Stretching in the Larder

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A bull elephant honing its food collection skills, which is a common sight in Mana Pools. That tree, Acacia Galpinii (also known as Monkey Thorn), which grows in riverine woodlands, is a favourite for pachyderms in the park. Those apparently sweet leaves will be bursting out in abundance during the spring, the tree will flower and six months later the pods will fall, another favourite delicacy of the elephant. This particular elephant actually lifts itself onto its hind legs and stretches higher into the tree for food. His skills are renowned, not only to photographers, but to the many other elephants which follow him on his feeding route.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/4.5 L IS II USM; 1/2000 sec; f/5.6; ISO 1250; 170mm)

Picture ©2018 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography


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Boswell Rising

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The majestic elephant (Loxodonta africana) they call Boswell, an iconic beast, and one of the few elephants in the area, in which he was photographed, that rises up on its hind quarters to feed from the higher branches of trees. This time ‘our Boswell’ is caught with a glimpse of morning light on his belly.  A personal favourite!
Population Trend : Increasing; Threat: VulnerableSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/3000 sec; f/6.7; ISO 1600; 1001mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Bicubic Interpolation comes about during the studio process and is generally associated with the enlargement of a digital image which involves the insertion of new pixels that, in case of bicubic interpolation, calculate their attributes from the nearest surrounding eight pixels. This method of enlargement creates more contrast thus setting off the effect of blurring which may occur with the process. Photo processing software usually provides a choice between bicubic and bilinear interpolation.

“When 35mm was in full flower in this country; in the miniature’s golden thirties – photographers in the new medium became ‘experts’ overnight, full of tall talk about small grain and big enlargements. They had to, in self-defence, for in those early days of the miniature it seemed important to be technically hep, at least in conversation. Never mind the pictures! In spite of much hokum, much good came to the surface, survived the babel and exerted an influence that has since benefitted all photography.”

– Jacob Deschin

Bountiful Boswell

Boswell_2015_08_22_8580One of the more iconic bull elephants (Loxodonta africana), simply know as Boswell, along with a young male, busy feasting on a branch torn from an Albida tree. Boswell, who has been collared (ostensibly for his protection), suffered an injury to his tail and lost the whisk of hairs at its tip. He is well known for his circus antics (he derives his name from the famous Southern African circus “Boswell and Wilkie”), and can be found lifting himself up on his hind legs, to get to the tastiest morsels in the upper branches of the trees he feeds upon. He probably consumes as much as 300kg of vegetation each day, and usually attracts a following of feed beneficiaries.  This image was taken in the dappled shade of an Albida tree in the middle of the day.
(Canon EOS 7D / EF24-105mm; 1/250 sec; f/10; ISO 320; 40mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

A-Z of Photography

X Synchonisation is a camera flash mode that activates a flash that has instantaneous peak light output. This is generally a real time setting that causes the flash to burst in synchronisation or instantaneously as the shutter opens and is usually associated with flashes remote from the camera.

“I always kept my equipment down to a minimum two cameras, each with three lenses, a flash that would clip onto the camera body, and one assistant. I did not want to spend time thinking about hardware; I wanted that time to concentrate on the girl and the world around her.”

– Helmut Newton – 2000

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Simply Boswell

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Mana Pools has a few iconic elephants (Loxodonta africana) which have acquired names and this one is Boswell, renowned for posing on his hind legs to enable browsing in the upper branches. For some strange reason this elephant has been collared. Some would believe this is for Boswell’s protection, but that argument does not hold water. Hopefully the authorities will see through this, but this beast has already been darted three time in the last year, twice for collaring (the first was put on too tightly) and secondly for treatment of his injured tail in circumstances which some suggest were ‘dodgy’.
(Canon EOS 7D / EF24-105mm IS USM; 1/60 sec; f/16; ISO 320; 55mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Photography Quotes
The American photographer Jay Maisel studied painting and graphic design and ventured into photography in 1954. He is best known for capturing the light, colour, and gesture found in every day life using the absolute minimal of equipment often restricting himself to a single lens on a shoot. He is attributed with this quotation:

“If the light is great in front of you, you should turn around and see what it is doing behind you. – Jay Maisel”