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Loxodonta africana

Loxodonta africana
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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: 2007-10-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): 5 favs. and up - PART 3, Kruger National Park 1, Vanderschelden's Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-10 6:33
Viewed: 9882
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Day 16...(16/20)
Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Overnight Restcamp Letaba.
Heading Southwards from Letaba to Satara.
Changing weather; cloudy and sunny. No rain.

Uploaded already the Buffalo and the Leopard.
Two 'Big Five' animals.
Today number 3 and a you can see he's in a hurry...
Engine on....:-)

Yesterday I posted the Leopard cub in the workshop.

Loxodonta africana
record tusk 102.3 kg

wiki(social behaviour)
The African Bush Elephant is an intelligent animal. Experiments with reasoning and learning show that they are the smartest ungulates together with their Asian cousins. This is mostly due to their large brain.

Herds are made up of related females and their young, directed by the eldest female, called the matriarch. Infrequently, an adult male goes with them, but those usually leave the pack when reaching adolescence to form herds with other elephants of the same age. Later, they spread out, carrying out a lonely life, approaching the female herds only during the mating season. Nevertheless, elephants do not get too far from their families and recognise them when re-encountered. Sometimes, several female herds can blend for a period of time, reaching even hundreds of individuals.

The matriarch is the one who decides the route and shows to each other member of the herd all the water sources she knows, which the rest will memorize in the future. The relations among the members of the herd is very tight; when a female gives birth to a baby the rest go to acknowledge it touching her with the trunk; and when an old elephant dies the rest of the herd will stay by the corpse for a while. The famous elephant graveyards are a myth, but it is true that these animals can recognise a carcass of its species when they find one during their trips, and even if it is a stranger, they form around it and sometimes they even touch its forehead with their trunk.

Mating happens when the female feels ready, an event that can occur anytime during the year. When she is ready, she starts emitting infrasounds that attract the males, sometimes from kilometers away. The adult males start arriving at the herd during the following days and begin fighting, causing some injuries and even broken tusks. The female shows her acceptance of the victor by rubbing her body against his. They mate, and then both go their own way. After 22 months of gestation (the longest among mammals), the female gives birth to a single 90 cm high calf which weighs more than 100 kg. The baby feeds on the mothers milk until the age of 5, but also eats solid food from as early as 6 months old. Just a few days after birth the calf can follow the herd by foot.

Some African Bush Elephants will attack and kill rhinoceroses. This behaviour, when it occurs, is mostly observed with younger adult male elephants who have come into musth prematurely.

Thanks for critiques, comments,...
Nice weekend!

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
19/10/2007 08:17:49
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

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hello annick,
lovely capture, the pov makes the shot a special one, well focused, well timed and well composed shot, suitable framing,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Annick
another great portrait only suffering from the plain white sky.
tfs Tom

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-10 6:38]

Hello Annick,
obviously you were able to sidestep early enough. You show a very impressive picture of this giant from a highly interesting point of view.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Annick,
Thanks for sharing your lovely shot from S. Africa. You must had done good trip and this is one of excellent series shot.
Outstanding details and nice composition here, and also, lovely natural colours and nice focusing, well presented!!
TFS and best wishes,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-10 7:12]

What an impressive and powerful image!
A top-class shot of this ageing elephant.
+++ The texture of the skin is brought across so well... I can almost feel it.
Superb detail and sharpness enhanced by the excellent clarity.
The pose is very good, clearly showing this huge creature slowly ambling towards you.
An effective low-down POV and a decent composition.
Great DOF and BG.
--- Nothing what-so-ever.
Top work Annick.
Well done,

Hello Annick,
Awesome display of power and force by this Elephant, walking
right straight to you, great POV and wonderful composition
..Very well done my friend


Hi Annick,
Foot on the pedal job here.
The foot off the ground makes all the difference from an ordinary shot to a very good one.
Well done (run),

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-10 7:56]

Hello Annick,
Superb frontal capture of the African Elephant, your big lens making it look like it is too close for comfort! Taken at a fine moment with good sharpness and lighting.
Well done and TFS!
Have a good weekend,

Bonjour Annick
Très belle capture de face, excellente netteté, couleurs et cadrage. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-11-10 8:14]
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I think this is one of the best photo of this animal I've ever seen. Great composition, DOF, sharp and color, wonderful pose. Everything is great.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-10 9:32]

Hi Annick ,May i say first i have just read your notes and very useful too so thanks and for posting this beautiful animal . a good pose with it heading towards you. great detail in the skin and tusk with natural colours. with its size taking up the full frame. so thanks again.

