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Desert Elephant. Namibia



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14 Comments | Report
michelletracey PRO
 
michelletracey January 25, 2018
Stunning!!
Julesm2012 PRO
 
Julesm2012 March 31, 2018
Absolutely stunning photo, I love it !!!
Twizz1
 
Twizz1 June 23, 2018
Love this. My favourite animal.
davidparkhurst
 
davidparkhurst June 23, 2018
Very good
shaunmillar PRO
 
shaunmillar June 23, 2018
Beautiful!
Ghunger
 
Ghunger June 23, 2018
Amazing!!!
Donnagrahamart
 
Donnagrahamart June 25, 2018
What an amazing shot!
banerjeedip
 
banerjeedip June 26, 2018
Awesome..
MonikaTammpere
 
MonikaTammpere July 06, 2018
Wonderful photo
shellandshilo
 
shellandshilo August 10, 2018
Precious elephant and a stunning photo
GeraintI PRO+
 
GeraintI February 10, 2020
Great shot. I spent 12 days in Namibia but never did manage to see a desert elephant. Such a wonderful country
James-Evans PRO+
 
James-Evans February 25, 2020
That elephant is angry time to leave! Great shot
Argatykites PRO+
 
Argatykites April 16, 2020
Cracking action shot.
ppls6
 
ppls6 June 13, 2020
A fantastic photograph, looks like he’s about to charge!

Behind The Lens

Location
The headwaters (actually there was no water - just dry river beds) of the Huab River in Namibia near Twfelfontein.
Time
We started from the Twyfelfontain Desert Lodge about 4pm and our guide drove us for about one and a half hours to the place where the elephant herd were. Arriving in the area as the shadows were lengthening. Well after dark by the time we got back to the lodge.
Lighting
Evening light in the desert, low angle and a lot of orange, and dusty, orange dust. The elephants roll in it so they are varying shades of orange too.
Equipment
Fuji XT-1 with 50 to 140 lens. Handheld in the vehicle at 50mm. ISO 400, !000th sec at f2.8. no filter no flash
Inspiration
We were in the river bed shooting some younger elephants - probably 2 to 3 yrs old when there was a crashing, craning noise from the brush to the west and in just a few seconds this large mature female appeared at the top of the bank. Threatening pose and taken at 50 mm so she was pretty close and well above us. She seemed to assess our threat level as low so she dropped the threatening pose and started browsing on the thorny bushes.
Editing
Minimal alterations to tone and presence
In my camera bag
2 bodies Fuji XT-1 at that time with zooms, wide, standard and short tele, with 1.4 tele-extender. I now have a longer tele but not on that trip
Feedback
The elephants live in a remote corner of a remote country. We used the services of Goway Travel whose southern Africa agent booked a trip where our accommodation was booked and we had a rental 4X4, but otherwise we had recommendations but no schedule. We were there for over 2 weeks and just visited a small chunk of the country. it is safe especially compared to the rest of Africa. English is widely spoken. Apart from these desert elephants highlights were a few days spent at Etosha National Park and also at Erindi - quite fabulous wildlife viewing and photography.

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