Buffaloes in the Dust at Dusk

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A breeding herd of Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) on the move, kicking up dust, at dusk in Mana Pools National Park. The herd would soon stop and the sentinel bulls would turn, defensively, but threateningly, to face the photographer, as if for their last portrait, before moving on with the herd. The buffalo is a highly gregarious beast favouring large herds of both bulls and cows. Older sedentary bulls normally leave the large herds and move in isolated groups of two or three animals.
(Canon EOS 7D/EF70-200mm; f/3.5; 1/750sec; ISO-800; 165mm)

Picture ©2013 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips

Always be conscious of the source of light. If you are able to, sometimes it pays to move around your subject until the light is coming in from the side, at 90degrees to the direction of the camera. The side lit subject will provide a resultant image with a much enhanced subject shape and form. Light from the side provides greater perspective and more dimension to your image. The lower the light source, i.e. at the beginning or end of the day (the golden hours), the greater these characteristics of side-light imaging will be.

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