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African Elephant

African Elephant
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-05-25
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D5200, AF-S DX Nikkor18-105mmF/3.5-5.6G-ED-VR
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Kruger National Park Through My Eyes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2014-08-15 2:27
Viewed: 2283
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had captured this Elephant(Juvenile) picture at Satara;Kruger National Park.

The African Elephant is the largest animal walking the earth.Their herds wander through 37 countries in Africa.They are easily recognized by their trunk that is used for communication and handling objects.And their large ears allow them to radiate excess heat.Upper incisor teeth develop into tasks in African Elephants and grow throughout their lifetime.

There are two subspecies of African Elephants-The Savanna Elephant and the Forest Elephant.Savanna Elephants are larger than Forest Elephants,and their tusks curve outwards.In addition to being smaller,forest Elephants are darker and their tusks are straighter and point downwards.There are also different in the size and shape of the skull and skeleton between the two subspecies.

Forest Elephants,a distinct subspecies of African Elephants,are uniquely adapted to the forest habitat of the Congo Basin,but are in sharp decline due to poaching for the international ivory trade.It is estimated that probably one quarter to one third of the total African Elephants population is made up of Forest Elephants.

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dramatic light on this wonderful elefant - looks if it would rain next?
have a nice day

Hi Srikumar!
Great shot of these elephants in Kruger National Park. Light colored grasses below and overcast conditions have highlighted your subject beautifully.Thanks for sharing this fine composition,
Best Regards,

Hallo Srikumar
I love not only the sight of these beautiful elephants, but also the mood you captured here. I also agree with Pierre (heimann2) about the dramatic light and also with Akbar (AKBAR-ALI-ASIF)that the overcast conditions was perfect to highlight the elephants. It is really a beautiful scenery. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

¡¡Buena cacería, Srikumar!
Gran fotografía de estos elefantes en su medio natural.

Un gran abrazo.

Hernán Bortondello

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-08-15 5:23]

Hello Srikumar,
The dark background gives something special in this photo, indeed something dramatic. Beautiful colours, good sharpness and a fine composition.

Impressive image.
A dark sky and yet the foreground is FULL OF SUNSHINE ... the grasses are "lit".
Most pleasing to view this scenery.
Most kind regards,
P.S. Telus, my server, has still not "fixed" my situation.

hallo Sri
very nice picture with great details and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2014-08-15 9:21]

Hola Srikumar, que bella foto de estos imponentes Elefantes en su entorno natural, como me gustaría verlos así...saludos.

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2014-08-15 11:00]

Hello Sricumar

Very nice image of the elephant, very nice BG of natural environment, good sharpness, nice deatails, nice composition. Thanks for sharing



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-08-15 11:37]

Hi Srikumar,magnificent capture of one of the most famous animals of the world,great perspective and a dark light to create a magic atmosphere,perfect detail and colors as usual.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hi Srikumar. I like the shadow on the elephants ear, how it matches the dark sky. It all comes together well with the shadows. Your perspective is good and your POV is rich. A very good shot! TFS Trevor

Ciao Srikumar, great capture of superb creatue in a fascinating wild ambientation, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Sri,
Nice elephant photo, the composition's great. I see you had difficult light conditions, but you solved the problem quite well. You placed the big mammal very well into the frame and the usual savannah landscape helps the viewer to focus him/her only. Good work.
Best regards, László

Hello Srikumar
Beautiful photo with wonderful lighting and good sharpness.

Hello Srikumar,
Your are a true artist in taking pictures with such amazing details. Excellent piece of work.....A top quality image! The details, focus and sharpness are splendid. Lovely contrast of this beautiful Elephants against the environment.Very nice composition.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-08-17 9:07]

Hi Srikumar,
Another great image in nice colours and with perfect sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Srikumar. Details and sharp perfect. Amazin playing of light for the wild situation.


Hi Srikumar, Lovely nature environment scenery. The elephants are captured at the perfect moment. The scale of the one in the front well balances the rest of the composition. The overcasting sky tells us the rain is on its way. Beautiful composition with great details. Best regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-08-17 12:44]

Hello Srikumar,
What an attractive photo of these two African Elephants. The framing is perfect and you managed to obtain excellent detail. Looks like a storm is brewing up in the distance from the dark clouds or else it is just about nightfall. It must have been thrilling to view such large creatures in their natural habitat. Great shot!!

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2014-08-18 9:40]

Hi Srikumar,

Very nice capture of the Two Elephant, the light is not perfect.
Maybe the weather condition, the sharpness is good and the détails are very superb.
My best regards.
John vantighem

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-08-19 4:22]

hello Sri,
Magnificent natural shot of wild life in SA. Lovely colors, excellent vivid attitude of the elephant on the right. Very interesting.

Hello Srikumar,

and it is a pity that the world can not refuse the poachers :(

Hello Srikumar

It is from here from TN that the Elephant became of my favorite animals,
great shot of these Elephants with fine POV, DOF, and framing,
beautiful lateral light coming to the photo, and doing the
shadow and light effect, TFS


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