Waterbuck Resting


It’s a little unusual to see a Waterbuck (Kobus EllipsiprymnusShona: dhumukwa; Ndebele: isidumuka) lying down. This bull was happy to continue resting and poses well in front of an old termite mound overgrown with mop like shrub. Batchelor males normally group together, but this bull was alone. Separation of male offspring from the maternal herd takes place as soon as the horns begin to develop, often provoked by territorial males. Young males join bachelor herds where the grow to maturity.
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/5.0; ISO 640; 260mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Golden Hour is a period of time after sunrise and before sunset in which wildlife and landscape photographers achieve amazing results due to the warmth of the light and reduced contrast. The cast of long shadows is a tell-tale sign of early morning or later afternoon photography. Landscape images reveal greater texture during the golden hour.

“A kind of golden hour one remembers for a life time… Everything was touched with magic.”

– Margaret Bourke-White

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

Waterbuck Flight

waterbuck-flight_2016_10_15_3101Being among the rich wildlife of Mana Pools is ever rewarding. Just something simple, like Waterbuck (Kobus EllipsiprymnusShona: dhumukwa; Ndebele: isidumuka) in flight, with their shaggy coats, often presents an opportunity. These three Waterbuck seem to have been spooked by something, which was never identified. They are not very fast on the hoof, in fact some describe them as donkey like. They are no match for the more common predators of Mana Pools, such as Wild Dog and Lions.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/1500 sec; f/5.6; ISO 320; 340mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

A-Z of Photography

Depth of Field is the zone of acceptable sharpness in an image controlled by the aperture of the camera and being dependent upon focal length and focusing distance. The tighter the lens aperture the longer the depth of field in an image. Aperture is measured in f/stops and the lower the f/stop the less the depth of field.

“What uses having a great depth of field, if there is not an adequate depth of feeling? ”

– W. Eugene Smith

Waterbuck Basking in the Morning


The Waterbuck (Kobus EllipsiprymnusShona: dhumukwa; Ndebele: isidumuka), with its distinctive white hoop on its rump, is a hardy antelope which is fairly well distributed in East and Central Africa. It is the most water reliant of the antelope and less able to withstand dehydration in extremely hot conditions. Its habitat will usually extend to grazing land near water. While mostly a grazer, it will browse on available herbage, particular during the dry season when grasses may be in short supply.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/180 sec; f/5.6; ISO 320; 349mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

A-Z of Photography

Kelvin Scale is a measurement of the visible light spectrum and is usually described as colour temperature as applied to different emission sources. Photographic “normal daylight” may be expressed in kelvins (K) and is usually gauged at about 5,500K, while tungsten light may emit at lower temperatures. Colour temperature during the “golden hour” is around 3,500K and is certainly considered by many the best time for wildlife photography.

“I expect to retire to a fine-grained heaven where the temperatures are always consistent, where the images slide before ones eyes in a continual cascade of form and meaning.”

– Ansel Adams

Baby Waterbuck

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This rather donkey like, young Waterbuck (Kobus EllipsiprymnusShona: dhumukwa; Ndebele: isidumuka) seems to be detached from the herd, bathing in the last warm rays of sunshine during the late afternoon. This species is very common in Mana Pools and confines its territory to near water remaining within about 2km of principle water features. The animal often seeks refuge in water when chased by predators. Common myth is that predators avoid the Waterbuck because it secretes a foul smelling, oily substance into its coat, but the antelope is still hunted and eaten by carnivores.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/640 sec; f/5.6; ISO 320; 400mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

A-Z of Photography

An Objective, in the photography context, is an optical system containing a combination of lenses that receive and direct light to form an image on a focal plane, and usually comprises optical glass, being of a high quality and colour-free with specific refractive qualities.

“Photographers have for a long time been gazing with hypnotic absorption at this mechanical-optical marvel, the camera. Let them lift their eyes and consider that which is in front of the camera. There awaits the model – Mona Lisa in the person of Mary Jones. What are they going to do with her? It would be well if photographers could forget for a while the expensive camera and it’s marvellous insides and the impressive array of chemicals in the closet under the stairs, and concentrate solely and definitely on the model. For it is through the model – whether it be a goat or a duchess – that life is made to stir in the dead substance of the picture.”

– William Mortensen 1937