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Swimming with Elephants


Its not that I don't like them, quite the opposite actually. Its just that to the camera, especially with its limited ability to record dynamic range, an elephant is most often just a large grey blob. Yet, anyone who has ever spent any time with an elephant knows that they are creatures that have soul. As an African wildlife photographer one of the most difficult tasks has been to try and capture the enigmatic and intrinsic beauty of an elephant (read more about previous attempts here). Recently I had another opportunity to try and capture the essence of elephants...



This big boy had swum out into the middle of the Zambezi River where he was enjoying the cool water and the lush green grass growing on an island. It was November and the hottest time of year in the Zambezi Valley. I longed to jump in with the bull and celebrate life the way he was. I even asked my guide if I could, but he was quick to point out the danger of crocodiles. He was of course right. All I could do was lie down and watch in fascination as the largest land mammal on earth frolicked in the water. As the sun set, the watery foreground turned into an orange swirl. Light rays refracted, reflected and bounced onto the face of my subject. Our eyes locked and I immediately recognized that I could potentially capture a photograph that conveyed the beauty and mystery of one of God's greatest creatures. Moments like this are what make me feel so incredibly privileged to do what I do and I am so grateful that the camera allows me to share them with you.


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