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Copyright: Tobias Ortmann (Tobias__Ortmann) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 7 N: 171] (681)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Cannon EOS 350D, EF-S55-250mm IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-18 9:22
Viewed: 5454
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
lives in the serengeti np....
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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-18 9:42]

Hi Tobias,
Magnificent capture.POV,details,simple BG,pose of elephant and composition are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-19 10:10]

Hi Tobias.
Once more excellent picture from you. Excellent composition and great quality of the image. I like how well you have reproduced a skin of the elephant, nice dry grass and cloudy sky. Perfect work. My best wishes.

hello Tobias

i love the elephants as animals, your excellent shot is showing us
a wonderful animal on his natural habitat, fine POV and framing,
great sharpness and details of the elephant, TFS


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-06-19 21:18]
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Hi Toba

This is a wonderful capture of this big bull elephant. How do I know it is a bull? Because of its rounded head.

With the African elephant the female's profile of the head in side view is angular while in the male it is round.
Males are heavier and taller and reach up to 4m and can weigh up to 6 tons while females reach about 2.6m and weigh about 3 tons. Males have larger tusks compared to the females who have small tusks or sometimes even no tusks at all.

By the way, did you know? The most obvious difference between the African and the Asian Elephant is the size of their ears - those of the African are larger and shaped like the outline of Africa while those of an Asian are smaller and shaped like the outline of India. The African Species has a 'two-fingered' tip to the trunk while the Asian elephant has one 'finger'. Asian elephant males have tusks which are more curved and thicker than those of the African species. Female Asians have very small tusks or none at all. The skin is both lighter and less hairy in an African elephant.

Interestingly there are two sub-species of African elephant the Savanna elephant Loxodonta africana africana and the Forest elephant - Loxodonta africana cyclotis. The one on your photo is a Savanna elephant and you show it so well in its typical habitat, on the plains of the African savanna grassland in the Serengeti. You have captured excellent and sharp details of the pachyderm. (Elephants are called pachyderms, which mean thick-skinned animals. An elephant's skin is extremely tough around most parts of its body and measures about 2.5cm (1") thick.)

The lighting was well managed and as a result there are no overexposure on the white tusks or no underexposure in the shaded areas as one can still see all the cracks and features in those regions. The colours are very natural overall which includes the elephant, the grassland and the sky. And finally, I love the composition which provided enough space for the brute to move in to and showed sufficiently the natural environment of this beautiful animal.

Well done and TFS.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-25 9:56]

Hi Tobias
Excellemt presentation.Good POV and very sharp image.Detail and light are excelletn.
TFS Michel

what a beauty, Toba.I love this shot, the natural environment and the perfect sharpness.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2008-09-23 23:06]

Hello Tobias,

A long time ago that I looked to your fantastic series about wild animals.
Excellent composition and great quality of the image, a wonderful animal on his natural habitat.
Very well done.

Best regards,

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