In Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, where the vast plains meet the sky, it first seems unlikely that there could be as many animals as I’ve heard about. After all, it’s so flat, wouldn’t I be able to see them?
As I bumped along the dirt road, a warm breeze on my face, I could think only of the endless sky and endless grasses and wonder, where are they?
But soon enough, as I discovered a small tree, or a rock outcropping, or a watering hole, I realized they are everywhere!
I was so looking forward to seeing firstly the elephants, and secondly all of the more unusual creatures not ordinarily seen in zoos, like the buffalo, hyena, and wildebeest, I was surprised to discover that one of my favourite animals to photograph was the zebra!
I love the graphic design of the zebra’s fur! In post-processing, I converted the image above to black and white using Topaz B&W Effects.
I thought you might get tired of seeing african animal posts right after my trip, so I saved some of the photos to share with you at a later date – which is now!
The zebras are so affectionate! For the image above, I used Topaz B&W Effects to create the sepia look in post-processing.
After I made some “regular” images of the zebras, I decided to try blurring some of the action to convey the motion of the animals as they ran away from the watering hole every time they were spooked by something.
The zebras provided endless photo opportunities, whether it was photographing the herd, a few individuals, or even using a slow shutter speed to blur the action. They also didn’t mind the vehicle too much. I guess they are used to it, but they let us get quite a bit closer than most of the other animals would allow.
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