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'Filling Up'
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-11
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Namibia
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-04 6:25
Viewed: 4610
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Although this is the same waterhole as my last Etosha elephant posting, this is another small group in the larger herd (c60). I liked this shot because of the symetry (2-1-2) of the trunks.

We were not that far away from the elephants, although this was taken with my 400mm lense.

SelenE, xTauruSx, PaulH, siggi, Dis. Ac., jaycee, boreocypriensis, CeltickRanger, crs, anel, uleko has marked this note useful
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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-12-04 6:59]

Hi James,
I liked the moment you captured a lot, also as you said the symetry of the trunks look very good. Nice clarity, lighting, POV and composition. TFS
Best wishes,

dear james, nice picture of this group of elephants. i was in namibia 2 month ago and i know that these moments are very special,when you can stand so near to this huge animals. tfs.

Hello James, lovely capture of these elephants.
TFS and grettings, Deniz

What a special shot and special memory. The symmetry is wonderful... I'm a sucker for that kind of thing. I LOVE the little one sandwiched in the middle! The dusty air adds so much ambiance to the image. It just feels hot and dry. It doesn't look like a very big hole from this perspective...as if they could just suck it dry!!... gotta go! I'm suddenly thirsty!! : )

Evelynn : )

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-12-04 8:24]

Hi James,
this is almost a Rack of Elephants...and their layout could not be any better, almost arranged by you...now that i'd like to see you attempt! Super accurate and well chosen DOF, everythings in focus at f/5.0, crisp and well exposed - great job mate, well done.

Hello James

A super capture of these elephants.The detail and textures are wonderful.
Lots of action in this one.
Excellent focus and details.
Great job.


Hi James,
An incredible shot showing the Elephants at the waterhole line-up. I'm just guessing, and I'm probably wrong but is that a radio collar on the second elephant closest to the viewer? Or maybe a clump of mud the individual as tossed on their head? This shots depicts the elephants harsh dry environment and the satisfaction of a good ole waterhole. Well done.
Paul :)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-04 9:22]

Hello James
Great shot of these wonderful elephants in their natural habitat.Excellent focus and details.
Thank you!Regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-04 10:04]

Hello James,
Thanks for the marvelous photos you posted here on TN. Today I'm 2 years on TN and enjoyed your images very well. Travelling around the world is for me also an obsession. There are so many beautiful places.
This is another great shot. Excellent in all aspects of photography.
Kind regards,

Hi James,

Beautiful shot of these family Elephants/
Nice pov and beautiful colours.
I like your shots very much.


Hi James, splendid family composition, wonderful elephants in great action pose, superb capture, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-04 12:33]

Hi James,

Ever since I saw them for myself in Africa I love elephant pictures - if the elephants are free in their natural habitat. This family is wonderful. The little one is the scene stealer - his trunk just doesn't make it yet. Excellent colors and details of the wrinkly skin, the tusks, ears, and of course the trunks. Show us more!!!!!


Hi My Brother James, an excelent and timely lovely capture of these thirsty cute elephants. Wonderful details, sharpness, DOF/POV and composition.
TFS and cheers,


hello James

WOW ! i would say AOUTCH

times to times i wrote to some images :
actually this is the best TN's photo

well James, i will write your the same thung right now,
actually at this moment that i am viewing your image,
this is TN's best wild animal shot, WOW !

TFS alot


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-12-04 21:45]

Hello james,

What a fine photo with these elefants you have made. When you have taken the image animals were in a fine pose and seemd to enjoy theyr bath. The sharp image shows very well the texture of the sking and fine details of animals bodies. I like the littel elephant who looks so happy in the midle of the heard.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-12-04 22:36]

That is quite a line-up, James.
That little guy in the middle is so cute.
What magnificent animals.
They sure look thirsty, with water dribbling down their mouths.
Love the symmetrical composition too.
TFS. : )

Hi James
Another great wild life observation. I like the moment. Technical quality is great. Good sharpness, nice low POV and great background with OOF trees

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-05 6:30]

hello James,
It's such a vivid and interesting picture. I like elephants a lot, they are so special! Each one here has another and personal expression.
The small one is too cute!
Thanks so much

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-05 13:50]

Excellent shot of this family of Elephants.
I love all the poses, especially the smallest's one :-)
Very good clarity.
Great light.
Superb composition.

Well done,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-05 22:02]

Hello James, WoW what a shot and good composition. Lovely title and interesting note. Well done Ganesh

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-09 1:00]

Hello James,
A very nice capture of this Elephant herd at the waterhole filling their tanks, sorry trunks! A great composition showing sharp details, fine colours and a lovely background.
TFS and kind regards, Ulla

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