rhino up in ash

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

Wim Vorster

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