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Portrait of a PachydermPortrait of a Pachyderm
I was able to capture this image after waiting patiently for nearly an hour. This big guy finally decided to give me a much appreciated short span of his attention. The more I waited, watched, and studied this huge subject, the more I was simply amazed by the texture and roughness of his skin. The fine details of the texture on his forehead and trunk were amazing. I found it quite magical at how gracefully and silently they can move their great frames and bulk! Heartfelt thanks to this “gentle giant” for his time and cooperation at my attempts to capture the moments he offered my lens.

Equipment used: Nikon D700, nikkor 70-200 2.8 lens, nikkor x2 teleconverter.
Software Used: Adobe Lightroom 4, Adobe Photoshop, Topaz Labs Details Extractor, Topaz Labs Black and white Effects 2.

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15 responses

  1. He/she’s as beautiful as the photograph! Thanks Stan!

    March 25, 2013 at 10:21 am

  2. Where did you shoot this Stan? The tusks of this tusker sure are impressive.

    Shakti

    March 27, 2013 at 6:50 am

  3. Greetings Shakti, the image was taken at the Columbia Zoo.

    March 27, 2013 at 7:53 pm

  4. twoscamps

    WOW! An amazing portrait of an elephant. Wish it roamed free in Africa.

    March 28, 2013 at 11:43 pm

  5. I wish I had your patience. Your photos are great!

    March 29, 2013 at 7:44 am

    • Thanks so much! While I am normally not THIS patient….I just had a feeling that this time, it would pay off with a great shot. So glad you liked it and visited!

      April 7, 2013 at 11:19 pm

  6. Cool

    April 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm

  7. I adore elephants…your patience paid off as you make it look so effortless. Bravo!

    April 7, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    • Thank you so very much Nirvani! It is always a great pleasure when one’s work is appreciated. You writing is simply addictive! I will be dropping in on your page often, hope you do the same with mine.
      Stan

      April 7, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      • I most certainly will! Photography is my second greatest passion!

        April 7, 2013 at 11:29 pm

  8. I like this image Stan. Especially the B&W production.

    April 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm

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