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Desert Elephant

Desert Elephant
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Namibia, a photographer's dream
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-18 3:30
Viewed: 4331
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Desert Elephant is a bit of a myth.
Was taken at drive and photo day #5: Uis (White Lady)-Khorixas.
Later on at day #9 I was staying just outside Etosha at the Frans Indongo Lodge. And there I read an article in a Namibian wildlife magazine about the Desert Elephant and its myth:

Actually this article said this elephant is physiologically and genealogically the same species as the African elephant.

They say it has longer legs but in fact their body is slightly different due to the specific desert vegetation. Compare it to a diet. So the legs just appear longer...

Plus its foot is bigger in size. It's adapted to the desert. I had to flatten my 4W tires to reach a pressure of 160 kPa in the desert. Something like that...

This is a bull 'in heat'. These fellows are often alone and quite unpredictable..

Thanks for looking...

Argus, samandi, Jamesp, CeltickRanger, peter_stoeckl, ferranjlloret, mrlins, Adanac, erve has marked this note useful
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Hallo Annick,
Excellent shot of this handsome Tusker (Desert Elephant). Superb details, pose and a lovely composition. Excellent lighting and POV. TFS.

hello annick,
lovely capture of the elephant from the desert, the frontal pov is amazing, liked the details and the composition too, the framing gives professional finish to your professional work,
well done as usual,
tfs & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-18 4:35]

Hello Annick,
A fine one of a bull Desert Elephant: the feet do look rather larger. I like the frontal POV, the composition and the light management.
A nice portrait and thanks for sharing it!
Enjoy your Sunday,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-18 5:34]

Hi Annick,
What I liked here is the contrast, very finely done. The head to head viewpoint is great and I only wished to see more background than this closeup. tfs.

Hi Annick,

Nice to see you here. This is a beautiful photo of a Elephant, nice and shiny. Nice color and composition.
Well done .. TFS
-- SADEGH --

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-01-18 6:52]

Hi Annick

I had always thought that there could be very little, if any, real difference - and you have confirmed it. We didn't see them in October - but missed them by very little. Anyway - an excellent image - great pose and exposure control.


Hi Annick,
Looks like you were about to be atacked by a raging bull elephant. You really captured that moment of speed and agression.
The details and light are very beautiful and the chose DOF made the elephant stand out perfectly.

hello Annick

the frontal POV of this photography and the eye-contact
of the elephant with you, gives to this image dynamism,
sharpness and details are excellent, and appropriate vertical framing, TFS


Hello Annick,
powerful frontal approach with a lot of dynamic tension.
Looking quite unpredictable, indeed.
Wonderful bright backlight creates a very pleasant atmosphere. Tastefully nicely presented. Thank you!
With best regards,

Hello Annick,
A good capture of this big Desert Elephant:, excellent POV and composition. Good document.
Thanks for sharing and Best Regards.

A nice shot, this is one of my dreams, go to Namíbia and have some of them in my lens, you did a preatty good job.

Best regards


Hi Annick,
A great close up look at this young bull in heat. I guess you would have been pretty wary while shooting this one.
He's definitely aware of you.
Good even exposure in the harsh light.
Nicely timed and composed.
Good work.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-18 13:16]

Hello Annick,
This makes me jealous, what an amazing image of this big guy. You have managed to get great details in the shadow and sun with your exposure. The capture has a lovely colorful background too, thank you my friend.

Hello Annick

An amazing beast to meet along the way.
The focus is terrific with excellent detail.
Nicely composed in the frame.
Well captured in a natural environment.
I wish I could get there and see all these creatures.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-01-19 0:02]

I have heard how unpredictable these bulls can be, especially 'in heat'.
You wouldn't want to be too close to it Annick.
I like his pose here; it is as if he is swaying a little.
Good shot

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2009-01-19 6:26]

Hi annick,

Great shot my friend, he appears a little tipsy to me like he's about to keel over!
very good composition with beautiful light and colours.
Interesting note to boot.



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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-19 6:31]

Hello Annick, The big fella seem to be watching with a silent note. Lovely shot and good note Ganesh

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