Uber Mana

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Baboon taxi service in Mana.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/2.8L IS II USM; 1/320 sec; f/8.0; ISO 640; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

This image, and others of your selection, can be acquired from the author printed on fine art canvas or photographic paper for wall mounting.

Old Scar Face

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A cross and drooling lion (Panthera leo) focused on the photographer. Old scar face here was not very happy with the presence of paparazzi, taking images of his girls on his turf. Posed in shade with dappled sunlight during the late part of the afternoon this was the culmination of a long walk looking for the pride. He made a noisy appearance and proceeded to stare us out… he was the man in charge of the ‘Spice Girls’ in Mana Pools National Park.
(Canon 7D; f/5.6; 1/400 sec; ISO-400; 400mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

This image, and others of your selection, can be acquired from the author printed on fine art canvas or photographic paper for wall mounting.

Saddlebilled Stork

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A saddle-billed stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalenisShona: showori [all species] ) on take off. When airborne, this stork flies with neck outstretched, unlike herons, which retract their necks. These storks are usually found near water and feed just like herons with a slow, measured gait and striking at its prey with lightning speed. This stork nests in stick built structures high in trees, like most other storks and they are known to occupy Secretarybird nests occasionally.
Population Trend : Decreasing; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4III; 1/320 sec; f/14.0; ISO 640; 280mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Histograms are graphs which provide an instant guide to the contrast and exposure of an image that maps the distribution of tones from the darkest on the left to lightest on the right. It can be argued that there is no perfect histogram shape, but the photographer can easily assess, at a glance, the tonal range of the image and any clipping. Post shot processing allow one to change the shape of the histogram, thus improving contrast and exposure.

“All amateurs…think they have to have the sun at their backs. You’ll find this is wrong: If you get the sun to one side and catch the shadows, you get a ‘Rembrandt-lighted’ picture with good contrasts.”

– Frank Jay Haynes

 

 

Wild Dogs on the Hunt

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Wild dogs (Lycaon pictus – Shona: mhumhi; Ndebele: inganyana) commence their hunt during the early evening just off the Zambezi River flood plain.  This pack, has a unique member, a dog with floppy ears, leading the pack.  A vulture is aloft the pack (probably the Hooded Vulture), which shares a semi-symbiotic relationship with the pack, and is often seen standing or perching near the pack looking for feeding opportunities.  In the background is the escarpment sitting in Zambia, which often, during the evening, casts red lines across the dark horizon as bush fires burn uncontrolled through the hills.
(Canon 7D; f/8; 1/125sec; ISO-400; 105mm)

Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Waterbuck Resting

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It’s a little unusual to see a Waterbuck (Kobus EllipsiprymnusShona: dhumukwa; Ndebele: isidumuka) lying down. This bull was happy to continue resting and poses well in front of an old termite mound overgrown with mop like shrub. Batchelor males normally group together, but this bull was alone. Separation of male offspring from the maternal herd takes place as soon as the horns begin to develop, often provoked by territorial males. Young males join bachelor herds where the grow to maturity.
Population Trend : Decreasing; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4III; 1/320 sec; f/5.0; ISO 640; 260mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Golden Hour is a period of time after sunrise and before sunset in which wildlife and landscape photographers achieve amazing results due to the warmth of the light and reduced contrast. The cast of long shadows is a tell-tale sign of early morning or later afternoon photography. Landscape images reveal greater texture during the golden hour.

“A kind of golden hour one remembers for a life time… Everything was touched with magic.”

– Margaret Bourke-White