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Steve Filipiak submitted this image taken with a Canon 5D Mark II, with and exposure of 1/200sec at f/5.6 at ISO 3200. I will admit to having to study this image for a second to figure out exactly what I was looking at, one elephant’s trunk holding onto another elephant’s tail.  What I noticed right away from the exif data is that it was taken on program mode with the new Canon 28–200mm lens.  The lens was probably Steve’s choice due to its size and zoom, but it has a floating aperture which means on the long end it isn’t capable of f/3.5 thus the aperture of f/5.6.  Technically the image is well exposed and the crop creates some nice lines and works with the vertical nature of the image.

The depth of field has allowed for some nice details, which add to the context clues. To create an image with more of a graphic feel, you could go black and white. Overall it is one of those close-up detail images that some will be uncomfortable with but it has sort of grown on me, I would strongly recommend that Steve learn to maximize the potential of his camera and use manual settings to his advantage instead of letting the camera make decisions for him. The different modes are there on the camera to help but take some chances and try some different settings once you know you have the photo you are after.

—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger

__This photo gets three and a half stars on the PopPhoto Flash rating system.

The PopPhoto Flash rating system.
*= This part of the camera is called the lens
**= Don't quit your day job
***= Good, but not yet great
****=So close you can taste it
*****= Yes, a thousand times yes!

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