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Kicking up dust

By ColleenA
Good morning
Thank you for the great response to my rhino image yesterday....
Today I have a male elephant for you...uncropped image, the elephant was very close to the vehicle,using 70mm of my 70-300mm, any closer I would not have fitted him in the frame. You can see his trunk is pointing to us, just smelling us warily.
All my wildlife images are handheld.
Have a nice day

P.S I have uploaded a second version for Richard and Peter showing the elephant face on showing both tusks.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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22 Jan 2014 5:23AM
Clever the way your fast exposure has suspended the dust in the air, Colleen.
Looks ready to give more than a display!

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In so many ways, I think that elephants may be among the most remarkable animals on earth. Great photo, Colleen. I have been thinking about you with the snow we are getting right now. How have you managed to live your life and never see or experience snow?

What a beauty he is Colleen, love the dust cloud.. He looks a cheeky boy.. I love elephants to bits Grin

A superb shot!!

Lynette Grin
22 Jan 2014 5:44AM
Looks as if he's been in the wars with only one tusk.
Timed it just right with the dust being kicked up and swirling around, adds more interest to the image.

ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
22 Jan 2014 6:01AM

Quote:Looks as if he's been in the wars with only one tusk.
Timed it just right with the dust being kicked up and swirling around, adds more interest to the image.

I must look through the other pics KF him, I think he had one tusk that faced downwards, maybe a birth defect, will go look and if I have a clear oic will upload as V2
22 Jan 2014 6:06AM
I think the trunk is draped over the second tusk.
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
22 Jan 2014 6:21AM

Quote:I think the trunk is draped over the second tusk.

Yes it is Peter, if you look closely behind his trunk you can see the tusk pointing down.... I have uploaded a version for you and RichardGrin
Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
22 Jan 2014 6:38AM
Absolutely superb Colleen, such a magnificent animal, wonderful.

terryxc 4 7 England
22 Jan 2014 6:43AM
2 superb shots Colleen, not gonna pick a fav because their both worthy of favouritism...

CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
22 Jan 2014 6:46AM
A majestic beast, Colleen, obviously enjoying his dust bath, two super captures. Carol
andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 6:56AM
wonderful timing colleen brilliant detail and textures a cracker nice one Wink
Caziwinkles 4 3 1 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 7:04AM
Two superb shots Colleen - I love V1 kicking up the dust. Such a beautiful animal indeed. Smile

Mike_Young 10 12 9 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 7:08AM
Couple of cracking shots here Colleen
mistere Plus
3 1 3 England
22 Jan 2014 7:14AM
Magnificent creature and superb images, lets hope they keep the poachers away.

SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 7:17AM
A lovely capture and weren't you lucky he was so close.Smile
jinstone Plus
10 1 1 England
22 Jan 2014 7:20AM
You weren't in that car that got rolled over by an elephant on YouTube then, picture of the elephant the right way up then one of it upside down (grin)
Great couple of pictures.
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 7:30AM
22 Jan 2014 7:34AM
A real saggy favourite children's book
22 Jan 2014 7:49AM
Great sense of timing. Great shot.
22 Jan 2014 8:09AM
This isnt any "Baby Elephant Walk" ! --- Great images ,in more than one meaning. GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile
22 Jan 2014 8:20AM
Fabulous images Colleen. Love V1. Wonderful GrinGrin

22 Jan 2014 8:23AM
Super images Colleen,
viscostatic 10 35 5 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 8:27AM
Beautiful images of an amazing animal Colleen.

Superb images, Colleen. Magnificent, intelligent animal in its natural habitat.
moiral 6 12 Scotland
22 Jan 2014 8:56AM
What an experience Colleen. Beautiful captures too. Moira
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 98 14 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 8:59AM
Super captures ColleenSmile

22 Jan 2014 9:38AM
Just wonderful - what an experience to see these beautiful creatures in the wild, Colleen!

jdinne 13 16 England
22 Jan 2014 9:47AM
They are both excellent Colleen V2 been my fav excellent.

ali63 Plus
4 756 1 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 9:54AM
How exciting to see these Elephants so close to you, excellent work Colleen GrinGrin

Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 10:17AM
Not just smelling you out but eyeing you as well Colleen. Lovelly to see your wildlife captures again. GrinGrinGrin Peter.
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
22 Jan 2014 10:21AM
Back to the real "Africa " Colleen. Excellent pair.
gss 2 1 Romania
22 Jan 2014 10:48AM
You have a courage (which I do not have) to approach such an elephant!
Very nice photo!
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 11:00AM
Both seriously brilliant images Colleen
a dust bath at it's best
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 11:39AM
Stunning image and perfect with the dust so well captured.
Wonderful to get that close.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
22 Jan 2014 11:42AM
Two wonderful captures, Colleen, but V1's the winner for me Wink I like the way he's looking at you, and can imagine him thinking "Not another bloomin' photographer wanting me to pose!" GrinGrin
Trev Smile
what can i say but first class,beauties.

Bantu Plus
3 7 1 India
22 Jan 2014 12:17PM
Tusker in action,lovely.
22 Jan 2014 12:48PM
Great lighting & wonderful images ColleenGrin
22 Jan 2014 1:12PM
two super captures
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
22 Jan 2014 1:30PM
Well framed and focused! an amazing animal!
cats_123 Plus
12 4.6k 26 Northern Ireland
22 Jan 2014 2:28PM
Two fabulos images of this handsome beast Smile
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 2:53PM
SUPERB images Colleen.
22 Jan 2014 3:06PM
Superb captures of this Elephant Colleen! Great work!
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 3:11PM
Two great images of this gorgeous elephant Colleen

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
22 Jan 2014 3:18PM

Quote:Well framed and focused! an amazing animal!

Yeah was quite chuffed as was on manual settings and he was walking and we were moving in the vehicle....but it all came together successfully. Grin
4 3 7 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 4:37PM
I love V1 with him kicking all that dust in the airGrin
capto Plus
4 4.0k 8 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 4:39PM
A lovely capture, especially with the dust.Smile

22 Jan 2014 5:31PM
An Excellent take
Mike_Smith Plus
9 323 1 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 5:54PM
Two cracking shots Colleen. I was watching a programme the other night on the poaching of Elephants and the Rhino. It said the Rhino will be extinct in 10 years in the wild
gwynn56 4 87 England
22 Jan 2014 6:02PM
nice capture , though v2 to me proves it not had it's tusk taken Smile
EileenH 3 1 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 6:28PM
Two beautiful imagesSmile

JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 6:36PM
They are such wonderful animals & so well captured.
22 Jan 2014 7:51PM
Have to say I struggle with elephants. They can be very aggressive, and I've been on the receiving end of a charge or two. Secondly they are very difficult to photograph well, and I've never done as well as you have here! As you say - they can be too big to fit in the frame! Well done indeed.
netta1234 Plus
4 371 2 Wales
22 Jan 2014 8:13PM
Brilliant Colleen ,I love them bothSmile
22 Jan 2014 8:16PM
For some reason this elephant has only one tusk ...
Good set, Colleen!Smile
Regards Valery
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 8:48PM
A "big" classic Colleen


PS Not long before the Oz lot hit your shoresWink
22 Jan 2014 8:56PM
V2 looks like he is going to charge.................GrinGrinGrinGrin
22 Jan 2014 9:12PM
Two fantastic shots Colleen. Cathy
Ayoob 5 Australia
22 Jan 2014 9:45PM
Fantastic shot , Colleen...GrinGrinGrin
V1 for me as I like the dust with exposure 400 and great detail. Well done Colleen.
7 10 10 England
23 Jan 2014 2:37PM
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
23 Jan 2014 4:25PM
Excellent shot Colleen.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
ChiliMan 10 135 17 Singapore
24 Jan 2014 12:43PM
Love the dust flying Smile Wonderful clarity and focus in both, Colleen, and what great composition in V1! Good thing the elephant wasn't any nearer Smile

Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
24 Jan 2014 11:04PM
Two cracking shots of this magnificent animal Colleen, v1 is as good an elephant image as i've seen on here. Taken with a 70mm eh, time for Simon Fletcher to man up and take a shot or two of a large dangerous beast with the Canon 50mm f1.8! Wink You've really thrown down the gauntlet to him here, I wonder if he'll rise to the challenge or retreat to his villa to down Madafu and sulk!WinkGrinTongue

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