ARCHIVE 325 – ELEPHANT (MONO)

 

 


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Elephant at The Ark, a game viewing lodge in the Aberdare Mountains, Kenya; June 1980.

I particularly like the effect produced when a large animal completely fills the frame; there is something of the abstract about it, and also something massive and impressive.

Here the textures of this elephant’s hide have purposely been exaggerated by Nik Software’s SEP to help emphasise the vast strength of its huge, looming, rough presence.

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Technique: OM-2 with 75mm-150mm Zuiko lens at 150mm; Agfa CT18 colour slide rated at 64 ISO; converted to mono in Silver Efex Pro.

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BRISTOL 106 – ELEPHANT BEHIND BARS

 

 

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Shop window display, behind security bars, Park Street; 16 Sept 2016.

Walking up Park Street, with the slow footsteps that allow me to really take in my surroundings, rather than the brisker gait that, letting me see far less, gets me places.  And suddenly this shop window on my left and, through the bars, a face that sends all thoughts of my other surroundings very far away. 

Quite apart from that piercing eye set in that striking face, there are the two red hands, held up on either side.

I know very little about the deities (or manifestations of a single deity) of the Hindu religion but could very easily be fascinated by them.  I believe this elephant-headed figure to be the god Ganesha, amongst other attributes a remover of obstacles, and a deity revered by Jains and Buddhists, as well as Hindus.

I am in awe of cultures that produce effigies like this one, as I am of the religions themselves.

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X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 400 ISO.
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ARCHIVE 253 – ELEPHANT AT THE NGULIA WATERHOLE (MONO)

 

 

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Elephant at the waterhole beside Ngulia Lodge in Tsavo West National Park, Kenya; probably the late 1970s.

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OM-1 with 75-150 Zuiko lens at 150mm; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO; converted to mono in Silver Efex Pro.

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ARCHIVE 45 – ELEPHANT (MONO)

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Elephant at The Ark, a game viewing lodge in the Aberdare Mountains, Kenya; June 1980. 

I particularly like the effect produced when a large animal completely fills the frame; there is something of the abstract about it, and also something massive and impressive.

Here the textures of this elephant’s hide have purposely been exaggerated by Nik Software’s SEP to help emphasise the vast strength of its huge, looming, rough presence.

OM-2 with 75mm-150mm Zuiko at 150mm; Agfa CT18 colour slide rated at 64 ISO; converted to mono in Silver Efex Pro.  
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ARCHIVE 35 – ELEPHANT AT THE NGULIA WATERHOLE (MONO)

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Elephant at the waterhole beside Ngulia Lodge in Tsavo West National Park, Kenya; probably the late 1970s.

OM-1 with 75mm-150mm Zuiko at 150mm; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO; converted to mono in Silver Efex Pro.
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SELF-INDULGENCE 31 – ELEPHANT AT THE NGULIA WATERHOLE (MONO)

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Elephant at the waterhole beside Ngulia Lodge in Tsavo West National Park, Kenya; probably the late 1970s.

OM-1 with 75mm-150mm Zuiko at 150mm; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO; converted to mono in Silver Efex Pro.
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SELF-INDULGENCE 18 – ELEPHANT AT THE ARK (MONO)

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I’ve just received a request for a large scale print of this one – although I’m not sure that its good enough quality for significant enlargement – but the request jogged my memory about this image and here it is.  The (embellished) original words are:

Elephant at The Ark, a game viewing lodge in the Aberdare Mountains, Kenya; June 1980. 

I particularly like the effect produced when a large animal completely fills a photograph; there is something of the abstract about it, and also something massive and impressive. Here the textures of this elephant’s hide have purposely been exaggerated by Nik Software’s SEP to help emphasise the vast strength of its huge, looming, rough presence.

OM-2 with 75mm-150mm Zuiko at 150mm; Agfa CT18 colour slide rated at 64 ISO; converted to mono in Silver Efex Pro.
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OLD 15 – KENYA 8 – ELEPHANT AT THE NGULIA WATERHOLE – MONOCHROME

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Elephant at the waterhole beside Ngulia Lodge in Tsavo West National Park; probably the late 1970s.

OM-1 with 75mm-150mm Zuiko at 150mm; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO; converted to mono in Silver Efex Pro.

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OLD 6 – KENYA 3 – ELEPHANT, CLOSE IN

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Elephant at The Ark, a game viewing lodge in the Aberdare Mountains, central Kenya; June 1980.

I particularly like the effect produced when a large animal completely fills a photograph; there is something of the abstract about it, and also something massive and impressive. Here the textures of this elephant’s hide have purposely been exaggerated by Silver Efex Pro to help emphasise the vast strength of its huge, looming, rough presence.

The head, on the left of the shot,  is seen first – giving a clue to the identity of what is otherwise almost an abstract image – and then my eye moves right, across the ear, and on to the very rough hide on the flank – a smaller depth of field might have been better here, to make the shot less sharp towards its right margin.

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KENYA (8) – BOATS AT LAMU, TSAVO ELEPHANT, MANGROVE POLES

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Boats on the beach at Lamu, on the Kenya coast; July 1978. This photo has been digitally manipulated (in Silver Efex Pro) to produce a dark, brooding look. The dimly seen white motor boat out on the sea balances the picture – obscure it with your thumb to see what I mean. I also like the repeating patterns of the two boats nearest the camera, which have similar shapes and which are inclined at the same angle.  Olympus OM-1; Agfa CT18 colour slides rated at 64 ISO.

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The waterhole beside Ngulia Lodge in Tsavo West National Park; probably the late 1970s.  Silver Efex Pro.

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Stack of mangrove poles in Lamu, coastal Kenya; July 1978. The human eye scans images from left to right, and from top to bottom. Here, my eye enters the image from the left, and then travels right along the parallel poles, until arrested by the vertical pole and its binding, at the far end – positioning the vertical pole on the right of the picture does not work so well.  Olympus OM-1 with 50mm Zuiko; Agfa CT18 colour slides rated at 64 ISO; Silver Efex Pro.

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