Walking near the big lake of Etosha National Park in Namibia is this male Kudu. With a dramatic sky in the background, I thought it would be a nice descape (desktop-escape). Now don't you go register this name online! Enjoy.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM. Developed in Adobe Lightroom 3.
Taken at the Jungle Park in Tenerife while on holiday. Not an easy shot to get as it was from behind glass and this particular Leopard kept pacing around its enclosure. Not the best zoo for photographs.
Canon EOS 500D, Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM, Apple Aperture 3.
The African Black Oystercatcher is a resident breeder on the rocky coasts and islands of southern Africa. Sadly, there are currently less than 9,000 adult birds of this species, so it is highly endangered. However, it is easy to spot along the coasts of South Africa.
I was lucky to get so close to an adult couple and took quite a few shots of them in De Hoop Nature Reserve. This shot is my favourite. I simply love the contrast between the red of the bill and eye, the black of the plumage and the blue of the ocean.
Canon EOS 40D, Canon 70-200mm f/4, ISO 100, 1/800 sec., 200mm, f/6.3. Post-processing in Adobe Lightroom 2, finishing touches in Adobe Photoshop CS4.
This was taken in the blazing sun at the Singapore Zoo-- on a pond covered with giant lilly pads. I was chasing after the dragonflies and didn’t notice the frog until I got home and looked at the image in Photoshop. I’m sure the result would have been better with a proper macro lens, but I left mine at home (the 300mm and tripod is heavy enough).
Canon EOS 7D, EF300mm f2.8L IS USM, Gitzo GT 2541 tripod. f/6.3, 1/2500, ISO800. Processed in Adobe Photoshop and Noiseware.
At first I just wanted to capture the valley, then I spotted a goat sitting in the grass. The goat must have felt uncomfortable having me so close by. It stood up and walked away. But for a few seconds it was looking down the valley, just the way I wanted it for the picture.