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Taking pictures of grey giants

Avatar of inke inke - 16. avril 2019 - Discover Namibia

Pentax K5 | 300mm f5 1/1250s iso800 | The young bull is the last of his group to cross the water. In a boat we quietly glided past the spot where he got out. When he staged a brief mock attack I was able to take some photos and later chose the picture with the ears extended, on which he looks the most impressive. (Photo: Lambert Heil)

Lambert Heil

Elephants epitomise Africa. They are huge, quiet, loving, powerful and gentle. Tourists love to see them in the wild. With a shoulder height of up to four metres they are usually easy to spot, and since they move without haste you can take your time watching them.  

Their distinctive behavioural patterns and family structures are easy to recognize. They seem similar to our qualities. Therefore, we feel empathy for elephants. This is reinforced by their relaxed manner as they approach slowly, moving from tree to tree, feeding on young shoots or pods. But it might also happen that you find yourself catching your breath when an elephant passes your vehicle just a trunk’s length away expressing his unease by vigorously shaking his head.

When I first encountered elephants I was totally in awe and so inspired by the exciting experience that I just kept snapping away – as many travellers do. Back home I was disappointed; the pictures didn’t seem to speak to me. By now I know the qualities that an elephant picture should have.

If you are interested how you can take an appealing picture an elephant, please have a look on Namibia Outdoor

Pentax K1 | 310mm f5.6 1/8000s iso200 | Like a black shadow the silhouettes break the light reflecting off the water. Thanks to my elevated position I was able to take a picture of the elephants in front of the glittering waterhole. Sometimes the position cannot be changed and one has to make the best of it. (Photo: Lambert Heil)

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