N-Photo says… Why it works

NPhoto - - Into Africa -

This is an in­trigu­ing, cap­ti­vat­ing shot that cap­tures an­i­mal be­hav­iour in an in­cred­i­bly art­ful way. Peo­ple un­fa­mil­iar with pho­tog­ra­phy tech­niques are un­likely to spot that Frans used flash here – for the rest of us, the shad­ows run­ning down the legs of the dogs are a give­away – but it re­ally does help to lift the colours in the an­i­mals’ coats. Again, it’s an ex­am­ple of how you can ap­proach wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy in a fresh way. We all know what wild dogs look like, so what tech­niques can you use to show them in an imag­i­na­tive new light? Fun­da­men­tally, the shape cre­ated here by the in­ter­lock­ing bod­ies and limbs is sat­is­fy­ing; it’s not a ‘clean’ tro­phy shot, and it’s all the more suc­cess­ful for it.

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