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Time To Go Home



Heading down the road at the end the day - at Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

Heading down the road at the end the day - at Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa
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31 Comments | Report
William_Doyle
 
William_Doyle September 14, 2014
And the elephants went home.
LisaVenero
 
LisaVenero October 03, 2014
Love it!
mstoltz1022 PRO+
 
mstoltz1022 October 07, 2014
This is GREAT, I love it.
b2bjacks PRO
 
b2bjacks October 08, 2014
think this would do well in the new contest "life is a journey"
THOMMAS
 
THOMMAS November 18, 2014
lol,great idea,nice job,kool
Etna PRO+
 
Etna November 18, 2014
nice shot
sebastianmuglia PRO
 
sebastianmuglia November 19, 2014
All in the same line! Nice picture!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta November 21, 2014
Terrific shot. Congratulations on being a Runner-up.
Pjerry PRO+
 
Pjerry November 22, 2014
Marvellous, the capture I would have made. Really beautiful, I'm flabbergasted.....
mbugua
 
mbugua November 27, 2014
superb image. great capture
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi December 01, 2014
great shot !
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots December 23, 2014
Perfect capture! Congrats.
cookie_monster
 
cookie_monster January 15, 2015
I love images that make me smile and this one certainly did.
What a great capture.
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset January 15, 2015
Very nice... congrats it's a great capture ( :
eddiaz
 
eddiaz January 19, 2015
Monday morning, everyone is off to work...
tiftif83
 
tiftif83 January 31, 2015
Yes! Great pic.
mariehubbard
 
mariehubbard February 03, 2015
Love it...
robynlesley
 
robynlesley March 27, 2015
Awesome congratulations
ChixPixPhotography PRO
 
ChixPixPhotography March 29, 2015
This is just so cool. I love images of things you just don't see every day and this certainly fits that bill. Perfect exposure too.
sebastianmuglia PRO
 
sebastianmuglia April 10, 2015
The best one!
pitterpatter
 
pitterpatter April 13, 2015
Perfect timing and a good eye. Congrats!
jenmaloney
 
jenmaloney April 17, 2015
Well caught!
magnetoman
 
magnetoman April 28, 2015
An amazing capture - very well done!
YvonneJeaK PRO
 
YvonneJeaK June 17, 2015
Fantastic. Voted
ppuru
 
ppuru June 29, 2015
great find.
normg123 PRO+
 
normg123 August 10, 2015
How did you get them to stand like that? Wonderful shot.
CURUTCHET
 
CURUTCHET July 07, 2016
this picture could be the symbol of the departure from this earth of all the elephants if we accept the poaching for ivory trade the country who import ivory should have an ambargo on their international trade
it is only by this mean that we can save the elephant and the rhinos that is my opinion , i am a bit hard
but all these beautiful animals must remain for the next generations to see them
Sonya_Oli4
 
Sonya_Oli4 October 20, 2016
Absolutely beautiful.
matthewarmsby PRO+
 
matthewarmsby March 10, 2017
what a capture - well done
Chele PRO+
 
Chele July 29, 2017
Great capture
ladybughq PRO
 
ladybughq October 29, 2019
Family togetherness. Makes you realize how important family is to elephants. Thanks so much for sharing such an outstanding photograph.
CathyWithers-Clarke PRO+
CathyWithers-Clarke October 29, 2019
Thank you !

Behind The Lens

Location
This was at Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa's Eastern Cape.
Time
Late afternoon.
Lighting
I didn't have time to think about the lighting, but with the shot being taken in the late afternoon, the harshness of the midday sun had faded and some of the dreaminess of the oncoming twilight was starting to be felt.
Equipment
This picture was taken with a Nikon D7100 camera and a Sigma 18-250mm lens. No tripod or anything was used as it was a shot born of the moment.
Inspiration
When we are on a roadtrip we like to get the most out of every day, so we are usually up at sunrise and ready to be out and about as soon as it is light - especially if we are visiting an area that gets busy. As with many places, being among the first visitors of the day means that you often get a better experience, as the temperatures are still cool and the wildlife and peace has not yet been very disturbed. We like to experience a place as a whole, so we don't just look at whatever it is that a particular spot is known for, but everything from the ground up, bugs and plants included. It can make for some extremely long days. This shot was taken in the late afternoon at the end of a long day of wonderful sightings of everything from the largest wildlife to the smallest bugs, and the slow pace of them walking down the road made it look to me as if the Elephants were every bit as tired as I was, and just as happy to be heading 'home' for an evening of rest and peace.
Editing
I'm no expert at post-processing and the technical terms are beyond me, though I am starting to learn more now. I lightened up some shadow to illuminate the Elephants more, brought down the highlights a little to give it a slightly dreamy feel and removed a small amount of dung from the centre of the shot as it was drawing the eye away from the main subject.
In my camera bag
I have only had a camera other than a 'point-and-shoot' for the last 17 months, so still have a way to go with collecting equipment. Whenever I leave the house I usually carry a Nikon D3200 with a Sigma 18-250mm lens, a waterproof Canon Powershot D30 in case I come across a great rockpool or something else I want to get from under the water, and a Canon Legria HFR506 video camera for unexpected moments a still shot might not capture. If I am going out specifically to take photos I will usually take the Nikon D7100 and a Sigma 150-500mm lens.
Feedback
This was very much a shot born of the moment, and not one that would be likely to come along if you were to try and plan for it - but I loved that the three larger Elephants were pretty much walking in step, and that I managed to get them with the left hind legs all lifting at the same time.

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