Sidelight Assignment Winner Doug Croft

A family group of Elephants crosses the Sand River in MalaMala Game Reserve, South Africa. The light was Surreal!

Elephant Crossing By Doug Croft

Congratulations to Doug Croft for winning the Sidelight Assignment!

“This photo was taken on safari at MalaMala Game Reserve in South Africa with Wild4 Photo Safaris,” Croft says. “We sat in our vehicle as five different family groups of elephants, about 125 in all, crossed the river toward us.  Soon we were surrounded and spent the afternoon with elephants all around us. As the sun got low on the horizon, they began to cross the river and disappear into the bush on the other side. The light was surreal and we were able to take full advantage.”

Equipment & Settings: Nikon D7000, Nikkor 200-400mm;  ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/1000th sec.

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