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Challenge: Free Study 2007-06 (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Animals in Captivity
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
Location: San Antonio Zoo
Date: Jun 30, 2007
Aperture: F9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 30, 2007

As you may know already. . .elephants have to be my favorite animal in the whole world. I go sometimes just to watch them, and I'm intrigued because I really think they know me now. I think they sense how much I truly love the heck out of them! Almost always they will turn towards me, even walking right up to the edge of their place, look me in the eye, tilt their heads as if they are placing me, and then they let me snap away. On the day after I took this photo, this one, walked over to where I was standing, then he walked over and got IN the water and started splashing his back, and watched me the whole time, almost like he was saying, "Watch me. Watch me." :)

I love elephants!

Anyway, I'm glad this did well. Thank you guys :)


Statistics
Place: 8 out of 556
Avg (all users): 7.0488
Avg (commenters): 8.5833
Avg (participants): 7.1458
Avg (non-participants): 6.7037
Views since voting: 4213
Views during voting: 264
Votes: 123
Comments: 74
Favorites: 29 (view)


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02/17/2013 01:20:18 AM
this is just brilliant, should of won, truly great timing!
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07/03/2010 07:04:50 PM
Love this one Sandy... The colors are beautiful... well and the rest of the picture also :o)
01/11/2009 07:13:16 AM
This is a stunning shot! I really think it should have ribboned.
The details are remarkable. The elephant so expressive. And I love you pp editing. I don't know why I never came across this before - but had I it would have been right to my fav's, which is where is is now. :)
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07/09/2008 03:24:59 AM
This is just so amazing! I love it :)
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06/21/2008 08:13:10 PM
What a wonderful capture, and great timing Sandy, to get this one like this..... I love how the trunk is up, mouth wide open, and ever so powerful.
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04/08/2008 03:38:59 AM
I love baby elephants. Enjoying your portfolio.
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03/01/2008 11:45:47 PM
I love everything about this shot - the light quality and the textures are amazing. And it looks like you've really captured the elephant's personality!
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09/24/2007 05:27:53 PM
i am still amazed at this picture!!
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09/17/2007 10:57:19 AM
This has to be one of the most delightful elephant shots I've seen.
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08/13/2007 10:10:44 PM
This is so amazing. One of the best elephant photos I've ever seen.
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08/08/2007 01:38:25 PM
Wow - just came across this wonderful image (was looking at the lens -shopping) You ae truly amazing my dear ! :) Pat
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07/31/2007 05:15:07 AM
Animals know that your vibrations given off are that of love for them. Im sure your theory is correct. Great shot!
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07/23/2007 10:36:34 AM
This is a great shot Sandy, brilliant, so glad to have you on the team.
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07/19/2007 03:42:56 AM
what a cute baby! and yes, he does look as if he was saying "watch me, watch me!" with a cheeky smile :) lovely photo!
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07/16/2007 09:06:31 PM
Classic Sandy P photo. I knew this would do well the moment that I saw it.Very Very well gone. I love your editing, and the capture rings fun.Congrats on top 10 :)

Message edited by author 2007-07-16 21:06:56.
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07/16/2007 12:48:30 AM
Holy cow! What a shot and what a score and what a placement. Congrats!
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07/12/2007 09:05:47 AM
Sandy, I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I'm not very good at this sort of thing. I found this photo: ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/81186/thumb/553303.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/81186/thumb/553303.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' (taken by another photographer) - I thought you might like it.

Brightest Blessing,
Brad
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07/09/2007 07:52:47 PM
I love it! Congrats on top 10 out of 500+
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07/09/2007 01:11:01 PM
Cute little guy! Sadly the juvenile elephant at our local zoo recently died. Congrats on the top 10, you are amazing with that camera.
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07/09/2007 06:07:45 AM
Stunning finish in a free study Sandy and totally deserved

Your photography totally and unequivocally rocks
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07/08/2007 09:32:19 PM
Sandy, this is wonderful! I'm so glad this finish in the top 10! Many Congratulations! Add to fav
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07/08/2007 09:16:48 PM
Hey Sandy!! way to go girl!! GREAT image & I am prouidly one of your 10s! the processing is super & the elephant, well, he's a dollface!
super capture! YAY Sandy!!!
~Anni
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07/08/2007 09:13:21 PM
WoW! Congrats on top ten Sandy!!
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07/08/2007 08:16:48 PM
This is a REALLY great shot Sandy!! Congrats!!
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07/08/2007 03:01:07 PM
hey sandy ... i'm making your 50th comment on this awesome photograph !! ... congratulations on an 8th place in this free study .. its an absolutely fantastic image ... and how wonderful that you did so well with something that means so much to you .. :):)
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07/08/2007 01:40:20 PM
Woo Ho Sandy, Congrats on another 7+ score, and in a FS it should be worth double! The back light makes it shine :)
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07/08/2007 01:24:53 PM
Wonderful capture Sandy! Congrats on your top 10 finish!
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07/08/2007 01:07:49 PM
Cangrats on top 10 Sandy, this is a great image
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07/08/2007 11:37:24 AM
Very nice!
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07/08/2007 10:43:32 AM
Very strong showing on your return. Very nice separation of foreground and background. Nice motion capture as well. Very well done.
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07/08/2007 10:36:21 AM
this is the sweetest little thing :) lovely capture, sandy. big congrats on top 10!!!
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07/08/2007 09:10:43 AM
Sandy this is amazing!!! Congrats on a top ten and a VERY Cool Shot!! Love it!
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07/08/2007 08:56:20 AM
Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!! Way to go sister!!! I think that this little guy loves you too!! This is just perfect!!!!
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07/08/2007 08:34:32 AM
You've got the touch girlie, we're proud of ya!!!!!!!!! Way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!
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07/08/2007 08:03:51 AM
CUTEness overload!! What a dollbaby, and so adorably captured. I saw elephants on the animal planet swimming yesterday (shot from underwater) and boy they just love that and are really good swimmers.

