Buffalo Sunset

What a scene, what a photo…500 buffalo all feeding, with the sunset casting a golden light over the bush. But this was not something, which was left to chance.

The buffalo had been resting on an open area during the day and we planned to get into the right position to see if we could capture a picture like this.

We had a photographic group so it was important to be in the right place at the right time. For a while I thought we were going to miss it as the buffalo started moving into thick bush which would have made getting this image near impossible. Fortunately they obliged and moved perfectly into the open with the sun directly behind them!


The best way to accomplish the colour is to ensure that you underexpose your subject thereby allowing the full effect of the colour to come through. I took this with a Nikon D7000 and a 70-200mm f2.8 VRII lens. The photo was taken in full manual mode to allow me to set how underexposed I wanted it to be. The shutter speed was set to 2500th of a second, aperture was set to f5 to allow for a bit more depth of field and ISO was set to 500.

Expose your balance

Richard de Gouveia

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