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Good morning...
Hope you all had a good valentines day and to the UK members hope all is ok after last nights dreadful storm.
A big thank you to LynneJoyce, Pentaxpatty,Kuvailija (Jukka), Ed (Glastopcat) and Adrian (Tomcat) for their UA's much appreciated.
Today a young (lactating) female elephant who was on her way to my side of the vehicle...she stuck her trunk into my camera bag ,nosed around then turned around and went back to her youngster. My heart nearly stopped but the ranger was gently talking to me to remain calm. It also fits for Shadow saturday.
V2 is a mono version and the other versions more close encounters with these gentle giants.
V3 and 4 the elephant actually knocked out Trackers cap off his head...very funny afterwards...
V5 and 6 close encounters with some of our friends...
V7 another elephant, another close encounter for our Tracker
Have a nice weekend...our heatwave continues ...36 deg in CT today

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony NEX-3
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:2 Apr 2012 - 3:36 PM
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.5
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Close encounter
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:15 Feb 2014 - 4:34 AM
Tags:Elephants, Wildlife / nature
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Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
15 Feb 2014 - 4:49 AM

Wow, that is up close !!!! The beautiful wrinkly one is just stunning.. Amazing photography in the natural surrounds.. Love, love..
Fantastic set Colleen..

Lynette Grin

Last Modified By Lynniesefforts at 15 Feb 2014 - 4:50 AM
handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 4:54 AM

This encounter must have gotten your adrenaline flowing, Colleen. Nothing like a close encounter. Great set of photos.

Peter

781969
781969  1 India
15 Feb 2014 - 5:50 AM

Really very close encounter,lovely.

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 6:00 AM

Wow, what a fabulous series. V5 is my favourite, such clear focus on the elephant and the people in the foreground make it clear just how close this encounter was.

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43282 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 6:08 AM

Extraordinary imagery Colleen...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7130 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 6:14 AM

An amazing set, Colleen, showing us just how 'up close and personal' you get. Carol

Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1780 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom88 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 6:20 AM

A remarkable encounter and excellent imagery, V1 for me.
Nigel

accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 5accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 6:34 AM

Outstanding recent wildlife images Colleen. Well done indeed. A

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
15 Feb 2014 - 7:24 AM

Impressive

Peter

Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 - 7:38 AM

Stunning set of elephant images, Colleen. V1,5 and 6 are my faves., Interesting narrative. I wonder what the elephant's trunk sniffed into your camera bag.

Fred

mistere
mistere e2 Member 1mistere vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 7:49 AM

That is about as close as you want them to be, super images and not shakey at all. I think i would have
taken some very blurred images if i had been in the jeep. Well done.

Dave.

Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 - 8:18 AM

What a wonderful close encounter.

P.

Caziwinkles
15 Feb 2014 - 8:23 AM

There is close and then there is 'really close'!! How wonderful Colleen! Smile

Carol

Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 8:36 AM

They are so close I can almost smell them. Incredible pictures Colleen.
Peter GrinGrinGrin

pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 8:52 AM

These are amazing shots Colleen,from V1 right through all are close up and personal. Still raining here. Swop your 36 degrees please Smile Patty

Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
15 Feb 2014 - 8:57 AM

Super set Colleen, V1 my favourite,
Fred.

viscostatic
15 Feb 2014 - 9:07 AM

Great images Colleen, especially V1 and V2.

Phil.

gwynn56
gwynn56  273 forum posts England
15 Feb 2014 - 9:45 AM

nice capture Smile

leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
15 Feb 2014 - 9:46 AM

An amazing set Colleen. V1 and V2 are my fav.
Effrossini

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 9:54 AM

Amazing captures Colleen - bit rushed at the moment but will be back later to have a more leisurely peruse. Smile
Joan.

ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 234 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 9:57 AM

Big game in every way, Colleen.
Wonderful pictures.

ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 10:02 AM

Superb images Colleen, what an experience to be so close to these beautiful Elephants SmileSmileSmile

Ali

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64470 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 10:45 AM

Keep calm! With such a Huge animal rummaging around in your camera bag! Suppose it'd pinched your kit? Grin
Very brave Colleen, and amazing pictures. The experience of a lifetime. Smile

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 11:09 AM

Elephants are making the news for all the wrong reasons lately, this one was just inquisitive !! Colleen. Excellent.
Ron

marshfam19
marshfam19 e2 Member 5marshfam19 vcard United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 - 11:23 AM

A great set of images Colleen, you are much braver than I am.

