African Elephant Giant Teeth

African Elephant Giant Teeth In Black and White


African Elephant giant teeth, the tusks, the ivory! This wildlife fine art elephant black and white photo was sitting a long time on my hard drive in colour. I did not forget it, I just needed to get into the mood how I wanted to process it. The colour version was ready for a quite a while, it was just not an African elephant photo for colour at all. There was something missing for this giant teeth of a great African elephant. A few weeks back I was stumbling over this photograph again when a client was asking for such photographs. Hmm… I brought the colour version into my Photoshop and looked for the missing something. This elephant fine art black and white photo I really do love.


African elephant giant teeth wildlife fine art black and white photograph, portrait of the elephant bull white tusks

African Elephant Giant Teeth the Bull’s White Tusks on Black

The Story Behind This Wildlife Fine Art Photograph.

On one of my Safaris I came across a big African Elephant herd in Kruger National Park in South Africa. The Elephant herd were strolling through the African bush eating. It was such a bliss to see these calm giants roaming freely. The little calves running around playing with the other youngsters or drinking from big mama, while she was eating some branches from a tree. While standing there taking elephants pictures some tourists came by to join in the fun, like usual in a National Park. You stop with your car on the side to watch animals, tourists stop beside you. When the tourists see nothing they ask you what you see. I remember ones, watching Bee Eaters in a tree. A car stopped beside me, the driver asked me what I see. I answered Bee Eaters. His reply was: “What, you stop for birds. We are looking for the African Big Five!” I wished them good luck for their Big Five sightings. It is really interesting that tourists always and mostly want to see the African Big Five! What about all other African Wildlife?

This African elephant portrait of the tusks I was able to capture when a bull came closer and closer while feeding. My car engine was switched off, some African elephants do not like the sound and get nervous. How about to escape fast? Well, than I need to be fast! An African Elephant can run very fast. Their speed reaches up to 40km/h | 25mph. However for this photo there was no escape needed. The African elephant herd was very calm feeding between the trees and bushes. Most of the time not even giving any attention to the tourist watching them or me. I had to move a bit out of this elephant bull’s path. This, of course, I was happy to do. The whole African elephant herd passed slowly the gravel road to disappear behind me in the thick African bush.

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