Breakfast with a Baboon

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Two species which are often found together are the baboon (Papio cynocephalus) and the impala antelope (Aepyceros melampusShona: mhara; Ndebele: ipala ). Here the young male impala appears to be in community with the baboon over breakfast. Some suggest a symbiotic relationship between these two animals. Impala have been observed to be more ‘approachable’ in the presence of a baboon troop, perhaps providing a false sense of security, and such troops will often sound the alarm when predators are present (basically an early warning system for the impala). Some have observed that grazing impala often unearth grubs and insects which baboons will feed on. A strange relationship, since it is not unknown for baboons to grab young impala calves, mutilate and eat them.
(Canon 7D; f/6.3; 1/250sec; ISO-200; 400mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography


Male Impala Lock Horns

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Two male impala antelopes (Aepyceros melampusShona: mhara; Ndebele: ipala ) lock horns in a tussle during the lambing period, when most male impala spar with each other to move up the mating queue. It is a process of establishing a fighting category, which apparently determines mating precedence. Rank surely does have its privileges. This was a fleeting battle between the two giving an opportunity shot for split seconds before they each ‘bomb shelled’ in different directions. There was no knowing who won. Impala are the more prolific variety of antelope in southern African parks and a common source of protein for carnivores.
(Canon 50D; f/5,6; 1/250sec; ISO-100; 380mm)

Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Impala: Paradigm of Perfection

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Two impala antelope (Aepyceros melampusShona: mhara; Ndebele: ipala ) pose beautifully for the photographer. The impala is the paradigm of perfection in itself being one of the most efficient grazer/browser antelopes in Africa, yet the most common and probably the least photographed.
(Canon 50D; f/5.6; 1/250sec; ISO-640; 285mm)

Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Impala Harem


A herd of Impala (Aepyceros melampusShona: mhara; Ndebele: ipala ) ewes, posing with grace, blending with the colour of the surrounding bush. This antelope is a major food source for predators.  Impala defenses include an acute sense of hearing, sight and smell, scattering the herd to create confusion, their speed and ability to leap both high and far when under immediate threat.
Population Trend : Stable; Threat: Least Concern – Source IUCN
(Canon EOS 50D/ EF-S18-200mm; 1/2000 sec; f/5.6; ISO 1250; 200mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Juxtaposition occurs when there are two or more elements, usually side by side, in a frame that either contrast or contribute towards the overall theme on an image, to bring our a specific quality of create an effect.

“What my eyes seek in these encounters is not just the beauty traditionally revered by wildlife photographers. The perfection I seek in my photographic composition is a means to show the strength and dignity of animals in nature.”

– Frans Lanting

Waterbuck Exile


An Impala ram strolls past two male Waterbuck (Kobus EllipsiprymnusShona: dhumukwa; Ndebele: isidumuka), that seem to be bonding, yet could well be joisting, while catching the last rays of sunshine filtering through the canopy. Young waterbuck males are usually driven from the herd into exile at that tender stage just past weaning and this could be the herd bull doing just that in a gentle way. The youngster will hang about within the vicinity of the herd until he bonds with a bachelor group of sub-adult males, and then make his own way in life. The waterbuck is low risk, but conservation dependent with populations declining (assessed to be circa 105 thousand in the wild).
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/250 sec; f/5.6; ISO 320; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

A-Z of Photography

Bokeh is a Japanese term (derived from boke) that refers to the pleasing or aesthetic quality of the blur in the out of focus part of a photograph, and is a subjective aspect of the image. It is sometime defined as the way a lens renders out of focus points of light. With some skill, photographers can achieve creative images with impact using just the image bokeh.

“I came from the outside, the rules of photography didn’t interest me… there were things you could do with a camera that you couldn’t do with any other medium… grain, contrast, blur, cock-eyed framing, eliminating or exaggerating grey tones and so on. I thought it would be good to show what’s possible, to say that this is as valid of a way of using the camera as conventional approaches.”

– William Klein