Tuesday, 24th July 2012
by Morkel Erasmus
The African Wild Dog is highly endangered, and any chance to see them in the wild is a bonus. Imagine my excitement at being able to photograph a pack of them, lying on my belly in a sandy riverbed! This is one species that is hard to portray well in photos as they don't stand that tall, and shooting from a safari vehicle just doesn't do them justice as the angle diminishes their formidable presence. I tried to convey the very low shooting angle I had here by including a lot of out-of-focus foreground as the Alpha Male got up to do a lazy stretch. Moments after this frame was captured he started bearing directly down on us and lay down a mere 7 meters from our position. An unforgettable moment!
Equipment: Nikon D3s, Nikkor 500mm f4 VR-II, Nikkor 1.4x teleconverter
I have always been amazed by the natural beauty in the landscape, wildlife and bird-life of Southern Africa. Picking up a camera has just enhanced that appreciation and pushed me to further explore the wild places left in my native homeland. Join me on my website/blog, on Facebook and on 500px as I share my experiences with you!
An Industrial Engineer by profession, and an accomplished artist across many genres, from music to poetry, I have always enjoyed whatever allows me to express my creativity to the fullest. Photography turned out to be the perfect 'marriage' between my engineering brain and artistic soul. Showing off God's glorious creation is something I enjoy immensely.