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Challenge: Silhouettes II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 APO Aspherical for Canon
Location: mashatu botswana
Date: May 14, 2005
Aperture: f5/6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Animals, Action
Date Uploaded: May 15, 2005

curves, sharpen
thanks to aznym for some tips on how to crop, etc.
the story:-
early morning in the dry limpopo river bed, about 100 ele's came down, baby
was running to catch up to ma, thats all. not much editing, curves did the
trick, dust and sunshine.

thanks for all the great comments

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 248
Avg (all users): 7.3058
Avg (commenters): 8.6316
Avg (participants): 7.2893
Avg (non-participants): 7.3223
Views since voting: 14574
Views during voting: 475
Votes: 242
Comments: 92
Favorites: 97 (view)


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05/22/2007 01:18:27 PM
Such a good shot - the more you look at it the more there is to see.

Your affection for Africa shows through in so many of your shots.
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05/22/2007 09:37:06 AM
I thought the dust was fire at first! Lovely sihlouette, like the action of the baby running with his tail flying out behind him. So swweet! you just want to hug him! : - )
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12/16/2006 10:27:14 PM
What an amazing photograph. I'd hang up my camera forever just to have a shot like this!
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05/20/2006 05:32:34 PM
Incredible capture! These type of wildlife shots always amaze me. The closest I have ever gotten to an elephant was in a zoo. I love how the lighting created the glow around him. The dust trail almost looks like lava...lol The tones are just right. Excellent stuff.
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01/10/2006 11:39:19 PM
This really yanks at those old "heartstrings." It is emotionally very rich.
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09/12/2005 05:34:55 PM
I love elephants.....This is going into my Faves...

GG
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05/29/2005 11:48:02 AM
good work leslie, such a cute ellie : )
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05/27/2005 07:43:23 AM
here it is jonr!

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05/27/2005 07:00:36 AM
I really want to see the original. This photo is fantastic, although I do think it is bit too saturated.
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05/26/2005 01:29:50 AM
this is completely adorable and beautiful les, i love it! :)
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05/24/2005 10:24:56 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon with this amazing capture!
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05/24/2005 08:47:54 PM
Thought this was yours :D
Congratulations.
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05/24/2005 08:34:16 PM
That is a really great picture.
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05/24/2005 07:41:14 PM
I kept silent on this pic, cuz, simply because I do not have words to describe the excellence.
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05/24/2005 06:22:18 PM
omg this is A- MAZING !!!!!!!!!!
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05/24/2005 03:12:24 PM
A1 (excellent)
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05/24/2005 09:02:34 AM
Damn cute! Well caught too with some lovely light.
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05/24/2005 04:06:39 AM
I love this little baby running like crazy to catch her mother! Shot Les! You are the best!
Les M F
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05/23/2005 10:24:31 PM
This is way too cool! I love the affects!
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05/23/2005 03:19:47 PM
Wow Lesley !!! Congrats!!! :)
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05/23/2005 02:06:45 PM
Congrats. Great shot!

The grass fire is not a phenomenon stateside. You see the world differently once you've spent a couple hours beating the flames out at its periphery to save the compound - something I did once or twice as a child. This really captures the sense of threat posed by natural forces on our lives. Isolation from which somehow makes the world seem a little less real, a little less interesting, a little less alive. Thanks.
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05/23/2005 01:49:14 PM
i love the 'primevil' feel to this. almost looks like a young earth spewing up lava which the beast is running from.
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05/23/2005 01:44:06 PM
AMAZING SHOT!
Congrats on the ribbon.
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05/23/2005 09:35:31 AM
This shot really grew on me - I kept coming back to it and upping its score. Well deserved ribbon - congrats!
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05/23/2005 08:32:33 AM
Really like the story AND the shot... congrats on a well deserved ribbon
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05/23/2005 07:36:26 AM
WOW awasome photo! congrats on your ribbon!...what lens did u use?
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05/23/2005 06:27:04 AM
freakin magnificent!
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05/23/2005 04:46:33 AM
thats a great shot ms Goodman
im happy its rewarded equally
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05/23/2005 03:56:13 AM
Isn't it nice when one of the pictures you loved the most ribbons? CONGRATS!
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05/23/2005 03:33:36 AM
What a shot ! Well deserved ribbon ! Congratulations !
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05/23/2005 03:12:00 AM
Congrats on the ribbon with this awesome shot.
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05/23/2005 02:57:21 AM
i can't believe anyone gave this image less than a 5... i love it.
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05/23/2005 02:47:37 AM
Way cool! Glad this ribboned! 1-2-3 punch for backlit beasts...

