Canon 40D, Canon 100-400 f4.5 – f5.6, 1/125, f5.6, ISO 800
What constitutes a great photograph?
Is it only down to the brand or the camera model? I highly doubt it.
I took this image some time ago using a Canon 40D. This body at its time (roughly 5 years ago) was great but would now hardly be considered. The lens is great and versatile but can’t compare to the fixed focal primes that are so very much sought-after.
I believe that an understanding of your own abilities as well as the abilities of your gear, sound knowledge of your subject and some creative thinking can form the basis of any great wildlife image.
In this image I patiently waited for the leopard to poke his head out from behind the rough bark. With enough distance between the leopard and the vegetation behind I knew that even at f5.6 my leopard would stand out beautifully.
If you are fortunate enough to own the latest and greatest gear count yourself as blessed and keep pushing the envelope and setting the standard.
If you don’t you should not lose heart, there are many amazing photo opportunities awaiting you.
Marlon du Toit