Brenda13
Brenda13

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William_Nettmann
 
William_Nettmann April 04, 2016
Must have been such a rush being there to take this photograph. It is so active and perfect, it seems to be a painting,
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 April 04, 2016
An incredible capture!!!
ReneeBlake PRO+
 
ReneeBlake April 04, 2016
Fabulous capture ! Congrats !
allanthemofmanhamilton
 
allanthemofmanhamilton April 04, 2016
Absolutely great shot.
leejonesabrahamsen
 
leejonesabrahamsen April 05, 2016
This belongs join a gallery!
EdytaTywonek PRO
 
EdytaTywonek April 05, 2016
simply WOW..!
jamiemackrill PRO
 
jamiemackrill April 05, 2016
Missing this part of the migration pushes me to go back! Beautiful :) brings back fond memories
thrumyeyes2016
 
thrumyeyes2016 April 05, 2016
Awesome shot!! Nice Job!
angelobruno
 
angelobruno April 08, 2016
wow! if somebody in future will ask me , why i like photography, i will show this........thanx for share it
Samborough PRO
 
Samborough April 13, 2016
This is what photography is all about........................................marvelous, awesome,brilliant :-)
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole April 21, 2016
Amazing capture....it looks just like when I watched it from the Tanzania side! : ) You caught the thrill in your photo....love it!! And congrats on your award!! : )
Anderl_R PRO+
 
Anderl_R April 21, 2016
Stunning capture, congrats for rhe award!
eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden April 22, 2016
Unbelievable... congratulations on your fantastic photo.
barbarabrock PRO+
 
barbarabrock April 22, 2016
Awesome shot. What a natural phenomenon the whole migration thing is!
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis July 08, 2016
Congratulations on contest finalist , it's an amazing shot and deserved to win :-))
gldosa PRO+
 
gldosa July 23, 2016
Powerful image. Totally wonderful.
debralecompte PRO
 
debralecompte July 27, 2016
Got to wonder how dangerous getting that shot was....
edandaniphone Premium
 
edandaniphone August 17, 2016
Amazing.
brandonbowman
 
brandonbowman August 17, 2016
I can almost feel the energy exploding out of the photo! Great shot!
Irys
 
Irys August 17, 2016
wow!!! Brillian image! Nice Job!
sitakanta
 
sitakanta August 17, 2016
Master Piece.
dennisrubin
 
dennisrubin September 05, 2016
stupendously real BRAVO!
michaelsmith_6314 PRO+
 
michaelsmith_6314 September 08, 2016
Incredible Action!
shema PRO
 
shema September 28, 2016
incredible!
cyrillinegoodman
 
cyrillinegoodman October 03, 2016
Amazing capture! Congratulations.
janicejh
 
janicejh October 31, 2016
Incredible capture! One can feel the motion... glad you were close enough to capture this, without being trampled! WOW! I look forward to following and learning from you!
Badgrandad PRO
 
Badgrandad November 09, 2016
I watched a program on the extraordinary migration of these amazing animals and their incredible exhaustive journey and its dangers. This wonderful image sums it up beautifully.
MikeBoyle PRO+
 
MikeBoyle November 18, 2016
Congratulations on your winning photo. Nice...Very Nice
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole November 19, 2016
Congrats again on another well deserved award!!!! Everytime I see this photo.... I am still awe struck by it!! Amazing capture!!! : )
Brenda13
Brenda13 November 19, 2016
Thank you very much
bretthondow
 
bretthondow November 19, 2016
Congrats on the win, I could look at this image all day. Absolutely stunning, comparable to the best professional shots I have ever seen anywhere - period! Well done. :)
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson November 19, 2016
Outstanding action capture. Brilliant.
Badgrandad PRO
 
