Elephants on the Run

More on panning……….

While photographing near Amboseli Nation Park, a herd of some 20 elephants were making their way across the dry plains toward the swamp areas inside the National Park.   For no reason, the rear of the group broke into a run.  Two quick turns of the dials on the D3s and I was ready to capture the run as a panning shot.

Baby and Mother Elephant Running

Nikon D3s, 200-400 VR, at 400;  f/18, ISO 200 at 1/10 sec

Elephants are capable of running in short bursts up to 30 mph and slower speeds for an extended period of time.  They can burst into a full run from a normal walk in just seconds.  Using a slower shutter speed, and solid panning techniques, I was able to capture this moderate run.



Cheers and happy photo’ing