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    I think this was the morning prior to hooking up with awesome Gabriela. We had seen this herd from way above the river bed and made our way down, hoping we would catch them crossing, sadly they moved quicker than our decent down. This is a fantastic herd for 'photographic' reasons.

    Thanks to those who posted or viewed on the last posting.

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    Subject: African elephant & calf crossing
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    Original format: Landscape, very slight crop from the top
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    Hi Steve -- I really liked the low POV and a nice separation from the BKG. Liked the tones and colours as well, and also lovely details as always.

    It looks like the calf's trunk is acting as a suction on the rock.

    Content wise I would have kept the framing uptill the calf , that elephant behind the foliage is not adding anything IMO, also you could have cropped from the bottom of the image to balance the dimensions.

    Nice one, TFS !

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    Well my first thought was it's not a polar bear. Took me a second to see the elephant of the right behind those grasses. Detail is spot on. I like the little one.

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    Thanks Haseeb/John.

    Content wise I would have kept the framing uptill the calf , that elephant behind the foliage is not adding anything IMO, also you could have cropped from the bottom of the image to balance the dimensions.
    They were crossing left to right, one of the older females stopped as you see, with the curious calf running back, another adult came back too. Here I feel it doesn't add or detract.

    also you could have cropped from the bottom of the image to balance the dimensions.
    I wanted to keep the image open/wider to include habitat, I also like the reflection of the trunk in the water in the FG, subtle.
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    I like this one, I am a little undecided about the bottom inch, on refection I think it does work - must admit I didn't notice the trunk at first! I don't think the partially hidden elephant RHS hurts the image, colours details etc all spot on - as usual.

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    Hy Steve, it's a nice shot. i like the contrast betwen the calmness of the old female versus the playfulness of the little calf. I also like the way the water leads my eyes to the main subjects , the two elephants.

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