Battle of the Bulge

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The smaller water pans in Mana Pools are often occupied by a single hippopotamus or two and not quite the larger pods we associate with the nearby, bigger pools and rivers. When other pans in the area begin to dry up, some beasts will migrate from pan to pan looking for a new place to settle, giving rise to sometimes unwanted visitors. The unwelcome guest on the left seemed determined to move in and the consequent squabble erupted. Much gnashing of teeth, wallowing and noise endured. By all accounts the “squatter” eventually enjoyed his rights. As they say, sharing is caring.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/4.5 L IS II USM; 1/2000 sec; f/5.6; ISO 1250; 180mm)

Picture ©2018 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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Hippo Rising

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Hippo pod squabbles and rising are quite common and noisy too. This pod was captured on camera shortly prior to last light, when hippos generally stir before leaving the pan in search of food. Something disturbed the hippo raising its head. Just another early evening at Long Pool, Mana Pools National Park.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/2.8L IS II USM; 1/750 sec; f/5.6; ISO 320; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

This image, and others of your selection, can be acquired from the author printed on fine art canvas of photographic paper for wall mounting.

Steaming Up

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This Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius – Shona: Mvuu; Ndebele: Mvubu), apparently the loan resident of this small pan, rises to blow out his nostrils and make his presence known. He is just a little too close for comfort. Hippos do not swim or float, but resurface ever 3 to 5 minutes to take in air and, apparently, they even rise to take a breath when asleep! An amazing, but dangerous beast, the Hippo is the third largest land mammal in Africa.
Population Trend : Decreasing; Threat: VulnerableSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4III; 1/160 sec; f/4.5; ISO 360; 280mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Effective Focal Length EFL is an optical measure of the angle of view and magnification of different lenses being expressed as the distance from the front to the rear principal planes of the lens.

“Around the age of thirty it struck me that a continuous self-focus was an act of gossip – about oneself, to oneself. Turning one’s gaze within might be an effective antidote to the national faith in material redemption, but by itself this habit of inwardness would only encourage a chattering of selves. I wanted my attention elsewhere. Photography was perfect. Its beginning entails the very discovery of elsewhere, and where it lies.”

– John Rosenthal

Hippos in a Pod

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Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius – Shona: Mvuu; Ndebele: Mvubu), often regarded as the most dangerous animal in Africa, particularly if you get in its way. At Long Pool, in the Mana Pools area, one is blessed with many a photo opportunity during the last hours as the sun casts a warm light on these beasts in the water. It is that time when Hippo begin to stir, making ready for their long trek into the surrounding veldt to eat.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/500 sec; f/5.6; ISO 320; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

A-Z of Photography

Clipping is the term referred to when the light intensity/dimness falls outside the maximum and minimum intensities that can be displayed in a digital image resulting in the loss of picture detail in the clipped area. This most commonly occurs in camera with over or under exposure. Bright or white areas of the image are usually referred to as being blown-out It is possible for a single colour channel to be clipped (out-of-gamut clipping) giving rise to an apparent discolouration of the image, and this is normally consistent with post image capture processing.

“One can consider or define the over exposed and under exposed portraits as High Key and Low Key Portraits.”

– Lakshman Iyer

Big Mouth

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A river horse (Hippopotamus amphibius – Shona: Mvuu; Ndebele: Mvubu) yawns while catching the last shards of light at Long Pool. During the early evening these beasts will stir and begin thinking about food, and the long trek to their favourite grazing spots. They travel up to 10 kilometres from water to feed and will consume as much as 70 kg in a night. This hippo is not actually yawning, it is threatening imposters taking its picture.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/500 sec; f/5.6; ISO 320; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

A-Z of Photography

Golden Ratio is based on a natural phenomenon and exploited by ancient fine artists to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing composition of their works. The mathematician, Leonardo Bonacci introduced the Fibonacci sequence from which any two successive numbers in the sequence form a constant ratio, or the Golden Ratio which approximates to 1.618 or in basic terms a 5 x 8. The spiral created by squares measured in the decreasing Fibonacci sequence may be found in many aspects of nature, giving rise to the term divine ratio..

“I wanted to combine science and photography in a sensible, unemotional way. Some people’s ideas of scientific photography is just arty design, something pretty. That was not the idea. The idea was to interpret science sensibly, with good proportion, good balance and good lighting, so we could understand it.”

– Berenice Abbott