A skittish female herd of elephants (Loxodonta africana) skirting a water pan sense the presence of a well camouflaged photographer by ‘air snorkelling’. Elephants enjoy an incredible sense of smell and good hearing, while their eye sight is not perhaps their best sense. The elephants had just finished drinking and bathing in the mid-day heat; and while moving off downwind quickly sensing a potential threat. The bond between elephant cows and their young is very close. Mothers are extremely protective of their young and best avoided.
(Canon EOS 7D; f/5.6; 1/1000sec; ISO-400; 140mm)
Picture ©2013 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
It doesn’t always work for wildlife photography, but it useful to remember what they call the ‘sunny 16 rule’. On a sunny day exposure may be near perfect where the camera is set at the settings f/16 for aperture and 1/100th second exposure (ISO 100) for landscape photography without reference to your metering system. Opening up the aperture another f/stop calls for a one step increase in exposure speed. Theoretically the exposure should be just as excellent.