These were the WLR Featured Pics for August, 2016. We featured
- Martin Bailey,
- Sandro Gaemperle,
- John-Ray Brentnall,
- Anthony Goldman and
- Michael Cohen.
Also See: Our current WLR Featured Pics
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August 2016, Week 5: Lioness and Puddle
Photo by: Michael J. Cohen
Camera: Canon 1Dx
Lens: Canon 200-400 lens with the 1.4 engaged, 400mm
Focal length: 400mm
This picture was obtained on a special morning at Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, in Namibia. A group of young adult lions came into our camp site just before dawn, and were clearly searching for water. They went to the showers provided at the camp site and one even stood up on the exterior sink.
August 2016, Week 4: Dominant Male Leopard
Camera: Canon 1 DX, Lens Canon 200-400mm at 560mm with 1.4 x extender
We were watching the Othwawa pride of lions on the one bank of the Sand River. It was late afternoon and the sun had almost set with great lighting on the lions. As the sun set someone heard a leopard growl and the the beautiful dominant male leopard appeared on the other bank of the Sand River. He stared at the lions and posed for us so we had two different big cats in the same instant on different river banks. The light was challenging on the leopard as you can see from the high ISO.
August 2016, Week 3: Fish Eagle
Camera: Canon 70d Lens: canon 100-400mm
F-Stop: F 5.6
Exposure: Overexposed 0.7
At Jacis lodges this fish eagle often comes to perch on the dead leadwood in their waterhole. Early the morning we heard the guinea fowl alarm calling – and I ran hoping to see one of the larger predators. In the distance I noticed the fish eagle.
I hoped he’d land on this leadwood and so I went into the terrapin hide and started focusing on the branch till I was happy with the settings. A pie kingfisher kindly helped as he was on the branch beforehand. About an hour passed and my patience paid off. Of course I took multiple shots and this is the best one I got.
August 2016, Week 2: Kolmanskop
Photo by: Sandro Gaemperle
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Sigma 12-24mm lens
Focal Length: 12 mm
I took this shot in the old mining town Kolmanskop close to the costal town Lüderitz in the South of Namibia. The sunrays cast an interesting pattern on the sand which lies on the floor of what once might have been a living room in one of the various buildings that stood the test of time.
August 2016, Week 1: Petrified Camel-Thorn
Photo by: Martin Bailey
Camera: Canon Full Frame
Focal Length: 349mm
This photo is of the petrified camel-thorn trees in Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia. There is just a few minutes at the start of each day when the sun illuminates the orange sand dune in the background before it starts to light up the clay basin of the valley and the trees. The large contrast between the foreground elements and the background helps to make this kind of very striking almost painterly photograph.
I of course used a tripod to keep the camera steady. I used a small aperture of f/16 to ensure that both trees were in focus. I checked focus in Live View, by holding down the depth of field preview button at the base of the lens, then checked that each tree was sharp on the LCD magnified to 5X.