A Buffalo Wanders Into Frame–Botswana

May 22, 2019

Caitlin Busscher

How the Photo was Taken

Since this was my first time attempting wildlife photography (instead of landscape), the most important information about how I took this photo was patience. It isn’t easy to recompose a shot while animals are moving–and this was a split second moment. I could see the buffalo all drinking from the water, and since I try to shoot with both eyes open, I could see that the buffalo in the foreground was ambling his way into my photo. I had to wait for him to walk into frame (since I was stuck in a vehicle) and pray the other buffalo didn’t satiate their thirst before I hit the shutter.

I used a Canon Rebel T3i (a great entry level DSLR) with my favorite all-around lens–my Tamron 18-270mm. I loved using it because I didn’t have to change my lens for long distance photos. I had my manual settings set to a fast shutter speed and 3.5 aperture to get a nice blurry background. For wildlife photography, I recommend keeping your settings on continuous shooting.

For editing, I used Photoshop Elements 14. I did minimal editing on this shot, just a slight touch up in levels to make sure the lighting was at its best, but in this case the magic was in the subject, not the editing. Even though I love elephants and giraffes, this ended up being one of my favorite photos of the trip!

Photo Location

This photo was taken in Botswana in Chobe National Park. I was on a safari vehicle with &Beyond. There aren't any street names in the reserve, so I can't get much more specific than that! :)

About the Author

Caitlin Busscher

Caitlin is an avid traveler with a full time job on the side. She loves traveling to remote destinations, but appeases her husband with the occasional luxury resort. When she isn't traipsing the globe, she is pretending to practice yoga, working on her pet side businesses, or eating ice cream. Follow her and her husband's crazy adventures on Instagram @caitoutdoors.

Website : http://caitwithoutborders.com

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