This image, taken at completely the wrong time of day, presents the amazing kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros – Shona: idyanyoka) in a slight different perspective to the normal ‘dog posed’ image of this antelope and shows off the beard in the mild breeze of this youngish male. The kudu is mostly a browser and feds ordinarily at night. The ears on this particular bull are cast back maybe listening for sound at its rear; or perhaps oriented into the prevailing breeze for cooling, since their ears serve this purpose too.
(Canon 7D; f/13; 1/125sec; ISO-200; 235mm)
Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Spot focus on the eyes of your subject. Your intent must always be to make a connection between your viewer and the subject of your image. The eyes are the gateway to the souls of both view and subject. The eyes must always be sharply in focus, otherwise the image may fail. If the light is right, a sliver of catch-light in the eye enhances the connection. Some suggest fill flash may achieve this, but think about the morals of and the effect on your subject before using flash.