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Baby Elephant for Loot !

Baby Elephant for  Loot !
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Copyright: Smitha Komath (smitha) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-28
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baby Animals 6, Nature's cutest, Dedications at TrekNature Part Three, CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-08 4:12
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I would like to dedicate this picture to Mr. Loot Eksteen, whose pictures of Baby animals have always fascinated me. He always manages to capture them with such beautiful expressions that they go straight to your heart. 122Each and every one of them are so adorable and a joy to look at. My favorite from that series is "I will guard while you drink Mommy!" http://www.treknature.com/viewphotos.php?l=3&p=140672

Thank you Loot for sharing such wonderful pictures with us.:)

We live in Kodanad a place famous for Elephant kraal, where Forest Rangers rear lost and found baby elephants. Most of them come here heavily injured, and the mahouts take good care to help them regain their health. Each morning these baby elephants are taken to nearby river to give them bath. Many people visit the place to enjoy the sight. I and Anil also went there sometime back, that day we saw three baby elephants and a mature one.
The baby elephants can be very naughty. So naughty that they won't come out of the water, like this one. The Mahout tried everything from cajoling to threatening, but this one didn't come out until it was ready to.:) When I saw this baby elephant, it reminded me of Loot's baby animal pictures. So I decided then and there that I am going to dedicate it to him .
Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments.

rcrick, Miss_Piggy, nardophoto, joey, JoseMiguel, ramthakur, haraprasan, mirceax, Alex99, fartash, Maite, sherlock628, fiyo, loot, Roynsam, vanderschelden, SelenE, japiey, dejo, jeanpaul, uleko, dantor, boreocypriensis, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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hi smitha
very good and funny picture
good job
great focus and contrast

aleks ;-)
best wishes

Hi Smitha
What a really great shot, this has to be the cutest image I've seen on TN, stunning detail, excellent colours,just beautiful well done, Rick :)

Hallo Smitha
A special thanks for this dedication to Loot. This is a lovely, lovely and once more lovely picture. I know that you enjoy Loot’s photos tremendously, and it does not go unnoticed. I also dedicated my first (Kingfisher for Loot) Trek Nature photo to him, because he deserves it so much. This photo really has a very high cuteness factor and I am sure you enjoyed so much photographing it. I like the water droplets on the back, the pinkish-red inside of the mouth and trunk and the small ears. I am sure he had a ball of a time, splashing around in the water. Thanks for sharing this special photo.
Kind regards

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-08 4:34]

Hello Smitha, very fine capture of this baby elephant ! The pose, the sharp details and the perfect exposure are awesome ! Well done, thanks !


Hallo Smitha
Really cool shot of this little one :)

Ciao Smitha,
complimenti per questo grazioso scatto.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-08 5:30]

Aaahhh now that is cute!
This is perfect for Loot!
The expression is priceless.
Great timing to capture this comical pose :)
Razor sharp and immensely detailed.
Great composition and POV.
I like the colours.
Very good work Smitha!

Hi Smitha,
What a beauty!
It's so good the moment you caught here, the pose of the baby elephant and clear details got on him.
I like the contrasting green colour refelcted on the water, it makes the picture even richer.
Congratulations and thanks for show it.
My best regards,

Hello Smitha,

Very nice picture of this cute elephant. Good focus. Nice colours.

A cute little baby elephant, Smitha.
You have done a great job of capturing it in the water where it is apparently having a great time. Very clear details and colours.
The dedication to Loot is a fitting tribute to his great work.
TFS and regards.

Hi Smitha,
A beautiful capture of this cute baby elephant. Mr. Loot will surely enjoy it. Excellent sharpness and very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Smitha,
You are captured a super cute baby elephant. In this shot I like the fine light and the elephant pose.


Hi Smitha,
funny baby elephant lol!!!
Great shot, contrast and focus are cery good.
Thanks for sharing.
Loot well be happy.


Dear Smitha,

Such a cute picture. You are right that the baby animals give greater opportunities for making pictures by offering unrestrained and innocent expression as much as human babies. They are playful and are not conditioned to be stereotyped like an adult. We saw one of the three Baby Elephants when we came to Kodanad last time. It pains me to know that some day they have to be obeying the orders of human beings to do chores that they do not want to. Thanks for presenting a well saturated picture showing a nice playful moment. Does it also splash water around? One thing that disappointed me about the Kodanad Elephant washing is that the place is in shadow in the morning when they bring the elephants for washing.

