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Stallions Fight



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32 Comments | Report
offpin22
 
offpin22 February 03, 2017
This is really great shot!
Sadieky1974
 
Sadieky1974 February 26, 2017
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Neckbone
 
Neckbone February 28, 2017
Awesome capture and image!
Neckbone
 
Neckbone February 28, 2017
Awesome capture and image!
Dcrisp
 
Dcrisp March 01, 2017
Great action shot!
marcobertazzoni PRO
 
marcobertazzoni March 02, 2017
Thanks for all the beautiful compliments!!!
SusanBurroughs
 
SusanBurroughs March 07, 2017
Congratulations on such a fantastic capture.
ArturRydzewski
 
ArturRydzewski March 08, 2017
Great moment!!!
marcobertazzoni PRO
 
marcobertazzoni March 13, 2017
Thanks to all of you for the nice words and compliments
eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden March 18, 2017
Congratulations, great photo!
paulthomas1966 PRO
 
paulthomas1966 June 04, 2017
Very nice!
barbaraeileenvondracek
 
barbaraeileenvondracek June 05, 2017
love this BIGLY. great shot.
Aeri
 
Aeri June 05, 2017
Brilliant shot ... Amazing
lindiekolver PRO
 
lindiekolver June 23, 2017
This shot is Gold, mate! Awesome and powerful and sensual with all the wonderful curves and repeating stripes at the same time. Well done!
podesta
 
podesta June 25, 2017
Fantastic capture
brittabia PRO+
 
brittabia August 12, 2017
Wow. What a fabulous shot!
francescabullet PRO+
 
francescabullet October 02, 2017
complimenti Marco, molto bella!
HelenR
 
HelenR November 09, 2017
Just amazing!!!
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography December 02, 2017
Absolutely beautiful / Voted
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tmlakshmi December 13, 2017
awesome. voted
Christine_Thibeault PRO+
 
Christine_Thibeault January 13, 2018
What a fantastic shot
Paulacook144 Platinum
 
Paulacook144 January 20, 2018
Great action shot.
LCons
 
LCons February 27, 2018
Great capture!
andrevondeling
 
andrevondeling April 11, 2018
Congrats on the win!
francescabullet PRO+
 
francescabullet April 11, 2018
very compliments, great shot!
Lizzylou
 
Lizzylou August 09, 2018
Wow!
lisajj
 
lisajj September 02, 2018
Stunning!
kermeely
 
kermeely October 29, 2018
Great shot
Anderl_R PRO+
 
Anderl_R November 09, 2018
congratulations on the winner in Zebras Photo Challenge - well deserved
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole November 09, 2018
Wonderful capture!! Congrats on your challenge win!! : )
paul2007
 
paul2007 December 20, 2018
what a great photo
jennaseppl
 
jennaseppl September 22, 2019
amazing!

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in the Ethosha National Park - Namibia
Time
It was in the afternoon around 3.30.
Lighting
It was a cloudy day, so the light was nothing special. The only good thing in this kind of conditions, is that there are no shades.
Equipment
I used my Nikon D810 with the great Nikon 200-400mm f4 VRII and a beanbag, the best gear while driving in a photo safari.
Inspiration
I was driving to a waterhole, where I was told a couple of Black Rhinos were often spotted, when I saw these two stallions facing each other; I knew that a fight was about ready to start. I had luckily the time to set up the camera on the beanbag and shot the entire fight.
Editing
I mainly adjust contrast and colors in Adobe Camera Raw. I try not to manipulate excessively the photo and I'm quite happy with the RAW files. I converted this photo with the Tonalty Pro plug-in by Macphun. I don't like to spend too much time in post processing, I'd rather being holding my camera then the "mouse" of my Mac.
In my camera bag
When I travel to Africa I take 2 Nikon D810, the Nikon 70-200mm f2,8 VRII and the Nikon 200-400mm f4 VRII. In this way I cover most of the situations I can face with animals. I carry as well the Nikon 1,4 Teleconverter. UV & Polarizer filters, extra batteries and of course a beanbag.
Feedback
I can't really give a specific advice for capturing something similar, because with wild animals "luck" is a very big part of your photo. I can just say to be always ready with your camera, because animals are unpredictable and by the time you'll take your camera, they might be already gone. I always set my camera in Auto ISO mode, in this way I can choose the shutter speed and aperture and the camera will automatically set the perfect ISO. Animals are normally active early morning and late afternoon/evening, so a low light condition. This type of setting is very helpful to get outstanding captures.

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