Message edited by author 2005-05-23 02:48:08.
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05/23/2005 02:47:31 AM
I so wondered if this was one of yours Lesley.
Marvelous!! Thanks for a new Fav!
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05/23/2005 01:50:16 AM
Well done! Congratulations Lesley. One of the most impressive. The dust trail looks like fire.
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05/23/2005 01:37:59 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon and apologies for my crooked eye.
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05/23/2005 01:34:19 AM
Good Man. Oops! Excellent Man!!
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05/23/2005 01:28:20 AM
Amazing Lesley!
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05/23/2005 01:13:10 AM
i knew this would do well. Congrats!
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05/23/2005 12:36:12 AM
Wow! I didn't get to vote on this, but wow! Congratulations. I would love to here more about this capture.
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05/23/2005 12:35:28 AM
What the... Where's the story behind the shot? :)

Fantastic capture! Congrats, Lesley.
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05/23/2005 12:28:47 AM
awesome work as usual les
your style still shines through this picture :-)
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05/23/2005 12:10:28 AM
Well, if you're going to be in Africa, you might as well get a fantastic photo out of it! Nice work!
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05/23/2005 12:09:19 AM
This is such a strong image and possibly the most exciting because of the massive and exciting movement. Congratulations on your red. This is indeed a worthy triumph.
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05/23/2005 12:09:10 AM
w2g, les! that is SO COOL!
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05/23/2005 12:06:01 AM
congrats, les! amazing shot!
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05/23/2005 12:05:15 AM
Incredible capture and a well-deserved ribbon. Congratulations! :)
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05/23/2005 12:04:51 AM
This should have won. true story. The faves prove it :)

Message edited by author 2005-05-23 00:05:42.
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05/23/2005 12:02:52 AM
Congratulations Final you got your second ribbon and a really well deserved one... Very nice indeed this picture...
Congratulations Les, i am very happy for you to have finally achieve a second ribbon... Keep on showing us your beautiful pictures...
Rock On... :)

