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African Elephant

African Elephant
Photo Information
Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-02
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon 70-200 F4 L USM IS
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My favourite naturescapes, CeltickRanger's favorite Elephant photos, Soap Bubble+ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-12-15 1:25
Viewed: 4790
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Do elephants have knees or elbows?

The joints that are perceived as ‘knees’, are in fact wrists. This is a common misunderstanding due to the belief that a leg joint that bends between the foot and the body must be a knee. The main difference between us and the elephants is that our foot bones and hand bones are separate, whereas those of the elephant are one in the same, and have evolved to suit this four-legged mammal.

Image taken in RAW, ISO800, Aperture priority mode and evaluative metering system.

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  • Great 
  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-12-15 1:38]

Hi George,
Splendid photo-composition of this elefant and Landscape, great sharpness, colors and details, TFS!

  • Great 
  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-15 1:44]

Hello George,
Very cute picture of the big animal. I like impressive shot and cropping. Details and sharpness of the image are great.Regards Siggi

Hi George,

I liked the POV in this picture. The beautiful colours in your picture create a beautiful soothing mood. Your note is also very interesting...and throws light on the subject I never noticed before.

By the way, where did you click this picture?


This is an amazing scene. I don't think I'll see this in my backyard my friend George :-)
The sky and the trees are already splendid grand vision anchoring the elephant perfectly in the frame. Top class image and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards - Jusni

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-15 2:35]

This isn't an elephant pic,this is a fantastic peinture!!What a class my friend,impossible to make better!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

You can print this one big on canvas and hang in your living room. Great colors and the elli in a stunning environment. Composition and processing is excelent.
Well done George and TFS.

Ciao George. Just like a paint MF. An impressive dramatic/scenograpghic paint!


  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-15 4:49]

Hello George,
The unity in colourtones is splendid in this photo. Special atmosphere. Fantastic sharpness and composition. Good DOF.

A beautiful capture of this majestic "Loxodonta" and a wonderful composition showing the elephant within its environment George, very nice indeed my friend!

amazing, almost like a painting, TFS Ori

Hi George
Impressive photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.
Regards, Christodoulos.

  • Great 
  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-12-15 5:34]

Hello George,
For sure this is a great wild animal-picture! Not only the attitude of the elephant is most interesting, but also the atmosphere created by the dry trees and vegetation and the slightly pink sky give to this picture something very special. Bravo!
Kind regards

Excellent deatil and composition George.


Hello George,
For all the saints ... What I can say about this? ... Looks like a publicity invited to travel to Africa! ... Congratulations ... amazes me the "relevance" of the elephant against the landscape .... Is it some kind of post processing effect? ... Is it HDR? .. Does it only with the camera perhaps? ... Here we see an overwhelming depth, you can almost touch the elephant kneeling on her elbows (or her wrists!)!

  • Great 
  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-15 6:41]

Excellent landscape with magnificent elephant, good pp work. Wish there was more space behind the elephant and more sky. tfs.

Hello George,
I think the most impressive African capture that I've ever seen until now. The clarity of the image, the natural colours of the skin of the elephant and the habitat are great. Excellent composition, outstanding POV and very good focus.

  • Great 
  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-12-15 8:15]

Hello George
Superb! Some of your photos looks like a paint and this is one of them. Excellent work!

  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-15 8:29]
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Hello George,
What first strikes me when seeing this is the wonderful light! WHat time of the day did you capture this or is there a storm coming up? A great view of the Elephant too against a wonderful natural background. Very beautiful!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hi George,
another beautiful shot of African animal - this time - the biggest elephant. Great colours of the background. Of course splendid sharpness. Great job!
thanks for very useful workshop,
link to my wife:

Ciao George, this is a wonderful Africa, fascinating composition with great creature in a fantastic natural ambientation, I like a lot beautiful trees and splendid sky with marvelous sunset colors, ciao Silvio

hello George

i think this photo it is one of the most if not
the most beautiful and excellent elephant photo
of TrekNature ! WOW ! you did very well to not
zoom the elephant and like this to have with him
that wonderful tree and also a view of his habitat,

the color tones of the background contribute
to the atmosphere effect of this photo with the
great density and contrast of the color tones,
the elephant is superbly focused with great
sharpness and details, TFS beaucoup


Hi George,
A very nice composition with this enormous animal with very beautiful coulours and scene.
Best wishes,

  • Needs Improvement 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-12-15 14:30]
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In my opinion this image is photoshopped to the extreme, I would challenge you to display the HONEST original image in a workshop, if you don't I'll understand. It looks artificial to me.

Hello George,

Rick'e katılıyorum. Fotoyla çok oynamışsın hiç doğal durmuyor.

  • Great 
  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-16 2:17]

Hello George,
wonderful colour presentation and definitely a special pose and stance from this mighty jumbo.
The dried grass and leafless tree with beautifully distributed branches add beauty to your composition.
The sky too is very pleasant with hues of crimson and grey add offer dramatic sky.
I love it as it depicts and reinforces the mental image of the African style wildlife.


Hola George

Verdaderamente me ha sorprendido esta imagen, con esos tonos de colores, ese resplandor entre los arboles, que parece que el elefante esté realmente en 3D. Una imagen muy buena para mi gusto. Muy buen punto de vista.

Un saludo de Antonio

Bonjour George,
Trčs belle publication d'une bonne composition intégrant trčs bien le sujet dans un beau paysage bien éclairé et sous de magnifiques couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

I love the colors in the entirety of the image and the detailed lighting on the elephant is super. I agree as far as I know probably one of the nicest images of an elephant on TN. Well done George. :)


I love the look and feel of this picture...!!!
TFS :-)

Hello George,
An extremely pleasing image of a majestic animal and of nature. The differnet huies and how they grade into one another is wonderful and so is the composition. I might have cropped off most of the bit of tree on the very left, what do you think? But excellent as is. Congratulaions. I enjoy looking at it very much.

Lovely expression on the elephant and good notes too. I liked the POV and the colors and the processing :-) and this picture impressed me for its creativity and thats a trait which i like a lot.

There is nothing wrong with this picture! Well done! I just love it! It would look beautifull if printed on a canvass!

Hi George,
In my opinion a great job - using techniques like Photoshop isn't a crime! Perfect composition and great shallow DoF, special atmosphere - for me the result seems pleasant. Photography is one thing, feeling personal antipathy is another. Shouldn't be mixed as imho some other users did. This is a photographer forum. Thanks for sharing the great image.
Best regards, László

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