Badgrandad November 20, 2016
Congratulations Brenda on a well deserved winner.
andinorwich PRO
 
andinorwich December 25, 2016
outstanding.... marvelous!
mgenkova
 
mgenkova December 28, 2016
Amazing!
TheBoogieMan
 
TheBoogieMan January 03, 2017
IS SIMBA OK?
JayneBug PRO+
 
JayneBug February 16, 2017
Masterpiece!
robvanderpoel
 
robvanderpoel February 20, 2017
Spectacular photo!
FredericMONIN PRO+
 
FredericMONIN February 21, 2017
Magnifique capture !!!
loved2030
 
loved2030 February 25, 2017
Incredible shot, well done
Aeri
 
Aeri July 05, 2017
Brilliant shot .... Congratulations
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq August 12, 2017
Incredible shot! It feels like I'm in the picture with them, yet it somehow retains a painterly feel. Awesome!
imagesbylaurel
 
imagesbylaurel August 14, 2017
So incredible
paulgdaley
 
paulgdaley September 10, 2017
This is one of the Greatest photos I have ever seen.
melmcseveney
 
melmcseveney November 08, 2017
Hi Brenda, stunningly done! I have sent you a private message, I would really like to paint this image, please let me know how you feel about that? Its phenomenal!
Thank you. Melanie McSeveney
MKalf
 
MKalf February 09, 2018
Spectaculair shot! ????????
natachapersyn PRO
 
natachapersyn March 04, 2018
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RiViCo PRO+
 
RiViCo March 04, 2018
Exceptional photo
Alphonso49uk
 
Alphonso49uk March 04, 2018
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
Alphonso49uk
 
Alphonso49uk March 04, 2018
Brilliant capture...This is the photo Ive always wanted to take but never quite had the oppertunity!!
egifford PRO
 
egifford August 01, 2019
And to think you were there witnessing this! You must have gone into post shoot shock that you captured it so well.

Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken in Kenya's Mara West on 6 September 2013. I went on a photography trip specifically to photograph the migration.
Time
We would get up at 5h30 in the morning and then drive for about 45 minutes to an hour to get to the Mara river. The migration takes place at several crossing points of the Mara. The question for each day would be "Where are they going to cross the Mara?" You would normally see the build up of the white bearded wildebeest waiting to cross the river. On this specific morning we waited for about 2 hours before the first jump was made. We quickly moved closer and then this photo was taken at 10h14
Lighting
There are a few issues to keep in mind when you take photos of the migration. The time can easily pass the "ideal time " for photography and then you have to experiment with under exposing. This photograph was taken at -1.3. Two frames prior to this one I was still using -0.7. Dust builds up very quickly and then it is crucial to be careful with lighting. You also have to be very aware of their direction of crossing.
Equipment
The vehicle we use for photography has a swiveling photographic chair with a “tripod” column equipped with a Wimberley head. I used a Nikon 800 for this photo with a Nikon 600mm lens. I always use Aperture priority when I do wildlife photography. The shutter speed was 1/4000 sec.
Inspiration
On my two previous trips to this area I wasn't interested in photography yet but when the photography bug bit me I knew that I had to go back and photograph this spectacular migration. In my mind I could recall the sound of the hooves running down the banks of the river, the crying of calves that got separated from their mothers, the snorting of the wildebeest as they jumped into the water and swam as fast as possible. I could smell the dust and sometimes the smell of decaying bodies, I could visualise the lions, crocodiles and vultures all waiting for the slightest sign of weakness and then the attack. Then there are the wonderful memories of mothers and calves being united after a frightful separation. The joy of the wildebeest once they have crossed the river and they can eat sweet green grass. With all these memories in mind I was going to try and capture some of the drama in photos. I was not disappointed.
Editing
If there is one part of photography that I need to pay attention to it is post-processing. Because I am really not skilled with Lightroom or Photoshop I always steer clear of most post-processing. I do however try to correct exposure and sharpness. I would also use cropping where necessary.
In my camera bag
Depending on the trip that I plan I would decide on what to pack. Normally I carry two camera bodies with me when I do wildlife photography. The Nikon D4 as well as the Nikon 810. I have a 2x converter as well as 1.4 x converter that always go with. The lenses I favour for wildlife photography would be my Tamron 150-500mm and Nikon 70-200mm. I always pack a wide angle for the odd landscape photo Nikon 24- 120mm.
Feedback
Wildlife photography in different National Parks can vary substantially. You have to be prepared for any circumstance. You have to have two cameras fitted with different lenses. Sometimes you would even have to switch between two cameras for one scene to get a greater variety of shots. The action sometimes move closer to you or further away and then you still need to be prepared. Wildlife photography needs a lot of patience. Sometimes the wildebeest gathers in their thousands for up to 2 hours. Sometimes the first jump can set off a long drawn out crossing for up to 20 minutes. Sometimes the slightest unease can set them off to turn around and go back. Once the animals turn around you can be sure that nothing will happen at that specific crossing point of the river for an hour or three!

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