Elephant Rock is one of the several truly unique features to be found in the Valley of Fire State Park. The nice thing about this one is the fact that it really is only a short hike from the road to get to!
Believe it or not, this shot actually was not an easy one to capture. There's a road just barely hidden by the rocks just behind the elephant feature, that was hard enough trying to find the right vantage point where I could frame the subject without including the road.
Then there's the added difficulty of positioning so the elephant feature itself still looks like an elephant. Too much to either side and the rock stopped looking like an elephant. And finally there's the part of trying to have the feature stand out on it's own amidst a field of red sandstone. That's where the choice of opening up the aperture came in, to blur the background just enough so the elephant stands out ever so slightly.