Elephants Gathering for a Pint

Another old image with four Elephants (Loxodonta africana) on the flood plain along the Zambezi River joining each other for a quiet discussion and a drink. It is quite common for herds of elephant to traverse the River between Zimbabwe and Zambia, without having to go through passport control.
(Canon 50D; f/5.6; 1/250sec; ISO-500; 210mm)

Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Caught Napping

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Elephants (Loxondonta africana) take frequent naps, but most often on four legs. They actually sleep for a remarkably short time in the wild, some say two to three hours a day, and only sleep lying down once in every three to four days. We stumbled upon this pachyderm, fast asleep in the prone position.
Population Trend : Stable; Threat: VulnerableSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/180 sec; f/6.7; ISO 320; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Hyperfocal Distance is the distance to the nearest items in a scene when the lens is set to infinity.

“What the Photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the Photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially”

– Roland Barthes

Tree Elephant

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The texture on the rump of a bull elephant (Loxodonta africana) almost blends in with the tree trunk. That skin is very tough and about 2.5cm deep on the rump and back of the beast. Nevertheless, its skin is a very sensitive system and some say the elephant can detect small insects and the delicate probing, with their trunks, of others in the herd.
Population Trend : Increasing; Threat: VulnerableSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/250 sec; f/6.7; ISO 1600; 255mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Center-weighted Mode is an automatic exposure estimate in which reflected light measured on or about the center of the viewing frame sets the general exposure of the image as a whole. Center metering is often a default setting on DSLR cameras, and especially point and shoot cameras.

“A photograph is not an accident, it is a concept. It exists at, or before, the moment of exposure of the negative”

– Ansel Adams

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

Elephant and Impala at Sunset


Mana Pools at sunset experiences the most extraordinary change in light and photo opportunity, but the window is often small. Frequently, this is a time when one just lowers the camera, observes, and enjoys.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/350 sec; f/5.6; ISO 1000; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

A-Z of Photography
Hyperfocal Distance is the distance of the nearest object in a composition that is acceptably sharp when the lens is focused on infinity (or the distance). Focusing on objects at the hyperfocal distance ensures sharpness of the image from half way between the photographer and the hyperfocal point into infinity. As the aperture of the camera is closed or tightened (i.e. increasing the f/stop) the hyperfocal distance is reduced.

“A landscape image cuts across all political and national boundaries, it transcends the constraints of language and culture”

– Charlie Waite