Photo of the Week – FULL CHARGE

Every once in a while, I find myself in a position to capture the charge of a bull elephant.  Kelio, my long time guide in Tanzania, tells me that the bulls will make three mock charges.  The forth one is for real, and they will be coming thru your window.  Fortunately, the expert guides at Thomsons Safaris are keenly aware of the conditions that surround them and would never let any dangerous situation arise.  As much as I would like to tell you that this bull stopped only inches from our Land Rover,  it was all possible due to a telephoto lens.  Using a telephoto lens, you can compress distance a great deal.  As with this image, I was able to compress the distance between me and the elephant in such a manner that it appears like he was right on top of me.  In reality, we were safely tucked inside of our Land Rovers and at an appropriate distance…..the miracles of telephoto glass.  To get up close and personal with the wildlife, consider joining me on one of my photo safaris.

Nikon D3, 200-400 f/2.8 @ 400mm, ISO 500, f/8 at 1/400 sec

Cheers and happy photo’ing