Elephant's Life

By Caitlin O'Connell

The struggles and celebrations of nature’s biggest land creatures—with greater than 250 superb full-color images by means of Caitlin O’Connell and Timothy Rodwell


An Elephant’s Life presents a special and interesting immersion into the area of the African elephant, informed by way of a number one box biologist who has been learning and photographing those animals of their traditional habitat for almost 20 years. right here, for the 1st time, readers get a fuller photograph of elephant society forged in a broader context, together with the lifetime of the male elephant in all its excessive drama.


Merging the visible traditions of photojournalism and the character documentary with the narrative voice of such classics as Jane Goodall’s Chimpanzees of Gombe, this large-format, full-color quantity of photograph essays offers a uniquely wealthy figuring out of what it’s wish to develop up and stay in the complexities of elephant society at each flip of the web page. Readers will event the frustrations and suffering of the coming-of-age male suffering to depart his kinfolk, witness the consistent vigilance a matriarch exerts to guard her kinfolk, and consider the drama of a dominant male attempting to carry onto energy in periods of peace and occasions of social upheaval. Like Wolf Empire (Lyons Press, 2007), An Elephant’s Life is an intimate portrait of a liked and interesting species. 

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Tyler came visiting me within the bunker on the finish of the 2009 season. It was once challenging to think it used to be him, seeing how a lot greater he seemed at this shut proximity than he did from the tower and subsequent to his older pals, yet yes sufficient, the small gap in the midst of his correct ear gave him away. He used to be certainly entering his personal within the boys’ membership, and that i seemed ahead to staring at him keep growing and mature inside of his prolonged social community. PHOTOGRAPHER’S be aware natural world images has its inherent difficulties—whether it’s in attempting to seize a unprecedented second at the fly, reminiscent of a predator catching its prey in its jaws, or a fleeting second of aggression among bull elephants. evidently, having a digital camera with a quick auto-focus lens is essential. Then there are the problems of distance out of your topic and shutter velocity. those are demanding situations that any photographer capturing a relocating goal will face, no matter if it’s the activities photographer or the flora and fauna photographer. the appearance of electronic images has revolutionized the taking part in box of images for all photographers. We now not need to wager (and desire) that our shot used to be successful and wait until eventually the roll of movie is processed. within the early days of our fieldwork, my husband Tim and that i needed to wait six to 9 months to strengthen our movie. With electronic images, we now not need to fear approximately movie expiration dates or no matter if our rolls of movie have been uncovered to too many airport X-ray machines (needless to claim, this was once frequently a priority whilst touring to and from Africa each year). Tim and that i now shoot with a Nikon D700, a full-frame digicam with an ISO of 6400 and plenty of, many gains that we're nonetheless studying the way to grasp. our favourite and such a lot flexible lens is the Nikon 80–200mm zoom lens with an f-stop of two. eight. And long ago few years, there were a number of first-class teleconverters out there. This has extra to our flexibility and diversity with no the extra weight, measurement, and value of extra robust low-light zoom lenses, comparable to the identical 400mm or 500mm lenses. electronic images permits extraordinary flexibility and tool. for instance, lower than harsh daylight hours stipulations within the barren region, capturing on guide and adjusting your shutter velocity and f-stop settings, guided by means of your histogram demonstrate, can assist catch a picture with richer colours and extra saturation than should you have been to maintain your digicam locked on aperture or shutter pace mode (keeping your f-stop consistent and ranging your shutter velocity, or vice-versa). Trusting your histogram will move far to ensuring that you simply captured every thing on your photos (even even though they'll glance blown out in your digital camera display screen) with no the intuition to underexpose to make amends for the tough lights. should you visit paintings together with your pictures in Adobe Lightroom or the other picture processing software program, the shadows in an underexposed photograph will really be too darkish, and there's not anything you are able to do to convey info again from the black parts of your photograph. consequently, overexposure below harsh lighting fixtures stipulations constantly promises higher effects.

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