Through the Lens: Elephants under the Fig

15th July 2016

There's a time each morning and afternoon when the light is so soft that you can photograph subjects from almost any angle in a flattering way.

While exploring the southern end of Nsefu Sector recently, we entered this period of the afternoon and spotted an opportunity developing that seemed too good to miss. Elephants were crossing an area of scrub and heading towards a beautiful fig tree at the edge of a lagoon. Hoping that they would pass under the tree, and across the open area, we drove quickly to a good spot and watched as the herd did exactly what we'd hoped!

The lighting was just right, giving the elephants definition against the pale grasses, and I had chosen a spot where their shapes would not conflict with the tree trunks in the distance behind. It doesn't always come together like this, but when it does, it's most satisfying.

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