It seems to me that elephants are not easy to capture to make some outstanding photo. This time, you really did it! Just a wonderful, very dynamic portrait, rendering the mood of this animal! Thank you,


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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-07 15:17]

Hi Annick,

What an superb portrait you're presenting us. I really like how you've cropped your image. Oh well, I'm happy to see that even with wrinkles, we can still look amazing :-) Excellent details, very well done!


hello Annick

wow !

superb close-up shot with the excellent details and sharpness, TFS

p.s. maybe you kno it here it is 2 links on a
elephant filmmaker and photographer



He...I have a message from Mario in Alberta and have just visited his elephant side show...very interesting...but this! This is real cool as I woulda' said a while back and would still say today if the younger ones didn't look at me askew...I am a young kid in an old body and I refuse to grow up...So in that light..could someone please give me some peanuts to feed this one:-)

Hi Annick,
Just a wonderful portrait of this African elephant, excellent detail, love the tight crop, all the best Cheers Rick :)

hello annick,
excellent closeup, the image is sharp and the details of the skin looks great, well composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

Nice presentation of this elephant. I like your composition. Great DOF and POV. Excellent details. TFS!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-08 1:21]

Hi Annick

A very good close-up here from you, one that brings with it some drama...
It's because of those beautiful tusks that these majestic animals have been so persecuted in the past (and maybe even present) and it's because of the many deaths that it has seen that the eyes of this one are so sad. That's the way i see this shot and that's why i think it's absolutely brilliant!
Very well composed with the tight close-up here, excellent details and great light that enhances the mood a bit more, too.
Truly wonderful work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-02-08 1:39]

Hello Annick,

Superb closeup of African elephant with all detail of the skin.
Congratulation, Pro work!

Superb "macro" photo!
Good framing
Kind regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-02-08 18:13]

Annick. you will find them plenty in southern part of india. But in anyway nice shot and showing the signs of aging. Lovely focus. Ganesh

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-09 19:36]

Hello Annick

They say an elephant with it's trunk up is good luck.I agree!
Great timing on this shot,the composition is beautiful.
Very fine textures and details.
The colours are natural and well saturated.
Excellent crop!

Excellent image Annick..Perhaps the best "Tusks & Trunk" closeup I've ever seen.
Amazed at the DOF you have in this at F/4
I'm on vacation now, but I'll check your work from time to time :)
Did you get the memo from Canon on the mirror box repair/adjustment?

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2008-02-13 7:57]

Hi Annick,
I like this POV, the crop used here.Beautiful details of the skin, placement of tusks & eye. The trunk does seem to be a little kinked. Nice background.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-02-16 12:26]

Hi Annick, what an excellent close-up of the elephant. Good sharp details and what a pose too. I like your tight crop too,

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