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Weighty Subject
Photograph by Steve Winter

Handlers work to break the spirit of a young elephant in order to convert it into a beast of burden, a task that takes about a month. Despite the new bridge-building initiatives in the region, vast stretches of the Hukawng Valley remain roadless, making the elephant the preferred mode of transportation along heavily forested jungle trails. Although wild Asian elephants are found in 13 Asian countries, their numbers have dwindled markedly. Like the tiger and several other animals in the valley, the elephant is listed as an endangered species.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 3
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 17-35mm f/2.8 Canon
Speed and F-Stop: 1/15 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Cloudy
Time of Day: 11 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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