When I was invited to the Mae Tang Elephant Park as a photographer to help raise funds for an Elephant Hospital, I participated to many of their activities including elephant bathing, bamboo rafting, some Elephant Love and of course, elephant rides.
I admit it’s not the most comfortable ride I’ve had. Camels are probably worse though. Much bumpier than the stoic oxen pulling their carts on a muddy road.
It’s also a real challenge to take sharp photos while riding those pachyderms. I had to increase my ISO, put my camera on continuous mode and shoot away! One over a dozen shots turned out to be sharp enough to work with!
So the mahout (trainer) took us for a 30min ride across the jungle while stopping from time to time at these towers (this one on the photo was broken and abandoned), trying to make us buy bananas or sugar cane to ‘feed the elephant’.
Whether you buy or not, he will get a few sugar canes for free to feed the animal anyway… they don’t want an angry and hungry beast wrecking havoc through the jungle with hysterical tourists yelling for help!
Talking about crazy tourists, this family on the photo, probably from the Arabian peninsula countries, had to win an award. The obnoxious guy was talking a few decibels to high for everyone’s comfort and the lady walking around in expensive clothes and high heels kept complaining about the mud and smell.
I know it doesn’t seem like it but I did enjoy the ride. Honest!
Things I love today:
The smell of coffee in my new lens-mug
The sight of an interesting museum
The sound of the street market
The taste of Thai Donuts
The feel of getting paid for my work
When shooting portraits, try to position your camera slightly above the person’s eye level for women and slightly below eye-level if it’s a man. It gives a more flattering portrait.
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