Zebras Drinking

Zebras (Equus quaggaShona: duve) drinking at a pan. The younger animal facing the other way was a touch skittish and uneasy. The photographer was well hidden on a nearby ant hill with tree and brush coverage, yet the calf was not happy with taking a drink. Water hole competition is an issue, especially during the period before the first rains. Away to the right of the shot a couple of kudu antelope were moving in and this may have added to the general uneasiness. This is yet another shot taken close to midday; not the best time to take pictures. The composition of this shot is far from excellent, the object being slap in the middle of the frame. Cropping of the heads of the principle five zebras and converting this to monochrome provides for a more aesthetic and creative solution to composition. For that, you will have to wait until tomorrow!
(Canon 7D; f/5; 1/250sec; ISO-100; 210mm)

Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography


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  1. Hi Andrew,
    What I like about your photography are the angles you use. Too often wildlife is photographed to achieve the maximum perfection of the subject matter. Although such shots look dramatically wonderful, they seldom portray the subject matter in an ordinary setting resulting in too many perfect shots becoming ordinary!! Your shots are different inthat they show the subject how it would appear in the natural bush. Too many times I’ve taken visitors into game areas and they are “game blind”. They don’t see the game because it is not in a picture perfect setting and then when they sometimes do see are either amazed at the natural camo or disappointing at not having seen it. Your photography will help train the eye. Well done and keep up the difference!!

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