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07/08/2007 07:49:54 AM
Connecting with animals is a very intriguing thing... The processing makes this look like a painting! I love the golden browns of the pic. You really get the sense of movement and playfulness from the photo. Beautiful!
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07/08/2007 07:46:45 AM
I will always think of this as "Pinky" because of her tongue. Great finish Sandy. 7+?? Way to go.
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07/08/2007 07:34:11 AM
This is so fantastic..I love everything about it! Well done on top 10!!
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07/08/2007 06:43:18 AM
Great shot & very nice score Sandy! He is so cute!!
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07/08/2007 06:27:38 AM
Congrats Sandy on a great shot and score, well deserved.

Jack
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07/08/2007 06:03:46 AM
4th highest score for you, great shot sandy, and look at all those
favs! :)
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07/08/2007 05:19:20 AM
Babaar! :) Congrats on the top ten! A great image!
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07/08/2007 05:16:31 AM
Congrats, Sandy!! You captured a wonderful moment here. Such excellent work.
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07/08/2007 04:42:45 AM
Sandy - lovely shot that really captures the moment.

Well done on your top ten finish.
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07/08/2007 04:35:58 AM
Awesome Sandy,Your wildlife work is top shelf, congratulations.
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07/08/2007 02:46:02 AM
Congrats, Sandy. The colors here are fantastic.
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07/08/2007 02:36:26 AM
This is also one of my all-time favorite images on this site. You really captured a wonderful, candid image. I love Elephants like you do! This image really does pay a beautiful tribute to them! Perfect PP on this image. This goes into my favorites. Please continue taking images like these. :)

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07/08/2007 02:07:13 AM
This is beautiful. VERY WELL DONE. One of my favorites I have seen on DPC in quite some time.
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07/08/2007 02:03:30 AM
So glad to see you on the front page with this beautiful capture Sandy!! Congratulations!!!
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07/08/2007 12:50:29 AM
a 10 from me and a top 10. congratulations!
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07/08/2007 12:38:42 AM
Congrats Sandy. This would look really cool on canvas.
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07/08/2007 12:37:06 AM
Wonderful photo and congrats on being in the top 8!

Message edited by author 2007-07-08 00:37:27.
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07/08/2007 12:31:20 AM
Great photo turned into great painting.
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07/08/2007 12:26:22 AM
We have a baby at the zoo now?? Too cool! Wonderful shot, and wonderfully processed! Congrats on the top 10 in a Free Study and yet another 7+ score!
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07/08/2007 12:20:10 AM
Beautiful capture!
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07/08/2007 12:13:53 AM
Congrats Sandy!!!!!! another top 10. This is another great shot. I love way you captured the light and emotion
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07/08/2007 12:13:38 AM
Super image! Such a happy moment captured! Adorable!
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07/08/2007 12:08:11 AM
Sandy, congrats on another top 10 for you! What a wonderful image! I absolutely love the colors in his mouth and ears and the playful capture.
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07/08/2007 12:07:48 AM
WHOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO! lucky 7-7-o7 indeed with that new profile page showing all 7+! way to go!
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07/08/2007 12:03:31 AM
Congrats on placing top 10 - I love this!
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07/08/2007 12:02:48 AM
Woo-hoo! Congrats :-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/07/2007 07:19:17 PM
LOL
made me laugh and such a nice cute image

good luck

Kev
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07/07/2007 02:04:54 PM
Great shot.
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07/06/2007 10:08:29 PM
Stunning capture. The moment etched in stone. A great energy expands out of the frame from his mouth.
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07/05/2007 09:38:22 PM
what a great shot! the eye is bugging me though. It's so fun and I love the essence of the elephant. they are such loving and loyal creatures. There is a movement to release them from zoos; that lifestyle is actually harmful to their psyche...10

Message edited by author 2007-07-08 21:14:44.
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07/05/2007 04:13:32 PM
How could you give this little guy anything less then 10? 10
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07/05/2007 10:47:55 AM
Very nice. This should score well. 9
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07/04/2007 10:17:12 AM
one of the best - lets see how far this gets -9
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07/03/2007 12:05:45 AM
It's close to feeling overprocessed for me - maybe it's just the focus, but still looks very nice. I like the textures.
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07/02/2007 05:25:03 PM
Great catch.
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07/02/2007 03:33:42 PM
Lovely shot! Aren't elephants great?
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07/01/2007 01:06:26 PM
awesome capture. very sweet :)
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07/01/2007 09:28:47 AM
Really lovely shot! 10
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07/01/2007 07:15:30 AM
oh, it's sooo lovely! great capture, great lighting!
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