This week I introduce my first but definitely not last photographic journal. I have recently been using the new Sigma 150-600mm Sports lens and I have been having an incredible time with it. It has been a lot of fun being able to zoom right up, as you would have seen a lot of in this blog, and the detail that the lens is able to capture is impressive. I have been enjoying filling the frame with half faces as I feel it adds a personal feeling to the subject or animal’s face and draws your attention to certain features that sometimes go unnoticed.
I have tried to go for a variety of pictures in this blog and have saved my personal favourites (the leopards) for last.
I am reviewing another Sigma lens that will be featured on the blog soon, stay tuned for more…
A close-up of the dark-maned Matimba male. ISO 640, F6.3, 1/800.
A young Mhangeni male has a drink after finishing off a buffalo with the rest of the pride. ISO 800, F6.3, 1\800
ISO 800, F6.3, 1/1000
A high key shot of a portion of the Mhangeni pride. ISO 1000, F4, 1/800
Welcome back to the European bee-eaters. ISO 500, F6.3, 1/2500
A blacksmith lapwing guarding her eggs. ISO 800, F6.3, 1/1600
Despite shallow water meaning less of a threat from crocodiles, most herbivores will always be nervous when putting their head down to drink. ISO 640, F6.3, 1/1000
Vultures tormenting hyenas is always entertaining to watch. ISO 1000, F5.6, 1/1000
A thirsty elephant will drink up to 50 gallons of water a day. This is the equivalent of a water that a standard bathtub holds. ISO 800, F6.3, 1/500
The Ravenscourt male lying on a termite mound with an overcast background, edited in high key. ISO 1000, F5, 1/2500
The Tutlwa female seen with a prominent scratch below her right eye. ISO 800, F6.3, 1/320
A series of shots taken of the beautiful Tamboti female. ISO 1000, F6.3, 1/640
Staring almost right through the camera -the many expressions of the Tamboti Female. ISO 1000, F6.3, 1/500
ISO 800, F6.3, 1/500
Written and Photographed by Nick Kleer, Londolozi Ranger.