Hyena Stare

This is another old image, already published, or the mythically hermaphroditic, spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) ‘sussing’ out the photographer. Male or female, one just does not know, unless they are obviously pregnant, or in a crowd where the females tend to dominate in size. These hunter, scavenger animals are generally shy. This beast was disturbed during the early hours, just as the sun was peeping over the horizon.
(Canon 7D; f/5; 1/50sec; ISO-500; 250mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Buffalo Morning

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Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) enjoying a few Kigalia flowers while basking in the early morning sun. This small group was part of a much larger herd moving to water in the early morning. Like their domestic ‘cousins’, buffalo use a series of distinctive vocal calls to initiate herd activity, while in transit, threatened or drinking and grazing.

Population Trend : Stable; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/ EF100-400 IS USM; 1/2000 sec; f/4.5; ISO 4000; 225mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Panning is the horizontal movement of the camera, following a moving object that is kept in a constant position in the viewfinder, while taking an image, intended to give a strong sense of speed or movement.

“Only a fraction of the camera’s possibilities interests me – the marvellous mixture of emotion and geometry, together in a single instant.”

– Henri Cartier-Bresson

Hippopotamus Pod: Long Pool Mana

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Another old image rejenerated.  Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibious) pod in Long Pool at Mana during the late afternoon as the sun was setting. Hippos lack sweat glands and are unable to cool themselves outside water. They are extremely sensitive to sunburn and their bodies secrete a lymphatic fluid to help protect themselves. Some say they issue blood in place of sweat to cool themselves out of water, but this is a myth. This is one of the deadliest mammals to man in Africa.
(Canon 7D; f/5,6; 1/160sec; ISO-160; 400mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Kudu Crypsis


Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros), one of the most graceful large antelopes in the Mana Pools area, pauses in the shade of a mahogany tree. This animal often relies on crypsis (a synonym for animal camouflage and anti-predator behaviour, such as stillness) allowing close approach by the threat. Once in flight, those magnificent horns are tucked along the back of the antelope through head held high.
Population Trend : Stable; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 50D/ EF-S18-200mm; 1/1500 sec; f/6.7; ISO 1250; 400mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Lighting ratio is a measure of the difference between key light and fill light. Key light is the main source of light which casts shadows versus fill light which is the light that fills in the shadow areas. The higher the lighting ratio, the greater the contrast. Although this may be manipulate with f-stop adjustment, a more effective or practical adjustment can be achieved in post photo processing.

“When I was just starting out, I met Cartier-Bresson. He told me it was necessary to trust my instincts, be inside my work, and set aside my ego. In the end, my photography turned out very different to his, but I believe we were coming from the same place.”

– Sebastiao Salgado

Ant Heap Surprise

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This is a refresh of an image taken a few years back.  Mana Pools may deliver a few surprises now and again. One of them can be stumbling upon a pride of lions (Panthera leo) behind an ant hill. This shot presents the diagonal of the ant hill with the lion alerted to a presence, and looking directly at the camera lens. While it may be reasonably well composed, technically, this is a bad shot. Taken in very poor light with incorrect settings, it was under exposed and not quite as sharp as it should be.
(Canon 50D; f/5.6; 1/80sec; ISO-800; 200mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography