Continuing on from last time we see our Jackals goading a Cheetah and move on to more wet Lions.
Catching up with the Monico pride was great and the young guys were up to some trouble thanks to the lower temperature and the pride seems to be doing pretty well!
Read on to find out more..
Our Cheetah had had a good feed and luckily too as the troublesome Jackals were calling some unwanted attention to the kill.
We let our full Cheetah slink away to rest with a full belly and continued on. I was keen to catch up with the local Monico pride and Patrick had a suspicion he knew where they might be.
Not far from where physic guide Patrick thought they may be at this time, we sure enough found them out in the relative open.
As I have mentioned I love working with cats in the rain as their behaviour is much more energetic and lends itself to some fantastic expressions.
I am really taking to black and white images recently. I always like to try and vary my style. I am known for my dramatic use of colour, but these flat times with the storms often allow a style of shooting to bring out broad details the contrasty shadows of golden hour often obscure.
As well I set the B&W filter to bring out the yellow and orange tones of the Lions against the darker green of the ground, really making the pride pop. I am still finding my feet in the B&W world, but am really enjoying the experimentation.
Great to see the cubs this energised and I am really digging the B&W at the moment.
It still amazes me that we can shoot at all in such light these days. I remember when ISO 400 was considered pushing it in the early days of digital and here I am now at 6400. How anyone can really moan about the equipment we have these days (yes you on the forums!) is beyond me. One of the reasons I am in the Nikon camp is that since the D3 they really have been leading the pack with regards to image quality and ergonomics.
Anyway, the light really did then take a nose dive and we made our way to higher ground for a gin and tonic and to see if there was any breaks in the cloud for a sunset shot or two…
And that was that! A slip n’ slide ride back to camp later and we were showered and ready to wine and dine at the hands of the wonderful camp staff.
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