Steaming Up

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This Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius – Shona: Mvuu; Ndebele: Mvubu), apparently the loan resident of this small pan, rises to blow out his nostrils and make his presence known. He is just a little too close for comfort. Hippos do not swim or float, but resurface ever 3 to 5 minutes to take in air and, apparently, they even rise to take a breath when asleep! An amazing, but dangerous beast, the Hippo is the third largest land mammal in Africa.
Population Trend : Decreasing; Threat: VulnerableSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4III; 1/160 sec; f/4.5; ISO 360; 280mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Effective Focal Length EFL is an optical measure of the angle of view and magnification of different lenses being expressed as the distance from the front to the rear principal planes of the lens.

“Around the age of thirty it struck me that a continuous self-focus was an act of gossip – about oneself, to oneself. Turning one’s gaze within might be an effective antidote to the national faith in material redemption, but by itself this habit of inwardness would only encourage a chattering of selves. I wanted my attention elsewhere. Photography was perfect. Its beginning entails the very discovery of elsewhere, and where it lies.”

– John Rosenthal

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Lioness in the River Bed

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After a long day, trying to find a pride of lion (Panthera leo – Shona: shumba; Ndebele: isilwane) we eventually stumbled upon this lady, taking a late afternoon nap in the shade, in the comfort of a sandy, dried up river bed.  Behind her were the rest of the pride on the edge of the river bed, basking in the late afternoon sun.  She seems to have suffered an injury to her left eye, and is probably blinded in that eye. The old boy was to the left, hidden in a thicket, and very cross at the intrusion.
(Canon 7D / EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM; f/6.3; 1/400sec; ISO-400; 360mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Mother and Child

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Elephant (Loxodonta africana) mothers develop a protective bond with their offspring so much so that if a calf wanders off, the cow will go after it and bring it to within her “safety net”. Slowly this bond changes to a leader/follower relationship with the burden of staying close to mother being on the calf.  This maternal bond lasts for many years beyond weaning.  One of Africa’s beautiful beasts and one still cannot understand how humanity has allowed its outright slaughter in Africa. Ivory Poaching and hunting has decimated half of Mozambique’s elephant population in 5 years (by 2015) and yet further by 2017 leaving a mere 5% of these magnificent mammals in the wild.
Population Trend : Increasing; Threat: VulnerableSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/ EF100-400 IS USM; 1/750 sec; f/6.7; ISO 640; 227mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Bit Depth in digital photography refers to the number of bits to record the colour of a single pixel. Colour is represented in three channels, red, green and blue with at least eight bits per colour channel, giving a bit depth of 24 bits per pixel and a colour range of over 16 million hues, tints and shades.

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the ‘play-it-safers’, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”

– Peter Lindberg

 

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Elephant in Weed Filled Pool

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An elephant (Loxodonta africana) feeds on the roots of an aquatic weed, water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) at one of the few surviving water pans at Mana Pools National Park. The general shortage of food in the area, shortly before the rains, makes water hyacinth a useful plant for the duration. Hyacinth is indigenous to South America, originating from the upper Amazon basin. It is one of the worst aquatic weeds to infest southern African water ways, out –competing indigenous aquatic plant species and causing oxygen starvation to fish and other aquatic creatures. Attempts at cleaning up this pest plant using biological controls, in the form of weevils, have partly eradicated the scourge, but its presence is still felt in most dams and still waters.
Population Trend : Increasing; Threat: VulnerableSource IUCN
(Canon 7D; f/11; 1/60sec; ISO-200; 100mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Baboons Watering

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Baboons (Papio cynocephalus) are always a treat to watch, because in some respects they reflect many of our characteristics and social behaviours. Here a small troop has arrived at a waterhole and settling in to drink.
Population Trend : Stable; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/ EF100-400 IS USM; 1/125 sec; f/10; ISO 360; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Angle of view is a measurement of how much the lens can see, usually measured in degrees. The longer the focal length of the lens, the narrower the angle of view. Typically this ranges from a fish eye lens, being at most 180 degrees, to say a 400mm lens at just 6 degrees. A zoom lens has an adjustable angle of view.

“I am not very interested in extraordinary angles. They can be effective on certain occasions, but I do not feel the necessity for them in my own work. Indeed, I feel the simplest approach can often be most effective. A subject placed squarely in the centre of the frame, if attention is not distracted from it by fussy surroundings, has a simple dignity which makes it all the more impressive.”

– Bill Brandt

 

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