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Animal Magic part two. I was sent to Calderpark Zoo while at the Record, photograph the elephant it's very friendly they said. Richard O'Grady the Zoo Curator met me and introduced me to the beast then got off it's little island and left me alone, the elephant immediately fancied the camera and his trunk kept coming at it and me. A Daily Record reader Mr A Moffat got a better image than I did and here it is 50 years later, so thanks A.Moffat for catching my close encounter with an elephant.

Title:Close Encounters with an Elephant...
Username:Scottishlandscapes Scottishlandscapes
Uploaded:28 Feb 2014 - 9:23 AM
Tags:Black & white, Pets / captive animals, Photo journalism
Votes:Voting Disabled

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woolybill1
woolybill1 Plus Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 9:38 AM

At least we know that you survived the encounter, Dougie. And if the elephant ate the Rollei the indigestion would have been terrific!
Regards
Bill

Fred263
Fred263 Plus Member 3Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
28 Feb 2014 - 10:05 AM

An outstanding image of photo journalism. Great images like this stand the test of time. Thanks for sharing and providing the context.

Fred

barbarahirst
barbarahirst Plus Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 10:13 AM

Thanks for the laugh.....

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8706 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1217 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 10:17 AM

The old advice to actors - Never perform with children or animals... I don't think trying to push it away will have got you very far.
Thanks to you and Mr Moffat for the laugh.
Reminds me of Lulu the Blue Peter baby elephant...





Moira

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 10:18 AM

Fred the photograph is a readers picture sent in to the paper. I can't recall if they used my photograph or this for that matter.

RonnieAG
RonnieAG Plus Member 5152 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland116 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 10:25 AM

Nice one to have and a reminder of past joys(?????), Dougie.
No sign of your bunnet there.......or had jumbo already had it.
Nice piece of hardware on display too.
R.

whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis Plus Member 277 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England93 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 10:41 AM

Nice one Dougie GrinGrin. Did you try saying "Sit!!"

Elephants are known to be quite poor at reading,
so if it had a sweet tooth it probably thought your camera was a packet of 'Rolos' BlushBlush

Richsr
Richsr Plus Member 890 forum postsRichsr vcard England215 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 10:52 AM

Did have the Hasselblad with you for this encounter then Dougie !
You must have made it out ok so good fun but perhaps not at the time
Regards Richard

JuBarney
JuBarney Plus Member 4JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 11:53 AM

You must have been the one watching the carnival in the ad., who laughed at the elephant!
Great capture.
Ju

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 11:55 AM

Great advert for sure.

mikbee
mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 12:11 PM

Perhaps this is where the phrase
''grab shot'' came from Dougie !!
Mick.

danbrann
danbrann Plus Member 10531 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 1:37 PM

I bet that animal remembers it like yesterday.....An elephant never forgets. I must say you haven't changed much...

NDODS
NDODS Plus Member 44162 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom112 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 5:03 PM

GrinGrinGrin

Brilliant, simply brilliant

Regards Nathan

viscostatic
28 Feb 2014 - 6:56 PM

Excellent Dougie. Best not to work with animals and children - says an ex teacher.

Phil.

jaktis
jaktis Plus Member 1184 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
28 Feb 2014 - 7:23 PM

I lost a lens hoot sitting on an elephant and he picked it up

Peter

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 7:46 PM

Most of us carry around a trunk load of camera gear, so why not an elephant?

Dougie

Tynnwrlluniau
Tynnwrlluniau Plus Member 559 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales37 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 8:34 PM

Well it is a rather nice camera.... Grin

andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 5:08 AM

smiles all round here dougie never work with children and animals springs to mind Wink
andy

brownsilent
brownsilent Plus Member 8brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2014 - 3:51 PM

Grin Grin Grin
Johanna

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