Taguta, a term in Shona for ‘we are satisfied’, in other words, eaten ones fill. This blood stained, dirty little cub seems to have done more than having his fill. He could hardly move with his bursting tummy and was panting furiously with discomfort, but well knowing that the next meal might well be a few days off! This cub got lucky. Following a kill, the dominant lion of the pride is usually at the top of the pecking order, being irascible and piggish at the feed, followed by the lionesses and then the cubs of the pride. For cubs, the next meal is never guaranteed.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/180 sec; f/10; ISO 1000; 560mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

A-Z of Photography

Aperture is one of the fundamentals of photography and is the lens opening usually controlled by a metal leaf diaphragm that may vary the amount of light which falls on film or sensor. Aperture is calibrated in f/stops, the larger the number the smaller the aperture. Cameras allow images to be taken in aperture priority mode, which fixes the aperture, allowing the camera to set the correct shutter speed for the amount of light admitted. Aperture is critical to depth of field.

“After forty years of ingesting every aspect of photographic science and composition, I still find the camera to be an endlessly intriguing partner that challenges my imagination and knowledge. All that with only three variables of shutter speed, aperture and focal length.”

– Ralph Auletta