A favorite Moment: Grey Ghost

Often called Africa’s grey ghost, the Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)  is remarkable in its abilities to disappear. They are able to filter back into the surround bush and thickets, as silently as they appeared. I have tried to capture a photograph of a this particular bull a few times before.

There are a variety of things that make a photograph stand out from the multitude of images being uploaded every day. Often these iconic images can also stand the test of time, no matter how money times I share this photograph it always draws attention. For me that makes it a personal Favorite.

Grasping distance in Wildlife Photography

This image is also the first time I grasped the concept of how important distance plays in our photography. There is two main distances we should always take not of, first distant to subject and the one very few people take regard for. Distance from Subject to back ground. Its this distance that makes this photograph pop. The kudu had walked out into a clearing and the tree line behind it was some distance, so even thou I was shooting at f/5.6. The distance allowed the back ground to be completely blurred. This bokeh is not just subject too lens aperture, lens length and distance play an important part.

Photograph Details

Photograph Details

File name: A grey ghost.jpg

Gear: Canon 50D and 400mm f5.6 IS L USM

Exposure:1/160 sec;   f/5.6;   ISO 100

Copyright: Copy right Etienne Oosthuizen photography 

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