March 26, 2020
Three year old Siligi (Masai name for ‘hope’) and her 7 five month old cubs have caught international attention as well as being a top tourist attraction in the Reserve. Normally cheetahs have 3-5 cubs, so having 7 is rare, much less keeping them safe for 5 months. But as of last month, only 2 of Siligi’s cubs have survived.
Click on the image to see the whole cheetah parade panorama.
Canon 1DX Mark II, EF100-400mm f4-5.6 II lens at 100mm, exposure of 1/500 sec at f8, ISO 160, handheld.
March 3, 2020
Photographing a subject that is strongly sunlit from behind can be difficult. First there is the problem of exposure—the subject is very underexposed while the parts in sunlight are very overexposed. Then there is lens flare, as direct sunlight scatters back and forth among the glass elements within, producing a heavy haze that obscures the image and makes focusing difficult.
That is where Photoshop comes into play—correcting the exposure of the subject and taming the haze—and reproducing what the human eye sees.
Canon 1DX Mark II, EF100-400mm f4-5.6 II lens at 400mm, exposure of 1/320 sec at f7.1, ISO 200, handheld.
January 31, 2020
Teenagers of all species have different methods of establishing their societal hierarchy, in other words, their ranking. These young Masai Giraffe males are performing an ancient dance called necking. At the start it involves just leaning and pushing against each other, but later involves head butting and body slamming, each trying to dodge the opponents blows while preparing for their counterblows. This is a long, slow process, with no immediate winner.
Canon 1DX Mark II, EF100-400mm f4-5.6 II lens at 286mm, exposure of 1/640 sec at f8, ISO 125, handheld.
December 20, 2019
The Mara North Conservancy is owned and managed by local herders, who give the 11 lodges within the conservancy exclusive access to guide visitors within the conservancy. However, there are several main roads that pass through, so you often see local cars and supply trucks passing by while you are photographing wildlife. Motorcycles, usually cheap versions from China, are permitted on the main roads.
Since they are often seen speeding along the rough gravel roads, the guides call them "Chinese Cheetahs".
Canon 1DX Mark II, EF100-400mm f4-5.6 II lens at 400mm, exposure of 1/250 sec at f7.1, ISO 500, handheld.