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Serengeti Sunset



I got this shot coming back from one of our daily field exercises. We had to be back at camp before nightfall so we always flew by beautiful images like this. O...
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I got this shot coming back from one of our daily field exercises. We had to be back at camp before nightfall so we always flew by beautiful images like this. Our driver and friend Kosta, laughed when I asked him to stop for a tree but I think it was worth it!
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Behind The Lens

Location
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania is one of the natural wonder of the world for a reason. It is nearly impossible to put into words just how awe-inspiring these savannah plains are
Time
I took this photo at dusk at the end of our afternoon game drive. Most safaris take place early in the morning or late in the afternoon when animals are most active and you need a special permit to drive at night.
Lighting
The sunsets were stunning every night but, as it was our last night, I stopped the driver and had to have this shot!
Equipment
This picture was shot with a Canon Rebel T2i with a 100-400mm lens.
Inspiration
I spent 3 months in Africa for study abroad. We spoke to locals about their problems with wildlife, studied the local ecology, and carried out several field studies to understand the the savannah environment. After months of forming a deep relationship with this incredible country, our trip to the Serengeti was Tanzania's curtain call. This picture will always take me back home.
Editing
Yes, I increased the contrast to enhance the silhouette effect. I also adjusted the vibrancy to bring out the orange sunset.
In my camera bag
My trip to Africa actually led to the launch of my photography so my bag was quite small during the trip. In fact, on this trip, I only had my Rebel T2i, EF-S 18-55, and 100-400. Since then, I upgraded to a 7D Mark ii (particularly for wildlife), added a 50mm fixed, an ND filter, and tripod.
Feedback
If you're struggling to get a shot you love, keep at it and wait for one that speaks to you. In Africa, or any major eco-tourism destination, there will be hundreds of amazing potential shots. In my case, I watched thousands of Acacia trees blur bye until this one, set just right against the sunset, caught my eye. Of course, photography is a matter of practice and you should take as many pictures as you can so when the right ones comes along, you can get the shot!

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