The elephants of the Hoanib river

It is well known that Africa is an incredible destination for photography. Namibia ranks at the top of the charts with its gigantic ocher-colored dunes that literally catch fire at sunset. However, this country has a lot more to offer. While I am passing through the Skeleton Coast region, I am preparing to leave with my guide, Ben Petrus. He has a challenge: to make one of my wishes come true. That of photographing a desert elephant, against the light, in the last ray of the sunset. Laughing, he suggests I bring myself a snack. The journey will be long and bumpy. Here, no road. We follow tracks sometimes even on the bed of the dry river. After hours of walking in the heart of a landscape beyond imagination, Ben abruptly stops. “Mathieu, there they are, the elephants! They are perfectly aligned against a golden backlight. In the end, Ben had read my mind …

Camera: Canon EOS R

Lens: EF100-400mm f / 4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Exposure: 1 / 640s at f / 5

ISO: 640

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