Lone tree, Serengeti National Park

an hour after sunrise in the Serengeti National Park, I decided to give this lone tree shot the toned black and white treatment.

Goshawk, Serengeti National Park

a Dark Chanting Goshawk (Melierax metabates), perches atop a cactus in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

Northern white-crowned shrike

the shutter speed was enough to get the head, body, and legs of the bird sharp, whilst not freezing the fast-moving wing tips which show a touch of motion blur.

Dik dik closeup.

effectively an animal portrait and,  as is the case with a human portrait,  “the eyes have it”.

Dik dik antelope, Tarangire National Park.

The Dik dik is the smallest of the antelope species being only slightly larger than a domestic cat and tends to shelter in scrub and tall grass.

Sharpening digital photos using Photoshop

Image quality,  and our perception of it,  are influenced by such things as colour values and relationships,  contrast,  and perceived sharpness or acutance.

Zebras, putting the bite on!

It was worth having the camera constantly ready to capture any interesting behaviour as it occurs.    In this instance two zebras stopped grazing momentarily to engage in this “biting” behaviour. 

Lilac-breasted roller.

Widely distributed throughout sub-Saharan Africa and sometimes seen on the Arabian Peninsula as well, the lilac-breasted roller is a fairly common but beautiful species.

Zebras in the landscape, Tanzania.

wildlife within the context of the landscape

Toned Monochrome Lion, Ngorongoro Crater

a male lion,  part of a pride of about a dozen,  including several cubs,  sits unconcerned by the presence of several safari vehicles.