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Copyright: Achim Fried (John_F_Kennedy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 271 W: 0 N: 286] (3684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-28
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-20 1:58
Viewed: 5277
Points: 26
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One of the beautiful elephants in the Chobe NP captured from a boat

Exposure Time 1/166
F-Stop f/7.1
ISO Speed Ratings 400
Focal Length 170/1 mm
Date Taken 2008-09-28 16:53

Elephants are large land mammals in two genera of the family Elephantidae: Elephas and Loxodonta. Three species of elephant are living today: the African Bush Elephant, the African Forest Elephant and the Asian Elephant (also known as the Indian Elephant). All other species and genera of Elephantidae are extinct, some since the last ice age: dwarf forms of mammoths may have survived as late as 2,000 BC.[1] Elephants and other Elephantidae were once classified with other thick-skinned animals in a now invalid order, Pachydermata.

Elephants are the largest land animals now living.[2] The elephant's gestation period is 22 months, the longest of any land animal. At birth it is common for an elephant calf to weigh 120 kilograms (260 lb). They typically live for 50 to 70 years, but the oldest recorded elephant lived for 82 years.[3] The largest elephant ever recorded was shot in Angola in 1956. This male weighed about 12,000 kilograms (26,000 lb),[4] with a shoulder height of 4.2 metres (14 ft), a metre (yard) taller than the average male African elephant.[5] The smallest elephants, about the size of a calf or a large pig, were a prehistoric species that lived on the island of Crete during the Pleistocene epoch.[6]

The elephant has appeared in cultures across the world. They are a symbol of wisdom in Asian cultures and are famed for their memory and intelligence, where they are thought to be on par with cetaceans[7] and hominids.[8] Aristotle once said the elephant was "the beast which passeth all others in wit and mind"[9]. The word "elephant" has its origins in the Greek ἐλέφας, meaning "ivory" or "elephant". (Wikipedia)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-08-20 2:20]

Hello Achim,
What a majestic beast you captured her with a great quality image. To see this in the wild is a dream of mine, but for now I must live it through your outstanding camera work. Grüße Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-20 2:50]

Hello Achim,
Very beautiful photo of this Elephant with Cattle Egret. I think this photo is taken from a boat. Great natural colours in beautiful warm light. Excellent sharpness. Fine pose, low POV and DOF.

Hallo Achim
How beautiful is the sight of this enormous animal in the water. It is such relaxing scenery to look at and has a tranquil feeling that surrounds it. I like the water in the foreground and further back, the green grass and the mountain in the distance. The small egret in front of the elephant a great example to see how huge it really is, even if its legs are halfway in the water. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-08-20 5:44]

Slav Achim,
İndeed,very impressive capture of this big elephant.Excellent sharpness and details,also nice colors.Thanks for sharing

Lovely and beautiful shot of this elephant.
TFS and regards,

Hi Achim,

Wonderful shot of the African Elephant with Cattle Egret! Great way to show the scale in the picture. The colors are natural and sharpness is at its best. The POV is simply wonderful.
Very well seen!

thanks and regards,
Paras Bhalla

Hello Achim,
Loved the image how it is captured.
The surrounding around the Elephant is so beautiful.
The colors and composition is excellent.
I have done a workshop on it just to sharpen my skills,otherwise
your image is perfect.

hello Achim

one of your best nature photos, an excellent photo of the Elephant
with a very fine POV & DOF, fine focus with great
sharpness and details and excellent contrast
between the foreground and background, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-08-20 16:29]

Hi Achim,not a simply elephant but a very nice composition..this is a fantastic pic...whit a little white bird to complete the spectacle! My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-08-25 10:00]

Hallo Achim,
ich bin wieder da. Nach einer kurzen Ferien in Kroatien, bin ich da.
Dein Bild ist super schön. Es gefällt mir sehr.

Hi Achim,

The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the elephant. The picture is clear and precise. The cloudy sky is giving a good contrast to the colors. Have a nice day.


Hi Achim,

this is a lovely shot of teh big elephant! Very well done! Nice framing too.. Well done


Hi Achim,
Awesome shot, excellent composition, much better than the WS photo - eventhough the elephant could be a little bit sharper for sure. Beautiful pose of the big guy, great POV - and as an addition, there are some birds on the pic, too. Nice job. Congrats and tfs.
Best regards, László

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