Latest Photograph – Mara Giraffes

Mara GiraffesMara Giraffes, Masai Mara. Nikon D800, 28-70 f/2.8 – 1/640, f/16, ISO100, 28mm.

This is a photograph from our 2016 photography safari in the Masai Mara. Okay, I know it isn’t the latest photograph I’ve taken…. But it is the latest photograph I’ve uploaded to my website so it still counts!

We were travelling over the vast open plains of the Lemek Conservancy during the mid-afternoon. Above us, an amazing deep blue sky with very strongly backlit clouds provided an astonishing contrast as crepuscular rays eminated from breaks in the cloud. A pair of giraffes and a distant acacai tree broke the horizon in front of us.

I used a wide angle lens at 28mm to include as much of the sky as I could. The wide angle distorted the perspective and ‘pushed’ the tree and the giraffes slightly further away than I had orginally anticipated but I just had to include as much of the sky and crepuscular rays as I could. I also used a LEE graduated filter (hard edge but I can’t remember if it was two or three stops, sorry!) to hold back some of the brightness of the backlit clouds and also darken the others and the sky too of course. A single AF point was set on the slowly moving giraffes then quickly recomposed to place them right at the bottom of the frame.

It’s a photograph I like a lot and today I was reminded of just why when a follower on my Facebook page expressed exactly the same thoughts I had when I took the photograph almost a year ago today…

“The tallest creatures in Africa dwarfed by their own environment”

Thank you Martha West from Michigan!

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