Elephant Eye

I took this shot at Mysore zoo. The elephant approached close to fence, may be say 20feet, my heart was beating fast, anytime it could turn and just walk away. I clicked and clicked and clicked with minor variations in the exposure of the lens. This is what I have.

Elephant’s Eye.

(Do click on the image for a better view.)
It is said that the elephant’s vision is quite poor and can see short distances between 10 meters to 20 meters. Elephants do not have a tear duct and ‘tears’ simply evaporate or run down the cheek. You can see that clearly in the picture. Elephants use their sense of vision and smell to tell the difference between people who pose a threat and those who do not. Only after taking a few shots I stood gazing at it and admiring it.

Shooting information:
Shooting Date/Time 8/15/2008 4:01:52 PM
Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/160
Av( Aperture Value ) 5.6

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43 Responses

  1. Hilary says:

    What a fabulous shot! I can’t believe how much detail there is when enlarged. What a beauty. Well done.

  2. MamaGeek says:

    Wow, I took a VERY similar shot at our zoo trip. Elephants are just SUCH amazing creatures! Very cool shot Indrani.

  3. kallu says:

    Looking an elephant right in the eye! what a wonderful photographer you are and a wonderful vision too.

  4. This is the ultimate! The eye of an elephant, and its lashes so clear too! Wonderful, Indrani!
    And to think your heart beat faster not our of fear, but that the elephant might move away. That is dedication.

  5. Randall says:

    Fabulous photograph. The elephant is such an amazing creature.

  6. polona says:

    great detail in the photo… elephants are such magnificent creatures!

  7. Lakshmi says:

    awesome details in the picture..the lines around the eye are so well pronounced ..i must learn photography from you

  8. Kat says:

    For an ordinary shoot-at-sight person like me… it was a visual
    treat to see a markswoman looking thro’ the cross-wires and capturing such a beautiful
    picture… Hope Bengbeng notices and sends the next award 🙂

    Shooting information:

    Target – 20 feet away.

    hpm – 144 (heart-beats per minute)

    result – even the cataract in her eye, is clearly noticeable (phew..!!)

  9. Ash says:

    Beautiful and touching. What truly divine eyes. Like Lord Ganesha’s.

  10. Swarna says:

    My favourite species, Indrani. (S)he must have known your ‘shooting’ tool was no threat at all, and posed for you!

  11. Bengbeng says:

    well done. i would love to see an elephant up close. it is a great shot

  12. Devika says:

    Elepants were always an awe for the child in me…But never went up close to see the fine detail of its eyes.
    Good work,Indrani.

  13. WOW
    Master works are known for their details..
    great work..
    waiting for more..

  14. HOBO says:

    Elephants got very good listening power. They can hear voices from miles.

  15. Webradio says:

    Bonjour !
    Chez moi, il y a beaucoup d’animaux, mais pas d’éléphant…
    A bientôt.

  16. Tammy says:

    That is so cool! You can even see the eye lashes! Great shot!

  17. Lapa37 says:

    Beautiful they are quite amazing.

  18. Juliana RW says:

    wow…close up shot 😀

    My CC : in here Thanks

  19. bobbie says:

    I love their eye lashes. Very good pictures.

  20. Carletta says:

    This is amazing!
    The eye is much smaller than I would expect. Those lashes are so long.
    I loved this!

  21. Ladynred says:

    Incredible details in elephant’s eye! thanks for the info.
    For the Love of Pets

  22. Rhea says:

    Gorgeous elephant eye! They’re so tiny, compared to the rest of the animal. I love watching elephants move around and interact. very cool.

  23. Faye Pekas says:

    There really is something about looking into an elephants eyes. I always get the impression of wisdom and understanding.

    These are great shots

    My critter is here

  24. How beautiful. Looking into their eye is liking looking into their soul.

  25. Sue says:

    Beautiful creature! And these are amazing shots 🙂

  26. Wonderful shot. Their eyes make them look so wise…

  27. Cátia says:

    just beautiful! wonderful

  28. Kelly says:

    What amazing shots you were able to get! My heart would have been beating faster and faster too! I never knew that about elephants and their eyes! “They are so wonderful and I think probably one of my favorite animals (large) sized! Great shots! You have a definite talent and gift for taking photos! Well done!!….

  29. Wonderful shot. The detail is just incredible!

  30. Jim says:

    Hi Indrani, I am on my way to you Skywatch but had to stop when I saw your elephant.
    I have a love affair (almost) with them now after reading the book, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.
    It is about a man who ended up being a vet and caring for the elephant of a small circus.
    That poor elephant was at the mercy of the trainers and keepers, it was sad a lot of the time.
    Thank you for your pictures and narrative.

  31. i beati says:

    compelling shot sandy

  32. Aileni says:

    I wonder if their sight is really that poor. Fine pictures.

  33. June says:

    Incredible shots and interesting facts.

  34. Misty Dawn says:

    This is really, really cool! The photos are so neat and the facts that you included really top the whole post off!

  35. Absolutely Fabulous! Thanks for sharing such a great photo!

  36. My God … that splendid animal. A prodigy of nature.

  37. Gretchen says:

    I used elephants for my submission for this week too! 🙂

  38. the shots are so neat and detailed.

  39. I wasn’t able to participate in CC. I’ll make it up this week.

    Those are great shots. I think elephants are wonderful and majestic animals.

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