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Chimps and Rhinos

Chimpanzees How to photograph an animal with so much personality. Study them closely as you photograph, they have human like expressions – you want to caption each one with what you think they are thinking.  Easy because we share so much DNA. Use your non-verbal interaction skills to develop a relationship, then capture the moment.

© 2019 Bob Harvey

Just thinking?

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

Hmmm, do we need a pedicure?
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Being able to nap in a sanctuary – thanks to Jane Goodall.
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

© 2019 Bob Harvey

This one looks like he heard a “Bob joke” and is trying to give a polite laugh.

Rhinos – a different story.  They wander about pretty expressionless.  The photographic challenge is to capture the setting and use the light, perhaps the mood if it’s charging toward you.  Or the adult/young interaction.

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

© 2019 Bob Harvey

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

Close views show interesting textures and features of this odd looking creature.  Can you tell the difference between a black rhino and a white rhino?  It’s not about the color.

© 2019 Bob Harvey

© 2019 Bob Harvey

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

Black rhinos have a pointed lip suitable for grabbing fruit and leaves off trees and shrubs. White rhinos have a flat, wide lip for grazing on grasses. The white rhino is larger.  Learn more about rhinos on our Kenya Photography Safari.

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Elephants!

Mt. Kilimanjaro emerges from the clouds,  just as this mom and baby step into the scene.
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

It’s always nice when such a majestic animal arrives in great light to complete your landscape composition. OK, I had the driver/guide move forward, then back, then a little forward… Depth of field and lining things up “just so” was important.

Amboseli National Park, Kenya
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

It’s fun to catch elephants at the waterhole. Fast shutter speeds captured the drops and splashes of water.

Baby elephant
©Bob Harvey

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

And they do love water.  They also like to add dust and/or mud after cleaning up in the water. That helps control the insects.

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Rubbing up against a muddy wall – a mud massage.
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How great they look after their mud bath.  And not so much appeal to insects.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

It’s nice to combine all sizes, showing various stages of maturity. A panorama crop omits the boring parts of the scene and brings to attention the parade of different sizes.

Elephants crossing the dry lakebed, Amboseli National Park, Kenya. The water behind them is a mirage.
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

But what can be cuter than a tiny baby dwarfed by the size of adults next to the baby.  This strategy of enclosing the baby is done to protect them, but it gives a chance to create unusual and artistic photos. You don’t have to always show the whole animal, try some tight crops.  In these photos, the tight crops emphasize the size of the adult legs and the smallness of the babies while making creative compositions.

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

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Elephants along the banks of the Chobe River.
© 2018 Bob Harvey

An early morning stroll. They look very content.

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

Taking the time to learn about the animals, as well as watching their behavior, will help capture interesting images.  Join us on one of our Africa trips and we will spend time helping you choose the right settings and suggest compositions.

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World Rhino Day

Last week we visited Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.  It was great to see and photograph so many rhinos roaming about in a natural habitat protected from poachers. They are doing a fabulous job with rhino conservation and we are happy to support that.  Join our Kenya Adventure and you will be supporting this too.  More on Kenya later as well as a lot from the Mara Crossing Adventure from Tanzania. We were a month out in the field, but we will catch up on this adventure with many stories and photos.

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