Behind the Frame: Stuck in the Mud

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Two weeks ago we packed up office and relocated to Madikwe for a few days.

Deciding to give our Nikon stock a break, a decision encouraged by Gerry shot-gunning the awesome camera models and lenses we have (I am now practicing daily on my reaction times), I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to go to the Dark Side and try Canon and become acquainted with the ‘competition’ brand.

I can safely say that most of my first day was spent bumbling around with the camera at various sightings trying to remember that it’s focus button was set differently to how our Nikon bodies are.

This would too often result in me just glaring at the camera with a mixture of annoyance and pleading.

After changing the focus to be on the button I felt most comfortable using (I will be writing a blog on the importance of knowing your camera and lenses soon), I got ready to play ball.

Madikwe was incredibly dry when we visited.

Trees were twisted and bare and the grass had receded to almost nothing, only a light tan portraying what should have been green.

A drive to a waterhole obviously brought up quite a visionary delight: a herd of elephants covered in a splattering of mud, some rumbling in obvious frustration at the tough task of walking in clinging ankle-deep mud, while others were consuming their mass in rich blue water.

This is one of the many moments where knowing your camera, its settings and the lens you are using is important. There were so many interactions happening between the baby elephants and their mothers, the adults losing their tempers at one another, sweet moments where the young got stuck in the mud and then raced to their mothers when they finally got free.

If I hadn’t gotten more familiar with my camera, I have no doubt that I would be swiftly flagging these series of images as unusable in Lightroom!

Stuck in the Mud - © Penny Robartes

I cannot stress the importance of knowing your camera gear and how to effectively use it before going out on safari, or any other photographic expedition for that matter!

It is just not worth losing those images of Wild Dogs on a kill.

Yes, I made the rookie mistake of not taking the time to get to know the camera and lens I was using, hence getting images of Wild Dogs that predominantly balls of blur.

Don’t slip up and become like me and have to deal with Present Penny still being super mad at Past Penny.

Keep an eye out as I will be posting a blog called ‘The Dangers and Pleasures of Knowing Your Camera Equipment’!

Penny Robartes

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