Although relaxed elephants will usually simply ignore a safari vehicle, it's not wise to push your luck
with a breeding herd.
This means a good telephoto lens is essential for capturing family groups of mothers with babies. A medium zoom
lens in the 70-200mm range is usually adequate for this.
Photographing Charging Elephants
National Geographic photographer Nick Nichols says that photographing elephants "is probably the most fun thing you can do as a wildlife photographer".
He writes: "Some of my best pictures are of charging elephants.
Elephants are hunted heavily where I work, so they're afraid of humans, and if you get the right elephant, it'll charge.
"But I think it's almost always a bluff charge .... an elephant just wants us to go away, so she trumpets and charges a little bit, which makes for a dramatic moment.
Of course, there's going to be the charge that's real, and I'm not sure I can read that. I usually run away, which you're not supposed to do."
If you'd like to find out more about African elephants,
see Elephant Information,
Elephant Biofile, and
Photo Thumbnail Captions:
1.Elephant family, Lower Zambezi NP, Zambia
2.Elephant eating branch, Lower Zambezi NP, Zambia
3.Elephant family in defensive formation, Botswana
1.Tuskless elephant, Kruger Park, South Africa
2.Mother elephant with youngster, Tuli Block, Botswana
3.Lone elephant with no tusks, Kruger Park, South Africa
1.Elephants crossing river, Lower Zambezi NP, Zambia
2.Elephants wading, Chobe River, Botswana
3.Elephant bull, Kruger National Park, South Africa
1.Elephant group from the air, Moremi, Botswana
2.Elephant front-on with ears flapping
3.Elephant walking, side view, Lower Zambezi NP, Zambia
1.Elephant on banks of river, Lower Zambezi, Zambia
2.Elephant wading, Lower Zambezi NP, Zambia
3.Elephant family, Lower Zambezi NP, Zambia
1.Elephant mothers with calves, Botswana
2.Elephant female herd, Tuli Block, Botswana
3.Elephant mother and calf, Tuli Block, Botswana
1.Elephant and reflection, Tuli Block, Botswana
2.Elephant reaching for fruit, Zambia
3.Elephant on banks of Zambezi River, Zambia
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