Baby Waterbuck

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This rather donkey like, young Waterbuck (Kobus EllipsiprymnusShona: dhumukwa; Ndebele: isidumuka) seems to be detached from the herd, bathing in the last warm rays of sunshine during the late afternoon. This species is very common in Mana Pools and confines its territory to near water remaining within about 2km of principle water features. The animal often seeks refuge in water when chased by predators. Common myth is that predators avoid the Waterbuck because it secretes a foul smelling, oily substance into its coat, but the antelope is still hunted and eaten by carnivores.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/640 sec; f/5.6; ISO 320; 400mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

A-Z of Photography

An Objective, in the photography context, is an optical system containing a combination of lenses that receive and direct light to form an image on a focal plane, and usually comprises optical glass, being of a high quality and colour-free with specific refractive qualities.

“Photographers have for a long time been gazing with hypnotic absorption at this mechanical-optical marvel, the camera. Let them lift their eyes and consider that which is in front of the camera. There awaits the model – Mona Lisa in the person of Mary Jones. What are they going to do with her? It would be well if photographers could forget for a while the expensive camera and it’s marvellous insides and the impressive array of chemicals in the closet under the stairs, and concentrate solely and definitely on the model. For it is through the model – whether it be a goat or a duchess – that life is made to stir in the dead substance of the picture.”

– William Mortensen 1937