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Baby Elephant

Baby Elephant
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Copyright: Ian Sewell (IanSewell) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 15 W: 2 N: 40] (239)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel G, Canon 75-300mm ISUSM
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2004-11-21 2:05
Viewed: 9403
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Baby elephant on the Chobe River in Serondela, part of Chobe National Park in Botswana. It was rare to get a baby alone in the frame, so I was happy to get this shot (Mom's shadow can be seen to the left). What stills unfortunately don't convey is that at this age, the elephants can't control their trunk - they flop back and forth in the most adorable way.

The shot was taken from our Landrover. Workshops are welcomed - should this maybe be cropped?

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To gerhardt: Workshop commentIanSewell 2 11-21 23:45
To LordPotty: WendyIanSewell 1 11-21 17:00
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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-11-21 2:38]

Welcome on TN, Ian.
Your first post is stunning. Very good sharpness and DOF, beautiful colours.
I think you could crop this picture if you want to improve the baby's presence. Then, make a less centered composition. However, this one show us the elephant in his natural environment, and reflects are superb.

Welcome to TN, Ian. Yes that little one is both cute and the details very sharp. The wet foot, trunk and tail is sooo cute! I agree with Sebastien on the composition. If you have the pixels consider a tighter crop. Also watch for unwanted shadows. I did a WS to show what I mean. I hope you like it.

Lovely, my wife felt in love with this one, and now she wants to have one like this at home. Thank you.
Well done a great shot

A good first shot Ian.Is Wendy your wife?
I think Gerhards workshop is good don't you?
By the way...Welcome to TN...Hope you have fun here.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-21 6:09]

Superb firs post Ian! I like pose of this baby, composition and colours also very good. I like Gerhard's WS, too.

Ian, Very nice capture of your "baby"! I like the way your subject is islolated on this thin strip of land with water on both sides. Good clean shot. Good improvement with cropping & moving off-center. Welcome & thanx for posting this one!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-21 9:52]

Welcome here to TN and your first post is loaded with the "Ahh" factor and I love it. I like what Gerhard has done in his WS by not only removing the unwanted shadows, but also moving the little one out of the center. This is done according to the rule of thirds which staes that even thought it is natural to have the subject in the middle of the shot, this is where it has the least impact. Try and crop it so that the subject is more or less a 3rd from either side, or top to bottom, or both. When doing this try and leave the most room in the direction the subject is moving or looking to.

Thanks for posting this beauty and I hope to see lots more of your work.

Hi Ian, I already noticed, that some members here gave some useful tips...
It's a funny shot of this elephant, the way how he/she is walking, resolute!
Nice shot and welcome on TN!

Classic safari shot !

Excellent first post, Ian. Nice detail and nice action. Nice work. Welcome to TN and keep the posts coming!!

Very nice capture nice action and detail.I have been in the Chobe River and so the most beautiful elephants sight of my life. Thanks EYAL

Welcome to TN!
This is a very cute pic, and although I like Gerhard´s workshop, this one just in the middle of the frame works very well too.
Beautiful, hope to see more photos and critiques soon!

Very nice first post Ian.
Good details , DOF and colours.
I'm also agree about the centered composition, but
it's still a good picture.
Well done.
Welcome to TN.

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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2004-11-22 12:24]

Aaaahhh how sweet, good composition, I like the contrasting colors, well done!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-23 4:30]

Bienvenido a TN Ian.
Bella y divertida imagen Ian... la sensacion de alegría que parece sentir el pequeño elefante es maravilloso.
Excelente agudeza, a pesar de la distancia de la captura y un punto adicional por la oportunidad de captar tambien su reflexion.
Recuerda participar con tus críticas a las imágenes de otros usuarios para el crecimiento de TrekNature.

Welcome to TN Ian.
Beautiful and amused image... the joy sensation that seems to feel the small elephant is wonderful.
Excellent sharpness, in spite of the distance of the capture and an additional point by the opportunity to also catch its reflection.
Remember to participate with your critics to the images of other users for the growth of TrekNature.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-15 6:13]

What a wonderful picture! It really is superb. I really love it. Well done! Thanks for sharing.

I too liked a different composition but mostly due to the stip of colour at the top kind of distracting.
I love the scene though. It has this mood of independance that can be generated, it's natural.

Hello Ian.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors,

Jose Luis.

very cute, TFS Ori

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