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Should I or NOT
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Copyright: Ravi Kailas (rkailas) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 135 W: 2 N: 175] (799)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-13 10:06
Viewed: 4711
Points: 47
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this picture in an elephant training camp at Havelock island. Havelock has no wild elephants. However, there is a tradition of bringing elephants from the mainland India to serve as beasts of burden. Some of the introduced elephants took to swimming in the sea, to nearby islands. This, I am given to understand, and can imagine, was an amazing spectacle and made famous from images in BBC's excellent natural history series on the Indian Subcontinent, "Land of the Tiger". Unfortunately, none of elephants on island swim in the sea anymore.

While I was at the elephant training camp, the 'mahouts' (elephant trainers) were trying to coax this female elephant towards the sea. I can only guess that the primary purpose was to give her a wash (elephants need to constantly cool off),and since freshwater is a scarce resource (smallish island), it makes sense to use the sea. This elephant, however, was not too keen to venture anywhere near the water and was literally kicking and screaming on its way towards it. It was quite a spectacle. Perhaps the salty water irritates some sensitive skin in the trunks and eyes. I wonder if some of these elephants will ever take to swimming in the sea, like some of their predecessors.

Incidentally, Havelock island is one of the few islands in the Andamans where tourism is encouraged. The coral reefs and marine life around the island are spectacular and suggestions (and I might agree if I had dived elsewhere) are that this is one of the best scuba diving locations in Asia. Biologically, the Andaman and Nicobar islands are among the most exciting locations in India.

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-02-13 10:19]

hi Ravi,
an elephant at the beach.. how strange and interesting.. makes for a great photo that you've composed really nicely.. great work, thanks for sharing!

Zimbly awesome, Ravi!!!Perfect composition!!


Hello Ravi,

That is a perfect shot with all the necessary parameters! Great comp. TFS friend!


Hello Ravi,
I liked to thank you for the informative and useful notes that comes with this beautiful photo!
very good exposure and focus on the elephant with good sharpness and details!
the beautiful sea and island adds a big bonus towards the composition
well done

Hi Ravi,
Lovely shot of this elephant, the vertical crop is perfect for this shot, can't help wondering what the poor girl is thinking about looking out at the ocean like that, really nice work all the best Cheers Rick

Hi Ravi
Nice sharp photo, good colors and clarity. Compositionally, it may be better by cropping the tree trunk because you only have half of it. In my opionion, you might as well zoom in for the larger elephant profile to make a stronger impression. Try it. May be, May be not, just an idea.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-02-13 21:23]
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Hi Ravi, your note is very interesting - thanks for sharing that with us.
I love seeing the elephant on the beach - it seems so strange. But what a super beach it is too - reminds me of Fiji.

I would crop off an inch from teh top of the photo - the sky seems to dominate, and with it cropped off the elephant would stand out more. Still it is a very enjoyable photo


Hi Ravi,
Interesting but very nice capture. I saw swimming elephants on these islands in a NG documentary film. Nicely composed. POV, focus, lighting also very nice. good notes. TFS, well done

Hello Ravi,
Fantastic shot, excellent sharpness and depth of field, great composition and pov,nice colors andf contrast,well done.

hello ravi,
nice capture with beautiful colours, well exposed and sharp image, the notes are informative, your pov is suitable and the composition is pleasing,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello ravi,

Excellent sharpness and well cropped image with full exposure of the ocean against that spotless blue sky.

Well done and best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-15 2:01]

Hello Ravi,
I think this is a great capture and I like the way the elephant is hidden behind the tree trunk. I agree with Janice about cropping at the top but otherwise it is a very fine composition. Great sharpness and fine colours too. I enjoyed reading your note as well - those islands must be wonderful!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-15 13:24]

Hello Ravi,
This is a funny picture, the Elephant is enjoying the blue
waters is the beautiful day.. Vacation time he's thinking
great pov and composition.. Well done


Hi Ravi,
I wish I'll have the chance to visit your amazing country someday! Your notes are interesting and this is an excellent capture with superb composition, beautiful tones of colors and exposure. F/13.0 has brought out very nice details on the animal and interesting DOF. Thanks a lot for sharing this one!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-17 19:43]

Hello Ravi

A beautiful capture and composition.
The colour of the ocean is amazing.Wonderful lighting and colours.
The focus is sharp with excellent detail.


Great composition Ravi. i think it was a great idea to keep the tree in the frame than exclude it, It somehow adds to the photo. It may have looked pretty bland without it. very simple but great capture.



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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-27 16:42]

Hi Ravi,

Very good choice with the vertical crop!
Great details, fantastic colours under a beautiful light.
Very well done!


Hehe intresting note and your elephant looks excellent, I like composition and strong colors. Well done,

Excellent shot. Good composition, and u have shot a beautiful thing. The colours are good also.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-15 3:46]

Hello Ravi, I like the composition here. Perfect seascape and lovely BG. Ganesh

Wouwww.. another one:) Superb shot. TFS.

Nice pic of an another elephant. TFS. Regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-07-23 4:19]

Hello Ravi,
This is a most beuatiful elefant picture. I like your original composition and the beautiful light you caught here and rendered very well.
Excellent shot and thanks also for your personal note
Kind regards

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  • vsuja (0)
  • [2010-01-06 2:58]

wow...wonderful sight ...the moment which was not missed by your lens :)If you need to take more pictures on wildlife plz contact me since my dad is a forest official he may be of little help to you in helping you taking animals in wild with the help of the officials...:)

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