Disparate Trio « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Disparate Trio

This image was created with the Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS EF USM AF lens hand held at 32mm) and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/500 sec. at f/10.

Two sensors to the left of the central sensor/AI Servo Rear Focus AF on the elephant’s mouth active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Be sure to click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Big Tusker

We saw this big African Elephant a long way off. With its 7 foot tucks, it stood out from the crowd. Patrick Sparkman was in my safari van. We were so enthralled with those huge tusks that though we were both experienced photographers we each made the mistake of making images of the animal with the 600II/2X III TC combination when the image was far far away on a hot dusty morning. With the heat shimmer, haze, and dust between us and our subject we deleted every image.

We waited patiently as the elephant walked steadfastly towards our van. When he angled away a bit while foraging, we had Niko back up the van about 100 meters. When the animal crossed the road it turned right, and headed directly towards us while munching on the large shrubs on the side of the road. When it was obvious that it would wind up right next to the van both Patrick and I grabbed the 24-105s, opened the side windows, and began making images. At one point I was wishing that I had my fish eye lens on!

This in-camera HDR Art Vivid image was created with the hand held Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender (with the internal TC in place at 473mm) and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 stop yielded a base exposure of 1/1600 sec. at f/5.6.

Three sensors to the left and two rows below the central sensor/AI Servo Rear Focus AF on the Wildebeest’s face active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Down by the Lake with Willy the Wildebeest

After yesterday’s lion/hyena adventure (see here), and after creating the elephant image above, we came upon this rather regal-looking (if that is possible for a Bearded Gnu) Wildebeest. First, I photographed it from the top of the van, and then for the image above, got lower by working out of the opened side window with the hand held 200-400. I went to HDR Art Vivid to counteract the rather harsh light and getting low yielded a nice background of the lake with a smattering of flamingos.

This image was created with the hand held Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender (with the internal TC in place at 473mm) and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 1600. Evaluative metering at zero: 1/125 sec. at f/5.6 in Tv mode+.

Central sensor/AI Servo Rear Focus AF as framed active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Grant’s Wears the Pants

Grant’s Gazelle, the largest of the 3 common antelopes in East Africa, is easily identified by its white belly and its white inner leg linings, thus the “Grant’s wears the pants” tagline. All of the images in this and the previous blog post (mentioned above) were created on August 16, 2013 at Ngorongoro Crater on the Tanzania Summer Safari. Having the opportunity to photograph so many different large mammals in a single day is one of the great attractions of being on safari.

Image Questions

Why Tv mode in the soft, pre-dawn light?
Why make this image at zero in the soft predawn light when I would normally adding one full stop of light?

Your Favorite?

Which of the three images above is your favorite? Be sure to let us know why.

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2 comments to Disparate Trio

  • My favorite of the shots has to be the elephant. Incredible detail so close.

    To answer image question 1: TV mode to set a shutter speed fast enough (safety shift, auto ISO) to hand hold and use the in camera HDR mode.

    For question 2, why use a zero exposure in soft morning light?

    Answer: The overall exposure averages to a middle tone and the subject is lighter than middle tone. Adding exposure might wash out detail on the gazelle.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hey Tom, You answer for #1 is correct. With #2, it was the dark bushes behind the gazelle that eliminated the need for +1 exposure compensation….