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Copyright: Nico van Gijsen (Nico) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Minolta Dimage 5
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-01-10 9:13
Viewed: 4481
Points: 21
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo I am posting mainly to share a moment in time with fellow nature lovers. Late African afternoon while we were having a beer next to the Kwai river these three guys appeared out of the bush - they move quietly like the grey ghosts of the forests that they are, you realy cannot hear them move - and passed within about 20 meters from us. By sitting quietly and not talking they were not alerted and while they were having their sundowner drink we had ours - about 40 meters apart. My feet were actually in the water when taking the photograph. Magic moment in a magic setting.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-10 12:53]

This is unfair shot, I think we will have to try and now go with you sometime, this is the stuff dreams are made of, & I just know the feeling! A beautiful shot, nice mood, an a note that takes us there!
Baie mooi, Nico

Very good Nico.
This is a great picture, for me this africa.
Great composition , good details and colours.
Great work.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-10 13:41]

This is a beautiful scene with the elephants. You captured a wonderful momment. Excelent composition.


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  • papkin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 96] (1580)
  • [2005-01-10 13:55]

Beautiful composition.

What I like in this picture is the right composition. The picture would have been less powerful if the elephant were in the middle of the frame.
Good 1 third/2 third composition.
Well done.

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ***
Color: ***
DOF: ***
POV: ****

Very nice, the elephants are just a bit too dark.

This is nice, elephants and their habitat. Good relections and I like the mood you've captured.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-11 10:38]

Fortunately that they do not drink beers, these elephants. They would cause big accidents.
A magic moment, as you say, and you were there.
Thank you

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-11 22:42]

Hi Nica. Please not share gory details such as that your feet was in the water having a dring. This info just fuels jealoucy and I can do without that :)

The setting is stunning and you captured it well. The reflections are great as well.

Excellent job and thanks for posting

Well Nico,
I have looked in your archive and I think this is your best shot till now, offcoarse is my opinion personal. The balance in this photo is very good, the details are good, maybe two little cropps to made it complete, but whatever I like it so it is very good job

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  • delfi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 35 N: 11] (106)
  • [2009-05-10 6:07]

Hi Nico, how's it going?


Great shot, fantastic! Good composition, neutral colors. You've captured a nice atmosphere here. Informative note: I didn't know that they were so quiet. I've always thought that they made more noise. I recall seeing this photo quite some time ago, but I didn't get to writing a critique, so I wanted to do that now.

Well done, TFS.

Best regards, Dimitri.

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