Mara Triangle, Kenya
Nikon D3s, 600mm, 1/2000, f/4, ISO 1600
To me wildlife photography is about capturing moments. The stories that play out in the wild.
It’s most definitely not about forcing an animal to ‘do something’ or influencing their behaviour to get the shot.
That is not what wildlife photography is about.
The best images, and I strongly believe this, is when your subject does not even know you are there.
It’s when you witness moments that not only make for great wildlife images but also makes you appreciate the privilege of being able to do what we do.
The above image shows one of these moments, one I captured in the Mara last year.
The female cheetah and her youngster were hiding from the warm midday sun and as the youngster got up I was able to capture this frame. A shallow DoF blurred the thickets in front of them enough to add a lovely, soft feeling to the moment and enhanced the mood in the image.
It was great knowing that this scene was one of nature’s stories and would have played out exactly like it did whether we were there or not.
When you sit back, keep your distance and get images that show the stories of nature as they would take place even if you were not there – that is when you are being true to the craft of wildlife photography.
Until next time.
Gerry van der Walt
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