Elephant Pictures - Pg 1
This gallery showcases pictures of individual elephants, family groups, and breeding herds, all taken while on safari in Botswana, Zambia, and South Africa.
Photographing elephants, because of the animals' size, can be less demanding than photographing other wild animals as you don't need to be as close to fill your camera's frame.
It's nevertheless still a challenge to produce images that adequately portray the immense power, dexterity, and strong family bonds of Africa's largest mammal.
Harsh Light a Problem for Elephant Pictures
But it's also the time when the sun is high in the sky, casting intense, contrasty shadows.
Your camera's light meter is also likely to be fooled by the reflections from the water, exposing for the glare of the water and so under-exposing your subject, leaving you with an elephant silhouette.
It's a problem one has to live with when photographing elephants and other African wildlife - potentially excellent subjects are often found in the worst light.
That's why it's best to haul out your camera gear in the early morning and late afternoon, when the light is softer and casts a warm glow. Of course, when it's cloudy and overcast, the opposite applies and it's better to take your pictures later in the day, once the light gets brighter.
Elephant Photography Tips
You therefore have to focus on shape and outlines (like trunk raised, ears flapping), behavior (dust showering, using trunks to suck up water), and close-ups (wrinkled skin, trunks, and tusks) to create an interesting picture.
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