Canon 5Ds R, Canon 70-200mm F2.8 @70mm and F2.8, ISO 1000, F4.0, 1/200

Behind the Frame: Tones of Tungsten

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Something magic happens to the sky just after the sun sinks below the horizon.

Simply put, twilight is the period between daylight and nighttime, when it is still light but the sun is below the horizon. It is during this time that the sky turns almost electric blue as shorter wavelengths of blue light are scattered in the atmosphere.

Add to this the fact that this is the time that one would start to make use of spotlights to illuminate nocturnal wildlife and that these spotlights traditionally provide a warm orange light provided by a tungsten wire inside the bulb and you’re left with a scene filled with vibrant, complimentary colours.

Canon 5Ds R, Canon 70-200mm F2.8 @70mm and F2.8, ISO 1000, F4.0, 1/200

The Tungsten White Balance value of 3200K helps to cool the warm oranges and yellows provided by the spotlight, leaving the twilight blues to provide and incredible background to almost any scene.

This is without a doubt one of my favourite times to photograph leopards resting in a tree – something we got to capture quite often on our recent Wildlife Photography Seminar.

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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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