Poisonous Food

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The tip of a branch of the Lesser candelabra tree (Euphorbia cooperi) or its variant calidicola just coming into bloom. This plant occurs throughout the Zambezi Valley in wooded areas, in fact calidicola is exclusive to the Valley. It’s a toxic plant (containing rotonin), with a milky latex that is both pungent and acrid to the smell, causing serious irritation to skin exposed to the latex and even a burning sensation from its fumes if inhaled. The latex may cause blindness. The substance is known to have been used for fishing (it denies the fish oxygen and causes paralysis). Yet, it is on record that the candelabra tree is a favourite of the rhinoceros, which once roamed the Zambezi Valley, but since decimated by poaching. In more arid regions of Namibia the Euphobia is a staple for the rhino’s survival.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM + 1.4x III; 1/320 sec; f/8; ISO 640; 400mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

A-Z of Photography
Vignetting may be entire intentional (in fact some may use vignetting filters in their compositions) or unintended underexposure on the corners and edges of an image. An unwanted vignetting is usually caused by an inappropriate lens hood or object which partially blocks the field of view. This was a technique used during printing to achieve a full exposure of the central area of the image with fading or darkening edges, and was at one time common with portrait work. The term is derived from the French vignete (diminutive of vigne or vine).

“But also to me, the Holga, the way these images are, that they are sharp in the centre and they vignette in the corners is more how we really see. When you’re looking at the world, you’re not seeing a scene that is sharp all the way to the edges and bright all the way to the edges and has straight lines. You’re seeing something sharp in the centre and then the rest of it is all kind of blurring out.”

– Michelle Bates

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Stanhopea oculata


Stanhopea oculata up close. This image was captured with a fix 60mm macro lens. The orchid is quite a challenge. Despite opening up the depth of field there are still aspects in the foreground out of focus… and there is just too much clutter behind.  This is a lesson on how not to take a flower image… ah well, back to the drawing board… where is that user manual.
(Canon 7D; f/1o; 1/13sec; ISO-640; 60mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Purple Orchid


This orchid is yet to be identified by the photographer and he seeks you help in telling what it is. This is hardly a wildlife shot, since it was captured in the photographer’s front garden, but he is told that it is indigenous, it is a tree orchid of some description and is doing remarkably well on the Munondo tree (Julbernardia globiflora), or perhaps it is a Msasa tree (Brachystegia spicifomis) after all. An interesting shot to take, with a mild breeze and the closing down of aperture to extend depth of field, thus sacrificing speed to handle movement.
(Canon 7D; f/8; 1/15 sec; ISO-10o0; 60mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Cacophony of Orchids: Stanhopea oculata


There was no resisting taking this image the morning after this orchid came into bloom. Taken in shade with a 60mm macro lens, this was actually a difficult shot. The enemy of the flower photographer, operating outside the greenhouse, is wind, even a gentle breeze. With cyclones around… wind was an issue. The other enemy of this session was not setting white balance and ISO correctly and resulting in off colour and grainy images, so you see, we all do it! Two friends came to the rescue on identification of this orchid, Robin Harvey and Tony Maycock, they are both former colleagues. The orchid is a Stanhopea oculata for those who are interested.
(Canon 7D; f/9; 1/15sec; ISO-640; 60mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Orchid Unknown


This image is a small diversion from capture in the wild to capture in ‘captivity’. An orchid which has come into blossom in my garden, a beautiful flower, as all orchids are, and looking for a knowledgeable viewer to pop in and identify. This picture was captured with a 60mm macro lens… the gentle breeze was an enormous problem.
(Canon 7D; f/11; 1/2sec; ISO-100; 60mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography