Behind The Shot: Elephants On The Chobe

By | 2018-10-03T19:28:23+00:00 17th October 2017|General, Photography|

Elephants On The Chobe

If you’re ever fortunate enough to visit the Chobe on a photography safari, you’ll come to know that this particular spot has the highest density of elephants on the entire continent. They love the water and there is plenty of it in this region.

This image was taken on our first Wild Waterways Safari in 2014. We were on one of the evening boat rides and came across this small family group of 4 ellies. They were drinking from the water’s edge and didn’t take kindly to our presence at all. I’m sure one of them gave us the proverbial “finger” by raising it’s trunk at us!

Anyway, they hightailed along the bank of the river which made for some tricky photography as we tried to follow them, because as you can see the water was quite choppy so even though the photography boats are quite stable, that particular year the houseboat didn’t have them in service yet, so we were bobbing around quite a bit. 

I haven’t published this shot before now because sometimes I go through my old safari images (I never throw anything out!) and I find shots that I have missed processing and publishing in the sprint I usually find myself in after a safari has ended. This is one that on looking at it again I quite like.

Processing it in Lightroom was quite straight forward. I have added a screen grab of what I did to it. The preset adjustments shown are basically adjustments of the shadows, highlights, black point and white point. For the Maximum adjustments (which overrode the minimum one) I went all the way (100% recovery) on both sliders. There’s a +25 on black and +25 on white. The original image is also below.

Camera: Olympus E-M1
Lens: Olympus M.75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II
RAW Processing: Lightroom


Original image straight out of the camera.

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The Lightroom history panel. I cancelled the orange hue shift and decided to adjust yellow instead. I think it looks more authentic.

About the Author:

Dallas Dahms is a digital media producer and photographer. He is the founder of Fotozones, an international photography website where like-minded photography enthusiasts gather to share knowledge about photography and create friendships. Dallas is also the founder of