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olivierlw July 23, 2013
Well done
Grevandi July 25, 2013
great shot...
FrankSomma November 11, 2013
Bingo Joe! Love the camerawork here!
sarahmckenzie November 11, 2013
Gorgeous! I love it.
Timbo November 14, 2013
You nailed this shot.. Well done and awarded
Chilly_fingers November 15, 2013
Really well photographed! Well done :)
jleiweke November 15, 2013
kasper November 15, 2013
JDLifeshots November 16, 2013
Great capture! Congrats.
barbarabrock November 17, 2013
LOVE that straight on POV
SHerrero December 05, 2013
WOW Awesome!!
estervandermerwe December 14, 2013
ZsoltPuskas December 18, 2013
EWLphotography December 18, 2013
fantastic shot
markborinelli December 19, 2013
Brilliant, love the composition and congrtas
BrianpSlade December 21, 2013
One superb exposure with brilliant it!...Well done and congrats!...Brian
lindywalker December 21, 2013
Great shot!
VictoriaBullock May 10, 2014
Love this one!
MaryAnne306 May 14, 2014
Great shot, beautifully done. The expression on the bull's face brings a smile to mine.
MaryAnne306 May 14, 2014
Oh, and congratulations on being a runner-up!
CPF_Photography May 15, 2014
Awesome, wonderful animal very skilfully shot
arminebalasanyan May 15, 2014
very emotional! bravo!
AlanJakarta May 15, 2014
Marvelous shot which is well suited to mono. Congratulations on being a Runner-up.
p_eileenbaltz May 15, 2014
Wonderful!!! Congratulations.:)
joeKilanowski May 15, 2014
Wow!!! I am so very honored to be in the company of these fine artists. Thank you everyone for your comments, I really appreciate all of you.
ArtQ May 15, 2014
Congrats on your Runner-Up Award.
DocOlalde May 15, 2014
Increible la mirada que captaste. Casi humana. Felicidades
Arzhtatiana May 15, 2014
So cool! Congratulations!
Capture-Life May 15, 2014
LOVE LOVE LOVE this.. the black and white.. the rain.. tac sharp capture :):)
chrissy2rn May 16, 2014
Amazing capture of Africa's Cape buffalo. ( these guys are mean and ornery! )
Jacc May 19, 2014
congrats ,, great shot
goober20101 August 03, 2014
nice shot
joeKilanowski August 27, 2014
Thank you!!!
Pjerry January 25, 2015
RobinV March 16, 2015
congrats on your People's Choice award
AlanJakarta March 16, 2015
My previous comment refers. Congratulations on being the People's Choice Winner.
horsegalraye March 21, 2015
Couldn't be a more perfect shot of this guy!!!! Symmetry in the composition, lighting, focus...... and the 'pure nature' of the scene..... just FANTASTIC!!!!
cmorisset March 23, 2015
What an amazing shot. Just love it! He's got character well captured. Congrats and a big bravo!
chriswhittington March 27, 2015
congratulation !!
brianvandermerwe April 09, 2015
There is something about this photograph that draws me back and back again. Its as if I can reach out and touch him / her.. at my peril. Its as if I can feel the soaking rain. Black and white seems to enhance the mood. No award does it justice in my opinion, so Top choice I will have to settle for. I look forward to more of your work
brentmorris May 07, 2015
PaulGJohnson November 22, 2016
You have a very real talent. I was drawn to this picture straight away and am not surprised it has won many awards. Keep up the amazing work .
Irys December 13, 2017
Great image
GDBphoto February 24, 2018
superb! can we also see a colours version?

Cape Buffalo in Rain





People's Choice in Front And Center Photo Contest
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Runner Up in 500 Animal Horns Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Wildlife Photography Contest by Westcott
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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania while on "Safari" with a group of close friends. Being my first trip to Africa, I was overwhelmed with the beauty and abundance of wildlife and how close we often could get.
Each day on our "Safari", we would arise before dawn so as to view the wildlife when they are most active. This photo of the Cape Buffalo was taken early as the rain began.
With the rain, the lighting became diffused without strong shadows, and for this portrait, it was a perfect light. My style of photography has always been about available light.
My primary equipment is Canon and has been since University days. For this shot, I was using Canon 5D mark II with a 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM lens. This lens is sharp and fast and was perfect for shooting from our Land Rover. I always asked our driver to turn-off the vehicle engine to reduce vibration and rested the lens and body on the vehicle rooftop. Typically I shoot close to wide open, but with the rain I wanted a slight blur and at f5.6/1/320sec it worked.
The Cape Buffalo is vey proud looking animal, and this one stood his ground and seemed to be as curious of us as I was of him. Creating a respectful portrait is always my goal.
My typical workflow begins in Lightroom and then through Silver Effects Pro 2 for Black and White. If necessary, additional tweeking is done in Photoshop. Printing is another one of my passions and Lightroom is my default method of attaining great Black and Whites.
In my camera bag
Today I have two separate "Bags", depending upon my mobility and purpose of travel. When I am on a business trip (for my real job) or unable to pack a lot of weight, I carry a Fuji X-T1 with the 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 R OIS WR lens. This set-up is light and compact and the Fuji X-T1 is an amazing walk around camera. When I am able to pack more weight, I pack a Canon 5D mark II body and a 5D backup. For lenses I always carry the, 35mm f1.4 L, 24-105mm f4L IS USM, 16-35mm f2.8L mark II USM, and 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM. These are all great lenses, heavy, but really great quality. In addition to the lenses I also carry the Canon Extender 2X II, polarizing filters, a sturdy SLIK carbon Fiber tripod with a Giotto ball head and sometimes a SLIK Monopod.
This photo was the result of being in the right place at the right time with the right camera and lens. If one intends to travel to Africa, or any other large landscape region of the world seeking animal and landscape photos, bring three lenses; a wide angle 16mm, a middle range zoom 24- 70mm, and a larger telephoto (minimum 200mm, 400 - 600 better). Buy or rent the best quality you can afford and bring a Tripod or other method to stabilize your equipment. Camera bodies are important, but the optics really make difference. Last bit of info...shoot in all weather. I am always amazed at how well images turn out in the rain.

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