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Day of the Jackal

When I am out with photos on my mind, I am looking for the right light, the right subject and the right timing.

Clearly, that doesn't always happen. 

The other thing I have in my repertoire is back office processing once I get home. I always have that as a half thought when composing. This is especially true in the 2018 world of large megapixel cameras that give us post-processing options.

 

We sat on this waterhole one afternoon. We were tired from driving all day and elected to sit by this little water source and see what happened.

 

This is in Kruger Park, South Africa, where we were self-driving with friends, who were not at this particular waterhole with us, they were off on another loop somewhere. Kruger is a park of loops. We know them all and know where we are going to get good sightings. It's worked out OK over the years. haha.

 

Anyway, this particular waterhole was a cornucopia of activity with small birds coming in for a drink, raptors diving in and picking them off etc. etc. Then this Jackal slunk in for a drink. I have more than a few images of this beauty. I've cropped in a little tighter to try and get the best out of the reflection. Plus I have a large lens... I am trying to remember my excuse for the tight crop. But I think it worked.

 

Light - check, later afternoon, golden hour

Subject - ubiquitous African predator/scavenger

Timing - got him drinking

Composition - perfect reflection/cropped in for effect.

 

HaHa, the Rob Masterclass. 

If you like it I'll add one for each photo. I'd like to see some of you do the same. What's the story, why did you take it? What's the inspiration?

 

Rob

 

Day of the Jackal

When I am out with photos on my mind, I am looking for the right light, the right subject and the right timing.

Clearly, that doesn't always happen. 

The other thing I have in my repertoire is back office processing once I get home. I always have that as a half thought when composing. This is especially true in the 2018 world of large megapixel cameras that give us post-processing options.

 

We sat on this waterhole one afternoon. We were tired from driving all day and elected to sit by this little water source and see what happened.

 

This is in Kruger Park, South Africa, where we were self-driving with friends, who were not at this particular waterhole with us, they were off on another loop somewhere. Kruger is a park of loops. We know them all and know where we are going to get good sightings. It's worked out OK over the years. haha.

 

Anyway, this particular waterhole was a cornucopia of activity with small birds coming in for a drink, raptors diving in and picking them off etc. etc. Then this Jackal slunk in for a drink. I have more than a few images of this beauty. I've cropped in a little tighter to try and get the best out of the reflection. Plus I have a large lens... I am trying to remember my excuse for the tight crop. But I think it worked.

 

Light - check, later afternoon, golden hour

Subject - ubiquitous African predator/scavenger

Timing - got him drinking

Composition - perfect reflection/cropped in for effect.

 

HaHa, the Rob Masterclass. 

If you like it I'll add one for each photo. I'd like to see some of you do the same. What's the story, why did you take it? What's the inspiration?

 

Rob

 

comments (12)

Yes - you did well with your M.O. (Do you use that term? Motis operendi? Method of Operation?) This is a lovely image - perhaps I'll take you up on your challenge... smile
Rob Martin: Please do. I like viewing peoples views and motivations. It helps review and discuss an image.
Good idea Rob, all I have to do is remember why I took them...smile This is a good one by the way.
Rob Martin: There's always a reason smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Nov 2018, 03:17
Wonderful image, and a fine post, Rob.

I usually try to tell a little story about my image, but will certainly have a go occasionally with you suggested format if I think it will be interesting.
Rob Martin: Cool, you usually do put some sort of explanation. I'm hoping to go a little deeper if anyone can be bothered.. hehe
Magnifique, j'adore avec le reflet.
Rob Martin: Merci, Martine smile
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 8 Nov 2018, 06:32
Very agreeable Rob, nice to see his tongue as he is drinking
Rob Martin: Thanks, Chris. That was the exact shot I was after. There's a lot of misses smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 8 Nov 2018, 06:59
Interesting to hear how you compose, Rob. And what a place for the opportunities you need
Rob Martin: Yes, finding the right spots is important. But it can be in the backyard sometimes, as everyone shows us regularly.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 8 Nov 2018, 07:25
Good timing Rob, especially with the reflection in the water. I have visited the Kruger Park, a wonderful place.
Rob Martin: thanks. We were happy the Jackal went to exactly the spot we hoped it would. smile
Most of my pictures are

It seemed like a good idea at the time!

Actually all too often I take pictures because I can take lots before I fill the two cards in the camera. When I look at them afterwards I really wonder why on earth I took them

This is fine picture Rob
Rob Martin: I have a lot of these also Bill. When I drag the big dogs out for a run, I am usually doing it for a purpose. I have an iPhone (which is great and will feature soon again with some wandering around shots and panoramas) for those casual shots.
Great shot, Rob!
Rob Martin: Thanks, Tom. It was a magical moment.
All that thinking seems like a lot of work. smile
Rob Martin: It is, but it sometimes gets a magical result.
A fine shot Rob, and good to read how and why you took it. I will try, sometimes, to explain in the same way, as much as I enjoy SC it does lack the technical side of commenting a bit, mind you I get plenty of that in my camera club!!
Rob Martin: I'm happy to give as much Technical feedback as you want.
Fine candid... smile
Rob Martin: Cheers, Larry. We were lucky he popped along for a drink.

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