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One of the more common animals seen during the photo safaris I took part of was the Zebra. Specifically these were Plains Zebras which differ slightly from Mountain Zebras.  We were able to get quite close to photograph them. They were not afraid of our safari vehicle. One thing we noticed is that most of the Zebras we saw had red stains on their bodies. This was due to the color of the soil in the area and the fact that they frequently roll around in it.

Zebras are related to horses. Unlike the Mountain Zebras, Plans Zebras have pale brown “shadow” stripes. They live in family units (called harems) of several mares and their single offspring. There is always a dominant stallion.  We often saw Zebras in the company of Giraffe’s and Antelopes. They graze on grass and are usually the first to feed on the new growth. Lions and Spotted Hyenas are their chief predators.



This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 II Lens set on 400mm. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/8, shutter speed at 1/500th of a second and the ISO set at 1600. This was a single image processed in Lightroom.

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2 thoughts on “Zebra”

  1. Nice. Epitome of filling the frame. Has to be an interesting curve in post when you are looking at all that black and white. Great focus/pop on the eye.

    1. Thanks Lucas. It’s all about watching the histogram to make sure nothing is blown out. If true, then adjustments can be made to bring both the whites and blacks out.

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