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…...work 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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