Beak Licking

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A little Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) licking its lips after downing a minnow. This bird is a common resident of the pools at Mana. The Pied Kingfisher is not a migratory bird and is one of the more populous of the kingfisher family. It can be seen throughout the year and is a noisy bird, hard to miss.
Population Trend : Unclear;  Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/ EF100-400 IS USM; 1/1500 sec; f/5.6; ISO 3200; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Tone is a term which indicates the darkness or lightness of an area of an image and the range between the two extremes giving rise to tonality or tonal range. A highly contrasted image is regarded as high contrast… the other end of the range, low contrast, which is synonymous with flatness. Tone can also be expressed in terms of temperature too, with blue tones denoting coldness and red the opposite.

“Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships! ”

– Ansel Adams

 

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Impala: Paradigm of Perfection

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Two impala antelope (Aepyceros melampus) pose beautifully for the photographer. The impala is the paradigm of perfection in itself being one of the most efficient grazer/browser antelopes in Africa, yet the most common and probably the least photographed.
(Canon 50D; f/5.6; 1/250sec; ISO-640; 285mm)

Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Sentinel Bull

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This Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) was one of the lead sentinels in a small herd. Herding is an anti-predator behaviour in which the buffalo is considered more safe than perhaps the loan bachelor or old ‘dagga boy’ which are more susceptible to being taken by predators than herd members. Herds fleeing from predators actually crowd in thus making it harder for predators to select an individual quarry. Another common defense of buffalo in a herd is ‘mobbing’ and there are many reported incidents of lions being mobbed, before and after they kill.
Population Trend : Decreasing; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/ EF100-400 IS USM; 1/500 sec; f/5.6; ISO 640; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Saturation in photography refers to the attribute of observed colour in an image, or the percentage of hue. The greater the perceived saturation the more vivid or stronger they seem while dull, and weak colours are considered desaturated. In post-processing, pushing the saturation will make the image look unnatural.

“Your tripod and your camera must be well-fixed but your eyes and mind should be free. ”

– Lawrence Sackmann

 

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Greater Kudu

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A greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) stands majestic, as if on parade, staring at the photographer. While the kudu’s ears are large, thus providing excellent hearing capacity, they also serve to cool its body in its generally intensely hot environment, through a capillaries which give the ears their pinkish colour. No fireworks photography here, this is very much a record shot.
(Canon 7D; f/7,1; 1/125sec; ISO-200; 285mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Peek a Boo

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Vervet monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops) peeping through the fork of a tree, before making his escape. This primate is one of the few monkeys which escaped the rain forest and exploded in distribution within the Savanna, throughout most of sub Saharan Africa. Omnivorous Vervets remain dependent upon woodlands for food and are usually more at home in riverine vegetation. Not a great image, being difficult to capture due to exposure issues.
Population Trend : Stable; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/ EF100-400 IS USM; 1/750 sec; f/5.6; ISO 320; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Stopping Down is the act of changing the lens aperture to a smaller opening, thus restricting light and expanding depth of field.

“Sometimes itís hard not to think of photography as an act of aggression. Youíre stopping people from the flow of their lives, youíre cropping them from the space in which they live and have their meaning, youíre juxtaposing them to something they didnít know they were next to.”

– John Rosenthal

 

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