Vultures are a pretty common sight in the African wild, and they tend to gather where carnivores are present, being predominantly scavengers of carrion. The Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus) is quite prolific in the Mana Pools National Park, despite being listed as endangered in some publications. They are usually present where there are wild dogs or any kill and often alert observers to the presence of a kill. These two birds took off when disturbed by the photographer.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III / EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/6400 sec; f/5; ISO 640; 170mm)
Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Elliott Erwitt is a French born photographer whose family emigrated from Europe to the United States in the shadow of the Second World War. He commenced his photographic career in the Army while serving in France and Germany, after the war, in the 1950’s, and he eventually ventured into freelance work. He is often categorised as an advertising and documentary photographer, known for his black and white candid shots of ironic and absurd everyday events and a master of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment”. One of his passions was photography of dogs, for which he published a few books of his works. Erwitt is credited with the following quotation:
“Making pictures is a very simple act. There is no great secret in photography…schools are a bunch of crap. You just need practice and application of what you’ve learned. My absolute conviction is that if you are working reasonably well the only important thing is to keep shooting…it doesn’t matter whether you are making money or not. Keep working, because as you go through the process of working things begin to happen.”
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