Photo of the Day Contest
Backlit Wildebeest by Mark Dumbleton
Sunday, 2nd September 2012

Backlit Wildebeest

by Mark Dumbleton

A herd of Wildebeest whip up dust at dawn, running along the dusty banks of the Mara River during their annual migration across East Africa
Equipment: Nikon D4, Nikon 600f4 VR
Mark Dumbleton
I am a wildlife and landscape photographer based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Born with a passion for the outdoors, I travel through Africa photographing the events and nuances of the natural world. Evoking an emotion through photographic art stems from a life-long passion for nature. Capturing the unique beauty of a location and it’s wildlife or landscape motivates me to invest as much time as I do out in the wilderness, focussing on nothing more than to potentially create a photograph with enough emotion and visual drama to tell a story; to justify to the viewer the immense beauty of that experience. The photographs on this website portray my passion for this, in a way that is both creative and natural, sometimes pushing the boundaries to obtain that unique perspective on our natural world. I photograph nature in its purest form because I love it, and I love to share my work with people who appreciate it.

Backlit Wildebeest by Mark Dumbleton was photo of the day on Sunday, 2nd September 2012. It is tagged . You can leave a comment below.


2nd September 2012 at 5:09 am

Stunning and wild! Beautiful light.

2nd September 2012 at 9:07 am

Very atmospheric; a new way to see wildebeest.

2nd September 2012 at 9:57 am

Beautiful light and atmosphere.

2nd September 2012 at 11:47 am

Beautifully atmospheric! The way the head is cut off the far left wildebeest and the body is cut off the far right balances them out well.

Mario Gustavo Fiorucci

2nd September 2012 at 3:43 pm

Good Picture ¡¡

Laura Milholland

2nd September 2012 at 3:51 pm

Marvelous action and I adore the golden light! Congratulations on well-deserved POTD!

Roxy Johnstone

2nd September 2012 at 4:42 pm

What a cool picture… is primitive in a way….like paintings on a cave wall….

Wayne Christensen

2nd September 2012 at 6:14 pm

The right place at the right time! Thanks for sharing

2nd September 2012 at 6:21 pm

congrats bud, it is a cracker!

2nd September 2012 at 7:11 pm

Great use of lighting!

2nd September 2012 at 7:15 pm

Beautiful wild shot.

Tazmin Shariff

2nd September 2012 at 7:55 pm

Stunning and unusual shot! Could almost be a cave painting.


2nd September 2012 at 9:37 pm

Wonderful catch, great photo!

3rd September 2012 at 4:14 pm

Great colors in the sky.


3rd September 2012 at 6:17 pm

Wildly dramatic! Love the silhouette against the fired sky. Great capture!

3rd September 2012 at 8:50 pm

Beautiful golden silhouettes. The air is super charged with the dust kicked up from their hooves. This is a wonderful photo.

10th September 2012 at 3:10 pm

Magnificent. Thank you for sharing, and inspiring.

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