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The Asian Elephant Series 41

The Asian Elephant Series 41
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Copyright: Goldy RS (goldyrs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2009-05-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Elephant photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-21 2:10
Viewed: 5087
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Definitely not one of my best elephant shots, this one from my archives was an attempt at B/W shots of these beautiful and graceful animals.

Elephants are an important cultural icon in India. According to Indian mythology, the gods (deva) and the demons (asura) churned the oceans in a search for the elixir of life - 'amrit' (nectar) - so that they would become immortal. As they did so, the 'navratnas' (nine jewels) surfaced, one of which was the elephant.

Consequently, the elephant is extremely valuable, and therefore must be treasured, preserved and protected, just as a jewel would be.

Physical Description
The Indian elephant is up to 6.4m in length and around 2-3.5m in height.

The skin colour of Indian elephants is dark grey to brown, with patches of pink on the forehead, the ears, the base of the trunk and chest.

Habitat & Ecology
Asian elephants are extremely sociable, forming groups of 6 to 7 related females that are led by the oldest female, the 'matriarch'. Like African elephants, these groups occasionally join others to form herds, although these associations are relatively transient.

Life Cycle
Young Asian elephants are reported to stand soon after birth and can follow their mother in her daily routine after a few days. It stays under supervision of its mother for several years, but begins making independent movements at 4 years.

Both sexes may become sexually mature at as early as 9 years, but males usually do not reach sexual activity until 14-15 years.

When the habitat conditions are favourable, female elephants may give birth to a calf every 2.5-4 years, otherwise every 5-8 years. Asian elephants give birth to one calf weighing 50-150 kg.

More than two thirds of the day may be spent feeding on grasses, but large amounts of tree bark, roots, leaves and small stems are also eaten. Cultivated crops such as bananas, rice and sugarcane are favoured foods. Because they need to drink at least once a day, the species are always close to a source of fresh water.

Population & Distribution
India has by far the largest remaining populations of Indian elephant (estimated at around 57% of the total). Small populations of the subspecies are also found on the Andaman Islands and in Borneo. There are four populations and ten sub populations of the mainland Indian elephant, distributed in the South, Central, Northwest and Northeast regions in India.

The southern population is distributed in the forests of Western and Eastern Ghats in the states of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
The north western population spans the Terai forest regions of Uttar Pradesh along the foothills of Himalayas.
The north-eastern population is found at the Himalayan foothills of Bhutan and north -west Bengal eastwards into the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Meghalaya.

What are the main threats?
The main threat facing Indian elephants, like all Asian elephants is loss of habitat and the resulting human-elephant conflict.

In south Asia, it is the quest for land by an ever increasing human population that causes many illegal encroachments in elephant habitat, thus causing habitat loss and fragmentation. In some cases, it is development activities, such as roads, railway tracks, in crucial corridor areas that fragment the habitat.

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A real nostalgic and awesome post from one of my favorite mammal species Bro! Great POV/DOF and fine composition. A bit haze effect added more the scene! I always love B&W photography.
TFS and have a nice day!


hello goldy
beautiful B/W snap
good POV

Ciao Goldy. A fantastic BW with good light and excellent sharp.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-10-21 6:40]

Hello Goldy
Excellent composition, I like black/white colors
Thanks for sharing

Hi Goldy,
A nice black & white capture of these elephants. Good composition and good view. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Goldy, splendid B&W (original choice) with wonderful elephas, great natural ambientation, excellent clarity, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-21 11:14]

Hello Goldy.Great b/w shot of these wonderful beasts in their natural habitat.Well composed pic showing the vastness of the landscape etc. The POV, BG and detail shown are all great.Best regards Siggi

Bonjour Goldy,
Très belle valorisation des sujets dans leur environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

hello Goldy

to black and white conversion of this photo it is very sucessfull,
i love the eye-contacts of the 2 ones at the left side, TFS


Hola Goldy

Perfecta imagen en tonos grises de estos pequeños elefantes. Composición agradable y buen POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-10-21 21:47]

Hi Goldy,
Very nice photo in B and W, TFS!

Hello Goldy,

its an nice family shot with good of sharpness and low pov.
Nice black and white tones.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-22 2:53]

Hi Goldy,interesting experiment in balck and white and very nice result,maybe the elephants are the best animals to try that,obviuosly this isn't possible whit a colorfull butterfly...ehehehe...very well done,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-22 5:15]

Hello Goldy,
what a shot for this herd. they are such lovely animals and you have shown their charm very well.
Beautiful composition with many of them, and they are cute.


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-10-22 10:03]

Hello Goldy,

One of the most imposant under the animals, the elephant.
You took a black and white image perhaps for a good reason!
Incredible for look at.
Very well taken, perfect of colors too.
Nice done, TFS.

Have a nice weekend,

Interesante virado al blanco y negro para esta preciosa escena nunca
vista en directa por muchos de nosotros.
Un abrazo Goldy: Josep Ignasi.

Not all images work in B and W, but this one does. It gives an age quality and possibly an early Ansel Adams appearance. Very nice Goldy!

Hello Goldy
nice black and white shot of Asien Elephants, wonderful composition and very good details,
i like your story and your note is very interesting
Have a great sunday

Hi Goldy. I like the gray tone of this pleasing black and white shot. To see them roam free is wonderful against the misty backdrop of the open space. Very well framed and exposed shot. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Sunday. Best regards - Jusni.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-24 14:02]

Slav Goldy,
A great photo from your series.Awasome composition with excellent sharp details and B&W colors.TFS.

merhaba Goldy
this is very nice shot and nostalgic in B/W. it remembered me old documentary films. you greatly captured this elephant cluster with nice focus, POV and composition. good informative notes. thanks for sharing my brother.
have a nice day

Hi Goldy,

Five species of the world's largest elephant on land, a small frame fit all.
Black and white composition, nostalgic, sad Although the weather has been very successful. TFS ...Mehmet

A very nice shot from your archives Goldy... and what magnificent animals... you captured their majesty.


Nice shot of the group in their natural habitat Goldy.
A bit tight on the rt, especially with the rear end of the animal sneekin' in at the edge..
Not your best as you say, but still a cool shot :)
I tried a WS..
Have a great weekend!

Dear friend,
This is a great and quite nostalgic post. Very nice to see a few of them in different postures. We don't see often elephants in natural habitat. The background with wild forest is very nice too. Excellent black and white conversion. Good note too! Friendly regards. Take care,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-11-21 21:16]

Hi Goldy.
I love this shot so much and welcome W&B tones. Pictured scene is simply sweet as well as quality of the image. Composition of the shot, details, may be the key points of the picture. Best regards and compliments. Great job.

Hello Goldy!
Wonderful elephants. very fine scene and scenery. Superb black and whote work. Good exposure, very good lightness and contrast. Sophisticated work.
Well done!

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2011-01-21 13:24]

Hello Goldy !
Even if you say it is not one of your best, well, I thing it is a wonderful picture. I love B/W photos. I also like the composition a lot, with the elephants in FG and then the rainforest in BG. Excellent details, great POV, and also a lovely, peaceful atmosphere. I will probably never see elephants in the wild, so it is a real pleasure to see it through your pictures, at least. Very well done !

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