I got home yesterday from the dark continent. Many TIA (This is Africa) moments with airports, etc. but all equipment and clothes made it back to my surprise. I'm hoping to run a day by day story on the trip starting later this week, but thought I'd share one image as a tease I call Hippo Charge! This is UNCROPPED. Yeah, the hippo popped up quite close to the boat and I was lucky enough to get a quick in focus shot.
Sometimes I get lucky. I'm really glad I didn't clip part of this big fellow as I shot. Here is the backstory:
In early Sept, 2015, I was leading a group for Magnum Excursions along the Chobe River in one of the Pangolin Photo Safaris boats. I was at the rear of the boat as we passed a small pod of hippos. One charged the fast moving boat. This was an impossible opportunity as we were moving fast and the boat is very large and stable, but like dogs chasing a car, this fellow gave chase.
I grabbed my camera and snapped a series. This is an uncropped shot at 188mm using a Canon 7D MkII with at 100-400mm ver II zoom lens. 1/1250 sec. at f/5.6 and ISO 400. I doubt I would have locked focus nor been as sharp if using my older 5D MkIII and version 1 copy of the 100-400. I'm still a big fan of my 5D MkIII in low light/high ISO and many other situations, but this 7D MkII does have a great ability to focus quick. BTW, I used Case 5, Aperture priority and the focus system was set on the 'Wide Zone' setting, which I've found to be pretty good when you are in a wide open area like the Chobe River. Once again a large reminder that when shooting wildlife, always keep the camera ready