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

Majestic Stroll

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A healthy buffalo (Syncerus caffer) bull strolls with majestic grace across a parched opening, displaying its magnificent boss to observers. As formidable as they may seem, these buffalo bulls are more vulnerable to predators than those which remain in the herds. There is no mobbing defence outside the herds. Most males depart from breeding herds between 10 and 13 years of age.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/EF70-200mm IS USM +1.4x III; 1/2,000 sec; f/4.0; ISO 800; 255mm)

Picture ©2014 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Photography Quotes
Aaron Siskind is an American photographer who followed his passion for abstract expressionism with his camera. He focused on nature and architecture creating images from flat surfaces. His first camera was received as a wedding present and his honeymoon was spent taking photographs. He was a socially conscious photographer and produced a series of images about life, the “Harlem Document” being the most renowned.

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured foreverÖ It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”

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Buffalo Signs

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A number of buffaloes (Syncerus caffer) stop and look back at the photographer, perhaps an indication for the intruder not to venture any closer. The lead animal here seems to be smelling the air although the posture is typically agonistic of buffalo.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III /EF200-400mm IS II USM EXT; 1/640 sec; f/13; ISO 1250; 560mm)

Picture ©2014 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips

The further away the subject, the greater is the depth of field. When using the largest aperture available and image shot 1m away will have a narrow 1cm depth of field… at 25m the depth of field increased to 11m – you should get to know the broader depth of field parameters of the lenses you use.

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