Lioness in the River Bed

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After a long day, trying to find a pride of lion (Panthera leo – Shona: shumba; Ndebele: isilwane) we eventually stumbled upon this lady, taking a late afternoon nap in the shade, in the comfort of a sandy, dried up river bed.  Behind her were the rest of the pride on the edge of the river bed, basking in the late afternoon sun.  She seems to have suffered an injury to her left eye, and is probably blinded in that eye. The old boy was to the left, hidden in a thicket, and very cross at the intrusion.
(Canon 7D / EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM; f/6.3; 1/400sec; ISO-400; 360mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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Content

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These two lionesses (Panthera leo) seem to be most content with their lot, but it is not too clear whether they have eaten or not.  Their jowls are remarkably clean, if they have fed. Other lions are still feeding on the other side of the carcass, while the rest of the pride is spread about the kill area. It would seem that these two are merely guarding the kill, perhaps against potential scavengers, the only evidence of which was encroaching Marabou Storks, gathering like undertakers a little distance off.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/500 sec; f/6.7; ISO 500; 318mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

The World of Lenses

Achromatic lenses are designed to address a problem familiar to both photographer and, believe it or not, astronomers, in telescopes. Chromatic aberration occurs when different colours focus at different distances from the lens, resulting in a soft image, often with colour fringing at high contrast edges in the image. The achromatic lens attempts to eliminate this by bringing two wavelengths (usually red and blue) into focus on the same plane. Lens manufacturers often combine refractive and diffractive optics in a lens to reduce chromatic aberration.

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.”

– Ansel Adams

Alerted Lioness

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This lioness (Panthera leo) was probably on a hunting mission with one other lioness when encountered by the photographer; and if looks could kill. They were watching over an open vlei from the shade of a tree, supposedly awaiting unsuspecting prey to cross their ambush area. A fit lion can gather speed up to 60-70 kilometres per hour in the chase, but can only maintain this for about 100m. With common antelope, like Impala, being able to achieve 80-90 kph during flight, the lion really needs an element of surprise and for its prey to encroach within 30m. Humans have no chance. The world’s fastest, Usain Bolt, reaches a mere 45 kph over 100m!
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/250 sec; f/11; ISO 320; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

A-Z of Photography

F/Stop is the setting which regulates the aperture of a camera, modifying the amount of light falling on the sensor, and the depth of field (area of focus) in an image. The f-number series is a geometric series based on a multiplication of the factor 1.4. Each f/stop change results in a doubling or halving of the light transmitted through the lens.

“After forty years of ingesting every aspect of photographic science and composition, I still find the camera to be an endlessly intriguing partner that challenges my imagination and knowledge. All that with only three variables of shutter speed, aperture and focal length.”

– Ralph Auletta

Lioness Leap

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This lioness (Panthera leo) takes a gentle leap across a tiny water course on the edge of a pan catching the back light as she does. She is clearly in top form, but just look how battered and scarred she is, no doubt from the endless hunts and feeding skirmishes over time.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III / EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/800 sec; f/5.6; ISO 640; 400mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Photography Quotes

Chris Johns, the American photojournalist, was the editor-in-chief for National Geographic Magazine up until to April 2014 and later became chief content officer for the same publication. In his early career he spent time in Africa for the magazine. He started his journalism career at daily newspapers. Johns is attributed with this quotation:

“I want my photographs to work on several levels: visually, emotionally and intellectually. I want my photojournalism to deal with the universal experience of Life, to provide insights into life. Actually, those are lofty goals which I seldom achieve”

Pause for Thought

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This lioness (Panthera leo) was lagging behind her apparently hungry pride on an early morning stroll, stopping occasionally perhaps to observe the hunting potential in the hope of a bite before settling in for the day. Usually the males of the pride lag behind, and clearly this movement of lions was transitory rather than a hunting expedition. The pride was moving towards a nearby thicket to rest up.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III / EF100-400mm IS MkII USM; 1/3200 sec; f/5.6; ISO 320; 400mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Photography Quotes
Cindy Sherman is a United States based photographer who works in series, typically photographing herself in a range of costumes, shooting alone in her studio, assuming multiple roles as author, director, make-up artist, hairstylist, wardrobe mistress, and model. In the late 1990ís she moved into motion picture directing. She is attributed with this quote:

“The still must tease with the promise of a story the viewer of it itches to be told”