Elephant and Impala at Sunset

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Mana Pools at sunset experiences the most extraordinary change in light and photo opportunity, but the window is often small. Frequently, this is a time when one just lowers the camera, observes, and enjoys.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/350 sec; f/5.6; ISO 1000; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

A-Z of Photography
Hyperfocal Distance is the distance of the nearest object in a composition that is acceptably sharp when the lens is focused on infinity (or the distance). Focusing on objects at the hyperfocal distance ensures sharpness of the image from half way between the photographer and the hyperfocal point into infinity. As the aperture of the camera is closed or tightened (i.e. increasing the f/stop) the hyperfocal distance is reduced.

“A landscape image cuts across all political and national boundaries, it transcends the constraints of language and culture”

– Charlie Waite

Lone Impala Framed

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An Impala (Aepyceros melampus) ram, protecting his patch, is framed on the flood plain, with the haze saturating through the trees, giving off a misty aura, in the beauty of an early Mana Pools morning. It does not get better.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III / EF100-400mm IS II USM +1.4x III; 1/160 sec; f/9; ISO 640; 560mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

A-Z of Photography
Zoom lenses, also known as parfocal lenses, maintain focus when the focal length is changed, giving rise to the term zoom-creep in some lenses when the lens is pointed up or downwards (overcome by some manufacturers with zoom ring resistance adjustments). Some lenses are varifocal, losing focus during zooming, so zoom creep can be a serious annoyance. Zoom lenses suffer loss of image resolution at the extremes of their focal length.

“One glibly despises the photographer who zooms in on the starving child or the dying soldier without offering help. Writing is not different.”

– Alan Bennett – 2006

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Stuck in darkest Africa, lost in the wild and loving it! Don’t let me out of here…

Zambezi Valley Highway

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A huge baobab tree (Adansonia digitata) sits on the side of the track, along a rough route through the Mana Pools National Park. From this point, the author walked into a water pan, one of the few not dried up at this time of the year before the first rains, about 3kms from the road to seek photo opportunities during the cooler part of the morning – circa 35°C. The return trip in the middle of the day was probably in the 40°s This image is so typical of the terrain and dry flora of the Zambezi Valley shortly before the first rains. That baobab tree produces a large egg shaped seed pod, much sought after for its contents, a powder which is known as cream of tartar, giving rise to the alternate name, tartar tree
(Canon 7D; f/11; 1/60sec; ISO-200; 100mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Valley Sunset with Elephants

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One of the most marvelous experiences one can have. A sunset on the Zambezi River flood plain with elephants. Peace on earth personified.
(Canon 50D; f/10; 1/60sec; ISO-640; 70mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
When using a tripod, avoid extending the tripod’s centre post. Rather extend the legs of the tripod before you do. This will lend to greater stability of the camera on the tripod. Where you are using a larger lens, use the lens’ L-bracket to secure the camera/lens combination to the tripod rather than just the camera’s tripod connector. This will also provide more stability. Where possible use a cable release too!

Elephants on Sandbank

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The Zambezi River presents many moods which are enhanced by the presence of life on its sandy banks. A break in the cloud cover on this unseasonably overcast day in the Zambesi Valley spreads warmth on the Zambian escarpment. The elephants swam across to the sand banks to feed on the grass.
(Canon 7D; f/13; 1/500sec; ISO-500; 200mm)

Picture ©2013 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Always remember to compose a few shots of your subject in the upright, portrait format, thus experimenting with the best composure. If you come to selling your work, it is perhaps best to shoot in both horizontal and vertical formats, but remember to include reasonable space around the subject to enable cropping by designers.