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    Hello everyone ! Posting after a few weeks time as I was travelling and also got to meet Dr.Sanjeev as we did a week long trip to Bandhavgarh.

    Here is my contribution to this months theme.

    Asiatic elephants are constantly in conflict with humans due to shrinking forest and development activities. Because of the constant conflicts and their remarkable memories elephants are not able to erase the scars of such conflicts and they are pretty aggressive with the humans. We had numerous encounters on our trip where the elephants charged our vehicles out of nowhere. This particular herd stormed towards us as we unknowingly came in their path while they were approaching the lake for their evening drink. The formation before the charge , led by the matriarch, and then the charge , controlled by the matriarch , was just an experience of a lifetime, since after reading the elephant whisperer by Lawrence Anthony , I wanted to witness this behaviour , it was exciting and at the same time I was very afraid as what might become of me.


    DPP 4.8, PSCC 2018 v 20, WB, colour balance, curves, levels, sharpening, cropped from the top(slightly), and added a slight canvas at the foot and removed a rock in the same place.

    Canon 7D, Canon 24-105 f4 IS II @42mm.
    ss 1/500, f/4.5, ISO 1000.

    Looking forward for your comments and suggestions.

    Wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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    Dear Haseeb,

    What an amazing encounter, albeit a little frightening for you and your companions...I have been chased by elles in the past, but usually one at a time, not the entire herd

    A very powerful image and I love the way the subjects fill the frame. The little ones are just delightful, composition looks good, just get the feeling frame needs a slight CW rotation?
    I did not comment on colour and sharpness etc. because I am viewing on a small laptop. I just want to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and to thank you from the heart for your contribution on BPN Wildlife- much appreciated

    Warmest regards,
    Gabriela Plesea

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    Interesting story. Sounds like quite the experience. This is my favorite elephant frame i have ever seen on here. Nice view of all the elephants.

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    Hi Haseeb, hope you two had a great time in Bandhavgarh, as Ranthambore was awesome. just a shame timings didn't dovetail where we could have all met up.

    A great frame filler, how was the pollution, looked quite bad travelling back on the train?

    You were shooting at quite a wide aperture and with the 7D, where was the 1DX MKII, as I feel perhaps going f/11 (may be more?) and say 1/1000 may have been better. Also, perhaps lowering the frame in camera so less above more below, more room for the eye's to walk into? Agree that this was an amazing encounter, but it's a shame to learn that these animals have to charge at folk & vehicles.

    All the very best for 2019.

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    Thank you Gabriela, John and Steve.

    @ Gabriela -- Looking forward for all your images and comments in 2019 , great experience in learning from you on this forum.

    @ Steve: I am sure you meant Haseeb.

    We didnt had any photographic sighting of the Big cat but was a 'high on experience trip' , and a great company of Dr.Sanjeev.

    both 1D's were on 200-400 and 500mm respectively , hence the 7D. I completely agree with what you have to say abt the techs and on top of that things were very dangerous at this moment of time and I was literally hanging out from the back of the jeep to frame the action. One of my friend who was also shooting alongside me during that time , made me realise that how close the elephants were to us and told me to look through the eyes rather than the viewfinder in order to feel the proximity.

    Wish you a wonderful 2019.

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    @ Steve: I am sure you meant Haseeb.
    Excitement.

    One of my friend who was also shooting alongside me during that time , made me realise that how close the elephants were to us and told me to look through the eyes rather than the viewfinder in order to feel the proximity.
    Very true.

    BTW Have you ordered your book yet, as I know Doc has?

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    Yes i have ordered the book, dicky didnt received my email which i sent a few weeks ago and hence the delay .

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    OK, drop me a line when you do get it, hope it inspires you.

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    Hi Haseeb i love this one .....!!!!!
    Total excitement and the formation is gorgeous !!!!
    Might go more pano and add a bit more tonal depth to HL and 1/4 tones ....just a fraction .
    Surprised to see this was taken in Bandhavgarh ?
    Did not see that place during my last visit ....

    All the best for 2019 , TFS Andreas

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    Thank you Andreas . This is taken at Corbett .

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    Well that looks better to me .... .... the environment does look very dry

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    I just wanted tp push my last guide in Botswana ....to stay longer when Elephants came close to the car , even hoping for a mock charge .
    But wether the guide ..nor the Elephants wanted to follow my ideas ...

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    Great capture of the charge, the formation is great with the protected youngsters. A bit more DoF would have been good, as we do want to see the details on the small ones.

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    What an experience, I like the image, this will continue to invoke memories for years to come, I am sure! I like as presented, I think a tiny bit more contrast on the eles would be good. I simply went Select>Subject >Curve Adjustment layer, Linear contrast - WDYT?

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    Thank you Andreas and Greg .

    Thank you Jon , was there an attachment with your comment ? I am afraid I cant find it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by haseeb badar View Post
    Thank you Andreas and Greg .

    Thank you Jon , was there an attachment with your comment ? I am afraid I cant find it ?
    Haseeb no attachment, it was just a suggestion for you to consider.

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    Ok got it , will try and see .

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    This is super cool! Man what a rush it must have been to see this. Avian Mod and do not come over to the wildlife pages often but this is great. Powerful shot with the herd coming directly to us. Good advice above to add a bit more contrast to the shot and bring out the deep shades of the elephants.

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    Thank You Isaac , much appreciated!

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    Haseeb, I love this one. I would not change a single pixel and for me, the d-o-f is perfect. I love the soft light/high key look.

    Mazel tov!

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    ps: On a second look more d-o-f would make this one worse by bring up BKGR detail ...

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    Thank you Sir Artie , means a lot .

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