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These young male Rhino's came through to have a drink in the early hours of the morning. When they heard my camera's shutter they all looked up and ga...
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These young male Rhino's came through to have a drink in the early hours of the morning. When they heard my camera's shutter they all looked up and gave me one of my favourite "unposed" posed photos ever...
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Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole September 30, 2017
Wow!! Amazing capture of a once in a lifetime moment!! Lucky you to witness this and to capture the "unposed" posed moment! : ) I too pray that this animal survives the stupidity of man....yes, Save our Species!! Thanks for joining my challenge! : )
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daviddebord October 27, 2017
WOW! I was just thinking about rhino pics and how I need to get to Africa! This shot is amazing!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in South Africa, about 95Km from my home in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve in the heart of KwaZulu Natal. I am a self taught photographer and have taken to photographing these amazing animals.
Time
I remember getting the phone call from my father the previous evening, he is taking me to the Game Reserve to have a break from the family chaos at home. He picked me up at 4:30 to be at the gate at opening time, we had heard of a leopard with it's kill and wanted to try and get a few photos of it. It is the end of winter for us so the sun would only start rising after we got there and man it was a beautiful sunrise, I still said to my father that it was going to be an amazing morning if the sunrise is this beautiful and truly it was. After getting the photos of the Leopard we went out in search of the rest of the Big Five which by 10:30 that morning, we had done.
Lighting
With the animals being at a very shaded watering hole and it being slightly overcast as well, all that i did was increase my exposure time by 1/3 in order to get the colour a bit more to my liking.
Equipment
This was shot with my trusty Canon 760D, the Tamron SP 70 - 300 F4-5.6 and a piece of a pool noodle split and place on the open window of the car as a camera rest.
Inspiration
I was sitting there, looking at these beautiful animals as they strolled up to the watering hole, about 10 of them in total. They came forward to have a drink and as they stood there and looked up at me, it was as if they were waiting to see why I was there, as if waiting to hear if it will be the click of my shutter or the click of a riffle. These animals were at one stage hunted to the point of extinction (approximately 1000 were left in the wild), and every one of the 20,000+ on the planet today can be traced back to here, this park, this area. But they are being poached and slaughtered for their horns at an alarming rate again for their horns. So get a shot like this, I consider myself a truly lucky guy.
Editing
With this image I was lucky and able to get away with very light tonal and colour adjustments just to bring the image back up to how I remember seeing it.
In my camera bag
I always have my Canon 760D on hand for out in the Game Reserves, with it 24.2M crop Sensor the added magnification is always helpful when you can't afford bigger lenses. This coupled with my Tamron SP 70-300 F4-5.6 which is very good at around F8 and sharp enough to do your photos justice. For wide angle and closeup, my Sigma 17-70 F2.8-4 Contemporary lens. For the times that I need a little extra lighting I always have my Voeloon V58 Speedlight with 2 sets of batteries.
Feedback
Always remember that time is something that we as people are controlled by. Animals don't worry about when they have to do anything, so spending time waiting for them is always worth it. Take your time, relax and enjoy your surroundings, in the long run it will be worth your time and nature will reward you.

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