We could barely make out the silhouetted movements of the herd on the far side of the river. I knew not to use a flash so as not to spook the elephants. Fortunately, the moon was almost full, and while it wasn’t enough to reveal any detail of the herd, it was bright enough to cast a shadow of a lone cow elephant at the water’s edge.
I used the widest possible aperture at which I could hand hold the camera and took the shot. What came out was exactly what I had hoped for—a surreal image of a subject without actually photographing the subject itself.
Whenever I view the image, it brings back feelings of excitement, knowing that we were on foot and less than 30 yards from an elephant herd with only our ears and reflections to tell about their presence.
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