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Animals in Motion

It’s fun and pretty easy to capture an animal by freezing the action with a fast shutter speed.

© 2017 Bob Harvey

But what if you want to blur the image and feel the motion?

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

I find that using a medium long lens works the best for me.  Long primes like a 500 are a little more difficult to manage.  Wide angle doesn’t do much.  The above photo was taken with an 80-400 mm lens (at 240mm) at a shutter speed of 1/30, ISO 64, F22.

shutter speed 1/25
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Shutter speeds to accomplish this motion usually range from 1/15 to 1/30.

shutter speed 1/25
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

How fast the animal is running, how long a lens you have, all play into what shutter speed to use. I’ve taken photos at the same speed as above, but the legs were totally blurred into the background – animal was running faster.

shutter speed 1/15
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Get into position when you see the opportunity coming toward you. Focus on the running animal and pan with it – release when the moment is right and follow through.  Think of hitting a tennis ball.  You will get nice background blur by doing this.

Wildebeest running hard, panning at 1/30 second.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Chose a path where the animal will always be in similar light – not in and out of the shade/sun which requires different exposures.  If the background changes from light to dark, auto exposure could be tricked. Manual focus or single point auto focus and manual exposure are needed to avoid picking up information from the background.

We will be working on this technique on our upcoming trips to Africa.

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Botswana Adventure 2018

Botswana 2018 – First visitors in March – We arrived just as the lodges opened up for the season.  Everything was green and full of life.  And the photography from the river was outstanding. We had great angles and access to the action.

Elephants heading for the water and mud along the banks of the Chobe River.
© 2018 Bob Harvey

© 2018 Bob Harvey

How great they look after their mud bath.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Malachite Kingfisher – nest is in the riverbank.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Fish Eagle
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Crocodile giving “the look”
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Hippo, also giving “the look”, but definitely looking for trouble!
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

The salad bar
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Heron Fishing
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Saddleback Stork fishing
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Lesser Jacana
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Not a sunset! Midday clouds with prisms –  zoomed in tight with 500mm. NO saturation added.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

A short plane ride later, the interior – also green and full of life.

Wild Dog – Looking cute?  You should have seen the pack chasing an impala! I couldn’t believe how fast the impala ran and how high he jumped. (he won)
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Little lion cub coming over to us to see if we would play.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

He sat down and looked adorable.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Then he showed us he could look ferocious!
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

He managed to wake up dad from his nap (who shoved him away)
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Finally, family play time.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Carmine Bee-eater.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Southern Red Bishop
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Baboons
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Serval
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Fish Eagle
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Zebras
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Me and my mom and the Oxpecker.
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Join the fun on the next trip to Botswana, March 2021.  Link to our Itinerary

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