Mervyn Hurwitz  

Crossing the River by Mervyn Hurwitz

September 2023 - Crossing the River

About the Image(s)

This was taken in Kruger Park on my recent visit to South Africa. I was fascinated by the line of elephants as they crossed the Sabie River. Unfortunately they were not in an orderly single file so there are many mergers. And they are walking away from me. Does it still work? Of course I also have close ups of part of the group, but this one tells the best story for me.
Sony A7II with 200-600mm lens at 370mm.
Manual exposure f8. 1/2500secs. Auto ISO 1000

4 comments posted

Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
You must have been fairly close to get this shot at 370mm! I would have probably used a little noise reduction to smooth things out some. And the shot from behind is interesting. Too bad the little one in the rear didn't turn to the camera!   Posted: 09/06/2023 10:16:42

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
I like that stepping through the water disturbs the water and creates some visual interest. As you know, the backside is usually not the most appealing but you have to take what is offered when it comes to wildlife photos. Th diagonal line of elephants leads the eye from left to right and the upper and lower banks provide a frame. That's not an image that I will ever see in North America.   Posted: 09/07/2023 20:01:47

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Nice lineup of elephants. I agree that having the elephants coming toward the photographer would be preferable, but this image is never the less telling a story.
I am not concerned about the merging elephants, especially since several of them are completely isolated. This, on its own, is also telling a story. They normally cross rivers very close together!
Nice capture.
  Posted: 09/08/2023 14:25:44

Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
I think the lineup is really nice, especially as a diagonal. It really creates a sense of motion. I do not think there is really anything to change with the image. Good job.   Posted: 09/14/2023 21:47:10


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