D3s, 200-400 4,0, f/6,3, 1/640, ISO 800
I find African elephants hard to "shoot", and believe me : I have tried many times !! Oh yes, they are fascinating animals indeed,- huge,intelligent, interesting, social, strong, funny, sweet, dangerous etc etc, ..... but in my eyes it`s hard to take a decent elephant picture. Photographicly elephants are mostly big, monotonous surfaces, mainly dark grayish with little color, and often introducing big problems with deep shadows and challenging highlights.
However, I could not resist the elephants of Samburu NP in Kenya last Nov/Dec. Beeing situated in central Northern Kenya, the area is extremely arid and the numerous elephants in the park are completely dependent on drinking water from the main river, and when the river dries up, they dig for water deep down in the sandy river bed. In Nov/Dec however, they had plenty of rain and the river was running big & brown. Elephants would come down to the river to drink daily and displayed their joy over the abundance of water by pure, splashing happiness. After this "deep-cleaning bath" they would normally find themselves a nice muddy pond and roll around to take on a new layer of red Samburu mud as armour & protection from the myriads of bloodsucking insects. There`s a certain sense in such behaviour !
Hope you like my elephants !
D3s, 200-400 4,0 f/6,3, 1/640, ISO 800
D800E, 200-400 4,0, F/4,5, 1/1000, ISO 800
D800E, 200-400 4,0, f/4,5,1/1000, ISO 800
D3s, 600 4,0, f/8,0, 1/640, ISO 1800
D3s, 600 4,0, f/8,0, 1/640, ISO 2500
D3s, 200-400 4,0, f/7,1, 1/100, ISO 800
D3s, 200-400 4,0, f/5,0, 1/1250, ISO 1250
D3s, 200-400 4,0, f/5,0, 1/1250, ISO 1800
D3s, 200-400 4,0, f/6,3, 1/250, ISO 1000
D3s, 200-4004,0, f/6,3, 1/640, ISO 1000
D3s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/2500, ISO 1600
We had to abandon seats in a hurry !
Nikon Coolpix P7700