Bull Elephant Charge

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What would Mana Pools be without the occasional ‘stroppy’ bull elephant (Loxodonta africana)? This young bull decided to exert his ‘territorial’ dominance with a mock charge, starting with the typical head down, trunk extended, much trumpeting and the sudden rush forward stopping short several meters, deliberately kicking up dust and flapping its ears as wide as it can. Just another day in the office! Mana Pools is at the peak of its African bush beauty following goods rains. Everything is green and the Indigofera (tinctoria) are in lush green abundance.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/EF70-200mm IS USM + 1.4x; 1/4000 sec; f/4; ISO 1000; 98mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Photography Quotes
David Bailey is a British fashion and portrait photographer who was at one time contracted to Vogue magazine. In 2001 he was awarded the OBE for his services to art and became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 2005 in recognition of his contribution to the art of photography. Bailey is attributed with the quote:

“It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.”

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Grey Crowned Cranes in Mana Pools

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The sighting of Grey Crowned Cranes (Balearica regulorum) in the Mana Pools area is very exceptional and unique. Ornithologists suggest they might have arrived in a now very greened up Mana Pools area, after good rains, on the wing of recent weather pattern changes; such as cyclones affecting the region. These birds are nomadic and move in response to rainfall, enjoying shallow marsh lands. They feed predominantly on insects and may often be seen stamping the group to rout little ‘critters’ for consumption. There is presently a huge amount of ground water in the park, which is on the boundary of this species’ distribution in Zimbabwe.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/EF70-200mm IS USM + 1.4x; 1/1600 sec; f/5.6; ISO 320; 280mm)

Picture ©2014 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Photography Quotes
Edward Weston was an photographer labelled as “one of the most innovative and influential American photographers” of his time and a master of 20th century photography. He worked with an expansive range of subjects, including landscapes, still life, nudes, portraits, genre scenes and even whimsical parodies. Weston is attributed with the quote:

“Anything more than 500 yards from the car just isn’t photogenic”

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Wild Pups on Alert

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One might guess that our sentiment towards Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus) is not too different to that we hold for our pets. This image of a pup nursery was taken amidst the chaos of a wild dog hunt early one morning in Mana Pools. The young dogs were apprehensive about the presence of so many photographers running amok after the hunting pack to get that ultimate shot, much to the disgust of most observers. The dog’s curiosity was aroused by the author’s presence, lying on his stomach in static observation awaiting the hunting pack’s return to feed their pups. Wild dogs will gorge themselves full at the site of a kill and then return to the nursery area to disgorge on demand to their awaiting young and other adults who remained with the pups.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/EF70-200mm IS USM + 1.4x; 1/640 sec; f/4.0; ISO 1000; 280mm)

Picture ©2014 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Photography Quotes
Dorothea Lange was an American documentary photographer and photojournalist, renowned for her Depression-era work. She humanised the consequences of the Great Depression in her images and developed the art of documentary photography in her time. Lange is attributed with the quote:

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

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Buffaloes in the Dust at Dusk

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A breeding herd of Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) on the move, kicking up dust, at dusk in Mana Pools National Park. The herd would soon stop and the sentinel bulls would turn, defensively, but threateningly, to face the photographer, as if for their last portrait, before moving on with the herd. The buffalo is a highly gregarious beast favouring large herds of both bulls and cows. Older sedentary bulls normally leave the large herds and move in isolated groups of two or three animals.
(Canon EOS 7D/EF70-200mm; f/3.5; 1/750sec; ISO-800; 165mm)

Picture ©2013 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips

Always be conscious of the source of light. If you are able to, sometimes it pays to move around your subject until the light is coming in from the side, at 90degrees to the direction of the camera. The side lit subject will provide a resultant image with a much enhanced subject shape and form. Light from the side provides greater perspective and more dimension to your image. The lower the light source, i.e. at the beginning or end of the day (the golden hours), the greater these characteristics of side-light imaging will be.