Murali Santhanam

Hi Smitha
Excellent shot of this Baby Elephant,
Great focusing,timing and exposure,
Superb shot my friend :o)

Good luck

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-08 8:12]

How cute!!
It's a splendid shot, Smitha!
I like a lot this baby elephant captured with so sharp and clear details. Excellent framing, DOF and composition.
My compliments and best regards

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-08 8:40]

Hi Smitha,

A very nice and cute picture,as well a nice dedication to loot,I suppose he would be happy to see this,well done and tfs


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-01-08 9:04]

This is so cute shot,lovely playful moment you captured!Nice composition and POV..TFS!

So well captured, this naughty one!Thanks, CarOze

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-08 12:16]

Hello Smitha,
Lovely composition and very beautiful picture with very good details and sharpness.TFS.

Hi Smitha,
Aside from the technical details like great exposure, sharpness, colour and POV, I just love the expression on the baby elephant's face. I think anyone could tell how naughty this little guy is even without your great explanation. Simply a delightful image to lift the spirits. Thanks for the warm feeling!
Best Wishes,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-01-08 19:53]
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Hi Smitha

What a pleasant surprise and a great honour. Thanks so much for your kind gesture. I truly appreciate and cherish it.

I am sure (and from the supporting evidence in your note) that I am not the only one on TrekNature that can go "ape" about baby animals. No wonder then that ManYee's themes on "Baby Animals" is already at chapter 6 and still growing by the day.

You have captured a wonderful "snapshot" moment in a day of this baby elephant's life. Elephants and water goes together like a hand and glove and this little guy just showed its absolute delight in enjoying the water and refusing to leave. I like the composition giving the youngster ample space to move and play. The rich well saturated colours gives the shot an added appeal, the details are strong and very sharp, the exposure levels were spot on, and the DOF created a lovely OOF area in the BG to compliment the little "big guy". A fabulous shot and a great contribution to the growing number of baby animal images on the site.

Very well done and TFS.

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  • mithun (0)
  • [2008-01-08 22:01]

Superb once again...Excellent details and colours of this cute little ele.
warm regards

What an excellent photo this is.
Thank you very much for sharing it on TN.
I am sure that Mr. Loot will love it also.



Hello Smitha,
A funny little one. They are so different compared to their African equivalents.

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  • sagar Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 4 N: 1] (32)
  • [2008-01-11 2:05]

Hi Smitha,
I am at a fix. I dont know from where to sart ..All the shots in your gallery are so fascinating!!!!
This is one of the cutest baby elephant that I have seen.
Wonderful shot. The litle giant looks incredible, much like a soft toy!!!
Best regards,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-11 3:18]

Hi Smitha,
How cute :o))) You have captured a lovely pose of this baby. Well done and TFS

Hi Smitha,

Nothing can be more beautifull than a baby...
Excellent shot , and a dear dedication..
Beautifull days..

jean paul

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-24 23:43]

Hi Smitha,
cute baby :)
great pic, great sharpness and DOF, details
nicelly done
best regards, Dejan

Hello Smitha.

Excellent image, nice composition and details.

Jose Luis.

Bonsoir Smitha
Une excellente photo ,les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition.C'est un très beau bébé ,c'est la première fois que j'en vois un sur le site.

Merci et bravo pour le partage...JP

Dear Smitha, Very nice picture, very well captured expression, well done, TFS.
with best regards.vab.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-07 10:05]

Hello Smitha,
I've missed this lovely capture of your baby Elephant! It is so cute and looks so happy in the water! Great sharpness and beautiful colours - I like the green water too! Well done!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-10 16:03]

Hello Smitha

A wonderful dedication for Loot.This is absolutely beautiful.
This little baby elephant is so cute.
Excellent clarity and focus.The sharpness is super.
Very well composed in a beautiful setting.
I love the way it is holding it's trunk!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-22 21:23]

Hi Smitha.
Very touching note and terrific picture of the charming baby. You managed to reflect an amazing scene and quality of the shot is blameless. Great diagonal composition, tremendous sharpness, texture and colour reproduction, wonderful rich colours. Bravo. Perfect post (both picture and note).

Great shot, Smitha, well composed. You took the picture from the perfect angle. Excellent DOF. Exposure is right on. Pleasing saturated colours. You captured the action at the right moment. Well done. Nice note too.

smitha - I love it's eyes and the water droplets on its hair! nicely taken - well done!

Hi Smitha, cute, cutee and cute... what a lovely baby:) I loved its big earlaps:) Wonderful that you showed us this my friend. TFS and Cheers,

Great shot. You have captured a very nice moment. Good colours and excelletn sharpness.

hello Smitha

what a lovely photography of this Baby Elephant,
you shooted it at the best moment with the subjects
pose bringing dynamism to the photo, very fine POV, DOF
and framing, great sharpness and details, TFS


This is not only well takened but oh so cute, it reminds me of "the Jungle Book" or Disney's "Tarzan" animated cartoons. Well captured Smitha.

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