Saddlebilled Stork

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A saddle-billed stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalenisShona: showori [all species] ) on take off. When airborne, this stork flies with neck outstretched, unlike herons, which retract their necks. These storks are usually found near water and feed just like herons with a slow, measured gait and striking at its prey with lightning speed. This stork nests in stick built structures high in trees, like most other storks and they are known to occupy Secretarybird nests occasionally.
Population Trend : Decreasing; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4III; 1/320 sec; f/14.0; ISO 640; 280mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Histograms are graphs which provide an instant guide to the contrast and exposure of an image that maps the distribution of tones from the darkest on the left to lightest on the right. It can be argued that there is no perfect histogram shape, but the photographer can easily assess, at a glance, the tonal range of the image and any clipping. Post shot processing allow one to change the shape of the histogram, thus improving contrast and exposure.

“All amateurs…think they have to have the sun at their backs. You’ll find this is wrong: If you get the sun to one side and catch the shadows, you get a ‘Rembrandt-lighted’ picture with good contrasts.”

– Frank Jay Haynes



Beak Licking


A little Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) licking its lips after downing a minnow. This bird is a common resident of the pools at Mana. The Pied Kingfisher is not a migratory bird and is one of the more populous of the kingfisher family. It can be seen throughout the year and is a noisy bird, hard to miss.
Population Trend : Unclear;  Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/ EF100-400 IS USM; 1/1500 sec; f/5.6; ISO 3200; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Tone is a term which indicates the darkness or lightness of an area of an image and the range between the two extremes giving rise to tonality or tonal range. A highly contrasted image is regarded as high contrast… the other end of the range, low contrast, which is synonymous with flatness. Tone can also be expressed in terms of temperature too, with blue tones denoting coldness and red the opposite.

“Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships! ”

– Ansel Adams


Starling Stop

Starling_2015_08_18_9999_169-2When you are sitting next to a pan of water deep in the bush, awaiting that magic moment at a waterhole, some of the wildlife about you begins to get familiar, especially a few of the birds. This Starling (Lamrotornis mevesii) seem to take a shine to me and kept company for an unusually long time, posing like a fashion model on the runway with its glossy ‘attire’, presenting a few photo opportunities. These birds are endemic in Mana Pools, and commonly resident in the mopane woodland. Their glossy appearance is due to a single layer of hollow melanin granules on the surface of the feather barbules.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF70-200mm IS II USM + 1.4x III; 1/500 sec; f/8; ISO 320; 560mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

A-Z of Photography

Tone refers to the lightness or darkness of an area in a photograph and might be otherwise described as luminosity by some, particularly with reference to monochrome images. In colour images, tone may also refer to colours in terms of their warmth or coolness, or, as some may argue, perhaps the different qualities and intensities of the colour. These parameters are more to do with hue and saturation though. Tone is more to do with the darkness and lightness aspect! Tonal range is the difference between the lightest and darkest part of the image, and gives rise to the use of the histogram in digital images, a visual measure of exposure to some, and the extent of clipping or shadows and highlights.

“Black and white photography does more to evoke an emotion and freeze a moment in time than any other medium. Looking back over the decades at such famous photographers as, Steigletz, Weston, Adams, and others has helped elevate black and white photography, to a fine art form. The subtle tones of greys, the strong emphasis of the blacks, and the softness of the whites makes one look much closer at the subject and composition due to the lack of natural colour. Emotions are always much easier to portray with black and white, because of the stark contrasts and the sharp focus on the subject”

– Bob Snell