Mary Grin

digital_boi
15 Feb 2014 - 11:34 AM

up close and personal indeed Colleen glad you remained calm

Graham

williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 3williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 12:09 PM

a super set well done.


billy

DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 12:19 PM

An absolutely fascinating set of images, Colleen - what an experience.
Richard

Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 12:28 PM

Wonderful set Colleen...... you are so lucky to be this close!
Diane

Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 - 2:11 PM

WOW! Colleen, I would have run for it. Great shots.
Brian

Mike_Young
15 Feb 2014 - 2:19 PM

Splendid images, how marvellous to get so close to these fabulous creatures

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 2:57 PM

Good close up shots Colleen.
They would be too close for comfort for me though !!
Mick.

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 2:58 PM

A super set of images ColleenSmile


Cliff

Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7126 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 3:55 PM

Cracking set of shots Colleen, i have been interested in African wildlife from been a child, i hope one day to be able to visit and see them for myself, where they all belong in the wild. Zoo's i think have a roll to play in maybe without them some animals would become extinct. But its time the Goverments of the world got a grip somehow to stop the poaching, and destruction of these beautiful animals

kfrances
15 Feb 2014 - 4:14 PM

Awesome images Colleen.

kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 2kuvailija vcard Finland
15 Feb 2014 - 4:26 PM

Excellent images , and an exciting story! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin Superb shots Colleen ! --- Jukka.Smile

capto
capto e2 Member 21180 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 4:28 PM

That is scary but exhilarating.Smile

ivor

netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2189 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 5:15 PM

I love Elephants and I love all these images Colleen,
Really closeSmileSmileSmile
I'd love to be there with you,Smilebut I live too far away and I don't like to travel far,so I will enjoy looking at your images.Smile
NettaSmile

taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 5:45 PM

Wonderful set, I appreciate seeing him in his environment and seeing him interact with the guide!


PS--re: wheelbarrow-- This should tell you why we are not worried about mosquitos these days…. LOL

Last Modified By taggart at 15 Feb 2014 - 5:47 PM
ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2196 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 6:08 PM

Lol Jenn think you need to send us some snow then.

HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4265 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
15 Feb 2014 - 6:20 PM

That was CLOSE! I am sure it was very funny "afterwards". She has rather kind looking eyes, if you can say that about an elephant in the wild.

Harriet

evelen
evelen  9 England
15 Feb 2014 - 6:45 PM

great capture hope you enjoy your holiday in Mykonos its a lovely place to visit we love it there you will have to go to the beach where Shirley Valentine went .
eve.Smile

EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 - 6:51 PM

Fantastic. Set Smile

Eileen

Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 7:18 PM

Wow! Exceptional images here ColleenLillian

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 7:20 PM

Elephants somehow look less threating than other animals but I guess their weight could do a lot of damage.
Great set of very close ups!!
Kate GrinGrinGrin

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2196 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 7:29 PM

Kate if you could see them snap a huge branch off a tree in a second that 2 men and a chain saw would take 10 minutes cutting you would realize just how strong they really are. But when they walk through the bush they are as quiet as mice. Gentle giants. Grin

Last Modified By ColleenA at 15 Feb 2014 - 7:30 PM
dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101481 forum postsdark_lord vcard England131 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 7:34 PM

Amazing to see how close the elephants were. They can be very dangerous, but they are also very intelligent so they wouldn't have come that close to you if they sensed any threat from your party. That's not sying you shouldn't be a little bit scared or not treat them with respect/caution.
V1 is superb, though I also like V2 as it works very well, perhaps looks more powerful.
We'd like some of your warmth to dry us out Grin

Keith

ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
15 Feb 2014 - 7:41 PM

Fabulous set of images, you took the correct action in taking wonderful captures.

The nearest we can get to 36 deg is in the microwave

RysiekJan
RysiekJan e2 Member 8149 forum postsRysiekJan vcard United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 - 7:43 PM

Fascinating and enthralling set of images.

Richard

BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 8:53 PM

Well done on a great image (V1) and well done for sharing nerves of steel!WinkGrin
Ryan

marktc
marktc e2 Member 347 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 9:22 PM

terrific Colleen

gss
gss  Romania1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 9:37 PM

All 7 are wonderfull, but V7 is sensational!
Silviu

richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5259 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2014 - 10:16 PM

Excellent set of images Colleen!! V1 just edges it for me!!

cheesey
cheesey e2 Member 8cheesey vcard United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 - 11:43 PM

Cracking set of shots Colleen, very nicely captured.
Cheesey.

Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
16 Feb 2014 - 4:28 PM

OUTSTANDING!
Spectacular shots... What an amazing experience it must have been! Grin
IB

Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
16 Feb 2014 - 9:37 PM

Fantastic set Coleen. Cathy

1nikongirl
1nikongirl e2 Member 31nikongirl vcard Canada
17 Feb 2014 - 4:24 AM

Awesome set of images Colleen! I envy you! lol
It must be a wonderful feeling to be so close to these beautiful elephants!
Brenda Smile

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2014 - 10:29 PM

What a wonderful set of images of these gentle giants, it must be have been an experience of a lifetime to interact with them at such close quarters.

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