The weather at Lake Ndutu, Tanzania was cold and foggy. Undeterred, we headed out at first light in the hopes of seeing the wildebeest herd giving birth. Before we found the first female herd, however, we spotted these hyenas enthusiastically enjoying the remains of a zebra that lions had recently killed. The Scene felt like something out of a gothic novel, and the fog amplified the sounds of crunching bones and tearing skin. The lake Ndutu region is gorgeous in all weather, but seeing it in the fog was lent special insight into the ecosystem. The moment this hyena turned to look at us with dripping flesh in it's mouth, I knew I had captured the feeling of this special place, on this unusual day.
We were sitting quietly on the shore of Lake Ndutu, Tanzania, watching a large herd of Wildebeest, when all of a sudden they started to stampede. We followed them off the beach and into the trees at a respectful distance. Suddenly a smaller herd could be seen charging up to join the larger mass. We found ourselves surrounded. The thunder of their hooves roared in our ears, as we sat watching their dance. By switching to Shutter Priority, which I have programed to be at 1/25 sec, and I dropping the ISO down to 200, I was able to capture a sense of the drama taking place in the tidal wave of panic that sped past us that afternoon.
On a beautiful morning at Lake Ndutu, south of the Serengeti in Tanzania, I had the great good luck to be in the one vehicle that had Flamingos close enough to photograph. I decided to try my luck with my new variable neutral density filter. For the first few minutes there was little movement, making the slower shutter speed useless, and then all at once the whole flock took off at once! I shot 15 frames, twisting the filter the whole time. This one is my favorite.