Elephant, a low viewpoint

Early morning near Kwetsani camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta and we encountered some elephants.   There were numerous opportunities on safari to photograph elephants but in this instance, I was fortunate enough to be able to shoot from a low viewpoint which helped to provide for a more dramatic image.    Whilst pleasing images can result from normal viewing height,  it is worthwhile experimenting with different viewpoints whenever possible.   The caveat to this when photographing wildlife, of course,  is providing the circumstances that allow you the flexibility to change position without causing danger to you or the subject, nor cause undue stress to the animal.

Elephant with ears flared, Okavango Delta, Botswana.   Canon 5D with 70-300mm zoom lens at 135mm, F5.0,  shutter speed 1/800 second at ISO 640.

Early morning light, the framing flexibility of a zoom lens and a low viewpoint, provide for a dramatic image.