Impala Harem

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A herd of Impala (Aepyceros melampus) ewes, posing with grace, blending with the colour of the surrounding bush. This antelope is a major food source for predators.  Impala defenses include an acute sense of hearing, sight and smell, scattering the herd to create confusion, their speed and ability to leap both high and far when under immediate threat.
Population Trend : Stable; Threat: Least Concern – Source IUCN
(Canon EOS 50D/ EF-S18-200mm; 1/2000 sec; f/5.6; ISO 1250; 200mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Juxtaposition occurs when there are two or more elements, usually side by side, in a frame that either contrast or contribute towards the overall theme on an image, to bring our a specific quality of create an effect.

“What my eyes seek in these encounters is not just the beauty traditionally revered by wildlife photographers. The perfection I seek in my photographic composition is a means to show the strength and dignity of animals in nature.”

– Frans Lanting

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Kissing Elephants

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Two elephants (Loxidonta Africana) enjoy an early morning ‘snog’; and they are both boys, apparently. The third bull elephant seems to be wandering off in disgust or simple pure jealousy. It is not unusual for elephants to entwine their trunks, it is a form of handshake, but a whole lot more sensory. Twinning is often initiated by the younger bull inserting its trunk tip into the mouth of the other of different rank (or pecking order), evidently derived from calves placing their trucks in their mother’s mouths. The trunk is an amazing organ used to smell (olfactory), breath, draw water and manipulate. In this case the process is a bonding between the two bulls. Another 06:00am shot in Mana Pools.
(Canon 7D; f/5,6; 1/160sec; ISO-640; 100mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Steely Eyes

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Occasionally, one accidentally encounters events a little too close for comfort. Make no mistake, you will be warned off most aggressively if you stumble upon a pride male. Thank goodness for long lenses, but even then this lion (Pathera leo) was just a touch too close. His look, with those steely eyes, was perhaps more sharply focused on my neck than the camera was on him. Discretion dictated careful retreat.
Population Trend : Declining; Threat: VulnerableSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 50D/ EF-S18-200mm; 1/60 sec; f/5.6; ISO 200; 200mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Inverse square law determines the diminishing luminance of items in an image depending on their distance in relation to the light source and the subject. It is most relevant with off camera lighting and it teaches us how light works over distance and why the distance between the photographer’s light source and the subject being photographed is so important.

“Light is the photographic medium par excellence; it is to the photographer what words are to the writer; color and paint to the painter; wood, metal, stone, or clay to the sculptor. ”

– Andreas Feininger

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Wild Dogs Gorging – Republished

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This image was probably the most difficult of a recent trip. We had been following a pack of wild dog (Lycaon pictus) as they went about their hunt. A small part of the pack isolated an impala antelope and gave chase, successfully bringing it down just off the Zambezi River flood plain. The light was fading… one had to gallop with camera 200m to get to the vantage point from which this was taken. After a hard run, the excitement of the opportunity, and taking this image without a tripod, not to mention the dogs kicking up dust, this series of shots was only asking for failure. Fortunately a old fallen tree provided stability for a hard breathing photographer. The dogs nearly consumed the entire antelope in the period it took the photographer to run 200m.
(Canon 7D; f/5,6; 1/125sec; ISO-400; 360mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Caught Napping

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Elephants (Loxondonta africana) take frequent naps, but most often on four legs. They actually sleep for a remarkably short time in the wild, some say two to three hours a day, and only sleep lying down once in every three to four days. We stumbled upon this pachyderm, fast asleep in the prone position.
Population Trend : Stable; Threat: VulnerableSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/180 sec; f/6.7; ISO 320; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Hyperfocal Distance is the distance to the nearest items in a scene when the lens is set to infinity.

“What the Photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the Photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially”

– Roland Barthes

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