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Mini vs Maxi

Mini vs Maxi
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 15x Optical zoom
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Kruger NP 2009
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos, CeltickRanger's favorite Elephant photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-11 18:38
Viewed: 4578
Points: 96
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mini vs Maxi at the waterhole

I would like to dedicate this image to the entire Trek Nature community that had any interaction with me since the day I joined. It is because of all of you that I have come so far as I did and by means of this posting all of you are included. The Mini's (the ones with whom I corresponded maybe a few times only) and then the Maxi's (the ones with whom I have regular contact and have become part of my circle of friends on the site). A big thanks to all of you.

The most wonderful thing about watching wildlife is the variety of animals and the various ways of watching them. Each one of us has a special species that we favour and would like to see the most, and sometimes the more elusive they are the more our eagerness and enthusiasm grows. The animals I captured in this scenery are not some of those that one has to go and search for as they are regulars in the Kruger National Park. In fact most of the times people tend to pass impalas because of their large quantities and one sees them so often.

I have decided to post this image, as not only does it have such a peaceful feeling to it, it also displays the untouched habitat and the beautiful nature out there. This image shows so clearly how enormous the elephant is and how it dwarfs the impalas and that is also why I have chosen the title Mini vs Maxi. The note is also about this large, and most beautiful animal, the elephant.

It was taken in the hot, midday sun at Renosterkoppies Dam, south of Skukuza.

Quick Physical Statistics
Elephants typically reach puberty at 13 - 14 years of age.
They have offspring up until they are around 50 years old.
They reach the age of up to 70 years or possibly more.
A cow produces a single calf and in very rare cases twins.
The interval between births is between 2½ to 4 years.
An elephant's trunk, a union of the nose and upper lip, is a highly sensitive organ with over 100,000 muscle units.

Interesting Facts
Their trunks can get very heavy. It is not uncommon to see elephants resting them over a tusk!
They cry, play, have incredible memories, and laugh!
They are sensitive fellow animals where if a baby complains, the entire family will rumble and go over to touch and caress it.
They have greeting ceremonies when a friend that has been away for some time returns to the group.
They grieve at a loss of a stillborn baby, a family member, and in many cases other elephants.
They don't drink with their trunks, but use them as "tools" to drink with. This is accomplished by filling the trunk with water and then using it as a hose to pour it into the elephant's mouth.

The Ecological Impact of the Elephant is Priceless
They provide a vital role in the ecosystem they inhabit.
They modify their habitat by converting savannah and woodlands to grasslands.
They can provide water for other species by digging water holes in dry riverbeds, the depressions created by their footprints and their bodies trap rainfall.
They act as seed dispersers by their fecal matter. It is often carried below ground by dung beetles and termites causing the soil to become more aerated and further distributing the nutrients.
Their paths act as firebreaks and rain water conduits.
An elephant's journey through the high grass provides food for birds by disturbing small reptiles, amphibians or insects. Source

I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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Thank you for this kind dedication to all of us, my friend Anna.
We've all stuck together at all kind of odd, and sometimes, uncomfortable times. The best part, Anna, is how we've learnt and supported each other on this site. Thank you for everything, too...
I love this shot which shows this contrast in size!
A stunning shot, framed so well and presented with such finesse.

In the first glance, it looked like trick photography to me, to tell you frankly, Anna.
Then I read your note twice over. Then I realized the line of demarkation between the two subjects is actually some kind of artificial water body. Then I understood what you mean by your caption.
It is not the contrast between the elephant and the impalas in terms of their size that strikes me as mind boggling; it is the sense of harmony between the two.You have said that in your note written with passion. In fact, you are a poet at heart, Anna, and I deeply appreciate and admire it.
Thanks for bringing us face to face with some of the nature's wonders you are very close to and deeply attached with in your blessed country.
Best regards.

Hi Anna,
Great shot.
Natural colours with fantastic definition.
Light, focus and composition are splendid.
Excellent note.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-11 22:41]

Hello Anna,
A nice title to a fine composition of mammalian contrasts. The huge African Elephant was taken in fine lighting against its natural habitat with exellent sharpness and the two seemingly insignificant impalas are well placed in the composition.
Thanks for your thoughts in appreciating the efforts of those members of TN that help to make it what it is!
Thanks for sharing this impressive image too,
Kind regards,

Hello Anna,
Lovely capture with such incredible sharp details. Fantastic colours, focus and POV. Thank you for your kind dedication to all of us. It is a exceptional image prezenting the contrast between the two species. Have a nice weekend!

Good Morning Anna,

Firstly i have to say something on this excellent thematic post! Very fine job with the presentation, quite witty and effective :) as i seen with the comments which i read so far.
With your note, i like your comparing TN members to these represantative beauties:) based their meeting an artificial water pool (here TN!). hehe.. i think i would be an impala since i always beginer:)
TFS and have a great Sunday!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-12 0:38]

Hello Anna,
Beautiful photo of this scene. It reminds me of a photo I put here on TN a few years ago of an elephant surrounded by springboks in Serengeti. Fantastic to see the contrast between the huge elephant and the tiny deer.
Thanks for the kind dedication.

