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Nice day for a walk

Nice day for a walk
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Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-04 6:54
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An adult female Asian elephant at the end of a line, on one of their daily walks at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, Bedfordshire.
What I found particularly attractive about this photo is the lovely blue sky which at the time I found surprising because I always expect the sky to be over-exposed when I'm shooting animals.
I've since discovered that a blue sky is fairly close to 18% grey, so it is in fact a perfect subject to use for metering (great tip for those experimenting with manual exposure!)

General info about the Asian elephant, from the Whipsnade website:

Scientific name:
Elephas Maximus

Animal Facts:
Amazingly, Asian elephants are more closely related to the extinct woolly mammoth than to the African elephant. The elephant's tusks are elongated teeth (upper incisors) and tend to be smaller in Asian bull elephants than in the African. The four grinding teeth (molars) wear out and are replaced by new teeth from the back of the jaws; the elephant gets through six sets of teeth during it's lifetime.

Where they live:
India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia and Southern China.

Mountains and forest

What they eat:
Vegetation, fruit, twigs, small branches, bark and roots.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-10-04 7:56]

Hi Andy.
What a beautiful picture you have shared. Amazing captured scene, wonderful colourful sky and clouds are very impressive. Composition of the shot, its lights and details are perfect too.
My best regards and TFS,

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-10-04 10:38]

Hi Andy,

This is a beautiful picture, with an excellent blue sky. I first thought this was taken on the trip we did together and I couldn't remember we saw the elephants walking around Whipsnade. ;) The picture is really nice. Well done & TFS!


Ps-I hopefully post my first Whipsnade picture tonight.

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2006-10-04 12:30]

Hello Andy
splendide élephant. Image bien nette bon cadrage

Very cute title, really beautiful sky; I can see how tall they are from your POV! :)

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