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beckyenders February 09, 2016
Wow! Great catch!
 
JDLifeshots March 28, 2016
Beautiful! Congrats.
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Pamelabole March 28, 2016
Wonderful shot!!!....and congrats on your award!!
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Anderl_R April 21, 2016
Stunning sunset. Congrats on your award.
 
wiesiah April 21, 2016
Awesome!
 
JOBEANNOBREGA April 22, 2016
wonderful photo...congrats
 
mscott207 April 23, 2016
One of the most amazing shots I've ever seen. Absolutely beautiful
 
pedropulido April 23, 2016
i would love to buy this shot and print it in my living room! would it be possible ?! This is so Africa !! just perfect !!
 
mikkoclaxton September 19, 2016
Very awesome shot!!
 
marenjapc September 20, 2016
Absolute a great shot. Why more words?!
 
EdenT_ October 24, 2016
Beautiful. Reminds me of Africa. Great job.
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DutchTouch November 08, 2016
Fantastic image!
 
rose12 November 12, 2016
Beautiful BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL!! :-)
 
marietataneva November 13, 2016
????????????! ?????? ????? !
 
RW-Consulting November 13, 2016
awesome photo deep in Africa no doubt
 
annmor November 27, 2016
Incredibly beautiful shot! Congratulation on your awards! -:)
 
Stellasview January 20, 2017
Amazing!!
 
MLundberg1 January 22, 2017
I love this shot!
 
Belochka February 16, 2017
My congratulations! Very beautiful shot!
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robroy98 February 19, 2017
That is a most amazing shot! Congrats!!!
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edrobson May 02, 2017
Wonderful.
 
Stevonb May 29, 2017
Just wow. African classic.
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larssaar June 16, 2017
Super
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debbiemilner June 17, 2017
This is totally awesome
 
giselleneill June 19, 2017
Knew it was Africa! Love it! Oh my jeart mourns to be back in Africa when I see pictures like this!! Well done!
 
sandygilbertsmail July 03, 2017
Amazing!
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WorldPix August 26, 2017
I love this picture! Well done, Ron!
 
photosue50 September 22, 2017
Wow!!
 
terrysigns13 December 09, 2017
and yet another CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Such an amazing shot!!
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bacaloc December 26, 2017
OMG!! This is breathtaking. Congrats!
 
Witmar December 27, 2017
amazing shot!
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Corabelle February 02, 2018
Gorgeous!
 
fabs February 09, 2018
Wonderful colors, great composition. Love everything about it. Congratulations
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Corabelle February 10, 2018
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ursinamoskwa March 19, 2018
The best,
 
wood2018 April 15, 2018
Great
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Alfredo_Jose June 15, 2018
Wow, gorgeous!
 
IngerLise65 August 14, 2018
Omg so beautiful
 
teribiedler September 24, 2018
Just gorgeous
 
reginamullencramer October 08, 2018
stunning
 
OrilinValdez October 24, 2018
I love burning skies. ๐Ÿ˜ Congrats, you\'ve taken great silhouettes. ๐Ÿ’•
 
EddieZee October 24, 2018
Your eyes are golden my friend!
 
BabZz October 26, 2018
Amazing shot family stunning love it
 
linabulgaria November 02, 2018
WOW, what a golden photo, bravo! :)
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Bruz Feb 27
Such an awesome silhouettes and a gorgeous sunset. A great capture.
 
Tarmacterror Apr 08
Gorgeous, I'm having an acacia tree tattoo soon
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szphoto Apr 21
Love this!
 
dewood62 Jul 18
Absolutely magical!

Serengeti Sunset



A Marabou stork stands safely atop an acacia tree at day's end.
A Marabou stork stands safely atop an acacia tree at day's end.
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Contest Finalist in Tall Trees Photo Contest
Top Shot Award
Contest Finalist in Tree Silhouettes Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Orange Is The Color Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Birds On Branches Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Dusk Or Dawn Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Visions Of Africa Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Silhouettes In Nature Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in The Sun Behind Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Silhouettes Of Trees Photo Contest
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Behind The Lens

Location
On my first evening in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, I took a short walk away from the tent looking to capture the sunset. I was hoping to find a stately looking tree to base the composition on.
Time
Sunset.
Lighting
Shooting into the sun can be difficult, because the camera can view the scene much differently than your eye. Fortunately, digital cameras allow some "trial and error", if you have the time. I believe I spot metered the sun, but I also knew that if I used the exposure compensation feature to slightly under-expose, I could keep the sun from completely burning out. As I was going for a silhouette, under-exposing would not affect any details in the foreground. My settings: Aperture: f/8 ISO: 400 Exposure: 1/2000
Equipment
I was hand holding a Nikkor 80-400mm lens at 400 (on a Nikon D800), so I wanted to make sure the shutter speed was sufficient to prevent any blurring due to movement.
Inspiration
Prior to traveling to Tanzania, I had watched quite a few documentaries and viewed many photographs taken of the wildlife we were hoping to see. The first day our guide asked me if I had any specific photographic goals. Without hesitation, I told him I wanted a great sunset or sunrise shot, incorporating one of the beautiful acacia trees I had seen while researching the trip. On my short jaunt that day, I saw the tree and then lined up the sun. The marabou stork in beautiful profile on the top of the perfect tree was total luck.
Editing
I used Lightroom for some minor exposure balancing and noise reduction, and then Photoshop for cropping, but nothing else.
In my camera bag
My equipment includes: 1 Nikon D800 body; lenses: 24-80mm Nikkor, 80-400mm Nikkor, 24mm 1.8 Nikkor & 500mm Nikkor. I carry a light tripod and an assortment of Cokin neutral density filters, in addition to a circular polarizer for the smaller lenses. I did not use the filters for this shot.
Feedback
Plan ahead, on many levels. Try to find your location before the sun becomes an immediate deadline, and take some practice shots so you can assess your settings. Don't just settle on your first point of view. Circle around and see if there isn't one a little more interesting than the one that initially caught your eye. And if serendipity places a magnificent subject in your shot, take it before it disappears.

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