Desktop Wallpapers – December 2011

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Welcome to December!

 

As the years starts winding down it is time for the last Wild Eye Wallpapers for 2011.  Yeah, time has been flying and if you have been following along you will know that a lot has happened during the last few months but the Wild Eye experience is just getting started so make sure to stay tuned for some exciting developments in 2012!

 

For now, it’s time for the free monthly desktop wallpapers.  This month, and moving forward from here, you will be able to download one of six wallpapers from from the Wild Eye team (check below each image).  Not only will this offere you a more diverse range of images but through all our travels we will be able to keep the images exciting and fresh!

 

As always, each of the three wallpapers are available in two sizes.  The large versions are sized at 2560 x 1600 and small ones at 1280 x 800.  

 

To download your favorite wallpaper, without the frames, simply use the text links below the image of your choice, right click on the image once it has finished loading and that’s it!  If you’re not sure how to add the wallpaper to your desktop background simply leave a comment and we’ll help you out!


 

Wallpaper #1 – December 2011


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Canon 1DMK IV, Canon 600mm IS USM, 1/1250, f/4.0, ISO 100

 Marievale, Gauteng

 Image by Andrew Beck


Keeping it simple can create interesting images. On a recent trip to Marievale I started to look for different images as the bird activity started to dip as the morning progressed. A large patch of reeds adjacent to the Hadeda hide made for an interesting image as the white tips drew my attention to the repeating lines of the edges of the reeds. A large aperture and focal length allowed me to throw the reeds in the distance completely out of focus, creating an image which at first glance seems as though it might have been taken with a macro lens!

 

To download the small version of this image click here.  Alternatively click here for the larger version.

 

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Wallpaper #2 – December 2011


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Nikon D7000, Nikon 70-200mm VR II, 1/125, f/4, ISO 400

Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Image by Gerry van der Walt

 

A huge amount of rain and beautiful late afternoon sun made for a wonderful afternoon in Madikwe.  Some of the regular dams were completely flooded and the elephants in the area had an absolute blast.  This youngtsre wandered off to the side and when he lifted his trunk towards the setting sun I saw the image I wanted.

 

To download the small version of this image click here.  Alternatively click here for the larger version.

 

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Wallpaper #3 – December 2011


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Nikon D300s, Nikon 70-200mm VR II, 1/1600, f/8, ISO 200

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Image by Gerry van der Walt

 

The Kgalagadi is known for fantastic early moringin and late afternoon light.  On this particular morning a very normal landscape scene turned into a visual experience that just demanded to be photographed.  The dust that was kicked up by a few vehicles added to the scene by adding a soft glow to the scene.  Gotta love early mornings in Africa.

 

To download the small version of this image click here.  Alternatively click here for the larger version.

 

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Wallpaper #4 – December 2011

 

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Canon 1DMK IV  Canon 16-35mm USM, 1/1000, f/4.5, ISO 100

 Pilanesberg Game Reserve, South Africa

 Image by Andrew Beck

 

No matter what your outdoor photographic interests are, Pilanesberg has it all. From the excellent birding photography at the Mankwe Dam Hide, to the general game out on the open plains. Despite having commented on the landscape of the area almost every time I have been there, this is something that I haven’t explored much from a photographic perspective. I took a number of images of this specific rock puddle with various aperture settings but found this image to be one of the more interesting landscape shots despite the fact that it was shot at an aperture of f/4.5. By no means your typical landscape image but an interesting one none the less!

 

To download the small version of this image click here.  Alternatively click here for the larger version.

 

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Wallpaper #5 – December 2011

 

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Canon 7D, Canon 16-35mm, 1/400, f/8, ISO 100

Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Image by Gerry van der Walt

 

Still one of the most unique photographinc mornings I have ever had. The combination of mist, early morning sun and, of course, a huge male lion made for truly unique wildlife images.

 

To download the small version of this image click here.  Alternatively click here for the larger version.

 

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Wallpaper #6 – December 2011

 

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Canon 7D, Canon 300mm IS, 1/640, f/8, ISO 200

Image by Villiers Steyn

 

Villiers Steyn, one of the newest Wild Eye team members, has succeeded in creating a perfect silhouette so as the year draws to a close what better image to end off with then a perfect African moment. 

 

To download the small version of this image click here.  Alternatively click here for the larger version.

 

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As always I would love to hear which image you chose and why!  Also, please feel free to share these with friends and family so they can also have a bit of Africa on their desktop!

 

Until next time.

 

Gerry van der Walt

 

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