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Hwange Sunset

Hwange Sunset
Photo Information
Copyright: Rob Nicholls (nixpix) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 26 N: 121] (444)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-08-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon D60, Canon EF 300mm f2.8 USM IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-27 9:13
Viewed: 7478
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hwange National Park is home to one of the largest remaining elephant populations. The different soil types and resulting vegetation zones also support an impressive array of flora, other mammals and over 350 bird species have been recorded.

Hwange is quite safe and within easy travel distance from Victoria Falls. A number of professional tourism operators run camps that offer a fine wildlife experience with a wide range of photo opportunities. They need visitor support now more then ever as the senseless actions of the country's leadership continue to keep the volumes of visitors away and inflict hardship on residents.

This image was taken in the Mbiza area on the Makalolo concession which is operated by Wilderness Safaris. Great hospitality and excellent guiding.

The image was slightly contrived as we found a small herd of elephants inthe late afternoon and followed them for some time awaiting the sunset. I was disappointed when we lost them briefly in thick bush but then as we were turning to head back to the Mbiza waterhole they suddenly broke cover and crossed before the sunset. I climbed down next to the vehicle to get the right angle for the shot and managed to capture this in a short series of eight images.

The image is untouched besides a slight crop of the black at the bottom and the resizing for TN. When I first looked at the image on screen I thought it was breaking up a little accross the elephant's back. Then I realised it was just the sun's effect on the rough texture of the elephant's hide. Focus is always a problem in light like this but I think it held up well and the efficiency of the Canon 300mm 2.8 came into its own.

Hope you like it. It was a very special moment and sits up there with my favourite scenes.

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A very nice shot, to be on the good place at the godd moment. Beautiful.


Very artistic capture Rob with great atmosphere..I like the way you've composed this one. The silhouette of the elephant with its trunk embracing the setting sun is simply fantastic! Well done.

This is exceptional shot Rob!
I love the way you've framed it - this along with warm light and great colours create really special mood.
Very arty and very interesting photo.
I like it very much.

Hello Rob!
Very interresting shot.Well seen and composed.Warm colors,POV and framing are excellent.thanks for sharing.

Spectacular shot Rob,
Very well composed, good warm colours and excellent POV.
Nicely framed. A very good capture.
Thanks for posting, have a good weekend.

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  • Walt Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-07-30 21:16]

This is a wonderful shot, Rob... great point of view, lighting and color... wish I'd done that! ;)

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-07-30 21:18]

What a nice composition Rob i like it, Thanks for sharing & see you later...,


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