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Julia_137 July 30, 2018
Great picture ! Come and check out a few of mine sometime ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜„
Eduardbetz November 10, 2018
Fascinating picture. I like how the 2 beasts confront each other ! It makes the elephant look uge ! Congratulation s !
judykarendal November 11, 2018
Congratulations! Amazing capture!
keepclicking December 08, 2018
StarPhotographer December 13, 2018
Mooi foto Peter

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Behind The Lens

This was taken whilst on a trip to the Kruger National Park, this park is located on the northeastern side of South Africa and finds itself as one of the largest wild game reserves in Africa. This is a Big 5 reserve with a diversity of mammal and bird species.
If I recall correctly this picture was taken around 9:30 on a winters morning, winter is the best time to take photo's of wildlife in African reserves as the grass is not so long and you can see further into the bush, also it being somewhat cooler the animals get going a little later than normal in the morning.
The light is not always at it's best at this time of the morning, but being winter the sun is also not so bright around this time. If my memory serves me well it was a little cloudy defusing the light and helping me somewhat.
Shot with my Canon 7D MkII and Canon EF 70~200 f2.8L IS II. Hand held with the vehicle door as a rest for my beanbag. Vehicle engine off!
It spoke for itself, the elephant was there first, and these two warthog slowly walked over to the waterhole, the elephant stared them down and sort of said through his look as to "what you doing at MY waterhole" - all settled down fairly quickly and all managed to get their drink in - photo opportunity for me!
Yes, cropping for sure, some changes to contrast and clarity, finally a bit of work in vignetting to give a dramatic effect.
In my camera bag
As a wildlife photographer in Africa I carry quite a lot of gear, my two camera's are the Canon 7DMkII and my old faithful 50D, as to lens's, I have the Canon EFS 10~18, the EF 28~70L 2.8, the EF 70~200 f2.8L IS II, the Canon 100~400 f2.8L II, and the Tamron SP 150~600 Di. Added to this is the Canon 100 f2.8 L IS USM Macro and a EFS 18~135 purely for video. Then a couple of other lenses for the occasion. The rest is normal stuff, tripod, flash, TC's etc.
I always say patience is what makes the photographer, in wildlife photography you very seldom "choose" your photo, it most often presents itself to you, you shoot and what you get you get - in wildlife photography there is no posing, no positioning, just that which you have at that moment, the light may not work for you, the position may not work for you, your equipment may also at that moment not work for you - you make the most out of the situation, and yes, always enjoy the occasion.

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