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A young impala fawn at the Lake Nakuru Park, north of Nairobi, Kenya, 21 May 2016.

A young impala fawn at the Lake Nakuru Park, north of Nairobi, Kenya, 21 May 2016.
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FredBlundell July 31, 2017
Excellent artistry.
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TendrelImages July 31, 2017
Thanks!
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CURUTCHET October 15, 2017
beautiful details
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TendrelImages November 23, 2017
Belated thanks! I somehow missed this message - just saw it now.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photograph was taken at Lake Nakuru Park, about 2 hours north of Nairobi, Kenya on the 21st of May, 2016.
Time
Uncharacteristically for me, this was an afternoon shot. I had been in Nairobi for a conference for a few days prior and managed to free up the weekend prior to having to get back to meetings on Monday afternoon. I hired a jeep for the weekend and, after a lazy Saturday morning start in Nairobi, we arrived at Lake Nakuru National Park around 2 p.m. While driving from the park entrance to the other end of the lake, where the lodge was for that night, we came across a variety of wildlife mid-day. This picture was one from that first drive in the park.
Lighting
Nothing special about lighting here - mid-day natural light.
Equipment
This was shot on a Canon 6D (1/640 sec; ISO 100). I brought my Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 lens on this trip and used it wide open for this shot at f/2.8.
Inspiration
This was one of the eye contact shots that I love to try to capture with wildlife. We were relatively close to this herd as it was, then with the 300mm I was able to try to pick moments when I had caught animals' attention.
Editing
Besides some crop to bring it down to a 1x1 frame, I used Nik collection to add a touch of warmth and a little extra tonal contrast.
In my camera bag
For this trip, I had a Canon 6D and 5DS (for landscapes), along with only 3 lenses. With the 300mm f/2.8 taking up so much of my camera bag (a ThinkTank airport commuter), I only had room for an extra 21mm Zeiss lens (coupled with the 5DS almost permanently) and a Canon 24-105mm f/4 zoom. As this was primarily a work trip for me (not photography - I'm a university professor f/t), I didn't want to start dealing with camera kit in checked baggage. Next trip back though, this coming December, I'm taking a full extra photography week after meetings are finished and will be bringing a more extensive kit, including a Canon 1DS mk ii (now my primary camera) and 200-400mm x1.4 f/4 lens. I've also added a Canon 16-35mm f/4 to my lens collection since this last trip, so will bring that to shoot wider African landscapes.
Feedback
For anyone in Nairobi, Lake Nakuru and Naivasha are very accessible and have really interesting photographic opportunities. If you have only a weekend available, don't let that dissuade you from going out, thinking that you have to be out somewhere more remote or for a longer time. Do hire your own vehicle though for maximum flexibility and try to see if you can get a driver who has done photo trips before. Otherwise the drivers will be thinking you want to visit the less photogenic standard tourist sites and won't take you seriously when you say you want to be in the jeep and on the road well before sunrise. The lodge within Lake Nakuru National Park was a great place to stay and really helped for getting out early morning to see rhinos waking up before any other vehicles arrived.

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