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Old May 30, 2006, 2:19 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone, these were all shot on a weekend's trip to Addo. I've been there twice, the first time I didn't see one Elephant, this time they were around every corner. So strange.

#1 - The contenders and the spectators
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#2 - Excluded from the meeting
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#3 - Storm Lighting
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#4 - Under Dad's Watchful Eye
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#5 - Thick Skinned
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Old May 30, 2006, 3:41 AM   #6
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Amazing how the different vegetation shows up an elephant shot in a totally different perspective, John - the storm lighting is really nice !! [I Like your caption of the chap who is excluded for the meeting !!:lol:]



BTW , did you use Velvia Vision on these. I've been using it, and I think it is a great tool for all sorts of photography !
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Old May 30, 2006, 3:50 AM   #7
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Yes I did, I'm amazed that you were able to pick that up!

Definately the best tool (other then Photoshop and RSP) that I've ever bought. It has literally taken hours off my workflow. All I do now is open the photo, run Velvia Vision, use curves and unsharp mask to improve the contrast and then run a sharpening script.

Sometimes with Velvia Vision I have to take out some Yellow and Magenta to keep it realistic though.
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Old May 31, 2006, 3:48 PM   #8
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Good photos, John. I agree with Jake about the different vegetation. The aspect or perspective(what would I know) makes the ellies really look like giants, which they are, of course.

We visited Addo at the end of 1999 just before coming to visit you guys. It was very different to Kruger. The warthogs and jackals behaved like the were inbred!!! But I believe Addo has much improved, now.

I went on the website of Shamwari last night after seeing a program on TV. It has the big 5 plus many other species such as wild dog and cheetah. It is very close to Addo. But the prices are outrageous, at least to stay there. Perhaps you can enquire about a day visit.

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These are a treat to see John. I love the storm lighting picture. Great composition on that one! Thanks for sharing.........Don.
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Old Jun 1, 2006, 1:13 AM   #10
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Hi John!

Great photos, I love the compositions and series. You've done a great job capturing some interesting and lovely elephant photos. The vary of background/ composition you used is very effective.

I like the Velvia Vision effect you used, it's appropriate for such photos.

I've got to share this with you. (LATE) Last night I looked at your photos, but didn't comment..... but guess what I had a dream about travel and elephants. I think that was a hint saying you put elephants in my brain and I should have said thank you!

So I appreciate you giving me an interesting dream as well as sharing these lovely photos.

Paul
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