African Elephant, Masai Mara, Kenya

Elephant Scratching Post – Fujifilm X-T4 & Fujinon 100-400mm (1/250, f/5, ISO640, 100mm)

I photographed this elephant in the Ol Choro Conservancy in March when I was in the Masai Mara working with a film crew and the marketing team from FUJIFILM UK. We were producing content for social media channels to coincide with the launch of the FUJIFILM X-T4.

A large herd of elephants passed us and this one paused to use a tree as a scratching post. It’s a regular stop for elephants as the bark is so smooth, years of elephant scratching will do that!

Using the 100-400mm lens back at 100mm I was nearly over-lensed so I had to lean back quite substantially to get the full tree in the shot. Whenever you force yourself into an uncomfortable and unnatural position on to take a photograph you inevitably introduce some camera shake, especially with a longer lens. This is when technology such as ‘In-Body’ and lens image stabilsation becomes very useful, not just for lower shutter speeds but to also keep a focus point in the correct place.

For more information on my thoughts while using the FUJIFILM X-T4 on the Masai Mara, a look at the film we made and links to the content on the FUIJFILM-X website, please click here.