Hippo Rising

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Hippo pod squabbles and rising are quite common and noisy too. This pod was captured on camera shortly prior to last light, when hippos generally stir before leaving the pan in search of food. Something disturbed the hippo raising its head. Just another early evening at Long Pool, Mana Pools National Park.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/2.8L IS II USM; 1/750 sec; f/5.6; ISO 320; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

This image, and others of your selection, can be acquired from the author printed on fine art canvas of photographic paper for wall mounting.

Elephant High Fibre Diet

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The photographer came across these two elephants chewing away at the fibres of a huge, freshly fallen Baobab tree, while hiking towards a small pan.  Fallen trees are a source of food and water during the latter part of the dry season in Mana Pools. Being on foot, the photographer could not venture too close nor work a better, more creative angle, for fear of aggravating the elephants.  This was taken in a typical Mopani forest area, just before the first rains.  Its the time when the tree sap rises and trees blossom into leaf and flower.
(Canon 7D; f/7,1; 1/160sec; ISO-100; 100mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Uber Mana

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Baboon taxi service in Mana.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/2.8L IS II USM; 1/320 sec; f/8.0; ISO 640; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

This image, and others of your selection, can be acquired from the author printed on fine art canvas or photographic paper for wall mounting.

Old Scar Face

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A cross and drooling lion (Panthera leo) focused on the photographer. Old scar face here was not very happy with the presence of paparazzi, taking images of his girls on his turf. Posed in shade with dappled sunlight during the late part of the afternoon this was the culmination of a long walk looking for the pride. He made a noisy appearance and proceeded to stare us out… he was the man in charge of the ‘Spice Girls’ in Mana Pools National Park.
(Canon 7D; f/5.6; 1/400 sec; ISO-400; 400mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

This image, and others of your selection, can be acquired from the author printed on fine art canvas or photographic paper for wall mounting.

Saddlebilled Stork

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A saddle-billed stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalenisShona: showori [all species] ) on take off. When airborne, this stork flies with neck outstretched, unlike herons, which retract their necks. These storks are usually found near water and feed just like herons with a slow, measured gait and striking at its prey with lightning speed. This stork nests in stick built structures high in trees, like most other storks and they are known to occupy Secretarybird nests occasionally.
Population Trend : Decreasing; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4III; 1/320 sec; f/14.0; ISO 640; 280mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Histograms are graphs which provide an instant guide to the contrast and exposure of an image that maps the distribution of tones from the darkest on the left to lightest on the right. It can be argued that there is no perfect histogram shape, but the photographer can easily assess, at a glance, the tonal range of the image and any clipping. Post shot processing allow one to change the shape of the histogram, thus improving contrast and exposure.

“All amateurs…think they have to have the sun at their backs. You’ll find this is wrong: If you get the sun to one side and catch the shadows, you get a ‘Rembrandt-lighted’ picture with good contrasts.”

– Frank Jay Haynes