Sentinel Bull

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This Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) was one of the lead sentinels in a small herd. Herding is an anti-predator behaviour in which the buffalo is considered more safe than perhaps the loan bachelor or old ‘dagga boy’ which are more susceptible to being taken by predators than herd members. Herds fleeing from predators actually crowd in thus making it harder for predators to select an individual quarry. Another common defense of buffalo in a herd is ‘mobbing’ and there are many reported incidents of lions being mobbed, before and after they kill.
Population Trend : Decreasing; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/ EF100-400 IS USM; 1/500 sec; f/5.6; ISO 640; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Saturation in photography refers to the attribute of observed colour in an image, or the percentage of hue. The greater the perceived saturation the more vivid or stronger they seem while dull, and weak colours are considered desaturated. In post-processing, pushing the saturation will make the image look unnatural.

“Your tripod and your camera must be well-fixed but your eyes and mind should be free. ”

– Lawrence Sackmann

 

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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

Browsing Kigelia

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A buffalo (Syncerus caffer) herd moving to water pauses for a short while to browse on the flowers of the Sausage Tree (Kigelia africana), a favourite at this time of the year (October).
Population Trend : Decreasing; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/500 sec; f/5.6; ISO 640; 200mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

The World of Lenses
Wide Angle Lenses are those lens which range between 21 and 35mm and is used in compositions which need more of the scene to be included in the photograph. Wide Angle lenses have an important role in landscape and architectural photography, making full use of their wider field of view, and is a favourite of the crime scene photographer and interior design imaging. The wide the lens the greater the tendency of the lens to magnify the distance between objects and introduce perspective distortion.

“Contradictions of perspective. Contrasts of light. Contrasts of form. Points of view impossible to achieve in drawing and painting. Foreshortenings with a strong distortion of the objects, with a crude handling of matter. Moments altogether new, never seen before… compositions whose boldness outstrips the imagination of painters… Then the creation of those instants which do not exist, contrived by means of photomontage. The negative transmits altogether new stimuli to the sentient mind and eye.”

– Alexander Rodchenko

Buffalo Herd

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The early morning movement of a Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) herd is captured from the apparent safety of a fallen tree, but the sentinel beast was very much aware of the photographer’s presence. This herd appears to be moving slowly from water, which they usually take at least once in 24 hours.
Population Trend : Decreasing; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM +1.4x III; 1/500 sec; f/5.6; ISO 640; 170mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

The World of Lenses
Standard Lenses are fixed focal range lenses which fall typically in the range between 35mm and 70mm, usually with a wide aperture, and are commonly referred to as natural lenses. Theses lenses have an angle of view similar to the human eye, and the images they produce are said to be natural. Henri Cartier-Bresson, realising this, did most of his work with a 50mm lens. Fixed focal length lenses are the favourite of street photographers, landscapers and portrait snappers, and their use is often telling of a photographer’s capability.

“I decided to get into wildlife photography. In many ways it’s harder than other forms of picture taking, but when you finally get that shot you’ve been trying for, it’s a wonderful and rewarding feeling. ”

– David Young

Watering Buffalo

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Buffaloes (Syncerus caffer) need to go to water at least once in every 24 hours and will consume up to 35 litres during a single drinking session of between five to seven minutes. Rarely, one might observe a buffalo wallowing in water and when you do, it will be a dominant male most likely to do so, and that will involve a lot of digging and mud tossing in the mud beside the water rather than in the water. This was a challenging capture from an exposure perspective.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF70-200mm IS II USM + 1.4x III; 1/800 sec; f/8; ISO 400; 560mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

A-Z of Photography
Shutter devices in the camera, which determine the amount of light that may fall on film or sensor in a specific instant of time are probably the single most important control in the photographer’s toolkit. Their variable speed, and association with lens aperture, offer many creative options and allow photography in several unique circumstances. Shutter speeds, ranging from fully open to 1/4,000 second in some modern cameras, regulate image output and effect. Camera shutters come in two varieties, a leaf shutter and a focal plane shutter.

“A photographer’s eye is perpetually evaluating. A photographer can bring coincidence of line simply by moving his head a fraction of a millimetre. He can modify perspectives by a slight bending of the knees. By placing the camera closer to or farther from the subject, he draws a detail. But he composes a picture in very nearly the same amount of time it takes to click the shutter, at the speed of a reflex action”

– Henri Cartier-Bresson