In February we featured the following photographers:
- Nobby Clarke
- Hannes Rossouw
- Neale Howarth
- Ade Foster
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February 2017, Week 4: Ade Foster – Lion and Cub
Photo © Ade Foster
Camera: Nikon D200, Lens: Nikkor 70-300mm ED
Shutter: 1/200 sec
We were driving in the Timbavati Game Reserve very early one morning when we found four females just lying around. After a couple of minutes one went into a thicket of thorn scrub and brought out her cub. She placed it on the ground not ten metres from our vehicle, then went back into the thicket and brought out another one. It was as if she was showing them to us. A very special day indeed.
February 2017, Week 3: Neale Howarth – Elephants
Photo © Neale Howarth
Shutter: 1/1000 sec
We have a range of bulls who fight for dominance on Pumba Private Game Reserve, with a few encounters between them when they join the herd at the same time. We were so happy to find our 2nd and 3rd in charge having just such an encounter. The big bull on the right, Koos, is one of the original bulls brought in from Addo Elephant National Park in 2005, while his challenger is a younger male who is starting to fight for some form of dominance. What topped it off was the fact that the big bull had just had a swim, while his challenger had just had a mid bath in the red clay, resulting in fantastic contrast. Due to the heavy cloud and thin misty rain, I had to rely on a higher ISO to get a shutter that would allow for a sharp image when shooting handheld with a 400mm lens.
February 2017, Week 2: Hannes Rossouw – Lions before Sunrise
Photo © Hannes Rossouw
Camera: Nikon D750
Shutter: 1/125 sec
HI Izak, sorry for the prolonged silence, I was in the Kgalagadi and only came back yesterday. We came across the lions next to the road before sunrise. As they were moving slowly I got away with using a slowish shutter speed (1/125 s) and used an iso of somewhere around 1600. I liked the leading lines formed by the road, as well as the interaction between the two lions.
February 2017, Week 1: Nobby Clarke
Photo © Nobby Clarke
Camera: Canon 7D, Lens: TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD
ISO: ISO 640
Shutter: 1/400 sec
This image was taken on the H-10 road in Kruger National Park on 2016-10-19 at 15:27. The Lion pride had made a kill near the road and we were fortunate to get a front row seat at the kill so we sat and took a few photos before leaving them to finish their afternoon meal.