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I was lucky enough to go on a business trip to South Africa last week. I had never been before. I decided to go to a game reserve at the weekend. It was a wonderful experience if a little dramatic: we followed this male elephant along a track in the vehicle at about 70 meters and all of a sudden it turned and charged us. It stopped about 4 feet from the vehicle and stomped around a bit. Our ranger guide faced it down with some guttural shouting and it eventually wandered off. He said it was "full of nonsense".

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm X-E1
Lens:XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:6 Oct 2013 - 7:48 AM
Focal Length:95mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Charge!
Username:RobboB RobboB
Uploaded:7 Oct 2013 - 7:23 PM
Tags:Elephant, South africa, Wildlife / nature
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7459 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1038 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2013 - 7:53 PM

There looks to be a trail of devastation in its wake. I almost envy the experience. Almost...
Terrifyingly good.
Moira

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2013 - 7:58 PM

A splendid shot.
You must have stayed quite calm to be able to take this; admirable!
Ju

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Suzicoo
Suzicoo e2 Member 2424 forum postsSuzicoo vcard United Kingdom
7 Oct 2013 - 8:34 PM


Quote: A splendid shot.
You must have stayed quite calm to be able to take this; admirable!
Ju

Think I would have got camera shakeTongue

Suzicoo

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fazzer
fazzer e2 Member 535 forum postsfazzer vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2013 - 9:05 PM

Some experience that must have been , great b&w

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JohnChambersPhotography

Stand and deliver comes to mind, you did well to avoid camera shake , and a trip to the toilet . Well done indeed.

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oll1e
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7 Oct 2013 - 11:03 PM

Excellent image under the circumstances !! in fact amazing Wink

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fificat100
fificat100 e2 Member 3fificat100 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2013 - 11:35 PM

Wow, that's terrifying close !!

Lavina

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2201 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2013 - 8:13 AM

Great shot Rob, I live in SA and yes it's a bit of an adrenaline moment when these bulls charge the vehicle. Love it in mono

Last Modified By ColleenA at 8 Oct 2013 - 8:14 AM

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
8 Oct 2013 - 9:29 AM

WOW! Rob what a fantastic shot, you must have some guts to be able to keep calm when this is coming at you.
Brian

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England210 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2013 - 10:35 AM

Great shot Rob, not sure I would want to be in the path of this as it charges
Regards Richard

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2013 - 1:26 PM

Beautifully captured action shot.
Rende

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djh698
djh698  101233 forum posts Canada4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2013 - 1:58 PM

Really sharp and well composed in the circumstances
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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10474 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2013 - 3:12 PM

Bloody Hell....... I hope your vehicle carried toilet rolls. Outstanding image.

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
8 Oct 2013 - 4:28 PM

Excellent image, surprised the image is crisp after the about turn

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capto
capto e2 Member 21275 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2013 - 2:09 PM

Scary what! Great image.Smile

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mondmagu
mondmagu  474 forum posts Ireland
10 Oct 2013 - 7:57 PM

Super shot well captured.

Des

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10delboy
10delboy e2 Member 110delboy vcard United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 - 8:55 PM

Great shot to get under those conditions well done.

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colin63
colin63  6 England
19 Oct 2013 - 9:21 PM

Wow Rob great capture should have been an award for this

colin

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Armakk
Armakk e2 Member 5Armakk vcard United Kingdom
19 Jul 2014 - 5:05 PM

Truly an Oh S**** moment... Great shot but i must ask how was the Hospital food out there ? SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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