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Late Afternoon Light



Sun, dust, no wind, palm trees and acacias, the setting for thirsty zebra.
Sun, dust, no wind, palm trees and acacias, the setting for thirsty zebra.
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo at Lake Manyara in Tanzania, Lake Manyara is a salt lake so animals tend to congregate at fresh water when it is available. I waited for the zebra to finish drinking and then started shooting as they headed into the sunset.
Time
Late afternoon, early evening, I arrived at the waterhole at about 3.00pm, before the animals started heading in, and found a place where I could wait in the shade. It was 38 degrees Celsius, I remember because one of my friends told me I was crazy to sit out there for so long. This photo was finally taken at 6.11pm!
Lighting
We had a few days where the dust kicked up by the animals just hung in the air and with each sunset I wished I could get out to where the zebra were, I could see the shot in my minds eye and I wanted to take a series of photos that were full of contrast and not worry about what the sun or sky were doing, the dust was a perfect diffuser and it created a golden glow even though the sun was still fairly strong in the sky.
Equipment
My Canon 7D and EF 100-400 IS f4.5-5.6L lens.
Inspiration
I'd seen the dust hanging in the air a few days before I took this shot, at the time I couldn't take any photos as I was looking after guests. As each sunset came I wished I was out there, I could see the photo in my minds-eye. It was tempting to try and rush out quickly, through the herds of animals to try "grab" the shot, but that would have spooked the game and may have made them wary if I tried again, so I waited. On this day I saw there was chance of the same happening again so I grabbed my gear and headed out, hoping that the sky would stay clear. It did and the dust kicked up by the animals diffused the setting sun into a beautiful golden light.
Editing
Yes, I cropped the shot to lose some of the burnt out area in the sky and dropped the highlights a bit whilst bumping the dark areas to get a bit more contrast. The photo was shot in RAW and I would normally sharpen the image slightly but this time I decided the softer look worked well so I left that alone.
In my camera bag
When I'm out shooting wildlife I carry my Canon 7D, 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS USM lens, EF 70-200 f2.8L IS II USM lens, polarising filters, ND filters, Tripod and Monopod.
Feedback
Early mornings and late afternoons in Africa always tend to have dramatic light, especially in the drier areas. If you are prepared to sit in the heat and wait for the sunset, or brave the early morning chill and wait for the sunrise you will always be rewarded. Choose a spot where animals would come to naturally and try and get low on the ground to give a sense of size to the animal. Keep movement to a minimum, avoid wearing strong deodorants that may startle an animal and set your camera to silent, no beeps or shutter noises if possible.

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