Nikon D4 with a Nikon 600mm f/4 lens – No flash was fired – specialized boat bracket was used for support – Manual Exposure Mode – Aperture: f/7.1 – Shutter speed: 1/8000sec – 21 dynamic focus points was selected on AFC mode - ISO: 9000 - +1 compensation. - This image was taken on the Chobe River from a specialized photography boat. This gave me the opportunity to get very close to these beautiful animals and take the shot from a very low angle, which shows their enormity. It was an overcast day, which I had to take into consideration. Knowing my Camera, I decided to push my ISO to its limits and therefore pushed my ISO up to 1/9000. And then, I still added more light with adding another +1 compensation as well. So, you can expect noise, not so? In wildlife photography you will often find yourself in a similar situation. What to do now is always the question you ask yourself. My theory is… with what you have. By knowing your editing software and your gear, you will soon figure out what you could to make the image work for you. That is...if you are shooting in RAW, may I add. I have reduced noise, which left me with soft Elephants, but by adding more detail in other ways, gave me the result I was after again. I have also selectively de-saturated the overpowering green grass in the foreground, as in my opinion; it was changing the overcast mood in my image, I was after. By doing that also gave me a slightly different look and feel. And with that said...I enjoy the slight artistic feel to the image. I would love your comments on this.

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Comment by Bruna Mentrup-Nortje on May 16, 2017 at 14:41
Thank you so much my friend
Comment by Louise Victor on April 10, 2017 at 22:25

Stunning Bruna!

Comment by Bruna Mentrup-Nortje on April 3, 2017 at 10:28
Thank you so much Trompie, Susan and John! I really appreciate your positive feedback.
Comment by John Griffin on March 26, 2017 at 17:49

To get all the technical consideration spot on and then perfect timing. The baby leaning in at a perfect angle and the sand caught in mid air ... Wow. So well done!

Comment by Susan van Wyk on March 25, 2017 at 19:06


Comment by Trompie Van der Berg on March 24, 2017 at 10:46

Bruna this is an amazing piece of work! You truly are one of the best wildlife photographers in the country!

Comment by Bruna Mentrup-Nortje on March 23, 2017 at 15:57

Thank you so much Nicolene! I really appreciate your positive feedback. 

Comment by Nicolene Theunissen on March 23, 2017 at 8:30

Bruna, you make me jealous, I WANT TO TAKE PICS LIKE THIS. Beautiful. I stand in awe

Comment by Bruna Mentrup-Nortje on March 21, 2017 at 13:12

Thank you so much Danie! It means so much to me coming from you!  My mentor!!!

Comment by Danie Bester on March 21, 2017 at 13:02

Gorgeous. I love the mood! The dark skies, with that rim of bright light on the horizon, which adds a depth effect. I also like the low-vantage point you used, which adds to the majestic frames of these wonderful creatures. The cherry on the cake is the action happening at the top. A truly great wildlife image! Worth ten features. Salute! 

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