Hippos in a Pod


Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), 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

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

Lone Impala Framed

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An Impala (Aepyceros melampus) ram, protecting his patch, is framed on the flood plain, with the haze saturating through the trees, giving off a misty aura, in the beauty of an early Mana Pools morning. It does not get better.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III / EF100-400mm IS II USM +1.4x III; 1/160 sec; f/9; ISO 640; 560mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

A-Z of Photography
Zoom lenses, also known as parfocal lenses, maintain focus when the focal length is changed, giving rise to the term zoom-creep in some lenses when the lens is pointed up or downwards (overcome by some manufacturers with zoom ring resistance adjustments). Some lenses are varifocal, losing focus during zooming, so zoom creep can be a serious annoyance. Zoom lenses suffer loss of image resolution at the extremes of their focal length.

“One glibly despises the photographer who zooms in on the starving child or the dying soldier without offering help. Writing is not different.”

– Alan Bennett – 2006

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Stuck in darkest Africa, lost in the wild and loving it! Don’t let me out of here…

The King

King_2015_08_23_9061A lion (Panthera leo) pauses for the moment in the early morning sun. Seemingly, this lion, and the pride accompanying it, were not too successful in the hunt during the night and they were still looking for potential. The pride moved into a near-by thicket where they laid up for the day. This male was under threat from an incursion by other males into its domain, so food was not the only thing on its mind. Males are more successful in reproduction when operating in coalitions of normally two, sometimes three males, but their careers are brief with pride tenure lasting as little as two years. Their prime age for tenure is between 5 and 9 years and those beyond that rarely contribute to the gene pool.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III / EF100-400mm IL II USM; 1/400 sec; f/8; ISO 500; 349mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Photography Quotes

The German born Helmet Newton acquired his passion for photography and his first camera as a youngster in Berlin, which city he was eventually force to flee due to his Jewish ancestry. He ended up in Singapore working for the Straits Times as a portrait photographer, but was interned by the British and sent to Australia. Here he obtained British citizenship and after the war, set up a studio in fashionable Flinders Lane in Melbourne, and established himself as a fashion photographer eventually going into partnership with Henry Talbot. Newton later went on to live in London and later Paris working for leading fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, by which time he was venturing into glamour, nude and sometimes erotic photography. He is attributed with this quotation:

“Some people’s photography is an art. Not mine. Art is a dirty word in photography. All this fine art crap is killing it already.”

Simply Kudu

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There is just something about the Kudu (Tragelaphus stepsiceros) which everyone seems to warm to, especially when captured in the fine setting of the forest area in Mana Pools during the early morning light. These antelope were particularly alert to their surrounds as a pride of lions passed through the area. The kudu is a gregarious herder and non-territorial, typically comprising two to three cows with their young. They normally mate towards the end of the rains and have a gestation period of 9 months. The bulls normally shift away from cow groups during the rainy season which seems to coincide with the nursery period.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III / EF100-400mm IS MkII USM; 1/200 sec; f/5.6; ISO 320; 400mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Photography Quotes

Chelsea Roberson is an American photojournalist weaned on a “The Bison”, a publication belonging to the liberal arts university, Harding based in Searcy, Arkansas. She lives and breathes photography and is presently based in Southern California. Chelsea is attributed with this interesting quote:

“There’s no rhyme or reason to what makes a great photo. Most of the time it is pure chance and a quick shutter finger, but other times it is planning, ingenuity and sometimes even stalking”