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Meet the young maestra of Amboseli, a playful elephantine dancer pirouetting on the earth's salted canvas. Ears out, she orchestrates a dance, leading her ...
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Meet the young maestra of Amboseli, a playful elephantine dancer pirouetting on the earth's salted canvas. Ears out, she orchestrates a dance, leading her family on a mesmerizing journey to the swamp lands. Every step echoes the rhythm of nature, a graceful ballet in the heart of the wild.

Amidst the challenges of the savanna, their tight-knit unit embodies resilience, and the volcanic ash and salt canvas mirrors the stars as she creates fleeting patterns, propelled by grace. Journeying through dangers, the family shields each other. Upon reaching the lush swamp lands, the elephant revels in cool mud, laughter echoing. Her dance is a celebration of life's beauty and resilience, a testament to the enduring power of family in nature's embrace.
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38 Comments | Report
BrunoHeeb PRO
 
BrunoHeeb October 23, 2023
INSTANT FAVORED,AMAZING SHOT,GOT MY VOTE
nathaliemedeiros Platinum
 
nathaliemedeiros October 27, 2023
Magnificent capture.Amazing animals.If i look real close it seem that he is looking at me.Thank you very Much for sharing with us.Regards. Nat :0)
MikeW Platinum
 
MikeW October 30, 2023
Shot of absolute awesomeness! Congrats!
photography2024
 
photography2024 October 30, 2023
OMG amazing. Love it💕
Kurtiss
 
Kurtiss November 01, 2023
Really really awesome photo
jalan70 Ultimate
 
jalan70 November 06, 2023
Great capture
niggeb PRO+
 
niggeb November 09, 2023
great shot
mariadelcarmenllavayol
 
mariadelcarmenllavayol November 11, 2023
Impresionante. Felicidades. Saludos.
paultownley
 
paultownley November 13, 2023
Awsome image,excellent photography.
mhsmith1122 Platinum
 
mhsmith1122 November 13, 2023
Outstanding and powerful. Love your work!
RagaRanga Platinum
 
RagaRanga November 13, 2023
Outstanding capture, Deanna - love it
creativeguy4real
 
creativeguy4real November 13, 2023
Love the perspective!
CYNTHIA68 PRO+
 
CYNTHIA68 November 16, 2023
Wow. Great photo.Thank you for sharing.
NateGeo91 PRO+
 
NateGeo91 November 16, 2023
Yeah this is totally a pet photo? Wtf
ReverenceStills
 
ReverenceStills November 19, 2023
Pachyderms on patrol! Hup, 2, 3, 4, keep it UP 2, 3, 4! Green with envy! It’s been many years since I had the privilege to be close to these beautiful souls. I hope your camera fared well, if not, well worth the shot, lol!
jhblair
 
jhblair November 20, 2023
Outstanding such lovely animals as well. ❤️ to all.
garys760 Platinum
 
garys760 November 20, 2023
fantastic image and capture!
LoriColePhotography Platinum
 
LoriColePhotography November 20, 2023
Wow. Congrats!
victoroknyansky_2420
 
victoroknyansky_2420 November 20, 2023
!!!
MaryG888
 
MaryG888 November 21, 2023
Congratulations on your photo of the month win. Incredible shot.
leslieclement Platinum
 
leslieclement November 22, 2023
Your portfolio is astounding. You are a gifted photographer.
Pricelessimages PRO+
 
Pricelessimages November 25, 2023
this was my winner
diloveprio
 
diloveprio November 26, 2023
cool
Frank1390
 
Frank1390 November 27, 2023
Nice subject, angle, etc. Thanks for sharing.
sibarker
 
sibarker November 27, 2023
WoW
kimberlybaldridge
 
kimberlybaldridge November 27, 2023
One of my most beloved animals in the world. Lets pray we don't lose them forever. And what a wonderful picture of them!
dayrancher PRO+
 
dayrancher November 28, 2023
Excellent image.
natalieferguson PRO+
 
natalieferguson November 28, 2023
Wow, amazing photo. Congratulations on winning. ENJOY your adventure.
tinadelewis
 
tinadelewis December 02, 2023
Wow! Great picture!
tinadelewis
 
tinadelewis December 02, 2023
😍
Rmay1
 
Rmay1 December 03, 2023
Congratulations on your win in the Neil Dankoff contest. Very well deserved, preserving a moment in Lulus' precious life, forever.😊
KatieMcKinneyPhotography PRO+
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography December 04, 2023
Congrats on the big win!! Well deserved! 😍
jacekbienkowski_5452
 
jacekbienkowski_5452 December 05, 2023
Monumental, extraordinery, amazing shot.
jacekbienkowski_5452
 
jacekbienkowski_5452 December 05, 2023
Monumental, extraordinary shot.
debrakaufman
 
debrakaufman December 18, 2023
Awesome shot!
fengelhardt PRO+
 
fengelhardt Jan 14
Great capture!
PhotoTZ Platinum
 
PhotoTZ Feb 03
Absolutely great picture!!
robergarci PRO
 
robergarci Feb 11
Excellent
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at Amboseli, a land renowned for its captivating spectacle of merry elephants.
Time
At 4 AM, I wake to the anticipation of an extraordinary day. The destination: a dry lake bed. Armed with my camera, I prepare to capture the enchanting moment when elephants descend from the hills, weaving through the dry lake bed. A sunrise adventure with giants unfolds, and I'm ready to seize the magic.
Lighting
I believe that natural light is optimal, especially during sunrise or sunset when the sun is not at its peak.
Equipment
This was shot on a Canon 5D Mark III and a shutter with a Vello Wireless ShutterBoss 4.0 Remote Timer and Trigger.
Inspiration
These iconic elephants of Amboseli invite us to marvel at the intricate beauty of these gentle giants, revealing a world where the arid earth transforms into a stage for nature’s extraordinary waltz.
Editing
I kept my post-processing simple and natural, preserving the inherent beauty of the elephants' skin and their graceful strides. The clouds formed a perfect backdrop, requiring no edits.
In my camera bag
When I embark on a journey to Africa, my bag is equipped with duplicates of everything. I carry two Canon R3 cameras, a ground camera, multiple GoPros, and an abundance of batteries, cords, and chargers to ensure I'm well-prepared for every photographic opportunity.
Feedback
Capturing images at low altitudes presents its challenges. Not only do I strive to anticipate the animals' behavior, but I also contend with various weather obstacles such as heat, cold, wind, and thick clouds of dust. Achieving that perfect shot can sometimes demand an entire day's dedication. I consistently wake up early to establish my position before the animals appear, and this often involves a considerable amount of waiting. To achieve an angle like this, I either position a camera in a cage on the ground or hide under the car with a telephoto lens to capture the unique perspective of ground-level photography.

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