This stunning image by @mikesutherlandphoto
| | One scale in front of the Other | |
You are looking at the most trafficked animal in the world. Yes, the pangolin, as a species, is trafficked more than any other animal globally.
This was the first pangolin I ever photographed in my life. We tracked it for hours, and found it by the noise made as its scales rubbed together when it walked. This is without doubt one of the most memorable moments of my guiding career. “A View from Below” - Tswalu Kalahari.
*** I have those images where the experience of everything around the moment that the image was taken makes the images stand out. For me personally. Judging by the description it’s the same for Mike
OUR REVIEW: I am still busy with the African Photo Review eBook, I describe the 5 fundamental building blocks to exceptional wildlife images. One of which being, is the species of animal being photographed. In reality, a Leopard image will always draw more attention than an impala image, if everything else was equal. Hence Mikes love for this image, Pangolins for the most part are the holy grail of mammal species to be photographed. Key feature of a Pangolin being those scales and that scale texture is really emphasized by the shallow depth of field. That contrast of texture is great. This also aided by the angle of its photographed at, which really makes you feel like you are lying on your belly next to Mike, as being part of the scene and not just an observer. which is the feeling one gets when you photograph a subject from above.
Now, the elephant in the room. Clipping that tail removes the wilderness from the image, because it shows the edge of the frame. If the tail had been included it would have completed the image. If you are useing a telephoto and have a tight crop, take one frame with the whole animal. Then you could take frames right and left to create a pano and add the space to breath that way.
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