Thursday 21 November 2013

Happy Hour Rush

Elephants love water. You know that by now (at least some of you do). I love watching breeding herds rush to the water as they start to smell the nourishment. One of the best places to do this is around the waterholes of Etosha National Park in Namibia, which is exactly where I am headed from tomorrow...

This photo is from an earlier visit to this magical place. The dust, the dusk sky (past sunset already) and the rushing herd in an open setting made for fantastic viewing and photography. With the sun already set, I needed to push the ISO and drop the shutter speed a bit to get a sharp shot and keep the ISO from rocketing to the 50,000s. This photo is best viewed against a darker background to pick up on all the subtle detail.

Nikon D3s
Nikkor 500mm f4 VR-II
f4.0 | 1/250 SS | ISO-4500
Exposure Bias -1 EV (to accentuate mood/dust and also get ISO a bit lower)

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 You can look forward to more images from Etosha when I return!

Morkel Erasmus

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