Thursday 8 December 2011

PhotoShare: Ebb and Flow

So, here is an image I captured in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park recently. Given, it's not a clearly recognisable image at first, and it's not going to be everyone's cup-of-tea...but I felt like sharing it anyway.

Most mornings when you drive out from the Twee Rivieren rest camp up the Nossob riverbed, you see flocks of Red-Billed Quelea move to and fro between shrubs and bushes, looking for food. I looks like an orchestrated wave, and almost like a "swarm". I tried to capture something of this behaviour when they perched on a shrub for a moment. I used a slow shutter speed to enable me to capture a blur of birds as they took off, and hoped for some to remain on the shrub (and to be fairly sharp).

The conversion to black-and-white was also logical from the outset, as the colours detracted from the shape of the blurred flying birds. I am curious to know what you think of this one...

(Nikon D3s, Nikkor 500mm f4 VR-II)  f7.1  |  1/100 SS  |  ISO-200
  Cheers, until next time...

Morkel Erasmus


  1. I like this capture.
    Outstanding photography.
    God Bless.

  2. I love this, Morkel! Blow it up large, its the kind of image you can look at many times and still find something new ...

  3. Thanks for your comments Johannes and Tanya...

  4. I like it. Nothing wrong with some motion in a shot and you can clearly see it is about birds.

  5. Definitely my cup-of-tea! Very well executed shot!