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Neckbone August 04, 2017
Amazing image, nice work!
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MKPhotographysa October 25, 2017
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eddymaelliaert August 16, 2017
Nice work, with a lot of beautifull Namibia. Kind regards
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MKPhotographysa September 08, 2017
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Derektion September 07, 2017
Majestic animal ! What a fantastic capture
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nice shot
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MKPhotographysa September 08, 2017
Thanks you all for all the likes, peer awards and comments!
 
Idon12no September 10, 2017
Great black and white
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MKPhotographysa October 25, 2017
thank you so much!
 
galibemon September 10, 2017
Interesting Image !!
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MKPhotographysa October 25, 2017
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Amazing
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tassietom November 05, 2017
Great choice in going B+W!
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Stunning!
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MKPhotographysa December 20, 2017
Sorry Pidge, I don’t know why ViewBug ads ? When I type !
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Amazing capture!
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fabs Feb 09
Great picture! I love the texture

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While in Etosaha Namibia I saw some amazing elephants. Because it was well over 40 degrees celsius these animals would find a watering hole. Then they would get as much mud and sand on themselves to cool down and to protect them from the harsh African sun. The profile shot I managed to get showed all this mud in great detail. I decided to go black and white to increase the contrast of the mud on elephant hide. I especially like this one little beard on his chin.
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Behind The Lens

Location
Etosha. If you've never been to Etosha you need to add this to your bucket list. The contrasts in this park are stunning. I was there in October and the rainy season had just started. This presents dark moody, stormy skies and stark, white desert landscapes near the pan.
Time
I had been driving for a while, and the afternoon thunderstorms were starting to brew to the south. This was taken at 13:53. Not exactly magic hour but the lighting was great.
Lighting
The lighting was fantastic. That's why I took a couple of photos in this area. It's a type of lighting that should be added to the list next to blue hour and golden hour or magic hour as it is sometimes called. This happens when you have a dark background. In this case resulting from storm clouds brewing behind the subject. The subject is front lit by the afternoon sun and makes the subject pop like crazy against the backdrop. If there isn't a name for this type of lighting in nature as yet, I dub it "The Kolbe effect."
Equipment
My trusty Canon 5D Mark III and a 70-200mm lens. I didn't need to use a tripod or flash for this shot as the lighting was great.
Inspiration
It's how everything came together. The storm in the background allowing for dark skies, this elephant moved in exactly the right direction to capture a profile portrait and the lighting was absolutely amazing, as I said "The Kolbe Effect." These creatures are so amazing so even without these conditions, it would have made a great shot. They are being killed off, every 15 minutes one dies and this is inspiration enough to convince people to shoot these creatures with the camera instead of a gun.
Editing
Yes, I did do some post processing as this was shot on RAW. Firstly I changed it to black and white because I wanted the contrast to really come through. I wanted to portray this creatures amazing skin and hair and profile. Then some contrast tweaking with a touch of clarity, pull down the shadows ever so slightly and increased the highlights.
In my camera bag
It differs, but of course, my Canon 5D Mark III is always there. A Canon 70-200mm lens and sometimes a Caono 24mm - 105mm lens. I have a polarized filter, an intervalometer, a Secced tripod mainly for video and a Manfrotto tripod for stills. I also have some lens cleaner, extra batteries, extra cards and very often I have my laptop with me and an external hard drive to backup all my shots on. I've started carrying a photographic journal as well to make notes about specific locations or shots I need to come back for.
Feedback
You have to look for quite a specific type of lighting, but I'm sure this can be replicated in other lighting conditions as well. Your subject should be front lit with a dark background. I captured this about 1 stop under so I could push the highlights a bit more to create more contrast. Secondly get to Etosha in the rainy season, from about October/November until April. October was good for me as it hadn't rained that much yet, so everything was still dry and parched but the skies were starting to gather. Once you've found your subject make sure you have your back to the sun and dark skies behind your subject and snap away. You may want to experiment with different exposures and perhaps even shutter speeds.

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