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Elephant Tusks

By WimdeVos  
On a recent visit to Kenya November) shooting a documentary on poaching Elephants, we came across "Mountain Bull". This animal had been hunted and shot several times, to be precise, it had 7 bullets lodged in its body. The Rangers and vets decided to stop this magnificent Elephant from being killed, the best way was to take of the Tusks.

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gareth01422 14 213 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 1:03PM
This picture is great and the sad story. Us humans should be ashamed of ourselves.

Gareth
Hermanus 9 4 South Africa
5 Dec 2012 1:30PM
A sad reality we live with in Africa ! Hundreds of Rhino are killed annually in South Africa for their horns Sad
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
5 Dec 2012 2:29PM
Sorry to see this image-- so glad they can try to save the bull!
Focus_Man 11 481 631 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 2:53PM
Hello Wim, a sad story and a poignant picture. Compositionally I would have preferred it had you been able to take the picture without the two 'part people' in the frame towards the top LHS. One with a leg on view and the other without a head. Similarly had you been able to take another with the photographer actually filming, that also would have been a bonus.

Anyway I am happy the elephant was able to be saved but I hope he didn't miss his tusks too much, it would I guess, have prevented him from defending himself against attacks by other beasts.

As you haven't loaded anay EXIF I am unable to comment further. I have uploaded a mod to show my suggestion re the 'part people' and hope you approve. Love to see some more similar but happier pictures from you.

Frank
5 Dec 2012 3:36PM
Hi Frank, I am the one in the photo so I didn't take the picture but am in it, point well taken though but it doesn't bother me if someone isn't in the frame totally.
Focus_Man 11 481 631 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 4:46PM

Quote:Hi Frank, I am the one in the photo so I didn't take the picture but am in it, point well taken though but it doesn't bother me if someone isn't in the frame totally.


I think here with this picture those giving critique are under the illusion that you took the picture. Three things then.

1. It is pointless any member of EPZ giving critique to somebody who is not here to take the advice. I am just wasting my time as the author cannot see what I am saying.
2. If you wish to have a pic by somebody else uploaded, why not get them to join up and upload their own pics then they get the advice being offered.
3. The author might have liked to have no edge protrusions in his picture and might well have appreciated the advice offered.

Frank
5 Dec 2012 4:59PM
Damn, I forgot why I left Ephotozine a year ago but Frank I/E Focus_Man, thanks for reminding me...points number 1,2 and 3 well taken.
Alternatively, you could look what the message is in this photograph, stop the poaching in Africa.
We were shooting a documentary on the subject the beginning of November in Kenya.
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
5 Dec 2012 9:10PM
Better not to have marked is for Ctitique Wim, - its a very powerful shot that would be best suited in the general gallery with the note that you were not the photographer.

Did the Elephant recover?


regards


Willie
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2012 8:58AM
A fine interesting image. Possibly not for critique gallery, but I am pleased to have seen it. I'm a bit old fashioned, I would use that chaps gun on the poachers!

Paul
ErictheViking 9 124 102 Scotland
6 Dec 2012 9:48AM
I think by now you've probably got the message this was the wrong gallery, however it a shot with a powerful message and a reminder to us all that if we didn't covet ivory as a precious commodity this would stop and wonderful animals would be able to exist without persecution. Like all documentary shots its the quality of the message which really matters not the quality of the shot composition, after all if Dorothea Lange removed part figures from some of her depression shots there would be no message left.

Is the documentary for UK TV and if it is when are we likely to see it?

Eric

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