Behind the Frame – Kgalagadi Hartebeest

Gerry van der Walt All Authors Leave a Comment


Nikon D300s, 380mm, 1/2000, f/4, ISO 500

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is without a doubt one of Southern Africa’s most amazing wildlife photographic destinations.

Most of your time in this park will be spent in dry river beds in which a series of waterholes attracts a wide and diverse amount of wildlife.  On top of this the easy slopes of the old riverbeds make for fantastic backdrops to your images.

I took the above image while we were sitting watching a female cheetah and her three youngsters feeding on a wildebeest she had killed earlier that day.  The four cats were great to watch but did not make for great photography as the grass was obstructing a nice, clean image. 

This Red Hartebeest, watching the four Cheetah very closely, slowly moved along the base of one of the sloping dunes and made for the most amazing clean wildlife images – the texture of the grass contrasts well with the solid shape, form and color of the antelope.  I waited for the Hartebeest to move just enough to the left so that I did not have any distracting elements in the frame before clicking the shutter.

Lessons from this? 

Predators do not, by default, make better images and keeping it simple still works.

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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