It’s a little unusual to see a Waterbuck (Kobus Ellipsiprymnus – Shona: dhumukwa; Ndebele: isidumuka) lying down. This bull was happy to continue resting and poses well in front of an old termite mound overgrown with mop like shrub. Batchelor males normally group together, but this bull was alone. Separation of male offspring from the maternal herd takes place as soon as the horns begin to develop, often provoked by territorial males. Young males join bachelor herds where the grow to maturity.
Population Trend : Decreasing; Threat: Least Concern – Source IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4III; 1/320 sec; f/5.0; ISO 640; 260mm)
Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Digital Photography Terms
Golden Hour is a period of time after sunrise and before sunset in which wildlife and landscape photographers achieve amazing results due to the warmth of the light and reduced contrast. The cast of long shadows is a tell-tale sign of early morning or later afternoon photography. Landscape images reveal greater texture during the golden hour.
“A kind of golden hour one remembers for a life time… Everything was touched with magic.”
– Margaret Bourke-White
The Waterbuck (Kobus Ellipsiprymnus – Shona: dhumukwa; Ndebele: isidumuka), with its distinctive white hoop on its rump, is a hardy antelope which is fairly well distributed in East and Central Africa. It is the most water reliant of the antelope and less able to withstand dehydration in extremely hot conditions. Its habitat will usually extend to grazing land near water. While mostly a grazer, it will browse on available herbage, particular during the dry season when grasses may be in short supply.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/180 sec; f/5.6; ISO 320; 349mm)
Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
A-Z of Photography
Kelvin Scale is a measurement of the visible light spectrum and is usually described as colour temperature as applied to different emission sources. Photographic “normal daylight” may be expressed in kelvins (K) and is usually gauged at about 5,500K, while tungsten light may emit at lower temperatures. Colour temperature during the “golden hour” is around 3,500K and is certainly considered by many the best time for wildlife photography.
“I expect to retire to a fine-grained heaven where the temperatures are always consistent, where the images slide before ones eyes in a continual cascade of form and meaning.”
– Ansel Adams
This was the first time that I have spotted a Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus), in this case a juvenile, in the Mana Pools National Park. This bird of prey may be found in most of southern Africa. It is mainly a savannah species, although some suggest is more common in mountainous areas, but in fact may be found in all habitats, including desert and forest areas. This image, in a typical pose atop a dead tree, shows from where, generally, this bird swoops down on its prey; mostly small mammals and game birds.
(Canon 7D; f/11; 1/750sec; ISO-320; 400mm)
Picture ©2013 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
The most successful time to dabble in wildlife image capture is during the earliest and last hours of the day, commonly known as the golden hours. The earliest and very latest minutes of this range of light present challenges which can be met with that little adjustment of ISO for higher ‘gain’. There is conflict, for example, between your slowest exposure levels and capturing a moving animal, say at a predator kill, where it is sacrilege to use your flash!
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