Photo of the day 2011/2

wildlife photography johannesburg

I absolutely love this photograph I took in December in the Timbavati. This female hyena was calm when she first looked at us but ended up running away quite quickly. I’ve always wanted to get a running panning shot of any animal, let alone a hyena (they are one of my favourites). When I saw the opportunity arise I quickly adjusted my settings on my camera (on M) to get a slightly lower shutter speed while still not overexposing- luckily the weather was quite dreary that day so I was able to get the shot I wanted while not letting too much light into it. Also remember to adjust your aperture higher to compensate for the high light. The last thing I did was to change the original to black and white to give it a more artsy feel, but that’s completely personal preference 🙂

Getting this type of shot has a lot to do with luck – you need to pan your camera at the right speed and keep the focus on the animal the entire time so it’s quite tricky. It’s all about keeping your eye on your prize!!

Settings: ISO 400; 210mm; f6.3; SS: 1/80

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