Hippos in a Pod

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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

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.”

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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A Breakfast of Hyena

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This is one of the dominant males lions (Panthera leo), referred to by some as the Back Street Boys, with a range of females in the Mana Pools National Park. There is evidence of new males moving in from the east and one wonders how much longer this lion will be ruling over the girls of Mana. He had just taken a spotted hyena in a noisy fracas and was busy gorging himself on the carcass, while a fellow male lion lay nearby. Lions and hyenas are natural enemies that contest for food, often the carcass of a lion kill and frequently resulting in skirmishes between the two. Clearly the victim here was the hyena. It is unusual for a lion to feast on a hyena carcass, but evidently this is not the case here and the old boy was none too happy about having his picture taken.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x ; 1/800 sec; f/4; ISO 200; 280mm)

Picture ©2014 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Photography Quotes
Martine Frank was a documentary and portrait photographer and second wife of none other than Henri Cartier-Bresson. She was a freelance photographer working for time-Life, Vogue and Sports Illustrated :

“I think everything can be painted because painting can change reality; but everything cannot be photographed and the photographer often comes home empty-handed, with images which (often) have a documentary interest, but which rarely go further than that. One has to be completely available, very tenacious and admit that many subjects wonít give any results… and a miracle sometimes happens, without warning. “

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Hyena Disturbed

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This Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) had been lying in a puddle of water, cooling itself during the intense heat of October 2010 in the Zambezi Valley, shortly before being disturbed. Regarded by many as a scavenger, the hyena is perhaps one of the more efficient eaters, wasting very little of their kills, or those scavenged from other carnivores. The Spotted hyena eats virtually everything except the rumen content and the horn boss of larger antelope.
(Canon50D; f/5,6; 1/400sec; ISO-640; 275mm)

Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Do not forget the surrounding environment when taking shots of a particular subject. Showing wildlife in its natural habitat and combining your subject with a little land or seascape often makes for more stunning images than the subject sitting on its own against a blurred background. This means extending depth of field (with a higher aperture) and bringing the background into greater focus. Reduce focal length and widen the image in the frame.