Message edited by author 2005-05-23 00:33:01.
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05/23/2005 12:02:14 AM
Great work, congrats! :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/22/2005 03:20:39 PM
Uber-capture. 10
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05/21/2005 06:59:09 PM
Ribbon for sure, awesome effect 10
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05/21/2005 05:54:38 PM
This is absolutely my favorite photo in this challenge. I hope it ribbons!
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05/21/2005 12:55:02 PM
Very strong photo. Almost looks like fire following close behind. I gave it a 10.
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05/20/2005 07:47:23 PM
I'm looking forward to reading the story behind this excellent shot. the light and the tones are exquisit... one of my ribbon picks
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05/20/2005 06:08:14 PM
Amazing shot. I don't know what the yellow clouds behind the elephant are, but that color adds so much.
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05/20/2005 09:35:34 AM
perfect 10... and a ribbon i hope.
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05/20/2005 02:16:38 AM
Powerful shot. Technically not that hot, but graphically it's total dynamite. The border seems too heavy to me, however.
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05/19/2005 10:16:22 PM
Very, Very cool. Love the way the sun lights up the dust and highlights the top of the elephant. It looks like the top of a volcano. I would like to see a version with a tighter crop on the animal. You would loose some of the dust cloud, but the animal silhouette is so strong, I think it would look great. Perfect border.
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05/19/2005 07:19:04 PM
An extraordinary photograph - as you must have know in the moment you pressed the shutter release. It has the strengths of great wildlife photography along with the strength of the apocalyptic scene you've found. In the last moments of the earth, the great beasts will walk again. Marvellous stuff.
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05/19/2005 05:22:03 PM
Stunning though contrast seems a touch high and compression hasn't done any favours to that lovely halo of light around his body. BEAUTIFUL capture - can't wait to learn more about where and how this was taken!
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05/19/2005 04:47:36 PM
LOL. This is a great photo... should do very well!
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05/19/2005 03:36:54 PM
Based on what I have seen so far, this should be in the top 10. Wonderful capture and colours from the sun. Some may give the standard response of "would have preferred the elephant on the left of the image... blah, blah, blah...", but seeing the little ones dust trail is perfect. Could have done without the border as it doesn't add anything. Still one of my favs so far. Good Luck.
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05/19/2005 02:31:57 PM
I love how the dust and edges of this little guy capture the light, its such a neat effect. A great image!
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05/19/2005 03:22:11 AM
Well done! Just wish you didn´t put the fram not needed at all......
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05/18/2005 11:26:21 PM
I can't wait to learn the story behind this one. Just a dynamite image. I hope the little guy was okay.
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05/18/2005 10:58:04 PM
Wow!!!! Soooooooo beautiful...I keep coming back to look at it..amazing..10...of course...you really are an incredible artist..thanks for this..
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05/18/2005 11:47:02 AM
One of 3 favourites. Where on earth were you? Truly amazing
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05/18/2005 11:17:27 AM
While not the most crisp of the silhouettes, this is definately one of the most interesting ones. I just cant get enough of the fiery cloud of dust that trails the highspeed elephant. Absolutaly wonderfull job!
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05/18/2005 10:38:14 AM
WOW! Love it! Mary~
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05/18/2005 12:19:56 AM
pretty amazing, i can see this in a newspaper or magazine. well done.
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05/17/2005 10:55:40 PM
is this a fire--it worries me for the baby elephant. Good shot. Please post info.
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05/17/2005 06:45:14 PM
wonderful image. Would be interesting to look at the original to see how you got the backlighting effect
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05/17/2005 04:09:29 PM
WOW!! nothing more to add. just one huge, mouth opened, staring WOW!!!
It's gorgeous. The light is perfect, the colors are perfect, the pp work is perfect...Nothing I would ever change!
If I could give you a 14 - I would! For now... a 10 will have to do...
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05/17/2005 03:55:52 PM
Interesting shot, this looks like a lava flow. It looks to ariticial and over processed for my taste.
05/17/2005 11:14:13 AM
Wow! What an incredible photo!
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05/17/2005 02:24:29 AM
that is just the cutest little thing.
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05/17/2005 01:44:37 AM
Incredible image... outstanding use of colors and light.... good luck for a ribbon!!
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05/16/2005 10:50:13 PM
Perhaps I am being unfair, but this views to me as having been overprocessed due to the halo arond the elephant and the blown out yellows. The subject itself is stunning and the background colors are dramatic. After review, I am bumping it up however. 5
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05/16/2005 10:26:28 PM
Wow! Impressive. Really stunning shot. I really dislike the border though, the edge between the image and border is discernable only for about half of the perimeter, which looks weird.
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05/16/2005 08:33:26 PM
9, excellent.
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05/16/2005 05:02:41 PM
Wow. This is stunning. Beautiful lighting - really really nice. Nice color. Great detail. Border works very well with this. 10.
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05/16/2005 04:19:44 PM
Wow, I do want to learn more about this image. Very awesome colors, and great action image in this fine Silhouette <7>
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05/16/2005 02:46:20 PM
Oh wow! What a lovely subject!
The backlighting works fantastic on the kicked up dust and the elephants profile.
Love it!
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05/16/2005 01:42:37 PM
If this doesn't ribbon I'll be so surprised. I love that this is more than just a silhouette - the backlighting is supurb. It almost looks like molten lava kicking up from behind. Wonderful action shot. I hope you decide to sell it to an agency or somethign when the contest is over. 10
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05/16/2005 12:45:56 PM
amazingly cool. Love the glow around the elephant. colors well done. 10 from me! Good luck in the challenge.
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05/16/2005 11:20:45 AM
Magical. Definitely a one-of-a-kind image.
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05/16/2005 10:54:30 AM
Wow, amazing capture, fantastic light, my pick for a ribbon
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05/16/2005 05:02:16 AM
absolutely brilloiant shot the dust really sets the mood 10
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05/16/2005 02:29:39 AM
What an adorable shot!!! I really like this one a l lot :-)
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05/16/2005 02:14:30 AM
Right on............Lesley?? This is awesome and a well placed toy elephant.....hehehehe. 7
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05/16/2005 12:31:40 AM
I have no idea what's going on in this photograph, but I love it. The colors
are excellent. I guess this is a baby elephant running from a fire??
I don't care, I like it a lot. - 8
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