Behind The Frame: Patterns, Textures and Contrasts

Andrew Beck Uncategorized Leave a Comment

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I love patterns, textures and contrasts in my photography.

All three of these elements came together during a recent Private Guided Safari to the Timbavati when we came across a skittish male leopard resting on a thick limb of an Acacia tree. I’ve always envisaged this sort of image but have either not been close enough or haven’t had the right textures on the tree to execute the shot as I pictured it.

Canon 1DX MKII, Canon 400mm F2.8 & 2x converter at 800mm and F5.6, ISO 3200, 1/125, -1/3EV

It is always good to have an idea of the kinds of images you want to capture. this way, when an opportunity presents itself, you are already ahead of the curve. As soon as I saw this male resting in the top of the tree I knew there was a good opportunity to capture this frame and quickly added the 2x converter to the 400mm lens.

Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.

Be prepared and you may just get lucky.

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Very few people can tell you what their passion in life is. Even fewer will be able to tell you that what they do for a living is in fact their passion. My love for the bush and conservation took me on journey which would not only allow me to explore the continent which fascinates me so much, but to share my passion for photography and conservation with others. Be sure to check out my my website and instagram account.

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