Another lioness (Panthera leo) keeps a look out at the scene of a crime (following the killing of a buffalo the previous evening) in Mana Pools National Park. This lady later commenced stalking a passing buffalo herd and gave one of the older ‘dagga boys’ a bit of sparing fun around a large tree, basically for morning sport. She was having a little bit of a bad hair day with coagulated buffalo blood in her hair and ear tips.
(Canon 50D; f/8; 1/250sec; ISO-640; 400mm)
Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Wildlife action shots need to be taken at high speeds, circa 1/2500sec plus, but be conscious of light restrictions at these fast shutter speeds. Using a fast lens (f/2.8) with a very wide aperture helps achieve this on a bright day and increasing ISO ssensitivity or using Auto ISO will adjust exposure to best advantage on duller days. Be careful that the Auto ISO does not spike too high; resulting in more grainy images, but acknowledge the potential for some creative effects if it does.