Botswana, Africa

The African elephant by the waterhole is a black and white photograph. A massive elephant bull walks towards the water. His giant feet, when touching down, let dust rise from the ground.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 6 April, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a X-H1 and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Exposure time: 1/280s
  • ISO: 1000
  • Focal Length: 560mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 4000 by 6000 pixels (WxH).

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The African elephant by the waterhole is a black and white photograph and part of our excellent art photography. Towards the water walks a massive elephant bull. His giant feet, when touching down, let dust rise from the ground. You see the watering hole in front of the elephant, which is out of focus. The out of focus waterhole and background lets the elephant stand out in this photograph. An overall balanced composition as the elephant we place in the middle, and the photo is symmetrical.

A common misconception is that elephants drink through their trunks. However, they only use their trunks to suck up water and then pour that water into their mouths. It is almost like an extra hand to help them. If elephants drank through their trunks, it would be like us humans sucking water up through our nose! The elephants’ trunk is part of their upper lip and nose and can be used to touch, grasp, and smell.

Often in areas of drought, animals struggle to find water to survive. Therefore, animals will congregate at watering holes as you see in the photograph of ‘African Elephant By Waterhole.’

African elephants, Loxodonta africana, listed in category vulnerable of the IUCN list.

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