Hello Annick,
When I visit TN main page, my first attention for this shot among thumnails. Perfect timing and POV/DOF. Nicely composed. Focus and details already great. good notes. I fallow your Africa seri. thanks for sharing. have a nice weekend

Hi Annick,
you have good nervs - run run run - he coming streight in you direction!!!
A fantastic moment, I love this gigantic elephant very much, excellent shot, thanks
Sabie - wishnugaruda

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-11-10 10:47]

Hi Annick,
This is an impressive beast! He seems very old but I'm sure he can run very fast after photographers ;) Amazing capture.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-10 10:59]
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Hello Annick

I don't know the situation here and can't judge the speed of the elephant but the first thing that crosses my mind when I see this is your patience as a photographer is amazing.
This is a superb elephant shot! This would make a wonderful poster, I have a 4 year old boy and his room has photos of African animals,if this was a poster it would make a wonderful addition to his motif.
The focus is laser sharp and the details are excellent.This elephant is coming right at the viewer and pops right off the page into the imagination.
A very special post.


Impressive and powerful image!
Well done and TFS!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-10 12:23]

Forgive me a most impertinent observation please -- but this reminds me of the "ladies" on special sale day at the local discount store (I should know -- I worked at one for a season!)!

Seriously: superb PoV, wonderful tight composition, fabulous colours and details

amazing and impressive. TFS Ori

Wow! this image is amazing - there is a 3D effect image to it...That is some impressive work Annick...

Well taken, you can see the force behind those tusks!


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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-11-10 18:27]

Salut Annick,
Quelle superbe photo! La composition le détail sont excellent.

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  • Sayre Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 30] (164)
  • [2007-11-10 22:24]

I think this is my favorite from your trip so far. It's just not very often you see an elephant that looks like it's running at you :-). Great POV, DOF, and Composition. Your coloring is remarkable. I like how the background is set, and yet blurred out toward the back - I think it really adds to the whole "running" look of the elephant. This is truly a magnificent picture!
TFS Steph

Hello Annick,
A great face to face capture, impressive animal!
I like the action captured, and the great details in the animal...
A fine well balanced composition!
Pablo -

Interesante captura Annick.
Geniales detalles y magnífico encuadre.
Una buena nota.
Saludos, JL.

Gorgeous! Excellent DOF and this is indeed an impressive capture. All the detail! Wow! Too bad that the weather didn't co-operate! But you managed to bring the possible outcome!
Cheers, Klaus

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-11 8:41]
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Hi Annick

I've been really busy with lots of things these days, but i said myself i wasn't going to let a photo like this go...no matter what!
It's again absolutely amazing! The pose you captured from this impressive elephant is terrific - comming to you and i'm again fascinated by how well an f/2.8 worked here. The effective DOF is perfect, keeping the entire subject in impressive focus (even the back legs...which i have to confess i would have imagined would get at least a little blurry). Nver the less, you pulled out a million dollar picture!

Bravo my friend and TFS

PS: i really don't mind the white sky here; i see some people do...i think that the picture is superbly exposed and the sky in the back is not overexposed...if you look closely, it's not burned and you can still see some details from the clouds. Plus, it contrasts well with the subject, making it stand out splendidly!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-11 9:54]

Hello Annick,
Very dynamic and impressive photo. Engine on..
The low POV makes it exciting. Fantastic focus and details. Great natural colours, DOF and composition.


Its difficult in my opinion to capture an interesting shot of an elephant. This you managed very well indeed. The photo is sharp and the dull colours in the bg doesn't bother me as it conveys a sense of those misty mornings in the bush. TFS!

Hi Annick, Wow what an impressive shot you can almost feel this African Bush Elephant come thundering towards you, the detail is stunning a great composition, tfs Cheers Rick

Great shot Annick!
Wonderful POV and "pose".
Light blue sky is pleasing.
How far away were you and were you in your auto or behind bushes?
Looks a bit dangerous.
TFS and the interesting note

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-12 15:44]

Hello Annick, what a great picture of the African Elephant, I like everything in it, i's even a bit scary...don't turn the motor off ! :-) Thanks,


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-13 4:18]

Hello Annick,
Fabulous action captured in this wonderful composition of this beautiful elephant. Your normal exquite camera work brings this image to life. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Annick.
Absolutly superb photography, right down to every elephant wrinkle.
Your composition has impact coming straight at you like that, sort of makes you want to move out of its way.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-15 3:59]

hello Annick,
Very impressive shot! It gives the feeling that one step more and the elephant will overrun you. Excellent sharpness, beautiful dynamic picture. Excellent! In this situation I already would have hidden very quickly
Best regards

Watch out , the elephant is coming to you!

Well captured and composed. I like it very much. Also very useful notes


You know Annick I could spend all evening viewing your gallery the standard has been set here and this is wonderful stuff. The Elephant is my favorite animal and this is such a superb capture I am adding it to my favorites. Excellent work..

Ha Annick,

Wederom en prachtig shot
kwalitatief Perfect
uitstekende compo en kleur

TFS Thijs

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-11-20 21:37]

Hi Annick,
Perfectly composed , very good details on the elephant.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-11-30 22:24]

Absolutely fantastic stance of this huge elephant, Annick.
You caught him in a pose that makes this gigantic animal actually look fluid, if you know what I mean.
A very well-balanced and dynamic shot.
Congratulations and TFS. : )

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  • henkv (67)
  • [2008-03-16 11:11]

nice shot, would not want to be in his way

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