Sentinel Bull

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This Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) was one of the lead sentinels in a small herd. Herding is an anti-predator behaviour in which the buffalo is considered more safe than perhaps the loan bachelor or old ‘dagga boy’ which are more susceptible to being taken by predators than herd members. Herds fleeing from predators actually crowd in thus making it harder for predators to select an individual quarry. Another common defense of buffalo in a herd is ‘mobbing’ and there are many reported incidents of lions being mobbed, before and after they kill.
Population Trend : Decreasing; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/ EF100-400 IS USM; 1/500 sec; f/5.6; ISO 640; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Saturation in photography refers to the attribute of observed colour in an image, or the percentage of hue. The greater the perceived saturation the more vivid or stronger they seem while dull, and weak colours are considered desaturated. In post-processing, pushing the saturation will make the image look unnatural.

“Your tripod and your camera must be well-fixed but your eyes and mind should be free. ”

– Lawrence Sackmann

 

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

Greater Kudu

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A greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) stands majestic, as if on parade, staring at the photographer. While the kudu’s ears are large, thus providing excellent hearing capacity, they also serve to cool its body in its generally intensely hot environment, through a capillaries which give the ears their pinkish colour. No fireworks photography here, this is very much a record shot.
(Canon 7D; f/7,1; 1/125sec; ISO-200; 285mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Peek a Boo

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Vervet monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops) peeping through the fork of a tree, before making his escape. This primate is one of the few monkeys which escaped the rain forest and exploded in distribution within the Savanna, throughout most of sub Saharan Africa. Omnivorous Vervets remain dependent upon woodlands for food and are usually more at home in riverine vegetation. Not a great image, being difficult to capture due to exposure issues.
Population Trend : Stable; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/ EF100-400 IS USM; 1/750 sec; f/5.6; ISO 320; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Stopping Down is the act of changing the lens aperture to a smaller opening, thus restricting light and expanding depth of field.

“Sometimes itís hard not to think of photography as an act of aggression. Youíre stopping people from the flow of their lives, youíre cropping them from the space in which they live and have their meaning, youíre juxtaposing them to something they didnít know they were next to.”

– John Rosenthal

 

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

Elephants Gathering for a Pint

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Another old image with four Elephants (Loxodonta africana) on the flood plain along the Zambezi River joining each other for a quiet discussion and a drink. It is quite common for herds of elephant to traverse the River between Zimbabwe and Zambia, without having to go through passport control.
(Canon 50D; f/5.6; 1/250sec; ISO-500; 210mm)

Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Warthogs

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The warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) is well distributed throughout Sub-Saharan and Central Africa and is apparently the only pig which has adapted for grazing in savanna habitats. During the dry season the warthog relies more on underground rhizomes, bulbs and tubers. This pig is also unique in that it grazes while resting on the callouses of its carpel joints (wrists). They collect as small matriarchal social groupings. While bachelor males tend to gather together, the older males are usually solitary.
Population Trend : Decreasing; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/ EF100-400 IS USM; 1/350 sec; f/10; ISO 640; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Refractive Index is a term used to describe the effect of a lens causing light to bend, based on the velocity of light in a vacuum to its velocity in a specific medium (such as glass). This determines the amount of light reflected and the angle of the internal reflection.

“Amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about money, masters worry about light, I just take pictures. ”

– Vernon Trent