Thank you for the warm words dear Anna and for the lovely image here. I have been in this colorful country since 1991 and still did not manage to visit the great Kruger National Park. Truly fantastic wild life photographer's paradise. I believe that you do not have desire to upgrade your Cybershot at that stage, after all the convenience of a pocket camera is undeniable. I was very skeptic about it's tiny sensor till I recently both the Award winning G11 for my wife. And then .... I fell in love. In the camera of course. I highly recommend this little Canon to you and everyone. Even my recent full frame Canon 5D Mark II looks outdated compering to this pocket camera. I,ts wonderful 10 Mega pixel sensor is very capable and is perfectly usable up to ISO800. Please, search the Internet samples images and compare them to any compact camera!! This is a camera for you!! I know! Now if you forgive me I did corrected the heavy blue,magenta cast on the Elephant Lower body and added some yellow and a bit cyan touch. I hope that you like the difference. Have a great Sunday and please, keep taking nice pictures like this one!
Best Regards,
George Veltchev

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-12 0:43]

Oooh! What a perspective! In this pic the elephant seem very very big,fantastic composition,and a beautiful light to have the best result in sharpness and colors.One of your best,no doubt.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO

Hello Anna,

what a nice introdution note, also the note are good.
A nice dedication for all of us.
A good pov and sharpness image with nice framing.
I'll ike tiss but the waterwell are made by humans? looksnot natural.


Good morning Anna,

Majestic is the word that comes to mind here! Wonderful notes, and such an exciting capture. The title too describes this scene so perfectly; the elephant is so imposing, and the impala are so delicate. It is lovely to see them side by side. You are very lucky to live in such a country!

Warm greetings, Amelia

Hi Anna
What a great advert for the Kruger National Park. This is typical of what you can see at the dams and waterholes, makes me want to pack up and head for the Park!
Great shot, well done

Greet Anna
Impressive animal. Great you gave back size this elephant's on background
I greet Robert

Hello Anna,
Thank you for this wonderful dedication to us all. You are a very special person and I believe God has put you on my path way for a reason. Your photo is beautiful with sharp clear detail and beautiful colors and it makes me want to go for a Sunday afternoon drive into the park. Very well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-09-12 9:19]

Hi Anna,

You have outdone yourself with this amazing capture! The elephant is magnificent and makes the Impalas look like toys. The first thing I thought of was Gulliver's Travels. I love the textures of the elephants, the natural colors, fine details and beautiful beautiful setting. You are so right about the Impalas. When I was in Africa at first we were excited to see them but after a while we all thought, "Oh, it's just another Impala."


Dear Anna,
This is an amazing composition by you that includes impalas in the fore & an African elephant in the background. Rare to see such photographs with an excellent DOF, sharpness, details of the great African environment with lovely simile of Mini/Maxi on TN. Thanks for sharing your wonderful views along with this photograph.

Hi Anna,
A nice capture of these two herbivores in one frame. Excellent sharp details and a nice composition. Good and interesting notes too. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Anna
i like your vey original dedication, this shot is very beautful and sharp
great environment, light and colors
it's always amazing to see animals species from so different size or race living together in peace, humans can learn about
Have a good night

hello Anna

WOW ! i would never think before to see such photo
from the Nature, it gives us the view that how BIG
can be a elephant, the superb POV on your photo
it gives that great eye-contact of the elephant,
superb focus sharpness and details to all the image,
very beautiful luminosity, also merci for the dedication,



Hi Anna,
a very impressive elefant bull. I like the composition with the two impalas beside him.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-09-13 5:44]

Hi Anna!
Fantastic image! We can see the majesty of the elephant near the impala: impressive! Your capture is excellent with perfect sharpness and fine details of the subjects. Splendid lights and shadows.
Very well done, congratulations!
Thanks for your dedication and note.
Ciao! Vanda
Anna, your are lucky: your Country must be wonderful ....Reading Wilburn Smith I could know South Africa and its animals...as impala: I did not know it before :))

Ciao Anna, lovely couple of mini against a fantastic maxi, beautiful natural ambientation, wonderful colors, excellent sharpness and splendid light. very well done my friend, have a good week, ciao Silvio

Consigues plasmar la magnitud del gran mamífero por los
dos animales situados en el primer plano. Buena luz y realismo en los colores.
Buena semana Anna: Josep Ignasi.

hello Anna
this is a very good picture yes and how big ?
VERY big
so beautiful with the little impalas
super good details and great sharpness
very nice shot Anna
greeting lou

Hola Anna

Bonita composición de esta imagen. Aqui se aprecia perfectamente lo grande que es el elefante al lado de estos pequeños impalas. Una imagen muy agradable, perfectos contrastes y nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hi Anna,

Lovely capture of this comparative photograph. The huge is real huge and the deers look very small in front of the giant. Lovely capture! Very nice moment captured!


Wow, love the dramatic size "differential" I see Anna, it makes the shot.
Great job on the exposure, looks you had to work against the often not-so-friendly mid-day light.
Technically well done, nice work! :)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-09-14 12:28]

Hi Anna. This picture has done just what you wanted it to do . Showing the huge size of the Elephant. I have yet to see one in the wild maybe one day before i get to old. I have sat looking at this picture for a long while now and found i was dreaming about Africa. With your very intersting notes and the picture i feel i have been on hoilday. TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-09-15 10:56]

Hi Anna.
Fantastic shot. Impressive POV. Perfect idea to show ordinary by sizes animals against the giant elephant. Tremendous effect. Amazing 3D-photo. Bravo. Deails of the image are ultimate. Lights and colours are fine and natural. Framing of the scene may be the best which I can imagine. My compliments and best wishes.
P.S. I am touched with your comments to my last shot. It is the best award to me.

Hello Anna,
Beautiful photo, excellent sharpness and contrast,
very beautiful colors and great POV
Congratulations and thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

Hello Anna,
Expressive image with this huge elephant and two little impalas. Excellent moment caught with good details and natural colours. Well done!

Hi anna,
a live animal like a giant next to the tiny but both are excellent.
a wonderful comparison.
health care into your hands.
good afternoon

Thanks Anna for the dedication to all those wonderful TNians here! This is amazing picture with great details on the elephant! The impalas play a part here in depicting the size of this magnificent animal.
Goutham R

Hi Anna.Wonderful photo of the mini and maxi animals in this scene. Details and composition are nice.
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-17 5:21]

Hello Anna,
Amazing the contrast of size between the different species of Kruger Park!
You have chosen a perefect point of view to enhance even this difference. A lovely and natural shot of wild life, indeeed.
Thanks a lot for it.
Kind regards

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-09-17 19:38]

Hola Anna.
Frist of all... Many thanks for this beautiful dedication to all memebers of TN, In My personal opinion we are more than a members, but a family who love and enjoy Nature, and take care of it. I must say that I have learned a lot from all of You, not only in photography, but for the notes You all write, ant it is very important to me becouse I also teach childrens here in My country.
Beautiful photo. so well focus and framed.
TFS My friend

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-09-18 20:17]

Hello Anna,
What a neat shot you have posted which shows the size comparison of two completely different types of animals. As always with your images, the detail is very fine and the natural colors are vivid and beautiful. My grandson Travis, loves this shot. Very informative notes. Well done!!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-09-19 8:32]

An amazing juxtaposition, Anna!
A great illustration of the diversity of the Animal Kingdom!
It is interesting how that huge elephant seems to be balancing himself on that cement ledge.
Wonderful details. I love all the wrinkles on the elephant!
TFS. : )

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-19 9:28]

Hi Anna,
Thank you for the kind dedication.It's a very interesting shot and comperation.I only watched such a scane at TV until yet:)Well caught and composed.Have a nice saturday!
Thanks for posting..

Hallo Anna,
what a fantastic comparison, outstanding sharpness and very beautiful colours, excellent POV with a marvellous perspective in a very pleasing composition.
Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-09-24 16:29]

Hello Anna,
this is really wonderful to see the comparison. But more to it is the beauty and the details of the animals. How lively the texture of the jumbo skin and the blurry forest in the background.
The environment is well shown and the deers add beauty to this nice nature view.
well presented in excellent composition. Your timing is perfect.


Hi Anna,
What a wonderful picture! The picture shows the warm and lovely characters of these nice and big animals. I was able to work with an elephant for 3 days as I was 9 years old and I can’t forget the eyes which show the soul of him. Your picture is only fantastic. I have no more words for it. Thanks also for your note!

Have a nice start into your weekend my friend.

Sascha ;O)

Bonjour Anna,

I love the contrast in size we can see here. Either the elephant is gigantic or the impalas are tiny. Anyway this is a great documentary picture. Artistically the compostion is good even if the elephant is centered, but you couldn't composed the image differently from this POV. Technically it sharp, well exposed even in this harsh constrasty light. Probably because of the green environment, your WB (probably in automatic) had a tendency to ship on the magenta side. I slight correction in PP would have corrected it. Overall it is a great picture that deserve a big green smile. TFS.


Hy Anna
This is one of the images suited perfect for the motto of this site: to learn about the nature through the photography. A perfect example of how diverse the wild life could be, from the one of the largest creature on Earth to a smaller ones, the delicate impala. Extraordinary!
All the best,

Hello Anna, lovely shot of these cute litle and huge ones:)
Nice composition.
TFS and regards,

Hi Anna again,
Wonderful scene, another awesome presentation of the fantastic Krüger fauna. Composition and focus are second to none (so is the size contrast between the impalas and the elephant), everything's excellently captured maybe except for the colors, which seems slightly oversaturated to me. Otherwise a fantastic job. Congrats and tfs.
Best regards and hugs, László

Bonjour Anna,

Trés jolie photo avec une belle opposition entre la taille des animaux! Très bien cadrée aussi, encore que t'aurais pu décentrer l'éléphant...

à bientôt,

Hi anna,

Superb shot of this massive elephant.
Good natural colors & a useful note too. Thanks for sharing.


Hello Anna,
Beautiful picture.It reminds me Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.Excellent POV with good light and colour.Like its natural ambiance.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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