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Blessed by an Elephant

Blessed by an Elephant
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Copyright: Elaine springford (everlasting) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 819 W: 66 N: 2286] (15914)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-01-22
Categories: Daily Life, Ceremony
Camera: Nikon D7100, AF-S DX VR Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/0.7, 1/333 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-06-09 11:42
Viewed: 801
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In many of the temples in Tamil Nadu you will find a resident elephant. The elephant will bless the pilgrims by touching them on the head with their trunk, for a small donation. This certainly isn't a tourist attraction, (there are virtually no tourists in this region) they are there for the temple goers and pilgrims. Even so I had double feelings about this. An elephant revered in Hindu myths, (Ganesh the elephant headed god) but maybe not treated so kindly in reality. Despite not being sure of my feelings, the elephant looked well treated , the mahout seemed a kind man and I found the scene quite photogenic.

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Hello Elaine,
Apart from the fact that this photo has a very fine depth it's a nice picture that brings back memories. I haven't been to Kumbakonam but I saw temple elephants blessing people in many other places. I noted that some elephants were more gentle than others, who in some cases rather slapped the devotees on their heads, making children cry and scaring others. I was "forced" to donate some money once and it was like receiving a very wet kiss on my forehead. As usual this photo has a wonderful light and fine colours and the three individuals are very nicely placed. Possibly Tamil Nadu is the most interesting Indian state, not yet too spoiled by Western tourists.
Kind regards,

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  • daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3579 W: 114 N: 6342] (28678)
  • [2017-06-09 16:18]

Hi Elaine. The elephant has no one to bless him and release him from his obligations. He or she does look well groomed, even the toenails look clean. Super clarity and exposure as always. I like the inclusion of the boy as he looks at the animal with what looks like respect while he keeps a respectful distance. Regards. Klaudio.

Hello Elaine,
Fancy coming across your work on TE! I like your composition, it manages to combine two subjects, the elephant and the long temple corridor without making them compete against each other.

Hi Elaine,
Interesting view with this elephant and people, nice architecture with depth effect, tfs.

Ciao Elaine, great perspective on fantastic architecture, lovely composition with elephas and nice people, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Elaine,

This is a most interesting photograph, certainly living up to the objectives of TE.
Elephants are such large, intelligent animals that it is pleasing to see them being well treated, though I would imagine, that it would rather be in a large family group.
This is an excellent shot, the focal elephant strongly placed as are all the features.
A fine sense of depth and perspective is created from the receding verticals and the scene is captured with amazing clarity.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9980 W: 144 N: 25000] (122169)
  • [2017-06-10 23:59]

Hello Elaine,

Nice scene from India, as I have seen in many places in the south. It was always fun to see the elephants "working " in the temples, with some painting. Excellent composition with fine depth.
I remember Kumbakonam too. Fantastic colourful hindu temples there.

Kind regrad s Malgo

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  • BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2444 W: 34 N: 4388] (24669)
  • [2017-06-29 2:37]

Big animal here, yet there's a wonderfully relaxed and calm atmosphere in the picture. I like the presence of the boy on the right here too.


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