It's true that any sighting of elephant or one of the big cats are beautiful....but sometimes the elements around the main subject can make the pictures so much stronger.
I just returned from a very enjoyable trip to Mashatu game reserve in the Northern Tuli, Botswana.
Even though I had more or less very similar sightings to my previous visit, this time it was all about the elements: sun, dust, shade, trees, dry river beds etc. These elements helped me to create different images from the norm, helping me to add some substance to the photographs.
A herd of elephant crossing a river bed with light penetrating the dust created some atmosphere.
I had so much fun photographing this young elephant. The sun was rising straight ahead and the herd kicked up a lot of dust. The sun illuminated the dust isolating the dark elephant baby.
On our last day, we drove back to camp and came across this cheetah emerging from a truly beautiful orange sunset. Besides the beautiful light, the tree added some texture.
Well I hoped you could see how the elements can help in creating an image different from the normal wildlife image. In this case it would make sense to say: "GOOD LIGHT!"