rhino up in ash
Rhinos are prehistoric looking mammals forming part of the Big Five found at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. They are fascinating, large and grey mammals; constantly grazing head down making them hard to photograph.
We followed the tracks of a rhino bull into a small area that had burnt due to an unforeseen natural veld fire. At first I wasn't too excited about the area we entered but realized that as a photographer I can't always set the scenes to my desire and have to use what nature rolls at me.
We soon found the rhino bull resting, lying down, making my taking a photograph even less interesting. Then it caught my eye that every time the rhino exhaled it kicked up a cloud of ash and I decided to use the ash as my main focus for this photograph. I wanted to capture the action with the ash all around his face and decided to position our vehicle to get some side lighting on his face. I zoomed in closely to emphasize the ash cloud all around him.
This image was taken with a Nikon D700 camera with a Nikkor 70 - 200mm f2.8 lens. My settings were aperture priority, f5, 1/1000, ISO 800 and matrix metering mode.
Keep it sharp out there