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Quick drink

Quick drink
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Copyright: Nico van Gijsen (Nico) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-27
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 70-300mm AF-G
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-12-05 7:36
Viewed: 4791
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My wife and I were having breakfast next to the Kwai Rivier in Botswana when this bull elephant appeared from out of the bush and passed within about 15 m of us. Of course we sat quiet like scared little mice as we dared not move. Elphant that are alarmed may either run of attack and we did not feel like gambling on that day. I did take some photographs though as he went into the water taking a quick drink before turning his back on the rather amused looking birds on the little island in the river.
The funny thing is that although we sat quietly - may camera sounded like an alarm going off to me - a friend from Cape Town called me on my long distance radio just as this bull turned around. He immediately took notice, shook his head violently in our direction, gave a few paces towards us, but by then I had (with the Land Rover between us) switched the radio off. The tight moment lasted for about 5 seconds, but since the wind was blowing from him to us he could not smell us and elephants cannot see too well either, so by just keeping quiet and sitting still (outside the Land Rover) he lost interest and walked on to a bearbu tree-stump and started scrathing himself. When we saw his friend ariving soon afterwards we decided to quickly pack things away, so we had a breakfast on the go with cold frankfurters and water.

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Wow, how nice looks on green! Most african posts I've seen here have a reddish-yellow dry vegetation on BG.

Regards, Petru

Hi Nico,
Outstanding photograph! Everything about is superb. Your note with this just sounds like experiences I have only dreamed about. My dream vacation is a photo trip to Africa. Thanks for making my day!

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-12-05 8:37]

Belle image d'un géant.


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-12-05 8:39]

Nico bonjour, votre composition est superbe et la charge ce ce monstre impressionante!! Il a trop bu !! Belle couleurs egalement. Mes félicitations Didier.

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  • gopi Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 70] (337)
  • [2005-12-05 9:50]

A very clean and interesting shot. Almost everything in the picture is so perfectly done (Light, composition, the moment- water still flowing down its mouth), it makes the viewer to feel part of the image. Your note gives that extra value addition to the picture. My only regret is that, the birds who play a rather significant role in the picture should have come fully inside the frame.
Thanks for sharing

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-12-05 10:25]

Nico, lovely colors and sharpness to show us this very beautiful animal.

Excellent composition and exposure.

A very pleasing image.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-12-05 10:51]

A superb shot, Nico. It is very rare to see a shot of an elephant in the wild at such close range and in a frontal view at that. The details are amazing and the water from his mouth adds a nice touch. The backdrop really gives the sense of his natural environment. Your excellent notes contribute to the feeling of drama. Excellent work and TFS. : )
Sorry about your cold breakfast... but definitely worth it!!!

Indeed wow, what size and what force these great animals have, but you know whats funny are the birds in the background. They look like they are waiting for something to happen.
Great shot anyway well done.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-05 10:56]

Hello Nico!
Magnificent capture.It looks like a painting picture.BG is also wonderful and attracts attention.Colors,details,POV,DOF,framing,moment you caught and composition are perfect.Excellent work!

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-05 13:30]

Quite an intriguing story to go along with this excellent photo. I like the water on this big guy's face and dripping from his mouth. I also really enjoy the audience of rather amused looking birds watching the big bull elephant.
I wish the picture went a little farther to the right so that we could see clearly where the audience of birds ends... Oh well, such a minor nit.
Great shot!

Hi Nico,
it's marvelous, this majestic elephant in this wonderful bush, I love the trees and the clouds, the colours are marvelous.
The birds are a little funny, seems they are watching what the elephant is doing.
A lovely shot, thank you very much, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Nico,
beautiful natural shot - very clear and colorful. Fantastic composition and great details. Superb colors. Well done & TFS!

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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2005-12-05 14:34]

Great stuff!! Looking forward to seeing some of my own when we go to Botswana.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-05 17:20]

Hi Nico, lovely shot. The colours and pose of the elephant are superb. I do have a reservation about the composition. I find my eye is taken to the whistling ducks on the right hand side and not to the elephants face where I feel it should be. But, it's a lovely shot. Well done.

Good clear shot. Well done Nico.

This is a superb shot. Everything is perfect in this photo. Well done.

This is an awesome shot, I like it because if give you 2 real good reason, one for the magnificant animal and then the scenery. Well done Nico. I would like to visit Botswana someday. :)

Points & Smiley tomorrow

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