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African Elephant

African Elephant
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG, Digital RAW 100, UV Filter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark feb/mar 2007
Date Submitted: 2007-03-19 16:20
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Today an upload from an impressive meeting with an african elephant we saw near the satara restcamp entrance gate,hope you like it,TFW

African Elephant
African elephants are distinguished from Asian elephants in several ways. The most noticeable difference is the ears. Africans' ears are much larger and are shaped like the continent of their origin. The African elephant is typically larger than the Asian and has a concave back. Both males and females have external tusks and are usually less hairy than their Asian cousins.
African elephants have traditionally been classified as a single species composed of two distinct subspecies, namely the savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana africana) and the forest elephant (Loxodonta africana cyclotis), but recent DNA analysis suggests that these may actually constitute distinct species. While this split is not universally accepted by experts a third species of African elephant has also been proposed.
Under the two species classification, Loxodonta africana refers specifically to the Savanna Elephant, the largest of all the elephants. In fact, it is the largest land animal in the world, standing up to 13 ft (4 m) at the shoulder and weighing approximately 15,400 lb (7,000 kg). The average male stands about 3 m (10 ft) high at the shoulder and weighs about 5500–6000 kg, female being much smaller. Most often, Savanna Elephants are found in open grasslands, marshes, and lakeshores. They range over much of the savanna zone south of the Sahara.
The other postulated species is the Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis). Compared with the Savanna Elephant, its ears are usually smaller and rounder, and its tusks are also thinner and straighter and are not directed outwards so much. The Forest Elephant can weigh up to 10,000 lb (4,500 kg) and stand about 10 ft (3 m) tall. Much less is known about these animals than their savanna cousins because environmental and political obstacles make them very difficult to study. Normally they inhabit the dense African rain forests of central and western Africa, though occasionally they do inhabit the edges of forests and overlap territories and hybridize with bush elephants.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-19 16:23]

Hello Paul,
We don't get to see many elephants on TN, and that's certainly an impressive one. Color and detail on this big guy is great. I suppose s/he just walked by. TFS.

Nice composition, Paul.
Impressive elephant.
Must have been a bit scary this meeting.
Well done

hallo Paul,
hele mooie compositie, goed van kleur en lekker scherp.
Groet Rob

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-03-19 16:59]

Ha Paul,

Dit is echt een indrukwekkend exemplaar. Ook de omgeving is schitterend. Echt Afrikaanse bush.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-03-19 17:09]

Lovely elephant shot, nice sharp shot with wonderful textures captured. I love the colours. Nice POV as well



Hi Paul,
Imponent capture!
I really like the close approach to this big animal. A very impressive encounter.
Details got on the skin are so sharp, the texture seen is remarkable.
I like the color saturation of the picture.
The composition made between the upper and side trees works pretty well in this picture.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-03-19 17:33]

Hi Paul,
Very good POV, and composition. Colors and lighting is very nice. It's a beautiful elephant photo. Well done and TFS
Best wishes

A beautiful shot, it really brings out the size of the animal! The colours and details are great! Well captured,


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-19 18:36]

Hola Paul,
bella foto,
detalles y preciosa compo,
precioso animal y colores excelentes,
saludos TFS.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-03-19 19:16]

Very nice picture of this Elephant Paul, congrats for the amazing photo, sharp and collorful...

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-03-19 19:54]

É uma foto magnifica, exelente espetacular parabéns por esta preciosa imagem.

hi paul,
very nice shot of african elephant, nice frontal point of view, very good pose, nice natural colour tones,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-20 7:27]

Hello Paul,
Impressive capture Paul, he looks like he is about to walk over you. The details and colors are great, the composition is superb, thanks for sharing.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-20 12:03]

Hello Paul,
Wonderful capture of this african elephant.POV,sharpness,clear details,framing and composition are excellent.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2007-03-20 14:11]

I did not see such elephant's photo. Superb.
My best regards,

Very pretty shot Paul. Very pure and sharp shot. Harmony of atmosphere, colours, lightning. Well done. tfs. Stev

Hi Paul,
Certainly an impressive view, looks like he´s coming to you. I like the colours, textures in skin and natural environment.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-03-21 8:07]

Hi Paul,
A great shot of this beautifull Elephant and I know sometimes a scary animal for us.
But as I know the envirement of the Kruger is for the animals so we have to respect them.
Great job.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-21 8:26]

Hi Paul.
What a perfect shot, my friend. Everything is perfect: composition is wonderful, rich and fine colours are very pleasant for look, DOF is fantastic as well as the details, sharpness and lighting. Bravo, superb job and my congratulations.

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2007-03-22 15:18]

Hi Paul,
Just thought of checking in on your African adventure and this magnificent elephant immediately caught my attention. It looks so unusually realistic and natural, almost as if in a 3D scenery, with very nice, pleasant colours and extremely sharp lines all-over! I like the center perspective very much here when catching the elephant from half sideways. Congratulations to a very successful elephant picture and exhaustive note!
With best regards,

Good Animal photography. TFS.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-24 23:22]

Hello Paul

A beautiful image of this elephant.The focus is excellent and the details are sharp.Very well composed with well saturated colours.TFS


Hi Paul,

Your impressive meeting resulted in an impressive capture. Great angle and details in this well composed image. Good skin texture. The natural setting comes across perfectly and gives an almost 3D feel. Well done!


What a well exposed and focused image. Nicely done. I love elephants and can't imagine seeing one in the wild. It's a great capture.

Evelynn : )

Hi Paul,

Great shot of this African elephant coming through the shrubs, he looks mighty and powerful, absolutely fantastic image. TFS :)

Hi Paul,
A great shot. Sharp, well exposed and great composition. Of course the rather impressive elephant also helps :)

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