Zebras Drinking

Zebra Drinking_2011_10_22_3194
Zebras (Equus quaggaShona:mbizi or duve; Ndebele: udube) drinking at a pan. The younger animal facing the other way was a touch skittish and uneasy. Water hole competition is an issue during the period before the first rains. Away to the right of the shot a couple of kudu antelope were moving in and this may have added to the general uneasiness.
(Canon 7D; f/5; 1/250sec; ISO-100; 210mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography


Steaming Up

Hippo Spray_2015_05_17_8147

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

Lioness in the River Bed

Lioness in Riverbed_2012_05_21_4057

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

Fringed Lily

Water Flower_2015_05_17_7552

It is amazing to be able to find such a pretty specimen in the middle of an area somewhat barren of bright coloured flowers, but if you look closely, about a water pan, you are in for a surprise. This image was taken in May at a pan in Mana Pools.  The flower is actually quite tiny.  Bart Wursten kindly identifies this plant as a species from the small aquatic family Menyanthaceae being Nymphoides either forbesiana (probably) or thunbergiana.
(Canon EOS 7D / EF-S60mm f/2.8 Macro; 1/15 sec; f/8; ISO 320; 60mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Diffraction is an optical effect and the scattering of light caused by deflection usually at the edges of an opaque object which may be the origin of a slight fizziness in an image, particularly when narrow apertures are used. This may limit the total resolution of the image, no matter the megapixels of the camera.

“I think the equipment you use has a real, visible influence on the character of your photography. You’re going to work differently, and make different kinds of pictures, if you have to set up a view camera on a tripod than if you’re Lee Friedlander with handheld 35 mm rangefinder. But fundamentally, vision is not about which camera or how many megapixels you have, it’s about what you find important. It’s all about ideas.”

– Keith Carter



Waterbuck Targeted

Waterbuck Targets_2016_10_15_3116

Waterbuck (Kobus EllipsiprymnusShona: dhumukwa; Ndebele: isidumuka) on the retreat, displaying their target rimmed bottoms. There are two varieties of Waterbuck that can be found long the Zambezi River, one with a white rump patch (K.e. defassa) and the other with a white elliptical ring, as in the image. The two types have hybridized in some areas. These varieties overlap along the Zambezi and in theory white rump patched antelope should be seen, but more likely north of the river.
Population Trend : Decreasing; Threat: Least ConcernSource 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
Catchlight is usually a white highlight seen in the eyes of a subject which is a reflection of the light source. The catchlight clarity and sharpness in an image is a prime indicator of focus and it is important in portraiture and often wildlife photography too. If there is no catch light, perhaps the photographer has got the lighting wrong. Positioning and shaping of the catchlight lends toward the naturalness of the subject image.

“Things always seem to clash. These portraits illustrate why I normally like photographing landscapes. No two-way conversation is necessary. Once I see what I like the most about their personality, I point and shoot. For most portraits, it is necessary to talk to the subject to develop the most cursory of relationships prior to pushing the button to expose the subjectís personality. Here the subjects only needed to wordlessly talk to me and I not to them.”

– Stephen K. Malshuk