These three, young, wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) were part of a larger pack, affectionately known as the Ellis Robins crowd*. They had settled in along an all but dried up river line to rest out the day before the evening hunt. Their camouflage is quite effective. Being shot in mostly shade, with speckled light filtering through the trees, this shot was not easy from a distance.
(Canon 7D; f/6,3; 1/125sec; ISO-320; 400mm)
Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
*It’s a long story…
Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
While not particularly sold on the technology, most DSLR cameras have a depth of field review button which, when pressed, will highlight the sharper elements of the image about to be taken and darken those likely to be out of focus. This facility is better utilised when the camera is set to live view. Unfortunately, wildlife photography comprises many quick opportunity shots being taken and there is little time to fiddle with some of the buttons at your disposal. Know where the depth of field review is and practice using it… you never know!